Denys McCracken: Daft Laddie Days – The secret stitch in time was fund oot!
By Denys McCracken.
The secret stitch in time was fund oot!
The shepherd on a farm I worked on was from Harbottle and he had married a lass whose fathor was a pitman from Seaton Sluice.One day they were going to see the family for the day and I was left with the firm instructions – "Nuw divn't let that collie pup in the hoose or it'll chow something up."
Later in the day I was washing my car and I had left the door into the kitchen open. The pup was playing around beside me and I suddenly noticed a feather on his nose.I looked around the corner and there was this cushion off the chair facing the door in the kitchen in pieces.I quickly gathered it up and phoned my mother who I knew was coming up to see me in the afternoon.I asked her to bring a needle and white thread.
She duly arrived and went to work on the cushion and we placed it carefully back on the chair.Actually it was not a major restoration as only the hem stitches on the opening side of the cover opening had been broken.Mother made what I thought was a perfect job.
But would you believe it: when the shepherd's missus walked in that evening, she said – "You let that pup in the hoose didn't ye and it's been at that cushion.That's not my stitching on the hem"!Eagle eyes I can tell you.