It's the knitted cables, the moustache and the flask,
the flat cap and the pencil behind the ear which do it, which make me love this window and want to laugh with delight. It's a fine example of modern stained glass at a time when the demand for windows is declining and everyone is terrified of offending someone.
It's by Chris Fiddes (b1934) with Nicholas Bechgaard (b1948) and was made in 1997 for the church in Potterspury, Northants. The pair have made several windows for churches in the area - there's also a Millennium window in Potterspury with a delightful beaming mother, bouncing baby, and excited sheepdogs in the snow. Their work uses clever angles and feature utterly ordinary people and scenes, reminding me of paintings by Bruegel. Most of all, though, it's the details that fascinate and cheer me; they are funny, clever, and thoughtful, and the couple who commissioned the window to celebrate the 'skill and dedication of all craftsmen' on the occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary did us all a service.