Walking with my beloved friends through a "year" at Thrush Green was peace personified.
The character I love best in these books is Winnie Bailey, the doctor's widow. ---------------------------------------------- Before he could decide how best to cope with this strange behaviour, Dotty had recovered herself and was rattling on again about her demise. "Well, I hope so," said Dotty doubtfully.
The weather, the changing seasons and the rituals of Thrush Green are a part of every book, but they had some extra emphasis in this one.
This one begins in January, goes through to December and covers the major happenings in this very small English village in the Cotswolds month-by-month.
After a few days break from the series, I picked back up with The Year at Thrush Green, which was as enjoyable and as soothing as always. Albert Piggott digs his way to Dotty Harmers for a chat and finds her making notes about her own funeral arrangements. Joan Young enjoys some indoor bulbs; likewise, most Thrush Green ladies busy themselves with domestic chores. Mrs. Thurgood, a Lulling busybody, is clamouring that the common room at Rectory Cottages is too small, and Charles wants to share his distress with, and be soothed by, Harold. Nelly has to take over running the Fuchsia Bush when her friend and partner, Mrs. Peters, falls ill. Mrs. Curdle was his mothers godmother; she is now elderly and ill. Of course in Thrush Green, he finds many who knew and loved Mrs. Curdle, and upon meeting Ben and Molly, the big-hearted Carl declares them to be god-cousins. Carl, an architectural engineer, becomes well acquainted Edward Young and Charles Henstock. Mrs. Peters is seriously ill (the book never says, but the symptoms sound like cancer of the stomach), and when Bertha Lovelock reverts back to her kleptomaniac ways, Nelly nips it quickly in the bud. Later, when Mrs. Peters nears the end, she shocks Nelly by leaving her the Fuchsia Bush!
Flossie, the dog, dies.
Dora Jessie Saint MBE née Shafe (born 17 April 1913), best known by the pen name Miss Read, was an English novelist, by profession a schoolmistress. The principal character in the Fairacre books, "Miss Read", is an unmarried schoolteacher in a small village school, an acerbic and yet compassionate observer of village life. Miss Read's novels are wry regional social comedies, laced with gentle humour and subtle social commentary.