Letter of the week Thanks for the memories
IWAS amazed and delighted to be sent the Country Mouse column (May 24) on Keeper’s Cottage, near Axmouth in Devon. I, too, was a gamekeeper’s daughter at that very cottage from 1955 to 1966 and have a host of happy memories of that time. There was no electricity until 1961 and water was pumped from a nearby spring. The bath was in the kitchen and clothes were washed in the copper at the back. In spite of the half-mile stony track to the main road, the baker, coalman and fishmonger made it to our gate, whereas the postman delivered mail to a tin box halfway up the lane.
Memories of cowslip fields, huge mushrooms, bats in the thatch and glow worms in the grasses came flooding back, as well as lines of broody hens hatching pheasant chicks so assiduously at the end of the garden. I always thought the chicks looked like bumblebees, nestling in dad’s hat.
Please thank ‘PL’ [Managing Editor, Paula Lester] for reminding me how fortunate we were to be ‘country mice’ in our formative years. Valerie Osmond, Avon
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