Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sepia Saturday 271 : The Bitter Draught Of Progress

This week our Sepia Saturday theme image features a group of horses gathered around a stream and enjoying a refreshing drink after the toil of a working day. So many possibilities here for the creative Sepian - horses, streams, work - to mention just a few, but for some reason or another I decided to go for a drink!



So here I am enjoying a pint and what looks like a cigar with the Excellent Lady Wife and her parents, Raymond and Edith Berry. I have no idea where the photograph was taken (it is indeed rare for me to forget a pub) and I can only guess as to when it was taken - and that would be sometime in the mid 1970s. At that time we were living in London so it might have been taken in the beer garden of a southern pub (the beer gardens of northern pubs tend to be full of pigeon lofts and forced rhubarb). 


A second image from my scanned negative archives features a northern pub, the Royal Oak in Skipton. It will have been taken in 1966 or early 1967 when I was still at school. We were on a geography field trip to Skipton and whilst the rest of the class surveyed artesian basins and sketched U shaped valleys, a few of my school mates and I went off to the pub.  As far as I can discover, the pub has now been converted to a guest house - with neither pigeons nor rhubarb in sight.  Such is the bitter draught of progress.

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12 comments:

  1. Great photos, you look so happy too! I wonder though if her daddy is ready to yawn or in mid song? I want to say he's singing!

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  2. Was there some kind of hair growth compound in that ale? Where can I get some?

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  3. If I remember correctly there was a lot of hair around in the 1970s. I expect it was some sort of infectious disease that afflicted most men between the ages of 13 and 45. There was a lot of hair for girls too of course but not so luxuriant.

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  4. A pint in one hand, a smoke in the other?
    Yikes...

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  5. It is a great follow for the theme. I really struggled on this one so you don't see me joining this week. I know you must value the two photos as they are such a great visual of personal history.

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  6. Glad to see you only were so blessed with hair in the 70s, but not so much in the 60s...don't you want to put a word into your father-in-laws mouth, as suggested by Karen? How now brown cow?

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  7. More evidence that your enthusiasm for photos of pubs has a long history, Alan.

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  8. It's hard to escape mentioning that hair! Whoa. But that was the 70s. Were those natural curls? My brother's hair was straight as could be, but he grew it out a bit & had it permed - and kept the style to an extent and I actually think he looked better with it that way.

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  9. I was pleased to see the handle on the pint - that makes it northern surely.

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  10. That Royal Oak may be gone, but I'm sure there are still plenty of pubs of the same name around. Hope you passed your geography assessment!

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  11. Pretty slick to skip out on a school field trip.

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  12. With that hair you could be related to my husband! Great old photos , however did you manage to visit a pub on a school outing? :)

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