We were quite poor as kids and
it was a treat for me to have a milkshake. Once on a week-long holiday to a Butlins holiday camp I had three. On a day trip to
Blackpool I can remember having a pineapple-flavoured one and as the waitress
frothed it I thought, “Blimey, this looks good - remember this,” and I did as I
can still picture the scene. I remember another holiday when I had two
milkshakes in a day and a Cornetto ice-cream every
day - we were rich!
We owned a shop and I remember in front of the
bacon-slicer we started stocking packets of “Two Shakes”. It was a couch that
contained powder to mixed two milkshakes. For about a year there was just
strawberry and then banana flavoured came out. I couldn’t quite believe it - we
could now have milkshakes when we wanted and needn't go to a cafe. What more
can a kid want? We were still rationed to having them on say Saturday nights or
birthdays. I remember watching my mum whisking the powder and milk to get a
decent frothy head on top of those shakes. Simple pleasures. I can't remember
our shop selling cans of squirty cream but my mum
must have bought one as I can remember her topping off a milkshake with one. I
haven't had a milkshake since 2017 feeling too much of anything makes you
immune to its delights.
My favourite is still pineapple flavour followed
by strawberry and here is a painting of one. I'd been watching a film featuring
Rik Mayall (Dancing Queen filmed mostly in
Scarborough.) There's a scene where he's in the Harbour Bar down near the beach
with Julia (Helena Bonham Carter) and she's having a milkshake (or milky
drink.) I suddenly thought to myself, "I'm going to paint a milkshake tomorrow."
As there’s little detail it came together quickly. As you can see from the
first photo I painted over something else I started and gave up on. It was a
rural Italian scene and I knew my heart wasn't in it. I thought I'd finished this
painting then I realised I'd forgotten a spoon should that strawberry drop
through the squirty cream. I banged one on the canvas
quickly, added a wee bit of shadow and it was done.
I can see this inoffensive painting hanging in
your nursery at home. When the kids have grown up you could give this painting
to the nanny before she leaves your employment. She could use it to get a fire
roaring or line a hamster's cage. It's yours for £2222. I can post if off
tomorrow morning after my appointment at The Chronic Flatulence Clinic.