Saturday, June 17, 2017

Sepia Saturday 372 : Thanks For The Can, Dickie and Nelly



It is not that often that you get the opportunity to match a Sepia Saturday theme image with exactly the same image. It is the kind of special opportunity that should be limited to birthdays and high holidays and, to the best of my knowledge, today isn't a high holiday. But it is the birthday of the little lad in the image and therefore I get the opportunity to refresh my imagination with the sweet waters of nostalgia. 

In other words, I get to tell you how this is a picture of me aged five watering a patch of garden that had been allocated to me when we moved into our new house in Northowram, a few miles north of Halifax. The year will have been 1953 and my father was still in the process of turning what had been half a field and half a building site into a garden. That wonderful Yorkshire dry stone wall was an original feature, dividing the field that had been used to build a new group of semi-detached houses from the neighbouring fields which still had the occasional cow in it. The smaller wall in front of the little terraced garden had been built by my father - no doubt with the help of my brother - from stones that had been rescued from the fields and quarries around where we lived.

The watering can was a birthday gift from our new next-door neighbours - Dickie and Nelly Somethingorother - who were keen to instil a love of gardening in my young mind in the belief that it would lead to a long, satisfied and sober life. Looking back from the perspective of sixty-four years later, I can assure them that it has been satisfyingly long and most enjoyably far from sober.

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9 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Ali.

    The spade in the picture is still in daily use. Sometimes the adventures of "objects" are as interesting as the adventures of people. Who would have thought the spade would end up in the Caribbean.

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  2. I’m glad to see that you are wearing your wellies; nobody wants soggy socks!

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  3. Happy Birthday Alan! So glad to know who this cute kid is! (I inadvertently named you Billy or Bobby.) Great story of the wall, the watering can, and now your brother has confessed about the spade. This place here at Sepia Saturday is one of the highlights of my life these days! Talking with you all around the world, who would have believed it when we were doing our watering of plants as tots!

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  4. What a fun glimpse into the story behind the watering can.

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  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, certainly. And as has been suggested - what fun to know the actual story behind a prompt picture featuring a fellow Sepian. Good show! :)

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  6. Well, I'm a bit late, but Happy Birthday!

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  7. Ah, the Somethingorothers. Such kindly folk! Great pic, Alan.

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  8. Happy Birthday Alan! Thanks for the special personal prompt!

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  9. Cheers, Alan! May you enjoy many more special days.

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