Considering the popularity of this amazing woman, I can't help but wonder how it happened that I had never heard of Hannah Hauxwell. But, I hadn't! Not until, a blogger friend mentioned one of her books, "Seasons of My Life." Now, here was a book that sounded right up my alley! Of course, I headed right over to Wikipedia and read, " Hannah Hauxwell (1 August 1926 - 30 January 2018) was an English farmer who was the subject of several television documentaries."
That very evening I watched "Too Long a Winter (1972," "A Winter Too Many (1980s) and "Hannah Hauxwell - Past & Present." Oh, how I loved that dear woman just as millions of others around the world did after having watched these documentaries. Her life had not been easy, and she had endured much over the years, yet she always seemed to keep a great spirit and to make the best of what she had. We all would do well with a good dose of Hannah Hauxwell from time to time.
I think Hannah would be proud that I named these little cattle ladies (above) after some of her own cattle that came to mean so much to her through the years. From left to right, there's Her Ladyship, Bunty, in the center, and sweet Rosa on the right.
It is Rosa, Her Ladyship's daughter, I believe, that is pictured with Hannah on the book cover above. It was also Rosa who furnished her with warm milk in the bitter cold winter of 1978 when everything in the house froze solid. (Even though, she says she's not that keen on milk.)
"It's my favorite place, here...down the new road through the iron gate. I stand here and watch the seasons come and go. At night the moonlight plays on Hunder Beck...and the waters sing a song to me...
I know this place will always be loyal to me. If I have nothing in my pocket I will always have this. They cannot take it away from me. It's mine, mine for the taking, and always will be...even when I'm no longer here. Of course, I suppose I shall have to leave here...sooner than later, I imagine. It will not be an easy thing to do.
But in years to come, if you see a ghost walking here you can be sure it will be me. "