It was a long room with a triangle of wall at each end and no walls at the sides, because the sloping ceiling came down to the floor, like a tent. There were windows on three sides, and a little low wooden bed in the middle covered with a patchwork quilt, as unlike a school bed as anything could be . . . . At one side there was a beautiful old rocking-horse – not a safety rocking horse hanging on iron swings from a centre shaft, but a horse whose legs were stretched to full gallop, fixed to long rockers so that it could, if you rode it violently, both rear and kick. On the other side was a doll’s house. By the bed was a wooden box painted vermilion with bright patterns all over it, and next to it all Tolly’s luggage piled up, making the room look really his. A wicker bird-cage hung from one of the beams.Diana has told these stories about Lucy many times and her delivery is perfect. She showed us the mouse that Tolly goes to sleep clutching on his first night at Green Knowe and I told her that Gabriel, the librarian at Christ Church, told me that when she had visited the Manor as a child Lucy had made her close her eyes and put the mouse in her hand. Diana unlocked the wooden box and showed us the treasures inside.
|This was Lucy's childhood rocking horse|
|On the beam is the Feste board Tolly found in the stable|
|Embroidered in hair!|
Miles walked: 4.9
Books purchased: 1; Lucy Boston, An Artist in Everything She Did