Birthday Girl


Today’s rainy day post begins with this morning’s scanning of some 1983 and 1984 black and white negatives.

In ‘Across One Bridge And Under Another’ I published a colour photograph of Matthew on the bank of The River Thames at Putney with his driftwood find. This was towards the end of 1983. Here are some more of that trip:

Putney Bridges 1983

The railway bridge can be seen behind the road one,

Bus on Putney Bridge 1983

across which still runs the number 14 bus taking in Putney Heath, Fulham, South Kensington, Piccadilly Circus and Warren Street Station. 24 hour service.

Matthew 1983

Matthew was in his element digging around in the bank of the Thames at low tide.

Matthew and Sam 1983

Here he is with Sam in tow,

Matthew and Sam and stranger 1983

taking a pause to discuss finds with another mudlark.

Exposure of this film was completed at the beginning of 1984, on the occasion of friend Tony’s marriage to Liz.

Greengrocer 1984

Outside the venue in, I think, Chelmsford, was a thriving greengrocer’s,

Greengrocer's 1984

haunted by the ghost of Sigmund Freud.

Given that today is Becky’s birthday, it is perhaps fitting that she features in the next few frames, including

Becky 1984 1Becky 1984 2

two in the car park,

Becky 1984 3Becky 1984 4

and two preparing for the reception.

My next task was to make Jackie a set of 5″ x 7″ prints of the photographs from Poppy’s last visit.

This evening, to celebrate Becky’s birthday, we dined with her and Ian at Dynasty in Brockenhurst. My choice of main meal was king prawn Ceylon and special fried rice. Jackie and I shared an egg paratha and we all shared onion bahjis. Becky drank red wine, and the rest of us, Kingfisher.