Chapter 1        
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"The shop was a detached house. Its back garden had an apple tree and a plum tree
and the village Brook running at the bottom of it. A large garage contained,
from my point of view, the most interesting part of the purchase - a Jowett Bradford
van. For the first time since the war, my father was mobile again."
"The first few months were those of a new world. I never knew that life could be
so different - collecting birds eggs, learning the difference between timid cows and
angry bulls, wading through the Brook in my best shoes, climbing trees, finding fossils
and flint axe-heads by the dozen, 'shooking' hay (I think this must be a word
particular to the district - it meant stacking it), swimming in the Soar, etc."
Copyright - John Peirson 2000