Let­ter of the week Thanks for the mem­o­ries

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

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

The writer of the let­ter of the week will win a bot­tle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Cham­pagne

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