The Night Before The Wedding

Either Jessica or Heidi would have taken this photograph at 18 Blenheim Park Road with a film camera on 4th October 1991. the night before Michael’s wedding to Heidi. Michael sits in the foreground while, from left to right, Becky, Derrick, Sam, Matthew, and Louisa adorn the sofa. (See Becky’s comment below, explaining Heidi’s absence, and Jessica being the photographer)

Such is the advance of image technology since that time that Sam was able a couple of days ago to photograph with his mobile phone the print in my collection and transfer it to whatever device or site he chose. He and Louisa are now using it as a Facebook Cover Picture.

Apart from scanning the print and posting it on here, I have today continued my recuperative reading.

This evening we dined on fish fingers; baked and runner beans; and fried potatoes.


  1. Oh, what a wonderful photo that exudes joy and love! ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful memories! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you for sharing Michael with us, Derrick. Continued prayers and condolences for you and your family.
    Keep resting and reading.

  2. I wish my family had been more willing to wield the camera. It’s a wonderful photo, that one. And I’m glad to hear a hint that your appetite might be coming back.

  3. It’s amazing how photography has changed over the years – from the ability to take a shot and have it expensively transferred to paper has become the ability to take a digital shot and share it worldwide.

    Fish fingers, on the other hand, are one of the great constants in life – good as comfort food and bound, when taken with light reading and garden views, to be good for you.

    Hope the recovery continues.

  4. Jessica took this. Heidi was, as is traditional, absent and not allowed anywhere near the groom. Mike wouldn’t even listen to a message from her before they met at the altar!

  5. What a lovely family photo, the happiness shines through.
    I used to scan family photos, but these days I too simply pick up my phone, snap and share!

  6. Glad to know someone else still eats Fish Fingers! ๐Ÿ™‚ (had some last night also!)

    It’s a very good thing to have those family treasure’s helping keep precious memories alive.

    Long may they continue. All the best Derrick. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. You have a wonderful family Derrick!! Thank you for sharing this precious moments of your family with us!!!!

    By Merrit Malloy

    When I die
    Give whatโ€™s left of me away
    To children
    And old me that wait to die.

    And if you need to cry,
    Cry for your brother
    Walking the street beside you.
    And when you need me,
    Put your arms
    Around anyone
    And give them
    What you need to give to me.

    I want to leave you something,
    Something better
    Than words
    Or sounds.

    Look for me
    In the people Iโ€™ve known
    Or loved,
    And if you cannot give me away,
    At least let me live on in your eyes
    And not your mind.

    You can love me most
    By letting
    Hands touch hands,
    By letting bodies touch bodies,
    And by letting go
    Of children
    That need to be free.

    Love doesnโ€™t die,
    People do.
    So, when all thatโ€™s left of me
    Is love,
    Give me away.

  8. A photo to keep forever, like a forever coat, yours to treasure, memories are soothing sweeteners Derrick, and tears are the icing on the cake ((Hugs)) my friend…….

  9. Thatโ€™s a gem of a photo packed with warmth and happiness. Certain technologies have surely progressed, such as photography and videography. Sadly, medical science seems to be lagging behind, and worse, cost of medical intervention in case of certain diseases has shot beyond the stratosphere.

  10. My favourite fish-finger treat is fish-fingers, mashed potatoes and fried egg. Can’t be beat! ๐Ÿ˜€ … what a great ‘bachelor party’ gang. ๐Ÿ˜€

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