A furry tail

Storytelling Sunday  - brought to you by Sian at High in the Sky


When I was a child I longed for, of all things a ‘Fox Fur’.  I thought they were the most wonderful things ever and loved to see the ladies of the 40s and 50s on the TV with furs draped around their necks.  They all looked so sophisticated.  My Nana listened to me talking about how much I longed for one and one Sunday when she came for dinner she brought me one.  I don’t know where she got it from but when she saw it she must have thought of me.  There at last in our house, in all it's furry glory was a Fox fur.


Now you would think that I would have been over the moon to finally have one of my very own but no.  I disliked it the minute she gave it to me.  I had to pretend it was wonderful and thanked her for getting it for me but I wouldn’t try it on and it lay over the headboard of my bed for a while and then disappeared. I have no idea where it went, it just wasn’t there anymore.


Skip forward 35 years (or more) to Ste Marie du Mont in Normandy, July 2011 where we found an old antique shop that sold items from WWII.  While Samuel and John were checking out the guns etc I was looking at all the old clothing from the period.  While mooching in a small back room I found a fur.  Not a Fox fur but a Stoaty/Weazly type, with two heads.  I had to try it and now all those years later there is a picture of me wearing a fur.  I have to admit to only wearing it for the photo and then it went straight back on the shelf.  I still don’t like them but it brought back very fond memories of Nana.


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Comments

  1. I remember a similar fascination until I got up close to one and realised that it had a distinct pong!
    Thank you for sharing

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  2. AH, yes, I remember that fox-fur very well! Do you think mum just quietly disposed of it when we weren't looking?

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  3. I can't imagine wearing one of those round my neck with pride either! How funny that the moment you had one of your own, you didn't want it any more!

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  4. What a great story! Funny how some things are better left to the imagination lol You have reminded me of my mum's fake fur coat. She was very proud of it in the 70's, but she wore it to school sports day once and for some reason I was completely mortified. Fur and sports day just didn't mix.

    I love the look of that shop - TSO and I would love a poke around in there.

    Thanks for the story today Liz :)

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  5. Some things are just better longed for and never received... Glad you got a photo even if you didn't buy the fur.

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  6. How funny that the minute you got one you didn't want it! Love the photo!

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  7. It's amazing that what was once the height of fashion is so not fashionable anymore. Of course, there are a lot of things from that era that are worth keeping including the elegant dress of both men and women of the time. They did look fine!

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  8. I remember my gran having a fox-fur too...though I'd forgotten about until now. She thought she was a real toff when she wore it...I'm so glad she didn't leave it to me!
    Alison xx

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  9. That is so funny! Sometimes we long for something, but when we actually get it, we no longer want it! I would be curious as to where your Fox fur went. Your mom probably realized you didn't like it after all.

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  10. What a fun memory - isn't it amazing that sometimes once we get something we thought we wanted, we don't like it after all!

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  11. Oh my gosh - that fur looks like it walked off a movie set. Thanks for the fun story.
    Rinda

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  12. i remember bette davis wearing those in old b&w movies i love. my nanna had fur coats but never anything quite that flashy.
    Jo xxxx

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  13. Eeeuw - don't think I could have done that! How times (and tastes) change though - I did have a rabbit fur coat in my 20s and thought I was very flash, but then there were no heads, paws or ears on show!

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  14. Oh I would so like to look around that shop! I longed for a fur coat, I thought they were so glam!
    How times and fashions change. I have to say how lovely you look in that stole though!

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  15. Well, capturing the shot was worth recapturing the memory - but me, I wouldn't have put that around my neck either!

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