By Dirk Bogarde
From 1927 to 1934 the younger Dirk Bogarde lived in a distant cottage within the Sussex Downs along with his sister Elizabeth and their strict nanny, Lally.
For the kids it was once an idyllic time of pleasure and event: of gleaning on the finish of summer season, of oil lamps and wells, of harvests and harvest mice within the nice Meadow.
This misplaced global, visited fleetingly in A Postillion Struck through Lightning, the 1st quantity of Dirk Bogarde's autobiography, is noticeable right here during the eyes of an blameless yet clever eleven-year-old. With nice sensitivity and poignancy it captures the sounds and smells, the affection and gentleness that surrounded the younger boy because the global open air ready to visit war.
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When it comes to hunt ing, elk are at the top of the list. While a big deer may weigh 240 pounds, a bull elk can weigh 600 pounds or more. We were a hunt ing family. Every year Dad hunted phea sants, doves, and deer, going deer hunt ing in both Cal ifornia and Wyoming. Sometimes, in W yoming, he’d get ta gs to shoot two d eer and tw o antelope; although he always put in for an elk per mit, he had yet to be chosen. It was a recent thing that Rob ert and I w ere allowed to hunt. Five years ago, we’d shot our sling shots at each other after being told not to; as pun ishment, we were severely beaten and forbidden to get a BB gun or a real gun until Dad decid ed it was okay.
I felt sorry f or Tony. He was close, but not close enough. Maybe I’d offer Tony some of my candy bars—seemed like he was going to need them. ” Announcements were my favor ite part of church. They were n’t the Bible, and if you got some one funny who liked to talk, the twenty minutes could go by pretty f ast. “Now this is the last w eek for you to put in for your choice of sites for this year’s Feast of Taber nacles…” The Feast of Taber nacles was Hanuk kah and Christ mas all rolled into one. Every fall we’d go to one of the sev enty-five feast sites around the world for a com bination retreat and revival.
An hour out side of S heridan the s cenery changed from alfalfa fields and sage to lush me adows bordered by pine trees, all watched over by snowcapped mountains of gran ite. According to Dad, Clou d Peak, which was 13,000 feet tall, usu ally kept its snow all year round. ” Oh my God—at leas t ten elk were graz ing not far f rom the road. Dad pulled onto the shoul der, got out the Polaroid. When it comes to hunt ing, elk are at the top of the list. While a big deer may weigh 240 pounds, a bull elk can weigh 600 pounds or more.