To start with a Huge Happy New Year to all of you and a wonderful, healthy and splendid one too.
I have started my New Year almost in a worse state than I ended the last one. On the 25th November I was rushed into hosptial with acute diverticulitis and although now that has calmed down, I managed to be gifted the full blown flu that has been blasting its way around Europe. Then if that wasn’t quite enough I have developed a bad case of asthmatic bronchitis. I can’t remember staying in bed for so long, I am into my 7th week now. But having started to feel ever so slightly sorry for myself, I decided to turn it all around and think of all the wonderful, wonderful things and people and family and friends that I have in my life and what a life I have had so far. Really amazing! I am also extrememely lucky, I am in a warm home, a comfy bed, looking through the window to the very start of the almond blossom buds begining their journey outward, bringing the first hope of spring and new life. In just a few weeks the small burgeoning buds will burst into the sweetest smelling nectar.
I have been lying here, not really able to read ot write, but thoughts have been passing through. My sister Ellie Baker wrote a list of splendid things that happened for her in 2017, so I thought I would do the same. Well as much as I possible can with a mind that is jumping all over the place.
In January 2017, I was going through some of my old files and boxes, and came across these amazing costume drawings/paintings by my mum Julia Squire, costume and set designer extra-ordinaire. As my cousin Mick Squire said the last time I saw him, mum was a bit of an undersung hero of her time. In the early fifities her name was on nearly all the top movies of the day both in the UK and in the States. She was a woman in a mans world and at 25 years of age was already at the top of her profession. I am going to write a blog all about my mum, but just for now I will content myself just a little adulation of a woman with a wonderful intellect and talent.
Here she is on the right with my father actor George Baker, I think it was a Royal Variety performance and they were about to meet the Queen. I do have much better photo’s of her and a great one at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.
My mum came from a pretty clever family to say the least. My Grandfather Sir John Collings Squire, was a writer, poet and conservationist. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._C._Squire
Mum was born the last of three brothers, my uncle Raglan Squire a world renowned architect, whose rich red hallway embraced a beautiful pottery vase by Picasso, It was a palin pottery jug, quite large with painted black women dancing naked around it and a cream glazed top. Uncle Rag said that Picasso almost gave it to him as a throwawy, he only charged him 10 francs!
Then of course there was my Uncle Ant who was a screen writer, director and As a World War II flying-boat pilot, and afterwards as writer and director with the RAF Film Unit, he was the ideal man to direct the flying sequences in Breaking the Sound Barrier (1952). See more »
The closest uncle to mum in age was Uncle Morris who was a fighter pilot in World War ll and his plane was bombed as it flew over the channel. Uncle Morris was no more.
I shall carry on with my reminiscing tomorrow, I am still stuck to my bed so what better way than to go over the past and think of the wonderful family past and present that I have been gifted with.
So just a few more thanks for January 2017Starting back scetching nudes on a Monday night in Draguignan and meeting a lovely artist, who Karen if you are reading this I would love to see you!
Visiting with one of my dearest friends on the planet, Kristi Espinasse.
Then meeting the beyond delightful dearest friend of Kristi, Barbara Barielle https://www.wanderwithwonder.com/author/barbarabarrielle/
Who I spent the most wonderful day with in Aix en Provence and felt I had found a dear new friend, she can paint pretty well too.
So thats quite enough from my sick bed today, but I am looking forward to a lot more chatting tomorrow!!!