Today is of course, Father’s Day – and, following on from my last post, I have some good news – although the jackdaw father died, his faithful chick did indeed return to the skies. Earlier today I watched as five black shapes circled overhead and was pleased to think that his youngsters were all safe and reunited with their mother.
I lost my father nearly a quarter of a century ago, just before Rosie was born, so I must admit that Father’s Day usually passes me by. But recently I’ve been doing some sorting and decluttering and came across some old photos of my Dad which I thought I’d like to share …..
I was a real “daddy’s girl” and remember very well the day this was taken. We were on holiday in Scotland and I insisted that I was big enough to row the boat to give my dad a rest. I’m not sure that my rowing was very effective though!
My dad had a real passion for cars and would spend many happy hours tinkering with them – teaching me the basics as soon as I was old enough. Like many families in the sixties we went on caravan holidays and here you see his pride and joy hitched up to our van ready to set off on another exciting adventure (although now to my adult eyes it looks a bit like a racehorse towing a cart, but never mind!).
This snap was taken from the bedroom window of my parents’ house just a short while before his death in 1988 at only 58 from a fatal heart attack. It’s not a wonderful shot, but please notice the garden furniture in the foreground on the right ……
And again in the picture above. Yes, it’s the same furniture! Now at least 40 years old, made from very solid and durable teak, it’s undergone many transformations and is currently painted in a mixture of lovely ice cream and candy colours for summer 2013. Here Lisa and Emily are sitting on it to enjoy their summer supper … Fish and Tomato Curry ….
and Coconut & Lime Ice with berries ….
Yummy! And both suitable for vegetarians with wheat and dairy allergies (like Lisa, who is a wonderful friend, but a nightmare to cook for!). Both these recipes will be included in the July issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine in my new regular “Recipe Corner” feature.
And I’ll leave you with a picture of Emily’s twin, Oliver, who certainly seemed to enjoy his summer supper!
(PS Especially the ice cream!)