Posted: 05/12/2015 at 14:30
How lovely. It must have been wonderful to grow up on a farm
It was Lulu - I was very lucky - apart from knowing that I must keep away from working machinery, and shut stock gates etc, I was allowed to more or less run free from a very young age - by the time I was 10 years old I had a radius of a mile or more of countryside where I could wander on my own, playing in woods, spinneys, fields and streams. I knew every square inch and the plants that grew there. As we grew older my friends and I wandered the footpaths or cycled to the next village, knowing that my parents would not worry unless we were late for a meal
Farms are different places nowadays and parents, even country-dwelling ones, are much more anxious. My nephew and nieces have not had the wonderfully free childhood that their father and I had.