Friday, September 7, 2012
This photograph of Gay and Arthur - working the land - is one of my favourites. The bleakness of the land can easily be seen. The shelter belts on the northern boundary are not evident. And yes Gay really did work this hard along with Arthur until her arthritis no longer enabled her to do so.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
This gives a very strange perspective to the finished house. My guess is that they are stock in the foreground and I am certain that the mature tree to the right hand side is a large beech tree that used to be in the farmers field at the top of the farm lane. There was no chimney in those days - how I wonder did they ever keep warm!
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
I love this picture of Arthur hoeing. Again the date of the photograph is unknown to me but the mature shelter belt along the northern boundary makes me think that this was the early 1950s. I wonder if his verge of wild flowers was to increase insects to help the pollination of the fruit growing on this edge of the plot.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
I love the image. She looks far from elegant but she is so beautiful, and happy in a job she loved.
Monday, September 3, 2012
Sunday, September 2, 2012
|Copyright Penelope S Hellyer|
The people behind the story The Haphazard Gardener are initially my parents Arthur and Grace (Gay) Hellyer. Shortly after their marriage in 1934 they began to build themselves a wooden framed house based on the design of a Dutch barn. The photograph on the left shows Arthur, I think contemplating his next move.
|Copyright Penelope S Hellyer|
The photograph on the right shows them some time later balancing precariously on the roof of the house – the figure nearest is Arthur one of the other figures is Gay – the other two were friends that were occasionally roped in to help them. The house took approximately five years to complete. What would health and safety have to say?
The copyright to the text and these photographs remains with Penelope S Hellyer.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
I didn’t fulfil my wish last month to post more regularly; will try to do better this month. But I’ve scanned lots more pictures. I believe that the book is selling well and within the first week of selling on Kindle I had sold 3 copies with no returns; I am assured this is an excellent result for a memoir which is being self-promoted.
Thanks to Anita Andrews for featuring me as Author of the Month through August, and to Patsy Collins for interviewing me on her blog as well as giving me some good advice about word verification. Maybe this will encourage more people to leave comments. I must admit that I too have several attempts at word verification and often give up and abandon my comment on other people’s blog.
Joanne Phillips has been an absolute star again this month – thank you for all your help and advice.
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