Thursday, 25 July 2019

The Garden of Eden.


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As all Sussex folk know, the very center of the Garden of Eden was positioned at Chanctonbury Ring in Sussex; a high point so perfectly situated atop the South Downs that it looks out over the sea to the South, and towards Kent and Surrey to the North.

Adam and Eve Sussex (their correct family names are unknown, but are thought to have been Starkadder and Fuller respectively) chose their home wisely. Not only was there a good Apple orchard, but the serpents thereabouts were of the friendly variety.

However, eventually their landlord (a Mr Good) wished to evict them, and made-up a silly story about them being members of some nudist club, and he wanted nothing more to do with them.

But he was not all bad. Mr Good took pity on them, and before closing Eden's gate, he loaded onto their Ford Transit van the minimum with which they could survive, before they could find themselves another suitable home.

He gave them a tool box, a cock and six hens, paint brushes and a tube of sepia, six pencils from 2B to 4H, tobacco in a tin, a Latin primer, a selection of verse and prose by good Sussex writers, a small printing press, the basic elements of jurisprudence, a compact medicine chest, a collection of seeds, two pigs, a No 9 Opinel knife (I added the knife), and a large ball of twine.

I know all this to be true because Mr Hilaire Belloc told me so. The rest is history.


8 comments:

  1. Who knew? I sure didn't. And are you sure there was only tobacco in that tin? Some of the poor choices made by the Starkadder-Fullers may have indicated something stronger. Anyway, good morning Cro.

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    1. Hi Donna. Time (of course) may have blurred certain details, but I have never seen the happy couple illustrated as 'comatose'. Maybe a few plants in the backyard; who knows!

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  2. We lived quite close to Chanctonbury Ring back in the 1980s. I think that picture may have been Mr C and myself from back then.

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    1. Me too, I lived in West Chiltington. And I also taught at Windlesham House school which is within a couple of miles of it. Lovely spot.

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  3. What you don't know but think you do ! Now I must look up Chanctonbury.
    parsnip

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  4. And I suppose they then met Miranda in the inn she had remembered.

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    1. The whole history of mankind follows this story. As it would.

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