Tuesday, 17 October 2017

My Dad's Diary : Fri 17th October 1947

"Dull and cold.

Doris went to Dr. - slight heart trouble."

Monday, 16 October 2017

My Dad's Diary : Thurs 16th October 1947

"Dull & cold.

Had row with Doris re not going to doctor."

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Sketch Crawl : Queens Arms, Shieldfield.



Queens Arms, Shieldfield
(0.5 marker and brush pens in A4 sketchbook)

Officially, the Sketch Crawl yesterday was to Northumbria University campus but while Mike was happy - and successful! - at tackling the intricate modern architecture of the new campus buildings, I felt more comfortable going round the corner to draw this nice old pub on Simpson Terrace. I surprised myself by getting almost all of it done within the first hour. Only a bit of line strengthening and lettering remained to finish off at home.

The mysterious "whirlpool" in the foreground is actually the worn remains of a mini roundabout. Why I stopped drawing at the edge of the page instead of finishing the building on the adjoining page is more of a mystery. Maybe I'll go back and remedy that.

We had a pleasant surprise in the form of two visitors from other Sketch Crawl groups - Andy from Urban Sketchers Yorkshire and Christine from Urban Sketchers London. Nice to meet you both and I hope we get to meet up again sometime.

[Next Time : 11th Nov., Sunderland Winter Gardens]

My Dad's Diary : Wed 15th October 1947

"Showery this morning.

Spent night at home.

Called at mother's."


Saturday, 14 October 2017

La Cartuja, Seville.


La Cartuja, Seville.
(0.5 marker and watercolour in A5 sketchbook)

I'd just about given up on drawing anything in Seville, even after a wander round the fascinating complex of La Cartuja with its Spanish and Moorish architecture mixed with British kiln chimneys, and was on my way out of the gate. Looking back I saw this doorway and, really quite tired by then, sat down on a step and got the sketchbook out. The circular design proved a nightmare because it was composed of thousands of coloured ceramic tiles, but I guess (hope) that doesn't come across too badly in the final drawing.

Back at the apartment, I dug out my tiny watercolour box and a waterbrush and added a bit of colour to pull the thing together.

My Dad's Diary : Tues 14th October 1947

"Fine weather continues.

Went to the doctor's for Drs Certs. Jimmie and Lily sick now.

Doris had dizzy bout."

Jim and Lily were Mam's brother and sister, also living in the flat upstairs.

Friday, 13 October 2017

La Farola, Malaga


La Farola, Malaga
(0.5 marker in A5 sketchbook)

Despite an optimistic packing of several different sketchbooks, I found it as difficult as usual to get anything drawn on holiday. Two weeks in Spain and only two drawings done. Well, you either get to see lots of interesting new things or you get to stop for an hour or so and get something drawn. So it goes.

At the end of the week in Malaga, I found myself in the harbour looking at the lighthouse and suddenly feeling I could get something down on paper. And here it is.

My Dad's Diary : Mon 13th October 1947

"Changed bike over to fixed."

Thursday, 12 October 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sun 12th October 1947

"Mr & Mrs Brownlee & Ken sick with food poisoning.

Did lots of digging in No.52 garden.

Fine weather continues."

"Mr & Mrs Brownlee" were my Mam's parents who lived in the flat above us with her younger brother Ken. I have no memory of my maternal grandad, but I'm fairly sure this is us together in the backyard. To the best of my knowledge, no one ended up buried in No.52 garden.




The "fine weather" was actually the hottest summer on record for 300 years.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sat 11th October 1947

"Bed settee suite delivered. Cost £34.00.

Took Doris to Ritz."

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

My Dad's Diary : Fri 10th October 1947

"Fine weather continues.

Went to see about 3 pce suite. Fixed on Bed Settee suite."

My Dad's Diary : Thur 9th October 1947

"Harry now has 5 teeth.

Wrote to Joe Milburn."

Monday, 9 October 2017

My Dad's Diary : Wed 8th October 1947

"Fine day.

Collected logs from Mother's.

Rec'd letter from Nora."

My Dad's Diary : Sun 5th - 7th October 1947

Sun 5th October 

"Fine sunny day.

Garden in morning. Started stripping turf off.

Five Wand at night."

Image result for five wand mill inn

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Mon 6th October

"Fine day again."

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Tues 7th October

"Fine day.

Had haircut."

My Dad's Diary : Wed 1st - 4th October 1947

Wed 1st October 

"Fine weather continues.

Went to see Mother - had a bit of a row re politics.

Overtime."

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Thurs 2nd October

"Fine and dry.

Overtime again."

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Fri 3rd October

"Fine weather still continues.

Last night of overtime."

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Sat 4th October

"Sunny day.

Went out with Doris and baby to get new raincoat.

Ronnie had leeks stolen."

Sunday, 8 October 2017

African Currency and a Sharpie





 3 pages of African Currency
(Black Sharpie in 14 x 14 cm sketchbook)

As an experiment, I took on holiday a new small Seawhite sketchbook and a black Sharpie. I know nothing about Sharpies except that they're very popular, so I thought it would be worth a try. The Seawhite sketchbook says on the inside sheet "ALL-MEDIA CARTRIDGE PAPER". I've used them before and had no trouble with them, but when I tried the book and the Sharpie together in a museum in Malaga, I found they didn't much like one another. The Sharpie bled through the paper easily and unless I worked very quickly, I found I was making drawings like join-the-dots

I gave up and took photographs instead.

My Dad's Diary : Sun 28th - Tues 30th September 1947

Sun 28th September 

"Fine day.

Spent morning in new garden.

Got word of increase - 7/6d.

Usual Sunday night."

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Mon 29th September

"Started overtime tonight.

Still no news of promotion.

Trouble re pyjamas."

It took me a long time to work out that the last word was indeed pyjamas. Don't ask me to explain why there was trouble with them, or what that trouble might be, because the secret is lost in history.

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Tues 30th September

"Fine sunny morning.

Overtime again."

Saturday, 7 October 2017

My Dad's Diary : Wed 24th - Sat 27th September 1947

Wed 24th September

"Sunny day.

Started work in new garden - No. 52."

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Thurs 25th September

"Dull but fine."

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Fri 26th September

"Took Doris to Odeon, Gateshead."

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Sat 27th September

"Sunny day. Went to see Gateshead v. York -- Draw 0-0."

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Friday, 22 September 2017

My Dad's Diary: Mon 22nd September 1947

"Very windy.

Spent night in house."

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Sisyphus


Sisyphus
(acrylic on canvas, 8 x 8 in)

Although I know the beginnings of this painting lie in a sketchbook drawing done in a wood quite a few years ago, it seems to have taken on a life of its own when developed in paint. A life of its own in the sense that it rather puzzles me: what does it mean? Does it mean anything? Something in my mind helped it to come to fruition and I can see a certain vague personal symbolism there, but maybe I'm not supposed to delve too deeply.

Whatever, as the kids probably no longer say. I like it and I can tell you what it doesn't mean: I'm definitely not finished with the Path Through the Woods.

My Dad's Diary : Sun 21st September 1947

"Dull.

Usual Sunday."

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sat 20th September 1947

"Bought new inflator - 6/6d.

Spent afternoon with Doris at garden."

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

General Dealers


General Dealers
(acrylic on board, 10 x 10 in)

Well, nostalgia isn't such a bad thing after all. I'm rather pleased with this and may consider doing more, if I can find material I like.

Working with acrylic is certainly interesting. I had intended to hand letter the shop signage, but a memory surfaced of a big binder of Letraset I had stored away and I dug it out. Sure enough, there was a sheet of white Letraset Printpak so I decided to see if it would apply itself  to a surface of acrylic paint. "GENERAL"went on nicely, but I hadn't counted on the age of the Letraset. It seems after forty years or so, the carrier film becomes very friable and as I started on the word "DEALERS" I found the plastic film simply breaking up as I rubbed on the lettering.

The result is as you see it, rather patchy and broken. I figured I'd have to try to repair it with a pen and acrylic ink, or at a push, a Posca Pen, but the more I looked at it, the more it looked appropriate for the signage of an old corner shop. So it's staying.

My Dad's Diary : Fri 19th September 1947

"Rain."

Monday, 18 September 2017

Sunday, 17 September 2017

My Dad's Diary : Wed 17th September 1947

"Rec'd word from Pagan re allotment.

Fine day. Broke inflator."

Saturday, 16 September 2017

My Dad's Diary : Tues 16th September 1947

"Very heavy showers.

P.O. withdrawal £2.12.2.

Received two overalls."

Friday, 15 September 2017

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Path to Mystery


WIP
(acrylic on canvas, 8 x 8 in)

Although I have umpteen paintings on the go at the moment, my Regular Reader will be familiar with my reluctance to finish them.  There are certainly two in the series of Path through the Woods paintings to finish. Soon, Real Soon Now.

While working on one of the unfinished paintings yesterday, I was reminded of an old sketchbook drawing and decided to see if it might be adapted to this series. The A4 drawing, done in charcoal and pastel on a painting trip in 2003, always seemed to have a sense of mystery about it and although some of that mystery has been lost in the transposition to paint, I hope enough of it has remained.


My Dad's Diary : Sun 14th September 1947

"Windy but dry.

Usual sort of Sunday."

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sat 13th September 1947

"Very heavy rain in early morning.

Sunny in afternoon.

Took Doris to see The Red House at Gateshead Odeon."

In The Red House, starring Edward G. Robinson, "An old man and his sister are concealing a terrible secret from their adopted teen daughter, concerning a hidden abandoned farmhouse, located deep in the woods."

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Food Station


Food Station
(acrylic on canvas, 8x8 ins)

This painting has been sitting propped up in my studio for months. My Regular Reader will remember it began as a sketchbook drawing done in Durham Market Place:

Some time later, I tried making it into a painting, but didn't like how it was looking and put it to one side.


A bit later, I decided to get rid of the buildings in the background and replace them with a big sky and some sea, but even that didn't satisfy. Today, for some reason I can't honestly bring to mind, I saw the picture and immediately thought of bunting. So that's what I added and to me it's the perfect answer to a very problematic painting.






My Dad's Diary : Fri 12th September 1947

"Dull but dry.

Heavy rain during the night."

Monday, 11 September 2017

Pharmacy Jar


Pharmacy Jar
(acrylic and collage on board, 9 x 9 in)

Finished. I've worked on the Mediterranean buildings outside and fiddled with the olive branch. I'm happy with it, if not completely satisfied. I'm never that.

WIP : General Dealer


General Dealer (WIP)
(acrylic on board, 10 x 10 in)

That nice lady who got scrubbed out has gone home for her shopping bag, changed her coat and reappeared in the picture. More fiddling here and there, and the picture has moved along reasonably well.

My Dad's Diary : Thur 11th September 1947

"Very dull days. Still no rain. Overtime every night.

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Mother and Winnie leave for Edinburgh today.

Slight rain during night."

They'd have been going to stay with Grandma's half sister, Jessie, in Edinburgh. Here's a photograph of the two half sisters together in 1954, Gran on the left.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

My Dad's Diary : Wed 10th September 1947

"Very dull days. Still no rain. Overtime every night.

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Doris went to doctor's about bad back."

Saturday, 9 September 2017

My Dad's Diary : Tues 9th September 1947

"Very dull days. Still no rain. Overtime every night.

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Very windy."

Friday, 8 September 2017

Cynical Nostalgia


General Dealer WIP
(acrylic on board, 10 x 10 in)

Paintings of nostalgia sell well in the North East; raggy kids playing football in the back lane, men in caps and mufflers going to the match, smoky chimneys, that sort of thing. There are several artists round here who have made a very good living out of pandering to the public desire for things they think they remember fondly. 

Me, I've always avoided painting pictures like that. I paint what I want to paint and mostly that doesn't include the Tyne Bridge or Memories of Old Gateshead or even Flat Caps and Whippets. I've often threatened to produce a series of Flat Cap & Whippet Pictures just to see how they'd do, but the will wasn't really there. Learning recently that one of the most successful painters of nostalgia is seriously depressed because he doesn't want to paint Men Going to the Match or Smoky Chimneys by the Docks ever again but can't stop because he needs to make the sales, definitely strengthened my resolve.

Until today. Gateshead Art Society has a programme (that I have a hand in deciding) to give members a prod in creative thinking should they need it. Quite often, unless it's a talk or a video, I go my own way and just get on with whatever I'm currently painting. This week, however, I noticed that the suggested activity was "PAINTING FOR POSTER COMPETITION". This is to remind members that someone's painting will eventually be chosen to appear on the poster for the club's Annual Exhibition at Xmas, so making a start on something suitable might be a good idea.

Now I've never been on the poster, so it suddenly came to me that I might as well have a go. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. But what to paint? Recently I've been storing photographs of old bits of Gateshead, mostly now demolished. This is the sort of subject matter the great Norman Cornish specialised in, though in his case it was his home town of Spennymoor. While I hate the painters of nostalgia who aren't even old enough to remember anything of the things they paint, Cornish lived that life and I respected his right to paint what he knew. Well, I thought, I was born and brought up in the Gateshead that no longer survives and I have clear memories of it, so maybe I have the right to paint a little of what I remember too.

And so today I started this Work in Progress, using an old monochrome photograph of a shop on Tower Street. Colour added from memory, and yes, that blurred shape was the figure of a woman carrying a shopping bag. She turned out to be in slightly the wrong position, so had to be scrubbed out. She'll go back in once I've made more of the building and the snow (added to the scene because it's Xmas).

During the coffee break, someone asked me about the painting and all I could think of was to say it was "cynical nostalgia". It seems I haven't forgiven myself yet.

My Dad's Diary : Mon 8th September 1947

This appears across the entries for the next four days:

"Very dull days. Still no rain. Overtime every night."

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"Very windy."

Thursday, 7 September 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sun 7th September 1947

"Dull today.

Went for walk in afternoon.

To Mother's at night."

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sat 6th September 1947

"Dull day, but still no rain.

Took Doris to Gateshead Odeon. Lost her gloves."

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

My Dad's Diary : Fri 5th September 1947

"Harry is now 19 lbs 8 ozs.

Very light shower during night. Hot & dry during day."

Monday, 4 September 2017

Norma's Circle Book



















My latest pages and additions to Norma's Sketchbook Circle book. This time I used a combination of collage, acrylic paint (both direct and pressed onto pieces of paper, then cut out), rubber stamps, washi tape, packaging tape and sticky shapes.

More on the Jar


Pharmacy Jar WIP
(Mixed media on board)

Slowly, slowly, I'm moving this Jar painting along. Not much to say about it at the moment, but I like the way it's going.

My Dad's Diary : Thurs 4th September 1947

"Still dry but cooler.

Still on overtime."

Sunday, 3 September 2017

My Dad's Diary : Wed 3rd September 1947

"No rain.

Overtime.

11 hours of overtime due - 27/6."

That's £1.35 for working 11 hours overtime! To put it into context, the back pages of the Diary show that on 4th September, he was paid a week's wages of £4.13.11 (£4.65).

Saturday, 2 September 2017

My Dad's Diary : Tues 2nd September 1947

"Still hot and dry.

Overtime.

Harry cut his second two teeth."

Friday, 1 September 2017

My Dad's Diary : Fri 1st September 1947

"Still no rain.

Overtime.

1st year's increment due from today."

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sat 30th August 1947

"Hot & dry.

Went out with Doris and baby."

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

My Dad's Diary : 29th August 1947

"Hot & dry.

Started overtime."

Monday, 28 August 2017

Knife Garden

Knife Garden
(acrylic on watercolor paper)

All those who suggested I shouldn't touch this painting I produced with a painting knife at Tony Montague's workshop, may or may not be dismayed to find I couldn't let it lie.

I said I didn't like the sky and I meant it, so I took my brush in my hand, dug out some different blues and painted over the rather scrappy, turbulent sky of the original. I think the new sky is calmer and makes the painting much less frenetic. Using different blues has left an interesting halo round the big tree and I like that effect. I'll probably leave it alone now.

I've photographed the painting in a temporary mount, just to see how it might look framed.


My Dad's Diary : Thur 28th August 1947

"Still no rain.

Spent evening at garden."

Sunday, 27 August 2017

The Path Never Taken

Path WIP
(Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 cm)

When doing Tony Montague's knife painting workshop a couple of weeks ago, one of the images I thought about using was a small monochrome inkjet print provided by Tony. In the end, I used another, but I was still interested in this monochrome because it showed a path through a wood, a theme that continues to fascinate me.

On Friday at Gateshead Art Society's weekly meeting, I thought I'd make a start on this image and see where it led. And this Work In Progress is where I got to by the end of the session. There's a great deal of the cadmium orange underpainting showing through and I intend to keep some of that, especially in the trunks of the tree. The main difficulty is sorting out the monochrome trees and branches, but I'm now at the stage where I can see the wood for the trees.

My Dad's Diary : Wed 27th August 1947

"Warm and dry."

Saturday, 26 August 2017

My Dad's Diary : Tues 26th August 1947

"Still no rain.

Spent night at the garden. Soil dry about 2 ft down."

Friday, 25 August 2017

My Dad's Diary : Mon 25th August 1947

"Hot & dry.

Went to library at night."

Interesting to note that although this was the day of his 32nd birthday, there's no mention of it in his Diary.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sat 23rd August 1947

"Still no rain.

Went to town with Doris."

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Monday, 21 August 2017

My Dad's Diary : Thur 21st August 1947

"Still hot & dry.

Harry 19lbs 8ozs.

Garden at night."

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"Austerity starts today. 
Stirling conversion stopped."

The Attlee Government was forced to introduce austerity measures in 1947 to the dismay of Britons who'd had to survive the shortages of six years of war. This link says austerity began on 27th August. My Dad doesn't agree.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

My Dad's Diary : Wed 20th August 1947

"Hot & dry again.

Went to garden at night - very dry."

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Path to the Sea


Path to the Sea
(acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 cm)

Leaving the Envelope and Jar to stew for a while ("marinade" might be a kinder term), I've returned to what's becoming a theme of mine - paths or tunnels through woods. This one is based on a photo I took this year on the island of Lopud, but I've allowed myself a good deal of liberty with reality.

I used the technique I learned from Lesley Seeger's workshop in March, laying down a layer of gel medium and thin paint, then working into it. Previously I used the pointed end of a brush but this time I thought I'd give a Colour Shaper a go. I've had these things lying round the studio for ages and never known quite what to do with them. The taper point tool made some really interesting marks that, when I came to work on the painting after the gel had dried, began to suggest quite exotic plant life. Some kind of cactus or succulent appeared from the top of the wall at the left and I encouraged its growth. 

The actual path on Lopud did lead to the sea but the path was very high up and we never reached the end or saw the sea. It seemed appropriate, then, to let me get a glimpse of the sea in my painting.


My Dad's Diary : Tues 19th August 1947

"Sat for Promotion Board.

Hot day. No rain.

Stayed in at night to look after Harry."

Friday, 18 August 2017

My Dad's Diary : Mon 18th August 1947

"Still hot - still no rain.

Went to garden to water celery, leeks etc. at night."

Envelope and Jar







Partly inspired by by some of my Sketchbook Circle work, I decided to see what might happen if I collaged the inside of an envelope onto an old MDF panel. Where would it lead? 

I thought I'd draw an pharmacy jar I'd photographed in the Fitzwilliam Museum and turned the envelope into a table. I'm still playing with the image, but the addition of an olive branch, the suggestion of a window and a pair of table legs are indicating a way forward. 

Might work. Might not. Any thoughts?

Thursday, 17 August 2017

In the Boatyard


In the Boatyard
(acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 cm)

Three days work, off and on, to get this done. There were boats on the water and another figure, but in the course of refining it they got painted out and not put back in. I guess the missing man got in the missing boat and sailed away.

My Dad's Diary : Sun 17th August 1947

"Heat wave continues.

Garden in morning - too hot to work.

Out with Ronnie at night."

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sat 16th August 1947

"Still hot.

Garden in afternoon, walk with Doris at night."

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Monday, 14 August 2017

Sketchbook Circle : Me






Running short of time with the Sketchbook Circle in July, I had to eschew any thoughts of adding to Gwen's pages in my sketchbook and concentrate on doing some of my own. Some pressed paint, some washi tapes, a sheet of brown paper and other bits and pieces ...





My Dad's Diary : Thur 14th August 1947

"Had test this morning.

Heat wave continues."

I assume the test is part of the Promotion Board.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

My Dad's Diary : Wed 13th August 1947

"Hot day.

Went for walk at night round T. Estate."

The Team Valley Trading Estate was first begun in 1936  and opened by George VI in 1939. Laid out as a leafy park, even now it's quite a pleasant place to walk through, but in 1947 it was quiet and rural, there were a couple of woods and a river (much of it culverted, but not all) and it was a big change from the terraced streets of Bensham. I spent a lot of my childhood there.

Here's a photo of the layout in 1947:


Saturday, 12 August 2017

Crab Pots, Staithes

Crab Pots, Staithes
(acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 in)

I put the final touches to this painting yesterday. There are still things I might do to it if I allowed myself, but that would be a mistake. As it is, it captures the essence of the day better than I could hope.

My Dad's Diary : Tues 12th August 1947

"Another sunny day.

Went to garden at night."

Friday, 11 August 2017

Knife Painting Workshop

Knife Workshop WIP
(acrylic on watercolour paper)

This is the result of an interesting workshop this afternoon, led by my old friend Tony Montague. Using one of Tony's own photographs of a garden whose name I've forgotten, this was done with heavy body acrylics and a couple of painting knives. No brush, other than to lay in some base colours on the 140 lb watercolour paper, and me very much out of my comfort zone.

It took me until the coffee break, when I stepped away, to recognise the better aspects of this painting, and I was very grateful for Tony's later offer of a pot of fluorescent orange that helped make it sing a bit.

This was my first use of heavy body acrylics and I was surprised to find that parts of the painting were still wet when it was time to take it home. All my recent experience of acrylic painting has been with standard, flow formula and fluid acrylic, all of which dry frighteningly fast.

I quite like this painting, but it needs cropping and I'm already thinking about how it might be improved with a brush and some other colours.

My Dad's Diary : Mon 11th August 1947

"Received notice of Board & Test.

Stayed in with Doris at night."

That's a Promotion Board, of course.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sun 10th August 1947

"Went to garden early.

To Park at night to hear band."

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Coloured Elephant




Elephant Tea Rooms
(Markers and digital colour)

In an idle moment, I added a bit of colour to my recent drawing of the Elephant Tea Rooms in Sunderland.



My Dad's Diary : Sat 9th August 1947

"Garden in afternoon.

Went on walk with Doris."

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Monday, 7 August 2017

Sunday, 6 August 2017

My Dad's Diary : Wed 6th August 1947

"Dull day.

Went to garden at night. Took up first drill of potatoes.

Heavy rain."

Saturday, 5 August 2017

My Dad's Diary : Tues 5th August 1947

"Bill stayed extra day - went to Durham.

Fine day for last day.

Took him to Westgate at night."

I assume this was the Westgate Cinema in Newcastle. It closed as a cinema in 1958 and reopened as the Majestic Ballroom ("the Maj") in 1959. The Beatles played there in 1963. Later it became bingo hall and  is now the O2 Academy.




Friday, 4 August 2017

My Dad's Diary : Mon 4th August 1947

[Bank Holiday]

"Went for walk with Bill.

Down to S. Shields at night."

South Shields was always a popular Bank Holiday destination, using the rail connection from Gateshead Station to Shields. Here's an old postcard, date not specified:

Thursday, 3 August 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sun 3rd August 1947

"Went walk in morning with Bill. 

Went to Park to hear band at night."

This is the Bandstand in Saltwell Park, though it wasn't in this part of the Park when Dad and Bill went there.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sat 2nd August 1947

"Had a walk over to town with Bill and Doris."

Today's Diary motto: Many a false step is made by standing still.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Monday, 31 July 2017

My Dad's Diary : Thur 31st July 1947

"DORIS' BIRTHDAY (31)

Sunny morning.

Joe Leddy, Bill and myself out at night."

Happy Birthday, Mam!