Jude of “ the earth laughs in flowers” is challenging us each week to submit garden themed photos and for January the theme is “winter”. For those living in the Northern Hemisphere that is not a problem, they are enveloped in a wet, white world of snow, sleet and constant rain. But down under in a sun blessed country, when the seasons all blend into each other, with not a snow flake in sight, to find some wintry photos I have to dig past the archives of technology and into the dim past of my archaic photo albums, that old style receptacle of memories of a long ago era. I lift them out of the dark, dusty cupboard in the corner of the garage, bringing them back into the light of day.
Those yellowing photos bring the memories flooding back. I am transported back 25 years to England, the country of my birth, that I left in 1961 as a naïve 19-year-old. In 1990 I am back to spend a year here. I find a dream job as housekeeper for Douglas Bunn the famous creator and master of the International Hickstead Show Jumping Arena in Sussex. I thumb through the albums lost in time, remembering the people I worked with, the many international show jumpers and TV, media and show business celebrities that attended the parties and stayed as guests. I lived there through the 4 seasons and the winter of 1991 was spectacular.
This is a news paper cutting I had pasted into my album. It is January 1991. But out in the country side the snow is a beautiful sight, coating the world in mystical white.
It was my first experience of a white winter in 30 years.
I lived in a 2 bedroom cottage behind the main house. Hickstead House was a magnificent mansion that was a monastery in the days of Henry VIII.
This is the view from the front door of my cosy cottage.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the UK, but after a year I was ready to come home to New Zealand, where I was living in 1991.
The winter spent in UK was an interesting experience, but I would not like to be there every year in those conditions.
Thanks Jude for giving me a reason to go back through my photo albums. Now to see more present day winter conditions head over to Jude’s post.