Saturday, July 31, 2010

summer sepia 5

These are some of my favourite beach photos of my (paternal) grandparents, Win and Harold.

The first is probably around the time of their engagement in the early 1920's - on a pier or seafront.

the second, Brighton I'm pretty sure, with the old pier (now gone, derelict and then burned down) in the background - possibly where the first photo was taken. Though I think my grandfather here looks rather older than in the first.

Note his rather short trousers. I've read that a few inches of bare ankles is a current male trend. I'm not convinced, but Harold looks quite dashing.

I'd date this one some time in the (early?) 1950's or poss. mid-late 1940's.

And this last photo is in their retirement, in Bognor Regis on the coast.

There is an earlier post here about Winnifred, my gran
and here about Harold, grandad.

Happy Sepia Saturday!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Let there be

New York, Coney Island

London Docklands, Silvertown Milennium Mill

Glasgow, Botanic gardens


London, Villier Street, Charing Cross

Charlton, London

London, Greenwich Park

London, Greenwich

London, Leicester Square

Old Royal Naval College & Docklands, Greenwich, London

Greenwich Park, London

Light is the Thursday Theme

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sepia beach 4

My great grandparents, Albert and Elizabeth Jiggins.

and with their daughter, Auntie (Great-Aunt) Queen.

These would have been 1920's, the 2nd picture is in Margate, possibly the first too.

more over at Sepia Saturday

Thursday, July 22, 2010

London parks

The prompt for this Theme Thursday left me struggling with too many photos to choose between.

I've chosen photos of 2 London parks - there are so many parks, its a very green city. In some ways at least.

One of my favourites is St James' Park, close to Westminster and Trafalgar Square:

As well as the wildlife, there is an allotment which began as a "Dig for Victory" garden in 2007, 70 years after the 2nd world war campaign in Britain - and which is continuing with an emphasis on sustainability, recycling, promotion of "grow your own" and allotments.

Another favourite and the most familiar is Greenwich Park, which I cycle/walk through on my route to and from work regularly, in all seasons...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Sepia beach 3

The next generation on from my last sepia beach photos - and the other side of the family.

This is my mum on the donkey, in the sea at Folkestone in the late 1930's. My mum's scrap-book notes on these pictures say that family holidays were taken in Folkestone until the war began.

With her mum, her brother Vic and his wife Anne.

Vic was in the RAF, and came safely through the war. He and Anne married in 1942 - it must have been a long and difficult courtship and first few years.

And below, Mum with her older (step)cousin Lily. My great Aunt Edie became Lily's step-mother - her first sweetheart died in the first world war. She married Lily's father (a widower) in 1942.

More sepia photos over at Sepia Saturday

Thursday, July 15, 2010

HELP !!!

creatures in peril as photographed in:
Bexhill, Jersey, Greenwich, Charlton, Eltham

Further takes on "Help" over at Theme Thursday

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Saturday, July 10, 2010

sepia beach 2 - costumes and caps

Continuing with my series of old family beach photos, these are some of my favourites. Though actually, most of them are my favourites.

In this first photo are my grandparents (paternal) - Harold and Win Jiggins, and Harold's sister Queen. Win and Queen are the 2 girls standing together just to the right of centre, holding hands and Queenie with a particularly clingy costume! I can't help wondering if she realised. Harold is behind and between them.
I'm pretty sure that the lady set just in front of Win and the man to her left (with the 2 boys between them) are my great grandparents, Win's mum and dad.

Aren't these costumes great! and all the women, bar none, are wearing those mob caps, most of the little girls too.

The second photo includes my Auntie Queen again sat in the water almost centre front, next to the woman holding a little boy, and with her brother - Harold, my grandad - on the other side of her. I'm pretty certain its Win, my gran, just behind and to the left of Harold holding up the seaweed.

And this last one I like best of all due to the larking about and face pulling. This really captures a moment, doesn't it?

Auntie Queen is there again, 2nd from the left at the back and I'm pretty sure that next to her on the end of the row is her mother, my great grandmother Elizabeth. Other photos of Elizabeth are formal, and serious and usually wearing glasses but I think this is her.

and just look at those costumes and caps!

Happy Sepia Saturday - more fabulous photos over here.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

no ball games

It was only after uploading these pictures that I reflected on their common theme....

over at Theme Thursday, you will probably find some less woeful examples

Saturday, July 03, 2010


Its beach weather here in beach-less London.

Actually, thats not quite true, there is a beach (bizarrely) on the Thames.

Be that as it may, I'm posting a series of family beach photos weekly for Sepia Saturday.

This is my grandfather - "Little grandad", my mothers dad - also to be seen here and here

And my nan....

and my mum (right) with her cousin Lily.

All these (except the first) in Folkestone in the late 1930's.

Thursday, July 01, 2010


photos all taken in Jersey, Channel Islands

the Swim Club, Havre des pas

the Swim Club, Havre des pas

more Thursday blues over here