Laurie Lee — English Poet born on June 26, 1914, died on May 13, 1997

Laurence Edward Alan "Laurie" Lee, MBE was an English poet, novelist and screenwriter, who was brought up in the village of Slad and went to the Central Boys' School, Stroud, Gloucestershire. His most famous work was an autobiographical trilogy which consisted of Cider with Rosie, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning and A Moment of War. The first volume recounts his childhood in the Slad Valley. The second deals with his leaving home for London and his first visit to Spain in 1935, and the third with his return to Spain in December 1937 to join the Republican International Brigades... (wikipedia)

But our waking life, and our growing years, were for the most part spent in the kitchen, and until we married, or ran away, it was the common room we shared.
I don't know what idiocies drove me in those days, but they were naive, innocent idiocies in many ways.
That last winter was a tragic story and I got no personal honour out of it but I was a witness to it.
I have been sitting watching that ever since I came back, the continuous variations of light and shadow.
What she did was to open our eyes to details of country life such as teaching us names of wild flowers and getting us to draw and paint and learn poetry.

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