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photoblog image Sir Francis Drake......

Sir Francis Drake......

and of course his good lady wife. I wonder if he calls her duckie?

Sir Francis Drake......

and of course his good lady wife. I wonder if he calls her duckie?

comments (29)

  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 13 Apr 2011, 01:45
Since i will be the first to comment on this posting Bill....i am sure that this is not the real Sir Francis Drake but i would not be surprised if he didn't call his wife Lady Duckie!!grin....petersmile
Bill Phillips: He would be a hell of an age if it was!
  • Gloeb
  • United States
  • 13 Apr 2011, 02:38
hahahha! how cool!
Bill Phillips: i think he was enjoying himself!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Apr 2011, 02:38
Just a guess...he looks like the sort of bloke who would introduce his wife as "the missus".
Bill Phillips: Being a Devonian he would probably call her my luvver!
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Apr 2011, 06:43
Definitely worth a Sir and Lady, Bill!!!
Bill Phillips: A great British Hero.
I thought he looked more barbaric and grim, this bloke could be my next door neighbor. Not at all the fighters look. Very nice costumes!!
Bill Phillips: This is the cuddly version Marion...especially for the National trust
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Apr 2011, 07:19
Whether by design or accident you have produced a very commendable portrait here

I expect he calls her My Dear
Bill Phillips: It is unlikely to be the former
I imagine he had plenty of time to be 'a bit of a lad' ... I'm sure he had many a cosy name for all his lady friends!!
Bill Phillips: He spent most of his time sailing about duffing up the Spanish.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Apr 2011, 07:29
That's a real man as I like him! Yes, he looks like depictured or sculptured on some Francis Drake places I saw in Plymouth and Exeter. I never heard the word 'duckie' to cuddle a darling - I expect he calls her "My Dearie" as Chris called yourself some days ago!
Bill Phillips: My wife's aunt always called her husband duckie
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Apr 2011, 07:38
"Francis Drake was married to his first wife, Mary Newman, from 1569 until her death 12 years later. In 1585, Drake married Elizabeth Sydenham—born circa 1562, the only child of Sir George Sydenham, of Combe Sydenham, who was the High Sheriff of Somerset. Sir Francis Drake did not have any children" - Very sad, I thought such a man had a lot of children!
Bill Phillips: He wasn't at home all that much,
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 13 Apr 2011, 08:26
My wife doesn't allow me to 'call' her. She prefer me to shuffle over and very politely inquire of her if she is in the position to come hither.
Bill Phillips: Quite right Louis, just as it should be
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Apr 2011, 09:18
Only when he was going out for a game of bowls!
Bill Phillips: hence the cricketing expression out for a duck
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Apr 2011, 09:33
In any case Francis didn't use the silly cosy name "Baby"! - perhaps he said 'angel', 'angel heart', 'apple of my eyes', 'diamond', 'my love'..., and she could have said "My beloved Romeo" or 'My dear sea dog' or ' 'Dear dragon'!
Bill Phillips: You are a true romantic Philine.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 13 Apr 2011, 09:38
He looks as if he would and she looks like the cat that got the cream.
Bill Phillips: In that outfit?
Excellent portrait. I love their expressions.
Bill Phillips: They are well used to posing for pictures!
Its a shame they never had any ducklings after reading Philines comment. Great costumes smile
Bill Phillips: He would have been a hard act to follow!
Some people love dressing up !
Wonderful costumes well captured
Bill Phillips: It must take ages to go to the loo!
is it cropped? I'd like to see the feet.
Bill Phillips: It is cropped but the one foot was never in it!
Where we live everyone if called "me duck" by the locals, men and women alike. Good shot BTW Bill.
Bill Phillips: I know they do in Derbyshire, didn't realise they do out your way too
It is a good pose Bill. Some funny comments reading your blog.
Bill Phillips: I love the comments. It is half the fun
Oh, Bill, you didn't need to go and get all dressed up for me, I know the Queen said I was some minor relative and all...

Wonderful stuff!
Bill Phillips: Your highness, I would bow if I couldgrin
Nice portrait! Fantastic!
Bill Phillips: Thank you very much
Nice portrait! Fantastic!
Bill Phillips: Thank you very muchsmile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Apr 2011, 16:54
I often wonder about people like this - they must get some pleasure out of dressing up like this but it beats me! Good portrait - he does look rather pleased with himself.
Bill Phillips: He gets paid maybe? I dress up as Father Christmas and it is great fun. You can hide behind a costume and get away with all sorts of things because you are playing a part. Perhaps he is a frustrated actor.
Un retrato precioso lleno de color y muy bien hecho!!

Bill Phillips: Gracias por su visita y sus amables comentarios
  • Alan
  • Apple store, Southampton
  • 13 Apr 2011, 17:37
I thought at first it was Sir Tiff. The little lady looks quite.. umm... little.
Bill Phillips: There is a strong resemblance, is she little or is he very large? Do either of us really care?
i doubt it very much Bill, very noble smile
Bill Phillips: Well he might have donegrin
You were lucky to catch him at home, a bit of a rest from piracy on the spanish main. He's enjoying posing for this rather charming shot smile
Bill Phillips: I think he was thoroughly enjoying himself
  • Les Auld
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Apr 2011, 21:54
Definitely looks the part Bill but I don't fancy walking around with a whopping sword in my boot.
Bill Phillips: I would feel a right twit dressed like this but he seemed to be thoroughly enjoying himself Les
My, they look good for their age, Bill smile

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