I had so many helpful responses to my last post about felt leaves, that I've now got a fair bit of sewing to do as a result! Thanks everyone for their very helpful input. So .... to keep you occupied while I toil over the steam-powered Singer, I'm posting another extract (a long one, I've got a lot to do!) from my dad's memoirs. Intermingled are some sad photos of his home of those days, tragically allowed to fall into ruins and nature is reclaiming her territory.