Pictured here, in this mother and daughter scene, is my maternal grandmother, Hilda, and my mum, Christina. It’s an appropriate setting, given their shared love of gardening. My mum has inherited her ‘green’ fingers from Hilda, but we’re not so sure where the horticultural bent originated precisely. Hilda’s niece, Helen, is also smitten, and in retirement, recently returned to further education to study horticulture. She passed with a distinction, so maybe the answer lies in the genes.
When I was a child, Hilda tasted considerable success with her entries in the local shows. Her lovingly raised flowers and produce harvesting their own share of first prizes and diplomas.
Mum entered in many of the same shows. Not with anything she had grown, but with the wonderful sponge cakes she baked. Her speciality was the classic Victoria sandwich, and her rich reward, the Feathery Flake Diploma.
Happy photograph. Happy days.
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