Marie’s February Article

February, 2024

Another month is over, another winter half way through.  It’s a time to look forward to seeing the Snowdrops and Crocuses peeping through.  Although this was a very wet winter with lots of areas having floods and many trees blown down, we came through.  As Rudyard Kipling said, “Of all the trees that grow so fair old England to adorn greater are  none  beneath the sun than Oak and Ash and Thorn.”

I have often in the past heard people talk about ‘high tea’.  I just thought it was a posh way of saying ‘tea’ but apparently this started in the 19th century when workers would return home ravenously hungry in late afternoon or early evening.  This was an amalgam of afternoon tea and evening meal.  A perfect high tea e.g. – Steak and Kidney Pie, Scones & Jam or Apple Pie & Custard or both washed down with pots and pots of tea.  A lot different to these days of fast foods.

I was watching ‘Little Women’ for the umpteenth time and the professor says to Jo he can tell she is  a writer because she has ink stains on her finger.  This reminded me of when my bottle of ink (no biros then) leaked into my satchel.  It luckily only ruined my Rough Book and text books and homework books were alright but when the English Teacher saw it she gave me 100 lines – “I must be more careful and not waste ink.”

You will never be old with a twinkle in your eye.  With Spring time in your heart as you watch the winter fly.  You will never be old while you have a smile to share.  While you wonder at mankind and you find the time to care.  While there’s magic in your world and a special dream to hold.  While you still can laugh at life, you will never be old.  Iris Hesselden.

Marie Cove.