We were preparing our back yard for a visit and BBQ with friends, and as we set everything up I took some pictures to capture the memories.
Because we were always moving every couple of years around Europe and England during those years, I would often photograph our house after mowing the yard and washing cars on the weekend when everything looked its best.
In those days we never knew how long we would be in any assignment before having to move, and by taking pictures on a regular basis I was able to document the life of our family even if we were suddenly called to move away on short notice again.
So the end result is that I have lots of detailed photos taken through the years, showing the progression and life of our family, as we hopscotched our way across Europe and England as the military continued its draw-down and closed air bases.
These pictures of our back porch show how convenient and nice it was to have people over for a BBQ, with lots of space to eat and socialize in the afternoon sun.
Meadow View Cottage was one of the most pleasant places our family ever lived in, and it was especially nice having our best friends next door in Bridge Cottage – which was a joy for us over the five years we lived in Bridge Street Hamlet.
Our garden table’s umbrella turned out not to be very practical after we purchased it while living in Bloxham, England, during our assignment to RAF Upper Heyford – in the breeze it turned into a helicopter!
My wife took these pictures of David and I together as we cleaned and prepared the back patio for our guests and BBQ later in the day, two “Country Gentlemen” living in the English countryside! 🙂
This is the time I began wearing hats to protect my head from the affects of the sun, my skin over the years had grown less tolerant of the sun, and I wanted to protect it as much as I could while working in the yard.
David was now nine years old and he really liked his leather Aussie cowboy hat – and was quickly growing up into a fine young man!
From one moment to the next, David would spring into action to make a funny face for the camera – always ready to be a regular nine year old and have some fun!
With the yard and patio prepared for our visitors, I pose for a final picture prior to entertaining our guests later in the day – I was enjoying our time in England very much and our family was thriving! 🙂