Full of Life at 92

Martin Laughing © 2011 Mufidah Kassalias

In yesterday’s Lewes Castle post I mentioned our 92-year-old friend, Martin — “a dapper chap, always dressed in a jacket and tie, and sporting a seasonally appropriate hat” — and promised to post a picture of him here today. It was tricky in the choosing, as each image showed a different aspect of his personality, so I decided to go for three. Although the two below images might seem similar at first glance, I like the difference between the quiet, more reflective mood in the first picture (before he knew I was photographing him) and the soft-yet-mischievous quality in the second picture, as he engaged in banter with with Sean (who was off to my right).

Since time is precious with Martin we see him regularly for elevenses, or morning coffee, introducing him to really good locally produced artisan breads as well as various homemade delights, such as New England-style blueberry muffins, popovers and American pancakes. As a man of strict routine he’s always slightly baffled and amused by our apparent lack of it — we’re both self-employed so our waking, eating and sleeping hours can vary considerably from one day to the next.

Beyond having him over for elevenses we’ve also gone on a few outings with Martin — from a simple walk around the Lewes Priory or a visit to the castle to our recent afternoon at Sheffield Park — and it’s always a joy to spend time with him.

Martin Contemplating © 2011 Mufidah Kassalias

Martin in Stone Arch © 2011 Mufidah Kassalias

10 responses

    • Yes, he is indeed a fine young gentleman! The backdrop is one of the castle walls where Martin, seeing the arch and natural seat, sat for a short rest. Also flint walls are characteristic of Lewes and Sussex since there’s a lot of flint in the surrounding area. Thank you, too, for your comments :-)

  1. Martin sounds like a delightful companion. And I adore these photos. As you said, they show different sides of him. How wonderful to have friends like him and he, you and Sean. Thanks so much for sharing, Mufidah!