The athletic Goaters; some moving poetry; a new butterfly on St. Catherine’s Hill; a snake bite; a hornet sting; an Exhibition; two birthdays and the hurt of Bee Orchids.
Every evening, Gran describes the sunset seen from The Ridge, often in great detail, and when the sky is cloudy, she invariably writes, “sunset obscured”. On May 5th 1949 though, she misses it entirely:
…because I attended a concert given by a local troop of Girl Guides, of which Jane is a member. It was an excellent show and the spirit of friendliness increased by the presence of five members of a Polish Guide movement. It was almost dark when it was over.
A couple of days later she writes:
Having promised weeks ago to do something for Jane’s autograph album but having lacked both the will and the inspiration to make a start, I found both this afternoon and I think that the spirit of a greater artist must have guided my hand for I produced something of which I am not normally capable. I went up Kingsway first to make a sketch of a particularly attractive lone Pine tree and used this as the basis for Jane’s picture, setting the tree high up on a hill at sunset. Quite effective!