Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Early Years

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.

No comments:

Post a Comment