Wednesday, 29 April 2009

The home fires and then some ...

JeanIda

Hard to pick, but Jean and Ida are a year apart: Ida turned 87 last week. I minded her wheel chair whilst her son, Kevin, nipped off to the 'loo. Ida worked in stores at Rosebery Racecourse during WW2; her son has been in Ordinance with the Army for over 34 years including a tour of duty to East Timor. Kevin talked her into the wheel-chair last year, and she has not looked back. I came away with the impression that life, for Ida, had been tough. Whereas Jean was as perky as the strawberry-blonde she had been, serving as a nurse in Darwin during 1943.


An index-finger pointed in acknowlegement, an open hand-slap of greeting, a wink or a smile: invariably elicited a grin in response. The broads were terrific. Bold and brassy and out there. Hang onto yer hats! Here come some of 'em now ...

8 comments:

Abe Lincoln said...

Good for them. They deserve the recognition for their service. Nice photography too.

Lois said...

What a wonderful procession of proud women! You really have a talent for photographing faces Julie!

altadenahiker said...

And I'm totally drawn to the woman in the pink dress. She steps lively!

Virginia said...

OH my. All I can say is, "You go girls!" What fabulous shots Julie. Thank You.
V

J Bar said...

Lots of great shots Julie. You've captured the mood of the day brilliantly.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Hilary said...

I bet there's some feistiness in that group! Lovely posting Julie.

Joan Elizabeth said...

My Mum used to go down to the big smoke in Melbourne sometimes to join the march with her mates. Your shot made me realise that if she was still here she'd be 91 ... can't be long now before the WW2 ranks get very thin.

Tash said...

They are so lovely. And rightfully very proud. You really captured the moment(s)!