16 July 2013

so cool


This is Auntie Rosie in June 1953 - a touch of coronation chic at the street party.  I love the way she looks so very cool against the background of chalked walls.  Who would have remembered that walls were covered in temporary chalk graffiti, mock cricket stumps and football nets all summer? Not me.  All I can recall from my childhood, for we lived her too, is the dusty smell of the street when it rained, and a dairy smell (it was a Co-op building). And it remains a mystery as to who that uniform belonged to - surely not her brother Willy, a chubby little fellow? Look closely, you can even see the seven creases in the trouser legs, representing the seven seas.

We are trying to stay cool here in these soaring temperatures, and life seems to be taken up with the carrying of watering cans to help the plants survive.  I get up in the cool of the morning to do yoga in the garden, before the seven dwarves arrive next door to start digging and drilling and banging and generally creating more dust in my house than is imaginable. Then I am off to avoid the noise. In fact, I'm off this minute because the noise is already unbearable.  But I'll be back soon I hope.

7 comments:

60 going on 16 said...

I think your Auntie Rosie looks fab.

We have similar works going on next door and, because it is so hot, all the windows are open, ensuring that everyone in the centre of the village is subjected to a day-long barrage of noise. The owners, needless to say, are away during the day; by the time they return, all is tranquil again.

Even so, I am just so happy that we are now into our second week of sun and proper summer days that I'll use earplugs if it means that I can be outdoors most of the time. And work gets pushed to the beginning and end of the day, whenever possible.

Rattling On said...

Fantastic picture! We have some of my uncle dressed as a 'lady' (balloon bosoms and size 12 wellies) pushing my aunty in a pram.
Unbelievably warm here as well. Nice for a change!

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Auntie Rose looks like one fun lady!

It's hot enough here, and I know it's much hotter where you are ... here's hoping there's some respite soon. All this sun is lovely but talk about from one extreme to the other ... just a little bit of rain wouldn't go amiss on the poor gardens and allotments and fields.

Liz said...

Ooh, Auntie Rosie! Very Anchors Aweigh!

It's too hot for me. I'm mafted, as they say round these parts.

Hoping for quieter days for you. And yes, come back soon.

rachel said...

Can I come with you? The builders are next door too, and the eldest son competes with the cement mixer by turning Radio One up very very (murderously) loud.....

tut-tut said...

A very cool photo

Anonymous said...

I never knew that the seven creases in the sailors trousers represented the seven seas - you learn something new everyday. In fact, I've a lovely black and white picture of my mam and dad getting married back in the 1950s and he wore his sailor suit and guess what - yes he has the seven creases in his trousers.