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Friday, 9 September 2011

Kenwood: aquatism - December, 1968.

More wonderous (caveat caveat) Kenwood pics, from the winter o' '68: John and Yoko out for a stroll by the pond. Where this pond was, exactly, remains unanswered, possibly because the question hasn't been formulated, let alone posed. Yet pond there was, somewhere in the grounds. Cathy Kelleher Sarver captured something vaguely similar a few months earlier:

And another, this time with one of John's Kenwood cats, of whom there were at least 9:

What happened to them? Again, I know not, but it would be "nice" to believe that they were taken to Tittenhurst, and allowed to continue procreating (and pissing) (not to mention shitting) at will. If so, their descendents etc.
Speculation hasn't exactly been rife as to who took these, but the answer is Susan Wood: the above two, and the recent ones below (including the pic of John sleeping).
Fantastic they are, but I can't help wondering what else there is. She seems to have been with Joko for around 3 days (including a couple of overnights at Kenwood), with the specific brief to take as many photos as possible. Given that only around 30-40 have thus far surfaced, how many more is she sitting on (not literally, that would be ridiculous)?
Whatever, these are quite good. (Celtic understatement.)


  1. This pond reminds me of the Bob Whitaker photographs:

  2. Could be...there were a few years between these pics, obviously.

  3. Thanks for posting all these great shots. Aren't these from 1968 too, though? I thought J&Y were in Ascot by Dec 1969...

  4. Of course they are - slip o' the finger. Thanks for pointing it out.

  5. gorgeous pics! hope susan will share more of them in the near future.

  6. To me it looks like the same spot as Bob Whitaker's photo, and the first place I thought of where it could have been. Bottom of the stairs between the old pool and the stairs coming down to the garden. I remember this spot from my visits there.