A Knight’s Tale (112: “The Best Big Brother Ever”)

Matthew, Sam and Louisa 1

At the beginning of 1986 snow lay on the ground for the first three months. This was the last year I remember a decent amount of snow in London. Matthew took his little brother and sister for a sledge ride on allegedly thin ice beside the Waterfowl Sanctuary on Tooting Common.

During that prolonged winter, Sam’s and Louisa’s expressions show quite clearly how cold it was when Matthew, dubbed by Louisa ‘the best big brother ever’, took them out for a buggy ride from Gracedale Road.

Matthew reading to Sam & Louisa

It was clearly much more cosy when he read them a story.

It would have been that summer that Jessica, Sam, and I spent a week in Mary Dewsberry’s holiday home in Haslemere. Last year’s bracken and autumn leaves lingered in the country terrain.

Jessica, Sam and Louisa feeding ponies 1986

This may have been the occasion when we discovered that the two children both had allergies to horses, the touch of which caused their eyes to swell up alarmingly.

Jessica and Louisa 1986
Jessica, Sam, and Louisa 1986

Under the cloak of a little coppice, Louisa made a diving effort to reenter her mother’s womb. Sam insisted that there was room for two.

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Louisa, Jack, and Dora 1986 1
Sam, Louisa, Nick, Jack & Dora 1986 2

Mary’s son, Nick, and his children Jack and Dora, welcomed Sam and Louisa into their boat maintenance crew. Louisa made a quick recovery after her early tip-up, and everyone set to with gusto.

Published by derrickjknight

I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

45 thoughts on “A Knight’s Tale (112: “The Best Big Brother Ever”)

  1. Unguarded moments caught on film. Years later these mean ever so much more than they might have at the time. It is a privilege to be privy to these reminiscences of yours Derrick.

  2. What a heartwarming post! In addition to Matthew’s goodness, I love the photo where Louisa and Sam tried to get back into their mother’s womb.

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