Canal Holidays

Lilies in Becky's vaseWhen Errol brought the children down for the weekend on 1st, he gave us a large bunch of lilies. Each day since, we have watched for the opening of the petals. We were rewarded today. They now have quite a heady scent. The treasured stoneware vase containing them, was made for Jessica and me by Becky when she was studying art at Newark College in the 1990s.
Jessica and ImogenAnother memento of a wonderful weekend has been placed on her Facebook page by Louisa, who took this amazing iPhone photograph. The perfectly framed image shows Jessica and Imogen finishing off the sparklers they took home with them. Hebe

Hebes are blooming again in our garden.

I spent most of the day scanning fifteen very poor prints from 1980 and ’81. These were of varying shapes and sizes, often out of focus, and many had been produced with the use of ageing chemicals. None was larger than 9 x 11 cm. You could probably say it was a labour of love.

Our nephew Mark, fondly remembering canal holidays shared by my sister Jacqueline’s family and Jackie, Matthew, Becky and Ian Stockley, had, at Chris’s funeral on 31st October, asked for copies of Jackie’s thirty plus year old collection. The two families had very happy times on narrow boats. Matthew, Becky, Little Jack, Mark, Alex, James 5.80 May of 1980 was the bobble hat month. Matthew, Becky, and their cousins James, Mark, Little Jack and Alex, all bought hand-knitted hats from the woman Becky, Matthew, Little Jack & Mark 5.80who had made them, then Becky, Mat, Little Jack, and Mark re-enacted the iconic Beatles 1969  ‘Abbey Road’ album cover along the canal bank.

Becky, Mark & Alex 5.80That same year Becky wasn’t too confident when the boat got up to the maximum 4 mph. Mark & Becky 5.81 001By May 1981, she must have been more so, but fell in the water and was fished out by Mark.

Jacqueline & Jack 5.81Jacqueline 5.81My sister Jacqueline was happier being photographed on entering the boat with her husband Jack, than when emerging from the public convenience.

Becky and Flo 1997Before producing the canal holiday print, I carried out a tester on an equally small but better preserved tender photograph of Becky and Flo who, albeit on tiptoe, had only been walking for about a month. This is quite heavily cropped. It was taken at the end of 1997 by Jackie, who, of course, had produced all the canal trip pictures.

This evening we dined at The Crown in Everton. I enjoyed my customary steak and kidney pudding, ball of winter vegetables encased in a skin of cabbage, chips and gravy; as did Jackie her scampi, chips and salad. We both chose steamed syrup sponge pudding and custard, and certainly didn’t regret it. Jackie’s drink was Peroni and mine was Doom Bar.


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