Race For Life

Another gloomy day and a joyful batch of rediscovered colour slides. The morning’s task – obviously – was to scan them.

These are from Nottingham’s Race for Life in June 2006.

Daughter-in-Law, Heidi is the tall woman in the centre of the throng gathering for the off.

Louisa, Gemma S, Heidi, and Emily raring to go; Gemma and Louisa taking on early refreshments.

Confident granddaughter, Emily, two months after representing Croydon in the Mini London Marathon, meant serious business.

Louisa and her friend, Gemma, were out to have fun, as well as

raise funds for Cancer Research in honour of Gemma’s Dad and Louisa’s mother who was also Heidi’s mother-in-law, and Emily’s grandmother.

Like her daughter, Heidi was comfortable throughout.

It was perhaps a little tougher for some.

Here, the ladies proudly sport their medals. Gemma was Gemma B on the day. She would soon marry Paul S, who stands beside her, as Louisa would soon marry Errol, standing beside her.

This afternoon’s scanning was of the next four ‘Little Dorrit’ illustrations by Charles Keeping.

‘Minnie was there, alone’, giving the artist an opportunity for a romantic, bucolic, scene;

while, in ‘She started up suddenly, with a half-scream’, and ‘Mr Flintwinch gravely pledged him’, we recognise the book’s most evil character (adopting an alias) and the elderly couple from their earlier manifestations.

‘She bounced across to the opposite pavement’ depicts the haughtiness of Little Dorrit’s sister taking offence at the humbler young woman’s escorting a pauper.

This evening we dined on well-baked pork chops topped with almond flakes; sage and onion stuffing; crisp Yorkshire pudding; roast potatoes and parsnips; firm carrots and cauliflower; tender cabbage and runner beans, with spicy gravy. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden and I drank Réserve de Bonpas 2019.


  1. I enjoyed seeing all the bright, happy faces in that race! The illustrations are always a treat, too. 🙂

    A mixed weather day here with few frogs calling out in the low area today. 🙂

  2. Wonderful photos, Derrick, reminiscent of wonderful times! It’ll be good to have that once again…and we will. 🙂

  3. That is a refreshing collection from the Race for Life. The images are brimming full with the excitement and anticipation of the participants.

    I checked out the availability of Folio society editions and found they can still be bought, just as you had advised me. The price to be paid however is steep, and I am sure it may be justified but could be well beyond my means. In which case, I will keep, enjoying the treasure through your chronicles.

  4. Two of my three children have been long distance runners for years – I understand their frustration at having to curtail their running over the past year and the need for running on their own for now. This look back at the past is a reflection of what we have temporarily lost and what we can all look forward to again. It is good to share in those happy moments.

  5. You go, Girls! Love the great smiles and great run! As a cancer survivor (5 years cancer free so far), I REALLY appreciate what they did! Thank you, Girls!!! 🙂
    All of my kiddos and my DIL participate in runs and walks to raise money for good charities/causes.
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

  6. Your granddaugther Emily is gorgeous, Derrick. But then, all ladies in your family are exceptionally athletic and good-looking.
    I am still marveling ar the characterization in these illustration. The evil character is such a traditional image for that period that one cannot mistake him, and the difference between the two sisters is evident in their postures. Outstanding!

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