The Farr Family

This Is the Blog of the Farr family, Sam and Wendy Farr and their Daughters Nichola and Helen plus their husbands Andy Higby and David Mattock. They all live in the Bath Area. Sam works as a freelance photographer after taking voluntary redundancy from The Bath Chronicle after 20 years, Andy is a freelance Manager for various Charities and David a Computer programmer. David and Helen have our two Granddaughters, Tabitha and Lottie they can be seen at

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Cyclists why not buy the latest anti theft device, a chain to chain your bike onto.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

A field of hay the traditional way at The Museum of Welsh Life, four frames with the little old Fuji 6800 Zoom joined with Auto Stitch available here FREE.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Our 35th Wedding Anniversary picture Taken by Mrs Jones from Wales?

Thought we should prove Lottie was offered some birthday cake, before someone phones Childline.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Nicky made Sam a Special Chocolate birthday cake; we didn't put the 61 candles on it in case we set fire to the old chap.

Picture Andy Higby

Granddads cake was this big, and he didn't give any to me.

Lottie with David and Tabitha
Picture Helen Mattock

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Paddy thinks he can still find more cream in the bottom.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Don’t forget the other Family sites
Sam’s Site

The neighbours have bought some chickens; I think they must have the "Simpson's book of chicken keeping" as they seem to be feeding them Donuts.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Sam checks his 61st birthday present from Andy and Nick,
A copy of 50 years of Playboy photography.

Pictures Richard Lee

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

7am 16th August proud dad David tired unshaven,
been up since 2am.

Now thinking gosh another mouth to feed, will I end up buying two ponies like my Father-in-Law?

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Strange paint job spotted in Bath,
it even has a porthole in the roof?

Monday, August 22, 2005

Sam tries to look uninterested in an attempt to get
a cut in
the price of his new wig.

Picture Laura Woods click here for her site.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Wendy's pictures of Tabitha and Lottie taken today.
Please note they are not really yellow, the pictures were taken under a yellow sunshade.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Rich, Pete, Andy and Dave the team that mucked
out Helens deep litter stable today.

Todays picture of Lottie Samantha

Name Change

David and Helen have decided to call the new baby
Lottie Samantha.
In memory of Sam
(Hang on I’m not dead yet)

Friday, August 19, 2005

Gosh what a mess, our old shop before we had new shop fittings, please note Wendy is still wearing socks.

Taken about 1965

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Wendy at Wellow signal box, I think must be late 60s
by the look of that Gonk necklace.
Nothing but the best for my girlfriend!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Gosh isn't science wonderful, we popped around to see the Mattock tribe tonight.
We were there two hours and didn't hear a peep out of baby Lottie Samantha.
Because she was in the Take Along Swing that rocks the baby for you by battery power.
When I think of the hours we spent nearly thirty years ago putting the baby in the car and driving around till she settled.
I think we would have paid a Kings Ransom for one of these.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

More Pictures

More pictures of Lottie Samantha Mattock
at Davids Site

Lottie Samantha Mattock.

Lottie Samantha Mattock.

Tabitha checks Lottie Samantha Mattock.

Lottie Samantha Mattock.

Proud Grandma.

Proud Grandma.

The midwifery team leave.

It's a Girl born 6.26am 7lb 11 oz

2am call, the new baby on the way. Wendy sleeping at the house with Tabitha till she wakes then I’m going to collect them.


Monday, August 15, 2005

Midwife weighs Helen, 28 years ago though it doesn't seem very long.
And now she's expecting our second granddaughter very soon.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Evie visited today, but found this plastic banana hard going!

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Old Sign in Stuart Place, Jared E. Dixon was the Bath Town Clerk from 1948 to 1966.
And though a £2 fine seems small, unlike today they actually enforced it.

They fined my father for riding his newsagent's carrier bike in the Abbey Church Yard at 6am.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Sam's Motorbike from 1964, when a Honda 125 twin cost £130.
I don't think you can buy a decent push-bike for that now.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

The Great Britain comes home under the suspension bridge in 1970.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Kay from Park pets Moorland Road greets a new customer.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

This rat-catcher must have caught a few
to spend this much on advertising.

Monday, August 08, 2005

On the rocks

In 1967 while we were on holiday in Cornwall, The Tanker Hemsley ran aground below Padstow.
The farmer who owned the field at the top of the cliff charged the nosy visitors like us to park in his field.
Which just shows that one mans disaster is another mans good fortune.

The leaking oil caused damage all down the coast

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Here's Bath in the mid 60s I think, looking down Union Street to Stall Street, note Colmers Store on the right, it was all the shops from W.H.Smith up.
They had started to close Stall Street but not put the pavement down yet.
And you can see that Cheap Street was one-way in the same direction, but Westgate Street was reversed and all the traffic went up Union Street.
Also note the fountain in Stall Street that has moved to Terrace Walk and Dixons was Boots.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Nicky checks before entering the
"When's Helen baby coming sweepstake".

Friday, August 05, 2005

Don’t forget the other Family sites
Sam’s Site

Chase me Grandad
Picture Helen Mattock

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Sam and Tabitha by Helen

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Old Picture of building work on the Churchill bridge.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

This is a butchers I photographed at the market in Oxford about 10 years ago.
I wonder if are they hanging turkeys, boar and cattle outside now.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Here are a couple of unusual things from the 60's.
A hovercraft lands on Porth Beach near Newquay to refuel.
And a TV cameraman films it, no video then.