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photoblog image (Fun Week 2/2010) The Old Man

(Fun Week 2/2010) The Old Man

To break up the ongoing set of themes from Suffolk for a week I am posting a few twiddles this week, except for this, and the one on Armistice Day on Thursday, please don't take the twiddles too seriously.

 

We went out to an open day at Launde Abbey, near Leicester, on August Bank Holiday Saturday where I saw this elderly retired vicar helping out on the antique stall. What attracted me of course was the old fashioned pith helmet he was wearing. I had a chat with him and he said he had inherited the helmet from an elderly relative. He really was a nice man and I asked if I could take a portrait style candid of him and he was very happy for me to do so.

 

BONUS IMAGE: Despite a lot of the leaves on the trees having fallen by now Queens Park in Loughborough looked very nice on Saturday.  A small corner of it for you to see is here

(Fun Week 2/2010) The Old Man

To break up the ongoing set of themes from Suffolk for a week I am posting a few twiddles this week, except for this, and the one on Armistice Day on Thursday, please don't take the twiddles too seriously.

 

We went out to an open day at Launde Abbey, near Leicester, on August Bank Holiday Saturday where I saw this elderly retired vicar helping out on the antique stall. What attracted me of course was the old fashioned pith helmet he was wearing. I had a chat with him and he said he had inherited the helmet from an elderly relative. He really was a nice man and I asked if I could take a portrait style candid of him and he was very happy for me to do so.

 

BONUS IMAGE: Despite a lot of the leaves on the trees having fallen by now Queens Park in Loughborough looked very nice on Saturday.  A small corner of it for you to see is here

comments (19)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Nov 2010, 01:29
Interesting, Brian...can it be "candid" if you asked permission first?
Brian Walbey: Well he wasn't looking at me Ray and the 3 other shots are definitely candids.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Nov 2010, 07:12
It's a fine thing to meet a genuine character like this Brian
Brian Walbey: He was a very pleasant man to speak to Chris.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Nov 2010, 07:36
Now that's an idea, Brian...since I lost my sun-protection hat while at Sail 2010 in Amsterdam! smile
Brian Walbey: Lol. Defibitely not a hat for ladies though Ginnie, you will have to buy another sun hat.
When we lose eccentrics like this we are doomed. Lovely set of pictures Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill, he was a nice man to speak to.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 8 Nov 2010, 08:53
Takes some nerve to wear a hat like that smile
Brian Walbey: He is a bit of a character Tony.
Hats are fascinating this one is very Colonial. I gather flat caps are back in fashion so perhaps the 'Andy Capp' look will return.
Brian Walbey: Oh good Martin, I will get my cap out again for the winter smile
Could this be anywhere but England?
Brian Walbey: Not these days I wouldn't think Chad.
good impression in this collage
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chantal.
Lovely shots Brian.

Brings back memories of antique fairs that we have done in marquees like this. Hot in summer, and horribly wet when it rains. But the public like them and enjoy the "glamour" of the fair.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Sheila, behind the man is a tent full of antiques ready for auction.
I like the wooden background of your interesting shots.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Mary, I relented and allowed myself to use a proper texture instead of a Photoshop created one, my standards must be slipping in my old age.
Lovely collage Brian. I used to wear one of these helemts when I was young in Madagascar.
Brian Walbey: No doubt you looked very stylish Richard.
The Reverend is enjoying being a character and centre of attraction smile
Brian Walbey: I saw him several times John but just missd a front shot of him strolling through the garden.
  • Alan
  • Grasmere
  • 8 Nov 2010, 16:41
A lovely reminder of the good old days of the British Empire, Brian. I can just imagine some punka wallah looking after the original owner.
Brian Walbey: And so can i Alan, he really was a very friendly gentleman.
What a wonderful character, and what a great montage of excellent candids. (:o)
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Rosalyn.
looks a character, love the bonus shot as well, very good
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Derek.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Nov 2010, 22:51
He seems to enjoy being the centre of attention!
Brian Walbey: He was strolling about and everybody seemed to know him.
There used to be a army surplus shop near were I lived in Liverpool 8 and I remember them selling Pith Helmets back in the fifties, I had a white one and a khaki one, much too big but I thought it was the bees knees. Nicely presented.
Brian Walbey: Thanks les. I guess you looked very dapper in your pith helmets.
Apologies Brian. Completely missed this yesterday... what a great collage and a fine old man
Brian Walbey: He was a nice chap Richard. Make sure you don't miss tomorrows????
This is like going back a bit in time with that Hat Brian well captured.
Brian Walbey: It is indeed Scotia.

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