Thursday, November 16, 2006

Nautical Week 4: Happy 60th Birthday Mrs Wrecker!

Today is the day that my wonderful mother, Mrs A. Wrecker to you, turns 60.
I know, hard to believe with my youthful looks.
Here she is both as a darling beach baby and later as madame lash at the WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER, her favorite stomping ground as a young lady. This is the flimsy nautical connection I am going to make- in fact both shots are taken at the beach, mum's favourite spot to flaunt herself in a succession of teeny weeny bikinis and floppy hats and visors during the 70's and 80's, much to my small-minded embarrassment. Though not as much embarrassment as when she did bikini clad gardening in our suburban front yard in Brisbane. In fact, Mrs Wrecker never misses a chance to soak up the rays that she has been deprived of during a grey English boarding school childhood though blessedly she has now converted to a one-piece.

Mrs Wrecker is where I got my sense of fair play and determination as well as my great body! And she probably had no idea at the time, but the macrame years were very formative for me and I have fond memories of visiting craft shops and trying to get her to buy me all sorts of materials while her focus would have been more on the next owl or plantpot holder.

Although I seriously let her down on the netball court and generally showed the sporting prowess of a wet sandwich, my competitive sporting mum continues to take pleasure in whipping 18 year old boys on the squash court. What she does off the squash court is her own business.

7 comments:

shannon said...

I love that phot of your Mum. Is that a hand crotcheted vest I see- Does your love of vintage knitting patterns stem from this photo?

Rebecca-the-Wrecker said...

Yes I forgot to mention that my mum is a GREAT knitter and I have some of her original skinny rib works from the late 1960s . She tried to pass the skills onto me but i was way too tense and I couldn't get the needles thru. But that didn't stop me going through all her yarn and knitting patterns. She also did some excellent crochet lampshades in 70's orange.

june said...

Many happy returns to Mrs Wrecker, her life is a positive inspiration ........... I've always wanted to garden in a bikini and a floppy hat.........

A Wrecker said...

Thanks for the birthday wrap and wind up RTW. You have certainly got my adrenalin going. White Cliffs of Dover indeed!! Those wonderful cliffs behind me are called The Seven Sisters as well you know. A stern letter was sent to a poor hapless journalist who made the same mistake!! I shall need to go and play some squash or rip out some weeds to calm myself(fortunately too cold for my new 2 piece togs). Or maybe whip up a macrame masterpiece or crochet another lampshade. Love Mrs A Wrecker.

Rebecca-the-Wrecker said...

Ahh
I thought you'd take the bait re chalky cliffs of sussex!!!

Florence said...

Happy Birthday to Mrs A. Wrecker. Its wonderful to see how your own adventures in craft have influenced the young Wrecker.

xx

mb said...

wow!your mum is so cool if i'm really nice to her would she knit a jumper for me?