Photo101(20): Triumph Finding my Heritage.

Solo Headstone. 17mm f/22 1/50s ISO800
Solo Headstone.
17mm f/22 1/50s ISO800

When I saw that today’s brief was “Trumph”, I really didn’t know what to do, until I read the description. I realised that we should pick a moment of triumph in our life – something that made us feel triumphant.

I went to the UK for two weeks for work recently and I had a weekend to myself in between the two work weeks. I have never been to Europe before (apart from a 3-day trip to Salzburg about 12ย years ago). I had considered taking the EuroStar and visiting Paris or Amsterdam or something fancy, but instead I decided to find my heritage. My Dad’s middle name is Weston and he is named after the village where his father was born. What I discovered when I was there, was that there are more than 20 Westons in the UK! So, after a number of FaceTime calls home, we figured out that it was Weston Longville, so I programmed the GPS and made my way there. The village is very small, accessible via narrow winding roads through fields and forests. Picturesque, pretty and partially obscured ๐Ÿ˜‰

I had lunch at the local pub and wandered around the cemetery, which was beautiful. The headstones are so old that the inscriptions are unreadable. I wonder: Who is buried there? What did their days entail? Who did they leave behind? I couldn’t find my ancestors gravestones but I am told that they are definitely there and that my grandfather lived in the white house across the way from the church!

I am feeling melancholy that this is our last 101 day, but I’m looking forward to whatever comes next.

x desleyjane

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39 Comments Add yours

  1. gfchopstix says:

    Lovely collage, and I like the way you focused on the roses.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you so much.

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  2. Very beautiful photos and decision!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you Lucile ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. AnnetteM says:

    Those photos really lend themselves to black and white – I must think to use it more. A good choice for the last day. Keep in touch!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you. And will do!

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  4. Andy Townend says:

    beautiful photos, I share your feeling…

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  5. anujakokrady says:

    What a lovely post to end this program with. Very heart touching!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Oh! Thank you so much. Sad to be ending but hopefully we can all continue to post our photos. X

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  6. andy says:

    beautiful images !! well written ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Aww, thanks so much, that’s lovely of you.

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  7. nty6x says:

    Great story ๐Ÿ™‚ You’d never know what to expect when trying to uncover your heritage. Fitting gallery for the occasion ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks. It was such a great experience. Can’t wait to go back!

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  8. Mara Eastern says:

    This is a lovely post, beautiful photos and touching story! Good on you to discover your ancestry!

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  9. crisisalive says:

    love your pictures!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you so much!

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  10. On the bright side there’s always weekend #4 left in #Photo101 and then there’s the Weekly photo Challenge coming up in a few hours. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      I didn’t think of that! Weekend #4? Hurrah!
      Is the weekly one ongoing or is it ending at some point?

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      1. The Weekly photo Challenge is every Friday at dailypost.wordpress.com

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Cheers. See you there!

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  11. thebluespade says:

    The 101 course has been both a pleasure and exacting. Also have enjoy the sojourn into your photo window upon subjects. Best regards forward.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you, me too!

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  12. Amy Sampson says:

    Beautiful photos. Beautiful story. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you Amy, I appreciate that.

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  13. What a perfect way to end this course! I recently took my Mom back to her home. It was such an honor to share her memories as we visited her schools and old haunts. The connections matter!! Great photos that really do evoke the feelings that go with what you wrote. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you so much. I really appreciate you saying that. It is an amazing experience. I’m glad you could share that with your Mom.

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  14. I’m so glad you found some heritage that’s wonderful even if you didn’t find the gravestones. Last photo with pink roses is stunning x

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you lovely. I had a little play with that one โ˜บ๏ธ x

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      1. yay good a bit of fun is great x

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  15. viaja2 says:

    Siempre es emocionante viajar para buscar nuestras raรญces.
    Muy bonitas fotos.
    Espero que sigamos en contacto.
    Regards.
    .

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Gracias por sus amables palabras. sรญ, vamos a mantener en contacto.

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  16. fadingisight says:

    Great shots. I have really enjoyed seeing your photos during Photo101.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much. Me too, I’ve loved seeing everyone’s take on the themes.

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  17. pommepal says:

    The B&W really gives it a heritage look which is perfect for this theme. I love how you have given the pop of pink in the flowers in the grave yard, good one DJ…

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you PJ ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    2. desleyjane says:

      My dad calls me DJ ๐Ÿ˜€

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  18. emmanique says:

    Oh I love the last photo where you’ve coloured the roses

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Aww thank you! It’s fun to play ๐Ÿ˜„

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