Orig­i­nal ice-lol­lies

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

THOSE won­der­ful old snow pho­to­graphs in your pic­ture es­say (De­cem­ber 7) im­me­di­ately re­minded me of the post Se­cond World War years and, par­tic­u­larly, the win­ter of 1947. The one omis­sion from your col­lec­tion was the sight of ici­cles hang­ing from gut­ters. Long be­fore ice-lol­lies were in­vented, the sheer joy of break­ing off an ici­cle and suck­ing it, si­mul­ta­ne­ously try­ing to shake drops of wa­ter from cold hands, made it the best drink ever. No doubt the moss, bird drop­pings and ac­cu­mu­lated roof de­bris gave an un­for­get­table flavour sel­dom en­joyed by chil­dren these days—un­less they have par­ents who for­get to check gut­ters be­fore the real cold sets in. Janie Day, Suf­folk

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