Heather M. Wood

Copyright 2012 Heather M Wood

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For A and E and O and H.

Chapter One

Hannah’s dad thought Mrs Arkwright was ‘a batty old thing’. Hannah wasn’t so sure. Mum thought that Mrs Arkwright was ‘harmless, just a bit lonely’, but Hannah didn’t think she was lonely. Hannah didn’t know what to think.

Mrs Arkwright lived on her own in a cottage behind Hannah’s parents’ house. She seemed quite old, but sprightly and was often to be seen out and about around the village, sometimes on a bicycle, sometimes on foot, but always wearing a hat and the hat always had a brim: A pink felt hat with a mauve woollen rose in the brim when it was cold. A pink and blue striped straw hat when the sun shone and a plastic hat with a red and yellow rose pattern and the brim turned back when it rained. She grew a lot of fruit and vegetables in her garden and also collected berries and mushrooms from the village common and the woods beyond. She often gave Hannah’s mum things that she had made or grown, explaining that she had more than enough for herself, but would never accept any money, ‘Just give me your old jam jars, my dear, that’s payment enough!’

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