From our sitting room we could peer through two windows into a kitchen that appeared also to contain bunk beds.
I photographed the scene in November 1976. Chopping of food took place all through the night. This somewhat interfered with sleep. In the early hours of one morning Jessica lost patience and rather politely called out asking the choppers to desist. The reply was: ‘We’ve been here fifty years. If you don’t like it, move.’ We did so in 1980, but before then,
this was our sitting room. I still have the rocking chair which was a favourite seat. The brown velvet trousers mentioned in https://derrickjknight.com/2021/11/07/a-knights-tale-60-i-come-a-cropper/, much patched, are now long gone.
Michael’s use of Chinese boxes is featured in https://derrickjknight.com/2021/11/17/a-knights-tale-66-horse-and-dolphin-yard/
I used them as bookshelves. My collection was moved to our next home in Gracedale Road, SW16.
Here Jessica, Louisa, and Sam are seen in front of them in 1984. When our son was about the age that Louisa is here, my Dad, concerned about having witnessed the toddler’s one attempt to scale the stacks, arrived with a drill and a set of screws with which he fixed the rather higgledy piggledy shelves to the wall. We learned later that our purchaser, when he sold the house some years afterwards, claimed to have constructed my library repository himself, and turned it into a selling point.
You look like a mischievous poet in the header photo.
Thanks very much, Liz 🙂
You’re welcome, Derrick.
Nice photos, Derrick. I had the exact same mustache in the early 1980s and nearly as much hair as you did. I’m almost bald these days! ?
An international fashion then. Thanks a lot, John
I guess it is!
Such a captivatingly charming photo of you.
Thanks very much, Melanie X
A great picture of you, Derrick. You look like a model for an expensive whiskey advert. I like your book shelves.
Thank you so much, Laurie
Very clever repurposing idea, Derrick.
Thank you so much, Dolly
You are very welcome, Derrick.
No matter how humble the abode – or the bookshelves – books lining the walls make it a home. My first bookshelves consisted of planks and bricks.
Ours were cinderblocks and planks. ?
Thanks very much, Anne
Lovely photos, Derrick. You look quite dashing–or as Liz said, a mischievous poet.
That’s so funny about the shelves.
Thank you so much, Merril
You’re welcome, Derrick.
Derrick, you were one cool dude! And hooray for Dad. I do wonder why night time was the time for chopping.
I don’t remember when the restaurants closed, Laurie. Thank you very much
Those are beautiful photos of you and the family, Derrick! The nightly chopping was a bit of a mystery. 🙂
No mystery in Chinatown, Lavinia. Thanks very much
Great pictures, Derrick. I agree with Robbie about the expensive whiskey ad.
Thanks very much, Barbara
So many treasured memories. Great pictures as well. The little girl with the hole in her stockings, the boy’s face….priceless. And you sir, rocked the 70’s look, down to the leather watch and the white shirt with wide sleeves. 🙂 ???
Thanks very much, Bridget. The children are Matthew and Becky
Derrick, if the spelling of your name would not be right beside your picture, no telling what I would call you. (I am bad with names and believe people should have numbers.
Every home needs a favourite rocking chair. ?
Thanks very much, AnneMarie
What beautiful photos and memories! Love the photos with the children in them! Love those precious smiles! 🙂
You look like a Musketeer…ready for your next adventure! 😉
A good appreciated rocking chair is the bestest! I still have the one I rocked my babies in…it’s over 42 years old now. 🙂
Thanks very much, Carolyn X
Your hair was gorgeous! The box bookshelves were an ingenious home improvement – much better than my cinder blocks and planks. The children must have known, on some level, that books are important. I’m curious about the candleholder and artifacts on the shelf behind Jessica.
I’m afraid I can’t remember the various artefacts on display, JoAnna. Thank you very much
The nightime chopping makes perfect sense to me. It was no doubt preparation for the next day — a way of getting ahead of the game. As for that header photo, you’re sporting the kind of hair I always longed for but never achieved!
The bookshelves are Ikea before Ikea. I once created end tables and a coffee table by stacking books together on the floor and then covering them with a cloth.
Thanks a lot, Linda. A good point about the chopping. When we are young and poor we have to be inventive.
Looks like Cat Stevens.
Thanks a lot, Andrew
I love the images of the children and what handsome young man you were.
Thank you so much, Sue
Many thanks, Jodie
The bloody nerve of the owner. Fun post.
Thanks a lot, Pat.
Beautiful people. All of you look ravishingly cute and handsome. You could have belted out a song or two.
Thanks very much, Uma. You wouldn’t have wanted to hear them 🙂
I hope you are doing well, Derrick. You’re lucky to have such a treasure trove of photos from your past. I’m glad they’ve been preserved so you could share them here. I feel as though I’ve missed a few chapters…I don’t recall Jessica from other posts. I’ll try to find some links back.
My best to you and Jackie.
Thanks very much from us both, Alys
I will tell you the day I had my hair and beard cut when I get to the point. It will be part of the series on Johnsstorybook.wordpress.com. But there’s a bit to be said in the meantime. But I must admit my hirsute attachment was nowhere near as grand as yours. Yours was spectacular.
Thank you so much, John. I look forward to it.
I wish the chef at our onsite restaurant would do some food prep. Just not at two in the morning.
I notice Andrew Petcher has also commented on the likeness to Cat Stevens. I’m trying to picture what your welfare clientele made of the look. Very dashing I must say.
And you’ve reminded me that when I was a single lady, I made my own set of bookshelves custom fitted to a niche in the wall. Being in a partnership is great, but I have come to rescind much of my self-starter stuff. Jackie, though, has retained her all round turn of hand.
Thanks very much, Gwen. Believe it or not, I was a Deputy Area Manager then.
We have old pics like this with Marc with long hair and me too. Love it.
Wow! I like your look ? Great memory photos ?
Many thanks, Ribana 🙂