Marie's June Article

25 Jun 20

June, 2020

When our isolation first began I decided it wouldn’t be too bad, if a little boring; Spring is a time for new growth and our garden was in need of a lot of attention, so our garden was freedom.  Luckily April was the sunniest April since records began, so we could spend a lot of time outside our four walls.

We were in the garden in early May. I was watering the greenhouse and tubs when I heard Dave talking to someone.  It wasn’t a person it was a young Blackbird who was sitting on the table beside him.  It wasn’t a bit afraid and came back for a few days.

It was a shame we couldn’t celebrate V.E. Day as many had planned.  I was 9 years old when the war in Europe ended.  I had a red, white and blue gingham dress.  We had never known such excitement and joy.  We were having a big party and our brother would be coming home after 3 years away.  The party was organised by mothers from Camp Hill Road and Green Lane, and then we had races.  I won a book in the 3 legged- race called ‘Knight of Castille’ which was really boring but I treasured it and still have it.

We did however, celebrate the 75th Anniversary of V.E. Day in Nuthurst Crescent with our own street party.  We each put a small table and chairs on our front lawn or drive and neighbours talked to each other across the street or up and down, always practising social distancing.  It was lovely.

Children can certainly cheer us like this letter “Dear God the baby you brought is awful nice and sweet, but because you forgot his toofies the poor little thing can’t eat.  That’s why I’m writing this letter on purpose to let you know.  Please come and finish the baby.  That’s all from little Flo.”

Marie Cove

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It is with great pleasure that I would like to welcome you to St Laurence.  Frances, my wife, and I have received a very warm welcome ourselves, so you will not be disappointed when you visit St Laurence.  I am also the Curate of the other churches in Ansley and Arley – St John’s, St Michael’s and St Wilfrid’s.

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