My great-uncle Stan was a designer for Ford, and cars were his great loves.
Well, one of his great loves - his greatest love was my Aunty Queen, his other loves included music and tennis / table-tennis.
I was never too much interested in the cars - I'm still not too much interested in cars. But the cars I like are usually vintage - and I would love to have now one of the cars which Uncle Stan was so proud of back then.
Here is a selection of photos of Stan and family, and his racey car-rallying friends and their vehiculars. Stan is on the left in this first photo
and thats his grandmother in the car and his mother sitting on the running board.
And finally, a photo of Stan driving the first Fordson motorised tractor in the UK.
This is a Sepia Saturday post - you can enjoy more over here and there are some earlier posts about Stan and his family here and here.
Some pictures from my recent visit to Kerala, India.
For the first few days, everywhere we went we saw these beautiful creations
made from flowers, petals and leaves
(the writing here says Happy Onam)
and on this one, the dark red is grated beetroot.
These flower carpets are carefully created (sometimes a fresh one each day) as part of the festival of Onam, in honour of Kerala's most loved king Mahabile
This man came over from the festival procession where he was representing Mahabile, and said hello to us in our car.
Mahabile is believed to return once a year to see how the people he so cared for are getting on.
It is also a harvest festival and the rice and coconut represent plenty and prosperity.
We shared a special feast - a Thali - with local people as part of the celebration. The various delicious dishes and chutneys are served in a set sequence on banana leaves - we ate with our fingers which was easier than I'd expected, I came to quite enjoy doing without the cutlery.
As well as the flower carpets, we saw onam flowers for sale in the streets
and I quickly realised that London, on my return, was going to seem somewhat grey....