Sunday, 24 July 2011
Granny's garden at Crayke (part two)
Two fine oak trees grew near the lawn. One was easy to climb and provided good seats. The other oak was very old and had a stout trunk. The roller stood up against it and by climbing onto the handle, Margie and I could be hoisted up to the first intersection where the branches spread out. Room could be made for all five of us to sit at the top of the trunk.
We had a swing and a see-saw under the chestnut trees. I was afraid of the see-saw as I once got my leg pinched when I sat in the middle. Sometimes all five of us climbed on the swing together and pretended we were Huguenots escaping from our enemies, or Cavaliers being chased by Roundheads. The swing went up and up and faster and faster until at last we reached safety."
The garden and field were sold off some time around the 1960s and I believe houses were built there. The garden obviously had a huge impact on Granny as she could remember it all so vividly. She was extremely knowledgeable about plants and flowers, particularly wild flowers, and sometimes would collect us from the bus stop after school and point out all the different flowers we walked past on the way home. I am sure she would be very pleased that I love gardening so much.