Spring has arrived in England and the primroses are blooming all over the garden and in the hedgerows. Anthony Sargeant, Tony, took this photograph late in the afternoon of the 30th March 2017 in the garden of his Shropshire Home.
You could be forgiven for thinking that short the cat had shuffled off her mortal coils – but no she is just sleeping curled up in comfort on the sofa at the Shropshire home of Anthony J Sargeant.
Anthony Sargeant cooked a small joint of beautifully marbled beef earlier in the week. Quickly sealed in a hot pan then into a fan oven at 60 degrees Celsius for an hour and a half. What was left after the first meal was very thinly sliced and served cold with chips (french fries to Americans) a salad and a few spicy stuffed red peppers.
Anthony Sargeant drove down to Bracklesham Bay on the English South Coast in 1963 together with Barbara Attridge to visit his friends, Steve Lee (seen here with Barbara Attridge), Mark Baxter, and Bob Tweddle, who were working in the summer vacation at Bracklesham Bay Hotel.
In a mis-spent youth Anthony Sargeant worked as a lifeguard and pool attendant at Bellingham Open Air Swimming Pool in South London (long since closed down).Here standing on the edge of the pool are three of his colleagues on a fine sunny day. From left to right, Derek, T….? , and Norman. It was an interesting a relatively well paid job especially when working overtime (time and a half) or on Sundays and Bank Holidays (double time). Because it was open air we were required to wear white trousers as Derek and Norman are doing (they must have been on duty when the photograph was taken).
Anthony Sargeant read some of this series of books as a boy in the 1950s – Johns wrote over a hundred ‘Biggles’ books between the 1930s and 1968.
Anthony Sargeant remembers that in the 1950s and even early 60s, fogs in London became ‘smogs’ laden with the poisonous products of domestic coal fires and coal fired power stations located in the London Basin trapping the pollution when the winter climate led to still air over the capital.