Just The Business


Especially in the mud and rain, watching me struggle to change camera lenses, or switch devices from a commercial camera bag, set Jackie’s creative juices flowing. She decided to make me a lighter, more user friendly bag. Setting off to scour charity shops seeking a quilted jacket which she thought should be obtainable for about £5.00, she returned with one that had cost £4.99. She ran it through the washing machine , dried it off, and cut it up.

For the last few days she has been creating a gadget bag, every stitch applied by hand.

Lens bag in the making

Whilst we watched the ITV coverage of the Wales v. Italy Six Nations rugby match, Jackie continued sewing the lens bag.

Lens bag

It has three divisions inside: one of each lens and one for the small SX700 HS camera. One lens was on the camera when I took this shot.  But, you never know, I may one day buy another, macro, one.  All the bag now needs are velcro strips to hold the cover in place.


This is what it looks like in situ. Just the business.

This evening, Elizabeth visited and she and I worked on a letter we are writing about the appallingly unsafe shower room that her Social Services department have left our mother with for the last twelve months. I will hold my powder on full details until the powers that be have or have not responded within the next working week.

Sag paneer

Afterwards, the three of us dined on Jackie’s excellent chicken jalfrezi, her savoury rice, and her newly created superb sag paneer. Elizabeth and I drank Chateau Plessis grand vin de Bordeaux 2014; and Jackie drank sparkling water.


    1. Yes, I agree – That bag is perfect – you can’t be fumbling about changing lenses on the go without somewhere to put the things – quite a brilliant observation by the head gardener and a lovey job at fixing the problem.Bravo all around!

    1. Yes, It’s always fun to see Derrick. But I’m sorry we didn’t see your socks – were they pink? (Somehow I know your socks were pink on that main photo of yours – don’t ask me how)

  1. The bag looks perfect and suitable for a professional photographer. Congratulations to Jackie for a fine creation. Nice photo, too. 🙂
    The dinner is always mouthwatering and leaves me sad for facing my own mundane soup and sandwich! I have work tomorrow so must come back to comment and view other posts I missed, Derrick.

      1. Thank you, the day went fairly well. 🙂
        I will be going back to help pack my Mom up over next weekend. She’ll be in skilled nursing area but we have been on a waiting list for her to go to Memory Care unit, which she will be going to sometime this month. Paying both rents is costly but we are sure she will be taken better care of there.

  2. oooh I have a quilted jacket that’s torn in many places (a gardener’s special) and patched with duct tapes…I wish I don’t hate sewing so much.

    Letter writing is so satisfying even when they don’t produce the desired effect…good luck.

    That sag paneer looks mouth watering.

  3. Yay, Jackie! That is some bag. And, good luck getting the shower safe for your mother. The potential for falling is no small thing.

  4. I’m starting to wonder; is Jackie actually 2 or perhaps 3 people with the same name? Jackie is the Master Chef, Chauffeur,Navigator, Needleworker in Chief,(was going to say Sewer but it looks to much like sewer so thought I’d give that a miss, can’t go upsetting Jackie again) probably the chief bottle washer plus who knows what else.

    I believe slavery has been abolished so there must be several people named Jackie.

    And young Derick takes beautiful pictures for us all to enjoy; with a scintillating commentary to go with them.

  5. Excellent blog and lovely bag, might I add!

    If you’re interested in Charity shopping, I’ve just written a review on Octavia Foundation, Tooting. Have a read and spread the word on the good work that they do: tootinghustle.wordpress.com

    Happy blogging x

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