Each week, Sepia Saturday challenges participants to go digging amongst their collection of old photographs in order to come up with something that - however obtusely - matches the set theme. For Sepia Saturday 221, the theme image features a lot of water : so I needed to go digging for water - and I came up with this recently discovered photograph of me as a young gardener. It must have been taken about 1954 and that is the small flower bed at the bottom of the garden in Oaklands Avenue, Halifax. I was given an early introduction to gardening : the couple who lived next door to us ran a flower shop and they gave me a little trowel and fork set for my birthday. I obviously threw myself into the hobby with enthusiasm and I have that look of happy concentration of a seasoned gardener. I must confess - and I realise that this confession will upset a lot of you - that the early exposure to the joy of cultivation has left me with a lifelong aversion to all things to do with the soil, flowers or vegetables (other than the noble potato which I worship with religious fervour). These days, I much prefer to do my digging in the fertile soil of history.
You can see what other people have cultivated for Sepia Saturday this week by visiting the Sepia Saturday Blog and following the various links.