Favourite things and their story: The Hallstatt Angels

We were talking about how simple things folks have around the house often hold complex bundles of  meanings and stories. The items may be beautiful in themselves…or sometimes not… the stories evoking laughter, sorrow but mostly happy memories.

This is the first in a occasional series of posts exploring the hidden story of favourite things.

The Hallstatt Angels


In the 60’s my Mother was backpacking around Austria. Any souvenirs had to be light as they need to be carried as the walking tour continued over the Austrian mountains. She saw these two angels in Hallstatt (the name is marked on the base), fell in love with them and popped them in her backpack wrapped in a spare shirt.

I have always loved the Hallstatt angels because their markings and colours are so ‘contemporary’ so mid-century modern. For my Mother they are a reminder of a time when a days walking over mountains with a heavy backpack was not only achievable but great fun too. They conjure up memories of Austrian bread that tasted so good after a days walking, Austrian apricot liqueur and an adventure that was exotic before (just)  the days of popular tourist travel.

About TheBigForest

TheBigForest. A silly artist maker creating in felt and paper construction. Like us on Facebook: TheBigForest. Find us at Twitter : twitter/TheBigForestuk


  1. I love this sort of story–interesting items, mixed with nostalgia and memories! The angels are beautiful.

  2. Susan Bruce

    Couldn’t seem to comment ! But please keep writing “Favourite things “ .I think the Angels are lovely and It would be lovely to listen to your mothers tales .

    • There were lots of strange error messages on wordpress yesterday but your comment was recorded! Thank you for the feedback – good to hear. We think those with a Yorkshire background are always good at telling interesting stories!

  3. I love this! What a great idea for a series of posts!

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