THE AMBULANCE DRIVER

                     Photo Trivia and Touchstones...

Freshwater Bay
Freshwater Bay

Tennyson and his wife Emily and sons Liam and Hallam at Farringford, IOW

Hélène Dutrieu in her aeroplane
Hélène Dutrieu in her aeroplane

The sort of life Lilian might have had if she'd survived... 1911

Freshwater Bay
Freshwater Bay

Freshwater Bay, showing Tennyson's Down sweeping off up to the left, the Albion Hotel (rt. centre) on the beach where Charlotte and Captain Brenan wade, chat, and eventually share tea, and in the line of trees at upper rt., sits Dimbola Lodge (Julia Cameron's home), and behind it, Farringford (Lord Tennyson's home)

Manoir de Mauvide-Genest, 1979
Manoir de Mauvide-Genest, 1979

Manoir on lle d'Orleans, just downsteam from Quebec City, built in 1713... where Marie Rioux biked out to play hooky with scones and tea in her school years.

Compton Down
Compton Down

Freshwater Bay, I.O.W., from the grass of Compton Down

The Ambulance Driver, 2000
The Ambulance Driver, 2000

Lilian's marker at lower right; note fresh-cut flowers at base of stone…the most utterly peaceful corner of green, with welcoming ghosts.

Freshwater Bay
Freshwater Bay

Freshwater Bay from a distance

WW1 Ambulance
WW1 Ambulance

Early WW1 ambulance -- you'd likely be wounded just riding in one ! (many however did have Rolls Royce engines)

Boulogne-Sur-Mer
Boulogne-Sur-Mer

Boulogne-sur-mer looking over the cliff-top German pill-box towards Dover.

Tennyson's Down
Tennyson's Down

Artist (not me for once!) doing Tennyson's Down from a distance several km. east, the Down's peak, rt. centre, where Sam Neale bids a fatal adieu

Freshwater Bay, I.O.W.
Freshwater Bay, I.O.W.

Sketch done from my window of the Albion Hotel (infant daughter stuck in for human touch) at Freshwater Bay, I.O.W., the cliff in background being Compton Down, on which Marie falls asleep near conclusion of The Ambulance Driver.

Grave
Grave

Lilian Beatrice Nichols' ( the ambulance driver ) grave in Brookwood cemetery, Surrey, U.K.‏

Tennyson's Cross, 2001
Tennyson's Cross, 2001

Sketch done on a glorious sunny January morning, with no one around at the top for (2) hours, except the wind. The upward march across green carpet & chalk is magical; by the time you reach the cross you've morphed into a 19th C hero, pacing out his/her angst amidst the elements!

First Picture
First Picture

Tennyson and his wife Emily and sons Liam and Hallam at Farringford, IOW

The 'Needles'
The 'Needles'

Listen to CBC Interview on the origins of the Ambulance Driver 

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