Sunday, 22 March 2015

Life on an isolated farm in Tanganyika

There are a number of photographs taken at Oosa River in the 1940s, mostly featuring Tony's sister Joy with various handkerchief trees that grew in the garden. She always posed in the same way.

Living on an isolated farm did not perturb her. She made all her own dresses and grew her hair long, pinning it up to avoid having to get it permed or set. They were miles from any hairdresser. 

Although she sold a few of the water-colour landscapes that she painted, Joy never had a formal job. Being married was seen as an occupation in itself.

She loved Africa and the warm equatorial climate. The fact that a large cobra inhabited the fig tree in the garden did not bother her in the least.

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