"Our Freddy" was inspired by a gorgeous vintage photo I bought of a group of boys playing Cowboys around the 1940s.
I love looking at these frozen memories, little pockets of time that were captured to savour and remember and then sadly lost and forgotten.
I love reading my own narrative into the photographs and adding words, thoughts and stories.
"I loved Sunday's, our Freddy let me play with him and his mates while me Mam made dinner. He'd always look out for me our Freddy, especially when Walter Patterson played dirty. The freedom of those days. The fresh air, laughter and mucking about, it just went too fast. No sooner had we ran out the back door, Mam was calling us back in for Sunday dinner. He was a good big brother our Freddy. I miss those days."
Sonny's Dairy was created from a little sketch in my sketch book after a conversation with Sonny about what he wanted to be when he grew up... " I want to be either an architect, footballer or a builder, but I think I'd like to be a farmer best and be outside with the sheep and cows in the fresh air" !
Being a kid in the 80's meant sitting down on a Saturday night with my Mum and Dad and watching Saturday night family telly.
I remember one of the shows my Dad liked to watch was Cannon and Ball, where the catch phrase was "Rock on Tommy!" and "you little bobby dazzler Tommy"
I have fab memories of that lovely quality family time.
My mum would get out a plate of sticky bread and cheese ( " pass us the Soreen Doreen" ) and digestives to dip in our tea and we'd laugh our way through Bruce Forsyth's Generation game, Only fools and Horses, Open all hours, Two Ronnie's, Cannon and Ball to name a few.
This card is for little bobby dazzlers everywhere,
and is timed just right for all the kids with their fab end of year reports!