The Prop


On another recuperating day, I scanned a batch of colour negatives from a French holiday in the autumn of 1985.

Becky 1985 1

Here Becky is first amused,

Becky 1985 3

then contemplative, in the garden of the gite.

Louisa and Sam 2 1985

Once Sam had given her a push,

Louisa 1985

Louisa was proud to work the swing on her own. Most children wait until they are older to acquire the permanently scuffed knees. Not, game for anything, Louisa.

Sam and Louisa (wheel) 1985

Behind the wire netting beyond the children lay a pair of old cartwheels.

Jessica and Sam (wheel) 2 1985Jessica (wheel) 1985

What more could a photographer require in the way of props?

This evening we dined on roast pork, boiled and roast potatoes, broccoli, carrots, and runner beans. Jackie drank sparkling water and I drank Barbera D’Asti Superiore 2012.


  1. “Best not to mix the past with the present. The present paints the past with gold. The past paints the present with lead.” Henry Rollins
    Your photos are definitely golden. 🙂

  2. I’m biased as I see my own childhood in these pictures of the mid-eighties they just capture all the joy and freedom in the sun filtering through the hair. I do believe a good photo is worth everything, it is a poem, a painting and a work of art because it lends you the best prize, memory.

        1. Each of my five has their own complete album of prints of their pics. Once, when Jackie and I were apart, Becky was showing her Mum hers. When Jackie expressed surprise at my 70s appearance, Little Flo said: ‘Didn’t you know Grandpa was Jesus?’ 🙂

  3. The beauty in photographs is how they capture time in a capsule and radiate their happy memories like a lantern into the future of today. Thanks for sharing the sweetest pictures, some of my favorites, Derrick.

  4. The sun reflects unhelpfully off my laptop screen in the morning. Thus while I reading this, I interpreted your evening’s tipple as Berbera d’Aldi Superstore before I read more carefully (For those out of this loop, Aldi is a “discounter” grocery chain).

  5. Those golden moments must mean more to you than any of us yet yes we feel that happiness from seeing those lit up faces and halos of light.

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