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Mrs. Marion Bythell, a regular contributor who lives at Tarporley in Cheshire, has written to tell me how much she enjoyed reading Memories and Gardens by Marion Howard Spring. She was the wife of journalist and novelist Howard Spring ( 1889- 1965), many of whose books, which include Shabby Tiger ( 1934), My Son! My Son! ( 1938) and Fame is the Spur ( 1940) will, I am sure, be familiar to Evergreen readers.
Memories and Gardens, which was first published in 1964, describes her early life and childhood holidays at St. Mawes in Cornwall. She begins…
Now that I am an old lady, with grandchildren growing up, I am going to write about my life and gardens, an unhistorical subject indeed. The lovely thing about growing old is that the beautiful moments of life — the love of one’s family, music, gardening, poetry — all become more precious with the knowledge that they must soon be left behind. In spite of having lived through terrible wars, I can look back on much happiness. This, then, is nothing outstanding or spectacular; just the every- day life of an every- day person.
Even in 1964, the increase in the volume of traffic was becoming noticeable:
Nothing short of an atomic bomb can change the fine position of St. Mawes, but once you land the village seems to me nowadays like a vast smelly garage. The cars are bumper to bumper and the poor pedestrian has the filthy smell of petrol in his nostrils…
Mrs. Bythell also wanted to share with us the author’s description of her visit to St. Just Church, near St. Mawes: