We played outside spring, summer, autumn, and winter in sun, rain, and snow, seven days a week, usually from breakfast to supper, only coming in for lunch. Fresh air, exercise, creativity, and plenty of imagination was the foundation of our childhood. We lived in a 1938 cedar-shingle roof, cedar-shingle-sided bungalow, brown with white window frames, an earth-floor basement, and in later years the addition of a sundeck covering a garage of tools and the large room my brother and I shared; on 3.3 acres, front and back lawns, two big lower gardens cultivated along the principles of biodynamics, including an apple tree, a walnut tree, a few cherry trees, red and black currants, gooseberries, raspberries, a Japanese plum tree, and a mixed, dense woodland of first and second growth, home to a variety of flora and fauna including a B.C. Dogwood, Trilliums, snow drops, ferns, Big leaf maples (Acer macrophyllum), Western red cedars (Thuja plicata), Hemlocks (Tsuga heterophylla), Douglas firs (Pseudotsuga menziesii), Huckleberries, an Oak, a Ponderosa pine, Thimbleberries, edible and poisonous mushrooms, poisonous bright red berries, owls including a Snowy owl visiting several winters over the years, at least two varieties of woodpeckers, Rufous hummingbirds, black crows, a Raven, American robins, wild rabbits, pheasants, grouse, a full-grown Cougar passing by our basement bedroom window to trample through the gardens late one summer evening in the mid-1970s, a variety of small birds, butterflies and dragonflies, bees, wasps, hornets, many other insects, frogs, ants, garden snakes, Norway rats, Blue rats, house and field mice, over the years a succesion of cats and dogs including a Golden Lab/Retriever cross (Fix), two Chocolate Point Siamese (Rahsuh followed by Puss-Puss), a Dachshund (Douganette), a Dalmatian (Buffy), and more of both after we siblings moved out and away to new horizons, in chronological order, to pursue travels, diplomas, and trades in Switzerland and West Germany/Germany.
In the background sit the Krack’s dark green 1968 or 1969 Datsun 1000 (Model B10) 2- or 4-door sedan, and the Scharnberg’s grey 1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe 4-door sedan and white & green 1965 Volkswagen Type 2 (T1c) Model 231 Kombi (Split Window Bus). Here are, variously photo by photo, front to back of the lines: Marius Krack, Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, Christina (Nina) Krack, and Anya Maureen Scharnberg / Marius Krack, Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, Felix Hayo Scharnberg, Christina (Nina) Krack, and Anya Maureen Scharnberg / Marius Krack, Felix Hayo Scharnberg, Christina (Nina) Krack, and Stephan Alexander Scharnberg in the front yard of the Scharnberg home at 5237 Koksilah Road, Duncan, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada in spring 1969.
[1959 Kodak Retina IIIS (Type 027) rangefinder 35-mm roll film camera, s/n 86125, with Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenon 50-mm f/1.9 Synchro Compur lens, s/n 6841319; Kodak Plus-X Pan ISO 125/22° 36-exposure black & white negative film]
© Copyright photographs by Uwe Kündrunar Scharnberg, 1969 / Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, January 2012