Bruce Jeans – Memories – Cambridge Probus (NZ)

Written in June last year and presented yesterday the 17 March 2010 to Cambridge Men’s Probus Club here is the text of Dad’s Memories presentation.

Bruce Jeans | Animal Stories | Memories of Whitehall

As a boy I grew up on the farm in Whitehall eight miles out of Cambridge and spent all of my working life on that farm. During that period I experienced many aspects of animal and bird behaviour and looking back I realise that our so called domesticated animals still retain some elements of their wild ancestors’ instinct for survival and sometimes even seem almost to think in human terms.

The following incidents are drawn from those memories and from stories I was told starting with a story of a cat told by my mother.

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Dad & Fred

Bruce Jeans assists reporter Katrina Lintonbon research an article she is writing for Cambridge Edition on Bruce’s grandfather, builder, Charles Potts. Charles Potts built the Cambridge Court House home now to Cambridge Museum one hundred years ago. Photo: Friday 17 July 2009.

Recent Fred Potts links.

4 July 2009 Cambridge Heritage

23 June 2009 Fred Potts Ctd.

1 December 2008 Celebrating Fred Potts

14 November 2008 A sunny Cambridge afternoon IV

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Ripening plums

This year’s Sharps Early crop is lighter than 2007’s bumper one. Far and away my favourite plum – I have known it all my life – harvested, as it is, at this special time of the year. Our tree is a cutting from the tree at Whitehall. Dad is still making relish from fruit frozen last December. His plum relish seasoned meatloaf is very tasty.

The short history of a tree: Dad says he is fairly certain the tree comes from the Scholes farm, next door to ours, at Whitehall (if you have reason to visit Whitehall Quarry – the remnants of this orchard can be seen to your left as you come up the rise from the bridge after leaving Whitehall Road). Trees grown from cuttings from the Leamington tree can, in turn, be found on properties on Mount Pirongia, in Te Puke, at Maungatautari and here in Leamington – if you know where to look. 

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