Aunty Spot’s Home Movies
My aunt took these cine-films between 1955 and 1962. She spent 1952-4 in Thailand setting
up training for domiciliary nurses for the World Health Organisation. She bought a camera to
make a record of a time that was the highlight of her career. Back in England she stayed with
us in London till she found a flat. She joined us in Suffolk for a week of our summer holidays
and spent days with us in West Hampstead and Oxfordshire. She is the smaller woman sitting with my mother in the garden of Creek Cottage.
Watching these silent and colourful movies now, I wish I’d been able to share with her the
excitement I felt at my first visit to China in 1988. She was in her mid-forties when she went
to Thailand. I was in my early forties when I went to China, two years after she died suddenly
from a cerebral haemorrhage aged 78.