I definitely inherited an adventurous spirit and a lust for life from my grandparents.
My grandfather Richard “Dick” Perryman was a jockey (I updated the tradition to disc jockey). He and my granny P explored the world in the golden age of sea travel. They taught me the Charleston dance, how to have a good laugh at life and how to mix a good gin & tonic.
My maternal grandfather Lionel Long is a descendant of William Longespee a signatory of the Magna Carta. He and my grannie Long were farmers in Africa and England and told me many tales of their adventures – including eloping.
My father Richard John Perryman was an officer of the Royal Navy hence our travels when I was young and my mother Josephine was always involved in theatre so I spent a lot of my childhood backstage fascinated by the machinations of creativity and fantasy. The mystery and magic of travel and entertainment continue to be my great loves in life.
May the adventures continue..
My jockey grandfather Richard “Dick” Perryman 1920′s.
Painting of grandfather Richard “Dick” Perryman on Pillion – winner of the 1926 1000 Guineas, England.
Richard Perryman cigarette card.
My smokin’ golfer grandfather Perryman!!
My maternal grandfather Lionel Long in Cambridge, England 1930′s.
Grandfather Long pointing out a pheasants nest at the family home Camois Hall, Wooditton, Suffolk, England.
Camois Hall 1952.
A favourite photo of my parents dancing onboard Italian cruise ship Angelina Lauro 1968.
Guy at Dick Perryman Court, named after jockey grandfather in Newmarket, England the home of horse racing.
Guy on grandfather Dick Perryman’s commemorative seat outside the jockey’s weighing room at Newmarket Racecourse, England.
The plaque on the seat dedicated to my grandparents.
Dad teaching me to ride in Singapore 1967.
With my sisters about to set sail on Angelina Lauro 1968.