Flashback Friday: Christmas in Borneo

Delving into the Rococo archives we found this picture of Chantal as a little nipper being read a story by her dad, surrounded by her brother Robin and sister Clare.

Borneo Christmas day

The photo is marked as Christmas Day and was probably taken around 1960. Chantal’s father was a consultant specialising in tropical medicine, and the family moved frequently. This snap was taken in Borneo, where they lived until Chantal was 2 or 3 years old. She was too young to remember much about Borneo but says that it’s unlikely they had a traditional British Christmas dinner in the tropics as they had a Chinese cook.

Chantal grew up surrounded by books. She doesn’t know what her father was reading here (perhaps a new Christmas book?) but has many happy memories of him reading to them, something he always enjoyed.


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