Out Of The Woods But Not Over The Hill by Gervase Phinn

By Gervase Phinn

For Gervase Phinn, ageing isn't really a couple of leisurely stroll to the pub for a online game of dominoes or slumbering in his favourite armchair. As this gleaming number of his best possible funny writing exhibits, he might be "out of the woods" yet he's on no account "over the hill." on reflection over greater than 60 years of family members lifestyles, educating, analyzing colleges, writing, and public talking, Gervase by no means fails to unearth humor, personality, heat, and knowledge from the main various of stories, whether or not they be becoming up in Rotherham with the main un-Yorkshirelike of names or describing why loud cellular phone clients get his goat.

Brimming with nostalgia, lightly mocking life's absurdities, by no means shy of an opinion, this is often Gervase Phinn at his wittiest, twinkly-eyed top.

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Goethe always carried violet seeds on his country walks and scattered them. The violet held a secret. Along the hedgerow that ran down to the cliffs at Hordle deep purple violets grew — perhaps no more than a dozen plants. I stumbled across them late one sunny March afternoon as I came up the cliff path from the sea. They were hidden in a small recess. I stood for some moments dazzled by them. Day after day I returned from the dull regimental existence of an English 37 MODERN NATURE boarding school to my secret garden - the first of many that blossomed in my dreams.

It wakes me through the bedroom window and then stays with me all day. There are no trees or hills to hide it. When it sets over the flatlands in the west I sit and watch it on a throne-like chair that I rescued from a rubbish dump. I never miss the setting sun, however cold the weather. Tonight it hangs huge and scarlet after a day of dark clouds. It appears for a few brief minutes, a perfect circle before disappearing - then the darkness comes rushing across the sky to embrace the inky timbers of Prospect Cottage; but before the light is extinguished the house reflects gold, or, as this evening, blazes ruby, its panes of glass a dazzling scarlet.

On it is a reading lamp of tarnished copper, two pewter mugs full of stamps, loose change, paperclips, several bottles of ink, and pens, envelopes, scraps of paper on which to make notes for this diary, an iron spittoon used as an ashtray; in the centre a lead tobacco box in the shape of a little Victorian cottage, in which I keep my chequebook and money. To the left and right against the wall are two Red Cross medicine chests 32 MARCH from an army surplus store; here I keep my clothes. A large oak chest dominates the room: it has 15th century panels carved with decorative ogee arches, perhaps once part of a rood screen.

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