Edith Kate was born in 1884. Living proof of a romantic liaison between her mother and our mystery man. She married William Butler on 1st December, 1906. William was a Groom and later, a Coachman. He joined the army to fight in the Great War and died in 1924, aged 43.
Edith married again, some years after, to a man called Mason. I know little about him, other than the fact that he was the father of my grandmother’s half-brother, Harold.
Edith died in 1963, after a long battle with cancer.
I suppose this photograph is special to me for a number of reasons, mostly nostalgic. But probably, most importantly, it’s the only one I have of Edith and Hilda together. Also, it shows a fairly good portion of the garden at our family home, ‘The Laurels’, when it was in full-bloom. Aside from a substantial lawn, the garden boasted a 75 foot long greenhouse, a mature fruit orchard, numerous plots given over to vegetables and magnificent, fragrant, flower borders filled with colour. All linked by a winding network of neatly mown paths.
Some of the more identifiable detail here includes, in foreground, a crop of peas. To the immediate right of my grandmother, more of those hurdles! Not included in the shot, to the right of the glass frame, was an old potting shed. It was one of my top hiding places on a plot that measured just short of an acre.
In the left of the photograph, just beyond the little apple tree, is a hand operated pump that pulled water from a well. This was used to irrigate the garden and greenhouse. It was also the source of drinking water and was later supplied to the house by an electric pump. The water was then held in a tank in the kitchen and gravity-fed through a single tap. It tasted so sweet. Nothing like the chlorinated offering we get today.
I imagine mother and daughter would be soon be enjoying a cup tea, made with that very water…as soon as they finished their tour.
One of those borders in full bloom
More Sepia Saturday participants HERE
© 2010, copyright Martin T. Hodges