Not Many Wise -

Faith and spirituality in a modern world


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[1] African 1950’s Safari introduction

Joe Lucas portrait

Joe′s Journal of 1950’s safari′s, work contracts and expeditions to far away places. The 1950′s saw a steady stream of well trained technicians available to industry, having completed National Service. I opted for travel and adventure overseas, well paid work with low taxation…

[5] 1950’s Mosal – Kurdish delight but very dangerous

A dry, dusty road in Basra.

The tarmac soon gave way to dust in 1950’s Mosal, but it was halfway through the day, about 70 miles on before foothills replaced the plains. Further on and well into the mountains my driver seemed happier, now in his own country, so I raised the subject of the bullet hole that starred my half of the divided windscreen. Apparently, recently in this valley, his passenger in my seat was an Arab police chief…

[11] Souvenirs from East Africa: figures 1 to 3

A wooden Leopard stalking.

Souvenirs from East Africa, these wooden figures were collected mainly from Tanganyika – now Tanzania, during the early 1950’s. Most were bought at stations on the Central Railway Line…

Souvenirs from Tanganyika: figures 4 to 6

Two Gazelles.

This group of carved 3 figures, souvenirs from Tanganyika, is also made from a lightweight softwood, initially ‘Tea Rose’ coloured – darkening with age…

[13] Christine Reason: real life story 1949 to 1951

Christine at Alum Bay 1951

In my real life story 1949, Stanley kept coming into the Library while I was working, and I used to be filling the shelves up with returned books, and he used to pop his head round the corner of the bookcases! Eventually, this wore me down so I agreed to go out with him…

[14] Christine Reason: real life story 1951 to 1953

1954 Ted, May, George,Roy and Daisy.

In my real life story 1951 after Roy fetched the Chrysanths, he said to me “I am soon going home to jam sandwiches and Beethoven”. So I realised that, like me, he loved classical music, and it was definitely love at first sight! It was very difficult for us to meet on our own…

[15] Christine Reason: real life story 1951 to 1956

October 1955 wedding of Christine and Roy at Terling.

Continuing my real life story 1951 … of course we were on our own when Roy saw me home after the meal at their cottage, but in the two years we were courting, we only went out to a cinema three times, as the only bus from Terling into Chelmsford…

Souvenirs from Kenya: figures 7 to 8

Three Rhinoceros, side by side

These wooden figures were collected in East Africa, mainly from Tanganyika – now Tanzania, during the early 1950’s…

[16] Christine Reason: real life story 1955 to 1956

Christine holding baby Peter.

Real life story 1955, our first home at Terling was a new Council House, but we left after seven months, as the market garden could not support another family, as by this time I was pregnant, and Roy got the job as Manager at Harry Church’s Nursery at Witham, just a few miles away…

[17] Christine Reason: real life story 1957 to 1960

Rev John Haydon and Mrs Haydon in the 1940's.

Continuing my real life story 1957, Roy had always wanted to be self-employed, so he applied to the L.S.A. (Land Settlement Association) for a smallholding at Lawford, near Manningtree, Essex, and we moved there in November 1957.
We had a financial struggle at first, as we had to put down a deposit and then pay rent, so we had to borrow money…