A Drum Roll

This morning I rediscovered an album of elderly colour slides I had thought lost. I scanned a selection from May 1989. Sam managed to set this drum rolling across the lawn at Lindum House; Louisa preferred the inside drum roll Kate, our popular child-sitter, was an excellent birthday party emcee. This was Louisa’s seventh. JessicaContinue reading “A Drum Roll”

Happy Campers

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED This morning and early afternoon I watched the three autumn international rugby matches I had recorded yesterday. Given that the best light had departed when the recordings were finished, it seemed appropriate later to publish the Newark photographs scanned on 22nd. One afternoon in May 1993 Sam,Continue reading “Happy Campers”

The Swinging Rat Pack

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. An overnight thunderstorm had freshened the garden and reduced the temperature to a degree that Jackie could continue weeding, hacking, and planting; and I was able to enjoy the game of wandering around seeking her piles of garden waste for me to gather up and transfer to theContinue reading “The Swinging Rat Pack”

Hammock And Hollyhock

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This morning we shopped at Lidl, mainly to load up the car with more of their large bags of compost. Quite a number of the on the heap outside the store were damaged and leaking. Some fell on stony ground. So popular was the photograph of SamContinue reading “Hammock And Hollyhock”

Spoiler Alert

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. We were both reprieved from gardening duties this morning by the rain. I scanned a few more colour slides from 1981/2. Here Sam enjoys swinging in a hammock at the Drapers’ home in Meldreth near Royston in Cambridgeshire. This was August 1981. In December that year weContinue reading “Spoiler Alert”


Despite the promising dawn this morning, and the generally bright, if cold, day, hailstones ricocheted off my window panes as I scanned another batch of colour slides I made earlier -in 1977 to be precise. That June Jessica, Matthew, Becky and I spent a weekend with our friend Carole in Ipswich. The two children were happy takingContinue reading “Steamrollers”