This is happening in the mid 1920’s; this looks like part of a plane that the Wright Brothers made. Because women are more game than men, this woman was the original test pilot, she holds the record. The lady is Jenny’s great grandmother Lilly from Northern England. This takes place in Boomer at the Aerodrome which is where they have air shows. It’s north of Newcastle and south of the Scottish border. Lilly originally put together this contraption as a harvester and then thought it was too good and added the wings. Kathleen thinks she looks like her grand-daughter when she goes out. She thinks Lilly has gone home, gone through her wardrobe and settled on this outfit. Frank thinks that Lilly’s wardrobe has been influenced by Ned Kelly. Bullets would bounce off her boots because they are made of tin. Lilly is 24 years old. She is a spinster, she has outrun all the boys and none of the boys will embrace her spirit.
World War I pilots used to drop grenades from the planes. Lilly obviously has a switch there and throws grenades one by one at the boys. No wonder she’s a spinster!
This is definitely a harvester turned plane. If Lilly was Kathleen’s grand-daughter she would ask Kathleen what she thought of her clothes.
Where is Lilly going? Not to the ball! By the look of it she is waiting for the engine to kick in, she’s not going anywhere because she’s out of petrol. If she does go to the ball she’ll get a prize – it might be for the worst dressed. This is definitely driving transport to the latest fancy dress ball, but not a B+S ball, maybe a S+S ball. When she is there, a knight in shining armour will see Lilly looking forlorn and sweep her up and take her off into the sunset.
I’ll go for that – that was the prize!
(This story was created by Kathleen, Frank, Julie and Jenny at Calvary Kogarah in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit on the 18th of May 2015.)