Posted: 16/02/2016 at 09:07
Tetley - the mist is over here in Norfolk now
Our family has a story about stinging nettles ...
Many many years ago when my grandfather was a small boy in short trousers, Dr WG Grace, the famous cricketer, came to the family farm to go shooting with my Gt Grandfather.
My grandfather, in his excitement, fell into a ditch of stinging nettles and his legs were covered with a rash! Dr Grace hauled him out of the ditch, patted him on the head and said, 'There there my boy!' (or something like that) 'If you're a brave boy and don't cry, I'll send you a cricket bat when I get home.'
Grandpa was a brave boy and didn't cry and sure enough, Dr Grace was as good as his word and sent him a lovely cricket bat, signed by him, and with a silver plaque engraved 'Presented to Herbert W*** by Dr W. G. Grace'.
It was inherited by my father and when I was a child it was my job to oil it every summer.
It's now been passed on to my brother.