Quote of the week


"What on earth have you brought that timber-tug here for? We arenít building a railway bridge. Why, in America, half-a-dozen two-by-four bits would be ample.Ē ... ďAll I say is that you can put up larch and make a tempíry job of it; and by the time the young masterís married itíll have to be done again. Now, Iíve brought down a couple of as sweet six-by-eight oak timbers as weíve ever drawed. You put íem in aní itís off your mind or good aní all. Tíother wayóI donít say it ainít right, Iím only just sayiní what I thinkóbut tíother way, heíll no sooner be married than weíll have it all to do again. Youíve no call to regard my words, but you canít get out of that.Ē ... "Make it oak then; we canít get out of it.Ē This is from "An Habitation Enforced" in Actions and Reactions.

A wealthy young American couple have bought an estate in deepest Sussex, and settled down to country life in England. They have recently had their first baby, George, who will inherit one day. They have brought him with them down to the woods, where their men are building a new footbridge over a flooded brook.

They are discovering that in Old England people expect to build for posterity.