Mabbs stayed with my Grandmother in Brookhouse on numerous occasions, Jane ventured to West Hartlepool too. There are quite a few photographs, they will be published here when time permits. Liz had children, at least two, an elder girl, same birthday as mine but a year older - I was instantly struck. A younger brother Julian with whom I became quite friendly with, I was shipped out to West Hartlepool too for a couple of summers.
The relationship continued when my mother went to the Royal School of Music about 1946, Margo was already in London and had struck up this relationship with Lionel. Shortly after, my mother will have met my father and I presume they were very close as a foursome. There is little doubt that Margot and Lionel knew the two big secrets that my mother and father had. Strengthened the bond between them if anything. There is no way the mothers (Jane and Mabbs) knew.
There was always an air of Margot around the place. Her painting was above the fireplace - I gave it(back) to Liz as one of the conditions of my Mother's will - a decision that does not fit very easily in my mind. I loved the painting too.
I don't remember much meeting and joining up with Margot and Lionel until the two years we went to Norfolk for our holidays. We stayed at Wells-on-Sea in a caravan - Must have been about 1966 to 67. My father had a MG 1100. I do recall driving the car. We drove down to Suffolk, they had a thatched cottage near Bury St Edmund's - Rattlesden, I believe. Margot and Lionel had a pale blue Renault 4L, a most strange car, but it was superb for carrying around art gear. My father's car broke down in Rattlesden - the local garage charged a kings ransome to fix the clutch - but it meant we stayed a few more days. Rattlesden is a lovely place - there was always an air a calmness when Margot and Lionel were about. To me it was no imposition, but I suspect my father was quite mad inside - he must have been worrying about the car - getting back to work, he had started teaching too. For me just being around these two graceful people and touching this magic was well ... Magic. Not sure how much this influenced me in my choice of study as well as where I have landed now.
The pictures: They are all scanned at quite high resolutions from postcards in my mother's collection. I have done a little bit of Gimping here and there. I have absolutely no idea of who owns the copywrite or where the original paintings are. If you own them enjoy. If you copy them enjoy - If you want to add a comment please do so - incidentally the Orwell Bookshop appears to be still going - I wonder if they have any postcards left?
After the Rain, Southwold Harbour
- published by the Orwell Bookshop Southwold
The Bridge Southwold
The Bucentaur Gallery c.1978
New Art Centre
41 Sloane Street SW1
The Lamp, Shelland
New Art Centre
On Walberswick Beach
Evening Walk, Walberswick Ferry