Great Bri­tish ec­centrics

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country Notebook -

SIR GE­ORGE was a man of re­lent­less but ob­scure cre­ativ­ity. He wrote sev­eral books and manuscripts in­clud­ing The History of the Fork and Acorns as an Ar­ti­cle of Me­dieval Diet. The baronet also dab­bled as an in­ven­tor, cre­at­ing a minia­ture pis­tol for shoot­ing wasps and a mu­si­cal tooth­brush. It was, how­ever, land­scape gardening that truly pre­oc­cu­pied Sir Ge­orge, who spent many hours mak­ing plans for Ren­ishaw Hall in Der­byshire and em­ployed 4,000 men to dig its lakes. He ran the es­tate suc­cess­fully, but his plans to sten­cil the cows in a Chi­nese wil­low pat­tern, for bet­ter aes­thet­ics, were quashed and he was rather miffed when he was un­able to pay his son’s Eton fees in farm pro­duce. His tal­ented chil­dren be­came adept at avoid­ing their fa­ther, once in­vent­ing an imag­i­nary round-the­world cruise on a yacht named Rover in or­der to es­cape his at­ten­tion. Sid­ney His­cox

Il­lus­tra­tions by Emma Mccall

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