Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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Humphrey.rosemary coatesIllustration by Rosemary Coates

Back in the late 1950s, Sarah and I—both just nineteen—came to America. We had left Britain, where post-war ration books were still in use. Sarah was to train horses and riders for Jamie Kreuz at Bryn Mawr Farms outside Philadelphia. I was to work for the Insurance Company of North America in Philadelphia and help Sarah on weekends.

What luxury! There were no ration books in sight. Jamie taught Sarah and me to cook for hundreds. There were never less than ten for dinner. Any recipes, if ever referred to, were quadrupled. Jamie made gravy by mixing flour and water in old mayonnaise jars—several quarts at a time. Looking around us, Sarah and I saw crabs and lobsters en masse; moulded jellies; mouldy leftovers; bedevilled eggs; whipped, squashed rutabagas...and Jack Daniels in jugs. As one of our earliest American experiences after leaving war-torn Britain, we had never, ever, seen anything like it.

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# Gretchen Schmidt 2016-01-22 11:05
:-) Absolutely wonderful storytelling and style.
# Deirdre Hanna 2016-02-01 06:45
Thanx so much Gretchen - you are so kind - hopefully Norm will publish more. If its not impolite to ask - which hunt are you with? Cheers Deirdre
# Guest 2018-12-04 14:04
I am a life-long American foxhunter -- except for two outings with the Galway Blazers and the Scarteen in Ireland -- and my now-deceased sister was an avid horsewoman for much of her early life. The reason I am writing is that her name was -- Deirdre Hanna! Did you ever run across any references to her?
# Deirdre Hanna 2016-02-01 06:50
Sorry Gretchen I forgot to say I edit the Hound Intelligence series in Hounds magazine in England. That is why I asked about which hunt - as your hunt may have had hounds in the series. Deirdre Hanna
# Joan Harvey Poskey 2016-01-26 13:38
Looking forward to more!
# Deirdre Hanna 2016-02-01 06:48
Thanks so much Joan - you are so kind. I hope Norm will publish more. If it's not too impolite to ask which hunt are you with? I write the Hound Intelligence series in Hounds magazine in England - which Rosemary illustrates. Good morning from England. Deirdre Hanna

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