A brief window of sunshine emerged in an otherwise wet and dull day, to enable me to cut the grass, do some dead-heading, and repel bramble invaders on the back drive.

Otherwise I scanned a batch of colour slides from a trip to Richmond Park in May 1981.

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Jessica, Sam,

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and Becky were my companions.


It was the season of Aquilegias

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and Azaleas.

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When Matthew and Becky began fishing for sticklebacks in the lake,Β I walked around to the far side to see what I could do with my long lens.

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Gradually, a certain amount of interest was aroused.

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Jessica, Sam, and Piper, the dog, soon became involved.

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Hello; who’s that behind Sam?

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The people in the background were more interested in the shrubbery,

Matthew, crowd, and reflections

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but soon there was quite a crowd of spectators,

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who slowly drifted away.

This evening’s dinner consisted of Jackie’s classic chicken jalfrezi with vegetable rice salad. She drank her Hoegaarden/Bavaria mix and IΒ drank Royale Pays’ d’Oc Merlot 2014.


  1. Your slides have kept surprisingly well. I inherited a relative’s slides several years ago and they’d turned a most odd colour! Nice pics, too. πŸ™‚

    1. Usually the colour shift is all one direction, so it’s an easier job than it once was to digitally correct them.

  2. The question remains – were any sticklebacks captured? The quality of the prints is so different from the output of modern cameras – your posts have made me really aware of how I recognise photographic eras, not always by the fashions.

  3. What a wonderful story in both words and pictures …. I love the reflections, of course and the people drifting over and away silently. Sticklebacks were so much part of childhood – such excitement provoked by tiny fishes πŸ™‚

  4. I had the same question as Pauline…any fish stories? I assume this was a “catch and release” occasion, reminded as I am of Beatrix Potter’s TALE OF MR. JEREMY FISHER, the frog who ate butterfly sandwiches for lunch, and lived in a slippy-sloppy house. He was unhappy when he caught Jack the stickleback because Jack was too spiny to eat.

    Very nice capture of an upside-down world…. and who WAS that…behind Sam?

  5. These are great photos of kids doing kid things and wonderfully executed. I do love the sharpness of them as well–which is something I miss in digital photos. On the other hand, you can share the digital ones instantly…

  6. Beautiful post, Derrick – I think we all love you because you mix the old and the new and we all struggle with that – things are changing so fast.

  7. These are so wonderful, Derrick! I really love the ones with all of the reflections! Some of those look like they could be awesome abstract paintings with all of those great colors! πŸ™‚

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