Marie's May Article

29 May 21

May, 2021

I couldn’t believe it when my milkman left a form saying they will only deliver by an “on-line” account.  I have paid by direct debit for a few years but this is not now acceptable, so I decided to cancel the milk.  I have had doorstep delivery since as a child the milk was delivered in churns from which the milk lady filled your jugs.  I feel so sad that yet another personal service has gone.

        During the time of Catherine the Great, Smallpox was very prevalent and her husband, Peter 111 was a constant reminder of the horrors of this disease as he was covered in scars after contracting Smallpox as a child.  When an epidemic spread through Siberia killing thousands, Catherine was inspired to save her people.  She invited British Physician Thomas Dimsdale to her court who had devised a cheap technique of rubbing postules into an open wound.  The Empress had herself and her son inoculated in 1768 and emerged 9 days later declaring the day a national holiday, saying anyone who didn’t believe in the science was a “blockhead”.  Clinics were set up across Russia and in the space of a year 20,000 Russians had been inoculated. 

As I watch the year go by it is amazing how many plants in our garden come back year after year – Snowdrops, Snowbells, Celandines.  My Granddaughter asked me when to set celandines.  I told her I didn’t think you could set them.  They are wild flowers and have probably been in our garden since Nuthurst Crescent was a field.

A sight to behold, a sight you must not miss,                

As the Bluebells bloom like a brief kiss.          

They fill woods and forests in carpets of blue,       

Wave after wave like the sea rolling through.

         Marie Cove.

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