I began teaching in the 1970's in a Victorian village school near the church the pub and the pond.
I recount some of my adventures during my long stay in the picturesque surroundings of our much filmed and televised village full of eccentrics, famous and infamous characters; including Old Missus, surely the knobbliest cane in England!
Set in the heart of the Chilterns, in the home counties commutor belt , the children I taught ranged from an Ambassador's son to a local farm labourer's children. We worked together as a team, my children and I and enjoyed a life that is not there any more.
More's the pity.
'… I think this is a book which will have considerable appeal to a wide ranging audience, particularly as life in the country has become such a sought after experience in recent years. I particularly like the juxtaposition of you having led such an exciting life with the UN and still enjoying the provincial life….’ Lucy P (Scottish Publisher)
'...I loved Tales out of School. I taught in an old school in Thornhill, Ontario in the '80's and the '90's and can relate. We had hardwood floors, 20 ft. ceilings and huge windows. We didn't have stoves... have radiators that came in handy for drying mittens, socks and boots...' Valerie