Author Archives: Chris-CG

In the beginning

In the summer of 1950, John and Joan Granger were enjoying a holiday at the seaside. It was Par sands, in Cornwall. The war was 5 years in the past, and life was looking up.

Mum with Richard at Par Sands 1950

 

Their little boy, Richard, was 3 and loved playing in the sand and paddling in the sea with his mum and dad.

 

 

 

 

Dad and Richard Par 1950

 

 

Dad was obviously thinking – well, what was he thinking, I wonder?

Anyway, as luck would have it, I was born about 9 months later…

 

Chris at 3 months

 

 

 

In the summer of 1951, at our bungalow in West Wickham, I seemed to be settling in.

Terrible two

Chris inspects grass

As soon as I was able to get out and about, I had a good think about what I was going to do with my life. I was a pretty grounded kind of kid.

What career should I take up?

 

Chris with ball

 

Football?

 

 

Chris with propeller

 

 

 

 

Pilot?

 

 

Mum Chris and propeller

 

I got Mum to explain the pilot thing to me

 

 

but the proximity of the pool was a bit distracting

 

Chris inspects pool

 

Maybe a deep sea diver?

 

 

Chris pool and propeller

 

 

 

or underwater pilot?

 

 

Chris tastes ice cream

 

 

 

Then she introduced me to ice cream, and I forgot everything else!

 

 

 

Around that time I was disappointed to find that I could not walk on water

Chris and mum in sea

Chris and mum on beach

 

 

But then realised the trick is to choose very shallow water.

 

 

 

 

Chris and mum looking at sea

 

 

I had quite a nice day at the seaside

 

 

 

 

and my mum seemed glad to be there with me.

Mum cuddling Chris

Brief background

Chris GrangerThis is a bit about me. Well, my life story, really.

So, if you’re not family, you may as well look away, as this is going to get pretty boring.

If I can get this done before I get senile and forget it all, it may well be a long story.