I shall, mainly, let the captures (of lost time) speak for themselves; but my childhood home/mum and dads’ home for over 50 years is finally being sold on 8.8.16. These pictures show what remains, re-situated in my flat….
Classical music was VERY important to dad, and he even wrote an (unpublished) book on British classical music
His favourite composer, and his mission to rescue from obscurity, was Josef Holbrooke: the piano score for Holbrooke’s mammoth, Wagnerian opera “Bronwen”. I inherited an acute love of classical music from dad:)
childhood ikon; obvious imagery
Dad loved trains-and Meccano!
My great grandfather was first Labour Mayor of Bootle; Jeremy Corbyn link there 🙂
Mum’s beautiful wild garden!
Cover of dad’s (quite famous in its day!) chemistry textbook(one of, I think, three)
Inside the Archive in rememberance of my dad:50s “Gramophone” mags, 70s BR timetable, 78s(and one speed 80!); by collection of objects do we,thus, try and fight against mortality
Great grandfather with Mayoral chains!
Mum really enters the picture here, with two of her quirky, camp objects plus nana’s cuckoo, which, if you blew into it, made a cuckoo noise!
A tenuous memento of perfect family Christmasses; again, very mum:)
Mum and I in the echt “Greendays” café, c. 2006
Myself, aged about 11; still had hair then! The quizzical look hides the pain to come (:
:):) (me on bike, mum and brother), c.1965
Our erstwhile cat, Dinky:)
More quirky, variegated extravaganzas from mums collection of (knowingly) kitsch/camp objets d’art!
Mum and dad, in their different ways, always wanted us to be happy:)
Mum certainly WAS quirky, with a penchant for rainbow colours(she was always openly proud of me, her gay son: she told everyone and wanted to go on Pride Marches: I regret I never took her along)
Misty: mum, sister and I. Mum looks SO happy,c 2006 (she died in 2009)
From mum’s garden:you are getting the picture of what she was like:)
IN MEMORIAM:Denis and Kathleen Benson, mum and dad. Forever. Rest in peace.xxx