Memories of Mabel helped by speckledy hen
Hilary MacDonald is the chief executive of Age UK Norfolk and herself a grandmother of eight.
“Balancing a very busy job and a large family is not easy and with eight grandchildren any spare time is easily filled!
Our grandchildren love coming to stay and we love spending time with them. The relationship between a grandchild and grandparent is such a special one and hugely enjoyable.
I have very special memories of my grandparents. Following the death of my grandfather, my grandmother was a regular visitor to our house when I was young. She was in her 80s then, very active, lots of energy and full of fun.
Kindness, laughter and frequent fits of the giggles, long grey hair tied in a knotted bun always brushed 100 times night and morning with a large, green, enamelled hairbrush; speckledy hens and lovely eggs; hatpins stored in a battered leather box; dresses worn over the knee, belted at the waist; pink satin boned corsets; very large feet and extraordinarily thick brown stockings worn winter and summer; endless games of table tennis; late night spelling competitions, and storytelling often featuring a speckledy hen or two. These are some of the things that come immediately to mind when I think of my grandmother.
I now have a speckledy hen of my own; she lays lovely eggs, has very large feet, and is called Mabel - after my grandmother.”
Hilary MacDonald, chief executive of Age UK Norfolk, is a grandmother of eight.