Age Lines

I received a wonderful gift in the mail this morning from my old friend Pat Charnock.

My post

contains, as its header, a drawing I made in 1985 for the in-house magazine of my Social Services Area Office in Westminster Social Services. It was called ‘Age Lines’ and was devoted to our work with elderly people. Edited by Liz McKay, contributions were solicited from all her colleagues. I generally provided the illustrations. This one was from 1985.

Pat had saved and preserved in mint condition one example of the publication and sent it to me. This is a copy of one of the items:

This is the centre spread of my illustration to the story.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s meaty beef and vegetable pie; crisp roast potatoes; crunchy carrots; firm, flavoursome Brussels sprouts, and thick, tasty, gravy which she drank more of the rosé and I drank more of the GSM.


  1. How did you never share that you are quite an awesome illustrator? Kudos to you dear Derrick!

    1. Thank you very much, Donna. A few drawings do appear in my posts – I would have liked to have done more

  2. Wow, Derrick. Before I read the post, I assumed this was an illustration from one of your special folio books. Wonderful! And what a lovely surprise gift.

  3. What a special treasure of a gift from Pat!
    Your illustrations are brilliant, Derrick! Bravo!
    Love your drawing of your Auntie Gwen, too!
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  4. That drawing looks like some of the illustrations in the books you read, review and share with us. Eric was a right old contrarian it sees like. Marvelous share.

    1. Thank you very much, Alys. That was a very enjoyable period, when we were able to put such care into Social Work

  5. You are a man of many talents … I wonder if you draw much anymore or if photography has become your favoured form of artistic expression.

  6. Wow! You are more talented than I realized! Those are excellent illustrations. I thought they were some from a book you reviewed until I read the text!

  7. I always knew that you were a wonderful artist. I remember the painting of your dad, but I didn’t realise that you were also an accomplished illustrator. So many enviable strings to your bow. 🙂

  8. You are a man of many talents, Derrick, and I have always loved your artwork and illustrations.

    That story of Eric broke my heart, but I also understood it. I wish I knew his whole story, his younger days and how he got that way.

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