Tuesday, November 05, 2019
On vanishing down rabbit holes - the case of Arthur Ransome
This is the English children's writer, Arthur Ransome. I really liked his books as a child. My favourite was We didn't mean to go to sea. It was a present from my parents.
Later, I tried to share Ransome with my children, buying Swallows and Amazons. It didn't grab. It was too remote.
Now what has all this to do with vanishing down rabbit holes? Well, I had an email from Cathie L asking me whether a certain homestead near Walcha still existed because it was once owned by Ransome's grandfather. I had no idea that there was a Ransome connection. That was where the rabbit hole came in, for with info from Cathie I was off on a web search combined with emailing local historians.
I have a total new story, although I can't write about it yet because I need to clear it with Cathie. But it involves a Dutch battle field, a New England station that carried its name, a squatter and early Australian painter. With the Russian revolution and espionage thrown in.
The only problem is that none of this was on my writing agenda including this blog. Sigh! this is happening all the time now that I am back on the New England.