Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Father Dear Father

One of our favourite old movies is "Father Of The Bride", the original starring Spencer Tracy and the stunningly beautiful Elizabeth Taylor. Not only is it a very funny film but at times incredibly moving. We remember watching this when we were younger, laughing out loud as the arrangements and bills became ever more fantastic. Now watching it as an adult, it's hard not to empathise with "Stan" the father, how he seems so marginalised and surplus to requirements... and how very hard it is for him to come to terms with the fact that his little girl, his princess, is now a woman who will be leaving home. Oh we love it!
One of Milly's all time favourites is "Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House" starring the very gorgeous Cary Grant.

An all too familiar scene is the breakfast scene in the cramped apartment where the family sits down to start the day - Mr B tries to explain his job in advertising to his daughters who seem very nonplussed and keep quoting from their teacher. He then turns to his newspaper to find that most of it has been cut out by the daughters for their school work...
One of Dottie's favs is "The Railway Children", who can fail to be moved by the achingly moving scene at the end of the film when Jenny Agutter runs along the railway platform towards her father, calling out.. 'Daddy, my daddy' as he slowly emerges from the mist. Brings tears to Dottie's eyes every time ..
Do you have a favourite "Father" film? There are so many to choose from. If you could choose one film to give your father for Father's Day what would it be?
If films aren't your thing, or, more importantly, your father's, we have lots of lovely gift ideas in our Emporium.
If the idea of a kick around takes your fancy, we have a wonderful vintage game of football in our Nursery...

What could be better than this book in our Library - the original hobby book for "boys of all ages".

Perhaps your Sunday could be taken up watching a tie press being constructed, making helicopters or making a Union Jack - the instructions are all here!
Talking of Union Jacks, in our Attic, there's a lovely vintage one waiting to be waved.

If he likes nothing more than a potter in the garden shed we have some lovely 1930s gardening cards and hints here...

or for the man who has everything..but surely not a brace of gnomes.. these two cheeky chaps can be found in the attic..

If motoring is his thing, what about a Vintage Ladybird to explain the finer details... Or a vintage motoring guide?

Finally.. maybe your father was a big Biggles Fan.. and had aspirations to become a hero of the skies..

Whatever his fancy or persuasion.. you will be sure to find something to warm his heart on Father's Day, on the shelves of Milly & Dottie's Emporium.


  1. Our Father's Day film would have to be the Mummy or an Indianna Jones movie!
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

  2. I bet that boys' hobby book is a hoot - how times change!

  3. I don't think that I have seen that Cary Grant film much to my surprise! For years I watched old films on a Saturday or Sunday but since having Miss P I don't seem to do that anymore...

    For my Father it would have to be DVD of Dad's army.

    I have never watched the railway children as I was in france at the time. I really think I ought to see ot sometime though. I hear so much about it, hopefully Miss P would enjoy it.

    Take care
    Isabelle x

  4. Lovely post I have made a list of favorite old movies. This is the last post in a series on them http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/2012/01/movies-to-re-watch-sometime-part-viii.html


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