Another wet and blustery day sent me to my photographic archives.
Louisa has asked me whether I took photographs at her cousin Laura’s wedding. I didn’t think I had, but, since my daughter was a bridesmaid, I promised to investigate. This meant searching through from 1997 to the beginning of 2000. I was using negative films at that time but have unearthed non of these.
A trawl though eight albums of the size Frank holds in one of the pictures below confirmed that I have no photographs of the wedding, but did find some others that Louisa would welcome. There follows a selection of those scanned from prints this afternoon.
Here, Louisa participates in a dress rehearsal for a teenage performance of ‘Hiawatha’ on stage at Newark in May 1997. She is the first fringed outfitted young lady on the left of the first picture, That should enable her to be identified in the others.
If I look scared in these photographs of me addressing a Somali Community Event on 1st July 1997 it is probably because I was.
The next batch are prospective additions to Louisa’s slide show in memory of her mother.
These two pictures were taken at Jane Keeler’s 40th Birthday party on 25th January 1997. In the first, Oliver Keeler stands behind Jessica as she walks in with the cake; in the second she is reflected in a hall mirror.
I produced this portrait on 12th April 1998;
Two days later, shortly before she began her cancer treatment which would cause her to lose her hair, her friend, Jane preempted the fall out by taking the clippers to it.
I’m not sure what I said to Jessica prompting her reaction at Maureen and Moss’s wedding soon afterwards. Perhaps she was amused after all.
Here she is attempting to lead Emily into the water during an Instow holiday that August,
and, in January 1999, presenting our friend Frank with his friendship certificate as we said farewell to him and Pansy before their departure for retirement in Jamaica.
In September 1999 I photographed her in the garden of Lindum House,
and she reciprocated.
Later, I e-mailed Louisa those images of Jessica for her slideshow.
One of the delights of Indian food is its rich and varied colour. This is certainly true of Jackie’s
spicy chicken jalfrezi, and rice flavoured with turmeric and home-grown coriander, which we enjoyed for dinner this evening. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Pomeral.