5. Danish ceramic figurine.
This little figure, standing 8 inches high, was a present to my parents from my mother's Danish friend, who translated it's title from, 'the girl with the beautiful back' to, 'the girl with the beautiful behind.' Because this interpretation was funny it became the title that was always used.
My parents thought that the figurine was rather like me, prone as I was to running about the garden in a state of undress, with my hair, free of restricting plaits, an untidy tangle.
My mother was always keen to relate examples of my wild behaviour in childhood, a favourite being the occasion when I was spotted by our very correct, childless neighbour, Mrs Bolwell. She peered over the fence to see me in the strawberry bed, stark naked, twirling my knickers in one hand whilst picking and eating strawberries with the other.
"Rosemary! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?"
Richmael Compton missed a trick when she failed to include me in Just Wiliam's gang!