June 2, 2008
The hedge, I was informed one morning over a cup of tea, was bought 63 years ago, and cost seven shillings and a sixpence. It originated on a U-boot. The man's father worked in the navy; he would come home only every third or fourth weekend. He was just off his ship one day, heading for home, carrying a bagful of beautiful, ripe tomatoes – it was early summer. At the same time a captured German U-boot crew was being led out onto the embankment. One of the German solders saw the tomatoes, and spoke to the man's father.