The light is at the wrong angle but I think you can see how pretty & fresh the cottage is now. Gary, the handyman, is fortunately as nuts as me. He tells me he too can feel that she appreciates it. She told him "Thank you! I needed that!"
At some point she might have been pinkish according to this old painting but it looks like her door has always been red. She really is that tiny.
This is Bunty who lived here before into her 90s. I have learnt more about her from the next door neighbour. Apparently, she was in the airforce for long after the war and then did something in business in London & then retired & then married her teenage sweetheart in their 70s.
It seems I was right to think the cottage which I imagine to imbued by the benevolent spirit of Bunty likes having children in it. Bunty had no children but the next door neighbour who must be in her 50s said she loved to have them in the cottage & she spent time here as a child
I don’t really believe in spirits but I do think this cottage has a character & I am pretty sure it is Bunty’s as she lived here for nearly a century and for most of it alone. Of course, so many men of her generation died in the war she herself fought in so many women were single
Many women like being single but I think, from what the neighbour said, Bunty would have liked to get married and have children. I wonder if the teenage sweetheart she found again & married in her 70s had married someone else & been widowed before that?
I just love this cottage and I think it is essentially mine now as my mother does not feel able to travel although I am going to try to get her here. It’s sad for her without my dad though so I think that’s partly why she doesn’t want to come.
I will try to keep this cottage in the family though and make a rule that Bunty's photo remains. I think she'd appreciate that. I will put a slip of paper in the back saying who she was and when she lived here.
She was in her late 90s when my parents bought her cottage in 1992 so she was born at the end of the 19th century and so she must have been in the women's airforce during WWI. That's what her photo albums showed but she also seems to have been in the WAAF of WWII in her 50s.
I have a special fondness for women born in the late 19th century and have been lucky enough to work with many of them although they are all gone now, of course. Harriet & Lucy were my eldest clients. They were 113 when I was 17.
I hope to keep this cottage in the family forever but I don't know how long it will be here. Every year the sea comes in a little further and every few years a storm makes the sea come over the wall and flood the town.
The cottage has been lucky and was only seriously damaged by sea water once in 1956 although the town has been evacuated a few times since we've had it. Neighbours are very kind & when my parents weren't here, they came in & moved all technology upstairs before leaving.
Moot Hall was in the centre of town when it was built in the 16th century but now it is on the seafront. I think they'll have to decide to try to move it or risk losing it this century.

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