More notes from the madhouse

I appreciate this is becoming a little self-indulgent so I promise it is the last. Whilst packing away the original prints from the previous post I came across this one which I had completely forgotten.  There is something weird going on here, like the Munsters go mad on holiday.  To the left Uncle is stood to attention in his flat cap, as though about to preach a sermon, oblivious to the chaos around him. Unique in my experience, my sister has adopted my patent Quasimodo pose whilst the bemused cousin is backing off in fear of this strange girl’s antics. Aunt is hiding in the shadows of her monstrous Jaguar SS, too sozzled to emerge.  Mother, washerwoman arms folded (her description not mine), is in earnest conversation with Pop who, if I remember correctly, was stone-deaf.  I am of course putting on another performance – Dad is hiding behind the camera, probably the Brownie 127. It is a wonder  we all survived – everyone agreed, it was a miracle indeed:

7 go mad


  1. spinningwheels · October 24, 2013

    Lovely family photo, and very nostalgic! I love the car…They don’t make them like that anymore!

    • northumbrianlight · October 24, 2013

      Many thanks – they certainly don’t, it’s a wonderful piece of ‘heavy’ engineering – I can still smell those leather seats.

  2. ilargia64 · October 24, 2013


  3. bentehaarstad · October 24, 2013

    Old photos is often very interesting and beautiful. This one funny too.

  4. Photography Journal Blog · October 24, 2013

    What a great photo!

    • northumbrianlight · October 24, 2013

      Many thanks, it certainly rolls back the years – I can just about remember that day – we were heading for a holiday in Wales.

  5. LaVagabonde · October 24, 2013

    In the photo, there’s a thin and very faint white blur in front of you and near the ground…are you screaming at a phantom that only you can see?

    • northumbrianlight · October 24, 2013

      I think you are absolutely right – this sort of traumatic experience would entirely explain/excuse a subsequent life of unreasonable behaviour 🙂 PS – nice new photo but nearly didn’t recognise you – I will miss the rabbit 🙂

      • LaVagabonde · October 24, 2013

        I will miss the bunny, too. I’ve heard that he recently passed away. But the photo was seven years old. It was time for something new. 🙂

  6. Tish Farrell · October 24, 2013

    Totally hilarious, Robin. Loved your commentary. The photo is extraordinary.

    • northumbrianlight · October 24, 2013

      Thanks Tish – I feel honour bound to point out that my aunt being sozzled is poetic licence – I don’t think she drank at all 🙂

  7. Graham Stephen · October 24, 2013


  8. meticulousmick · October 24, 2013

    Great car, love your stuff. Always interesting. MM 🍀

    • northumbrianlight · October 24, 2013

      Thanks Mick – I loved riding in that car – they eventually swapped it for a Vauxhall Victor – big mistake!

  9. RobynG · October 25, 2013

    I always enjoy your stories and images. Thanks for sharing! You made me smile this evening! Robyn

    • northumbrianlight · October 25, 2013

      Thanks Robyn, it feels good to make people smile which sort of explains my antics in the photo 🙂 Have a great weekend.

  10. Malin H · November 10, 2013

    Lovely story… as always. And the image is also very lovely.
    And I have to say that this post make me smile. Thank you.

    And of course; I learned something new here – “washerwoman arms”. 🙂

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