Elizabeth joined us this afternoon for a few days. She brought us a Poppy for the garden.
Our sister-in-law Frances’s father was an excellent photographer. I was therefore very pleased when Elizabeth also brought a 7 x 5 cm. packet of medium format black and white negatives from the 1950s. The envelope bears the stamp of Lim Photo Studio, 235 East Coast Road, Singapore. My sister came with a joint project for us. This was to produce a set of prints of family photographs taken during the years in Singapore. We scanned 30 images today, and will make the prints tomorrow. Here are a few:
From left to right, this family portrait features Frances’s Mum, sisters Patricia and Catherine, and Frances herself,
who here stands alone, perhaps in their garden.
Frances and Patricia enjoy the swimming pool recognised by Elizabeth’s friend Paul, who also grew up in Singapore,
and whose father also owned a similar Vauxhall car, here seen under its corrugated iron shelter.
Perhaps the family travelled on one of these rickshaw bikes,
or shopped here, where Mrs. Boyle, Frances’s Mum, is reflected in the windows.
Socks and sandals worn by her husband, were clearly quite acceptable at the time.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s flavoursome chilli con carne (recipe) and pilau rice with green beans. Elizabeth and I drank more of the cotes du Rhone.