Gardener, Musician, Wood Turner and Carver, and Firework Maker
My dad's memories
My Grandad was like most Gardeners, extremely calm, clever and
versatile, and his working day "every day is a working day for
Gardeners" was tending the plants in the various gardens within the
Abbey Grounds. His week was carefully organised to include: Band
practise, wood-carving, carpentry,
fire-work making, telling me stories, and teaching me how to use
His most enjoyable task was the propagation and culture of Prize
Winning Entries in the many Local Flower Shows.
When he wasn't showing, he was judging, . . . Flowers, Fruit and
Vegetables were all a challenge to him, and if he was exhibiting, his
entries had to be the "BEST" in the show. And very often, they were.
And my Dad was destined to follow in his footsteps.
I don't remember my Dad, or my Grandparents ever having a Holiday
Needless to say that the White family always had fresh fruit and
vegetables, for this was one of the "perks" of being a Gardener on a
large Estate. Mr.Reid Partridge ran a small Dairy Farm beside the
Kitchen Gardens, so we always had fresh milk as well. His son Ron
taught me to milk the Cows at an early age. I was later to find this
skill very useful
-with Goats, in a Palestinian Desert.