Marie's July Articel

01 Jul 17

July, 2017

As we were watering the plants in our garden and the greenhouse, I thought how we take our water for granted, as we see other countries suffering desperately from drought.  When my sister, brother and I were young, we had two taps on the sink – hard and soft (but no hot).  The soft water was rainwater and my mother used to say it was better for your skin and hair, which with all the pollution couldn‘t be said today.  However, the best water was spring water and when we went blackberrying we would call at a house near the Windmill corner and the lady would give us a drink of water from her well.  Can you imagine anyone today welcoming 5 children asking for a drink of water?  Of course she got used to us, and the water was delicious.

Many years ago a lady gave me a book called “Pears Shilling Encyclopaedia”.  It is so interesting and it lives up to its name as an encyclopaedia is a book giving information on all branches of knowledge.  It covers lot of subjects, including China marks and London Silver marks for antiques, maps of the world, average wages and average life expectancy, which was very low.  There is a picture at the front of Edward V11 and another of his son, the Prince of Wales.  So the book was published about l915/16 – a long time ago.

The Norwegians have a folk tale in which Noah’s Ark springs a leak midway through its days on the high seas.  The story goes that the Dog is asked if he will put his nose between the boards to save its precious cargo from sinking.  That is how the Dog became ‘man’s best friend’, they say.  It is also why his nose is supposed to have remained cold and wet ever since.

When things go wrong, and they sometimes will,                                                                                                     When the road you’re tramping seems all uphill,                                                                                          When funds are low and debts are high,                                                                                                                        And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,                                                                                                                                                When care is pressing you down a bit,                                                                                                    Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit!

Marie Cove

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