It's been a funny old week : perhaps I will tell the story at some point, but there again perhaps I won't.
But here we are, approaching another weekend and with another Sepia Saturday challenge before us . Our prompt this week shows a couple of characters standing at the door of a Sydney Coffee House. This was always going to be difficult for me because my family come from Yorkshire, and Yorkshire folk are reluctant to pay for a cup of tea or coffee in a Café when there is a Primus Stove available.
I can hardly remember ever going into a café when I was a child. We would go out for endless weekend "runs" in the car, tour the Dales and the valleys of West Yorkshire, pass endless little tea shops and coffee lounges - but never, ever call in. "Tha don't want to be wasting tha brass in places like that", my father would say, and my mother would give a supportive nod of the head as she took the fold-up table out of the car boot and lit the little Camping Gas stove. Our café was the road verge, our coffee house was the lay-by.
But I did manage to find one photograph of my parents looking uncomfortable in a café. It dates from about 1962 and it was taken during an outlandishly adventurous camping holiday in the South of France. Not only does the photograph show them sitting down at a café table, it also shows my father drinking a glass of beer! This is a double rarity as my father avoided alcohol with the ingenuity of a fully paid-up miser. You couldn't save a bob or two by mashing your own pot of beer and therefore it was best avoided. But fifty years ago they were abroad, in a foreign country, spending foreign money and therefore a rare bottle of beer or a bottle of Coke might be justified. I can still hear my father saying to the neighbours months after we had returned from the trip, "and do you know how much we paid for a glass of Coca Cola, do you know ....!"
I suppose the truth is, on the whole, café society passed us by in Bradford.
The prompt for Sepia Saturday 170 shows two men outside a Coffee Lounge. Sepians from all over the world have been using this prompt as a springboard to visual journeys into the past. You can trace their steps by following the links on the Sepia Saturday Blog.