A Bunch of Sweet Peas

A Bunch of Sweet Peas In in the Scottish Border village of Sprouston the young parish minister wrote to the Daily Mail for entry forms for its sweet pea competition The top prize was a staggering and organizers

  • Title: A Bunch of Sweet Peas
  • Author: Henry Donald Ann Ross Paterson
  • ISBN: 086241170X
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1911, in the Scottish Border village of Sprouston, the young parish minister wrote to the Daily Mail for entry forms for its sweet pea competition The top prize was a staggering 1000 and organizers predicted that as many as 15,000 would enter He could not foretell that the paper s estimate of the number of competitors would be than doubled, or that a fortnight bIn 1911, in the Scottish Border village of Sprouston, the young parish minister wrote to the Daily Mail for entry forms for its sweet pea competition The top prize was a staggering 1000 and organizers predicted that as many as 15,000 would enter He could not foretell that the paper s estimate of the number of competitors would be than doubled, or that a fortnight before the deadline a nation wide drought would threaten the very existence of the sweet peas he was so painstakingly cultivating This touching and beautifully illustrated tale is based on a true story.

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    1. I listened to this as an e-book and Judi Dench was the reader. She was a good reader and made the book come alive. It really is just a short story as it isn't very long, but I really did enjoy the story about this flower-growing competition. It really was a sweet story. I would read it again, and again and. . .

    2. A bunch of sweet peas is the story of a national sweet pea competition hosted by the Daily Mail in 1911. And it really doesn't seem like it could take place in any other time. It's a really sweet tale (pun intended) and a very simple one. A newly wed living in a small Scottish village is convinced by this part-time gardener to enter the competition. Although he doesn't think he has a chance of winning, he gets drawn in, worrying about his plants and whether they will survive the sudden heat wave [...]

    3. A Bunch of Sweet PeasA short story by Henry Donald and narrated by Dame Judi Dench.I really enjoyed this short story about an entry of bunches of sweet peas into a flower show where first prize was a thousand pounds.I really enjoyed this story and the voice of Dame Judi Dench made it extra special.

    4. Sweet little period story about a national competition for the best sweet peas grown in England. I enjoyed the story very much. Normally, I love Judi Dench doing anything, but I thought this story wanted someone with a sweeter, more melodic voice. It's a sweet story.

    5. Doesn't take long to read. Sweet illustrations but could seem dry if your usual genre is murder/suspense.

    6. Charming summer tale with a lovely narrator: This true story is simply and lovingly told, in some ways reminiscent of later short story authors like Paul Gallico. Judi Dench reads it beautifully, capturing the sweetness and old-fashioned innocence of the writing well. This story wears well and should serve to wrap you in it's warmth for years to come.

    7. An absolutely endearing true story of a Minister in the Scottish Borders who in 1911 entered a national newspaper sweet pea competition. Beautifully read by Dame Judy Dench and just the thing to brighten a dull afternoon.Read as part of my Library challenge.

    8. Sweet tale with darling watercolor illustrations based on a true story. And it's about one of my favorite flowers and brings back fond memories of grandmother's garden and my very own first ever flower garden which I turned into a sea of sweetpeas of all colors.

    9. The true story of the Daily Mail's Sweet Pea competition of 1911. The competition was open to amateur gardeners from the UK. This account follows the young parish minister of Sprouston, a small Scottish border town. He dreams of building a chancel for the church. His wife dreams of furnishing their bare home. And so they enter the competition without much real hope of winning from among the over 40,000 entries.

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