Marie's October Article

30 Sep 19

October,  2019 
I was watching a programme about  evacuees – the children who between 1st and 5th September 1939 were sent away from towns and cities to live in the safety of the countryside.  This brought back memories for me as when I started my first job there was a girl in our office who had been evacuated from Coventry to Old Arley , which didn’t seem very far from her home,  However, she became very fond of the people who had taken her in, and she had kept in touch with them .

I can’t imagine how hard it was for for parents to wave goodbye to their children (some as young as 3 years of age, not knowing where they were going and for how long.

We have been having some strange weather in August and September it has  been really warm with sun as hot as the south of France. Then in the evening it is really cold.  However, this year’s harvest has been really good.  We have had a good crop of Grapes, bag after bag of Runner Beans and Tomatoes and  the flowers have been glorious.

As we hear on T.V. and newspapers how the high streets are going down, as we can see in Nuneaton town centre, it was lovely to  read in the local newspaper that Nuneaton is to receive some funding from the Government, to fund towns with industrial and economic heritage.  There is also another fund which is not the same but Nuneaton is also in the running, so let’s hope Nuneaton will receive some funds to regenerate the town.

As the days get shorter and especially older people dread the cold  let us remember:   
 Gone are the long bright summer days now autumn fires are aglow.                                Some of the trees will shed their leaves and colder winds will blow,                                       But what care I what ills and chills may bring, there never was an autumn yet which did not  turn to Spring.                   

  Marie Cove

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