My post of January 18th 2018 featured a service for the life of Raymond James Salinger, the father of our brother-in-law, Ron and his sister, Jackie.

Today we attended the funeral of Ron’s mother,



Upon Ray’s death the couple, having been married in St Mark’s Church on 15th September 1945, had been together for 72 years. They stayed in the same house they had built around 1950, which is where Daphne died, having been attended by Ron, Shelley, and Ron’s sister, Jackie.

They now lie together in the graveyard of their Parish Church, built in 1841.

As before, excellent refreshments were provided at Tyrrels Ford Country Inn and Hotel, the mother of the landlady of which was Daphne’s best friend, and present at the funeral.

One of the prints from the wedding that I had renovated appears on the reverse of the order of service.

Later this afternoon we returned home and took it easy. This evening we dined on scrambled egg on toast.

What Would You Save?

Using mostly out-of-focus prints ranging from 12cm x 7cm to 8cm x 10cm in size, I aimed today to produce the rest of the A4 prints of the wedding of the parents of Ron and his sister Jackie, in Highcliffe on 15th September 1945. The originals could not be removed from the septuagenarian album, so I had to scan them in situ, balancing one side of the volume on the handle of a conveniently placed hole punch. Scanning a page at a time meant that there were two or three to be copied at once. I then had to duplicate the pages and crop one photo at a time. The resultant images vary somewhat in quality, but I am reasonably pleased with them.

Here are the final half dozen:

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An unknown photographer did well to make this image of the ceremony using the available light inside St Mark’s Church, Highcliffe. I left this one alone, feeling that the creases accompanied the shafts of sunlight in a rather charming manner.

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I imagine Captain Raymond Salinger is here accompanied by his best man. The photographer had clearly developed a list. I straightened to picture as much as I could without shaving the gentleman on our right. Daphne’s parents were the licensees of The Walkford which was closed to the public for the reception.

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As the bride and groom leave the church, a Wren unwittingly steals the picture, which I would have been pleased to have taken.

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Group photos in the garden of The Walkford perhaps caused one gentleman to be impatient

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for Daphne and Ray to lead the way into the reception.

A conversation piece is often the question: ‘what would you save if your house was burning down’. Very often the answer is ‘photographs’.

Had Mr and Mrs Salinger not saved their wedding album when, some twenty years later, their house burnt to the ground with most of its contents, this post would not have been possible. Not that that would have entered their heads. Or mine.

After this continuation of a task begun yesterday, I all but completed another. This was incinerating branches and clippings. Heaps of leaves remain for another session.

Having spent the day on garden maintenance, Jackie produced her famous chicken jalfrezi (recipe) with mushroom rice for this evening’s dinner. She drank Hoegaarden and I quaffed more of the cabernet sauvignon.