I'll pull the photos in a day or so. I am thinking these were taken circa 1986. R is with our then Anglo Indian posh speaking friend (Park Circus, Calcutta) who went on to have a mental break down for reasons not known to us and as a friend he left us in the late 1990s; he wanted be alone and moved to the country. The plant nursery in Hampton where the photo was taken is now expensive housing.
As for me, I like that I am smiling and I look happy. I don't like my hair or moustache at all. My hair almost looks red, and I am not a rangger. I like the term a dirty blond and that was how I described my hair but it isn't that really either.
The wall tiles tell me it was after we renovated the kitchen of 384 Waverley Road, East Malvern. It is hard to believe the work we did to the property and what we also paid for to be done. We began with a toilet almost outside, a gas copper to boil clothes in, a moth eaten carpet and a very old gas cooking stove and only a small lounge room gas heater. Without extending, we made it into a very nice house, with a nice garden and when we sold it, it went for far much more than real estate agent expectations. Lol to the buyer who had to work out the taps on my garden and lawn sprinkler system. Well, I knew how the system worked.
There is something weird strapped around my wrist. It must have a watch. It wasn't my Boy London watch that came later and I still have in a box. I was about 60kg (UK 9 stone 6 lb or US 132 lbs) back then. Now 78 after dropping from 82. 70kg would be good but I would have to give up wine to reach that, a step too far.
Blowing up the photo, there is a newspaper in front of me and a packet of Drum Mild tobacco. I don't remember smoking loose roll your own tobacco back then. I must have been feeling poverty stricken. Some things never change.