You don’t know how lucky you are

Archie FawthropToday marks a very special occasion for Janet’s family, it would have been her father’s 100th birthday.

Archie was in his 99th year, before slipping away from us last year.

He never experienced any major health problems during his lifetime, and his love of life alone would have been enough to see him through many more years, but his frail body said it was time for him to hang up his hat for the final time…

 We were lucky to have been able share his charm, wit, wisdom…his warmth, for so long.

We will celebrate his wonderful life this weekend, surrounded by family and friends, and whilst perhaps there will be a tinge of sadness there will be plenty of laughs in what will be a joyous occasion for all…

 And as I went for a walk through the park this morning I swear I heard him whisper his most famous line, the one that always brings an infectious smile to your face, the line that sums him up perfectly.

“You don’t know how lucky you are”…

 Ps: How cool is Archie on that motor-bike!

26 thoughts on “You don’t know how lucky you are

  1. Naomi Baltuck October 25, 2014 / 3:02 am

    Great shot! Last year would have been my dad’s 100th birthday.


    • Baz - The Landy October 25, 2014 / 5:44 am

      He was an amazing man Naomi and we were all better for knowing him! Take care, Baz


  2. greenmackenzie October 7, 2014 / 6:09 am

    What an incredible age to reach, and without any health problems….I wonder what his secret was?


    • Baz - The Landy October 7, 2014 / 6:31 am

      He was 99 years young, never thought of himself as old, that was his secret, along with a couple of Scotch Whisky’s every day 😉

      Cheers, Baz


  3. Cowboys and Crossbones October 1, 2014 / 3:37 am

    What a fabulous photo of Archie! I hope the celebration was full of joy and laughter in remembrance of what was such a full life.


    • Baz - The Landy October 2, 2014 / 7:54 am

      Oh it was indeed, lots of his favourite jokes that we’ve all heard a thousand times, just how we liked it! 🙂

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  4. Mountainstroh (Tony) September 27, 2014 / 12:19 am

    It would be great to be able to recreate that pic as closely as possible with you lad!


    • Baz - The Landy September 27, 2014 / 6:36 am

      He already said how good would that bike be today! Good thought, perhaps we might be able to do that…



  5. NancyTex September 26, 2014 / 10:50 pm

    What a great life! Happy 100th celebration.

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  6. Gallivanta September 26, 2014 / 7:50 pm

    Very cool, and with the helmet, extra cool. Special happy memories this weekend.


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  9. Kimbalee September 26, 2014 / 3:42 pm

    Such a special man x beautifully remembered barry

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    • Baz - The Landy September 26, 2014 / 3:51 pm

      Absolutely wonderful man…

      Speaking of men… Paris hey 😉


  10. barbara grandberg September 26, 2014 / 3:09 pm

    sounds like such an amazing man ….

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  11. Lavinia Ross September 26, 2014 / 1:25 pm

    99? That’s a full life! We’ll add some memorial flowers for Archie along with Marion’s in the garden. We’re heading into autumn here now, and soon the ground will be soft enough with the coming rains I’ll be able to dig. When spring comes, I’ll send photos.

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    • Baz - The Landy September 26, 2014 / 2:37 pm

      Lovely Lavinia, absolutely lovely! 🙂



  12. Anonymous September 26, 2014 / 9:02 am

    Thinking of you all as you remember the wonderful, full life of an amazing man

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  13. Mary Strong-Spaid September 26, 2014 / 8:59 am

    Cool motorcycle….complete with horn mounted on the handlebars. Archie, with the hat and the pin-striped suit, probably got a wee bit of attention from the ladies on that day!


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