This book was written several years before the death of the author in 1999. It tell some stories of his life and about the little sanctuary for people and animals in Cornwall, called Minack, which he "founded" with his wife Jeannie, in, I think, the early 1950's. The title is from the little stream passing over the path to his cottage; the front photo shows Monty, a very fine ginger cat, making his leap over the streamlet. There are several beautiful photos of Minack, one of the author's wife; several line drawings of lovely cats and donkeys.
These fragments of memory are varied but leave one, overall, with a feeling of something very warm and glowing in the soul. There are some points with which I might disagree (Lady Macroberts thinks the best tribute to her shot down pilot son, in 1940 or so, is to give the RAF £25,000 to buy a bomber to bomb German mothers and children, for example -- though Tangye does not endorse her gift, as such, admittedly). And he will keep calling WW2 "The Hitler War" in the manner of the not very well educated MI5 recruit he was in 1940 and on into the early Cold War. But overall, this is a lovely book, full of love for cats, donkeys and all wildlife, with a fine disdain for the arrogant (foxhunting snobs, louts of farming folk who charge round at night shooting foxes and badgers and other animals in the light of their car headlight beams).
These books by Tangye (there were at least 20, I am told) are a good antidote to the nonsense of much of the modern world: long hours for careerism, lack of concern for the environment, "human resources" methods and all the rubbish so many of us have to accept as normal now. Recommended.
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