Sunday, April 27, 2008

Fur


The site where the main building of Twilight stands (and I mean the one on Forest Road rather than the museum in the Royal Park) used to be a farm. Jasfoup remembers it well, in fact, for the land was granted in 1654 to Stephen Weaks in recognition of his part in the civil war (on Cromwell’s side).

In the 1930s, chasing the dream of easy money Matthew Weeks, his descendant, began to farm mink and ermine. Public opinion had turned by the late seventies and animal activists freed the mink from the breeding sheds. Although many were caught, this devastated the local population of weasels and foxes for three decades until the local ecology absorbed the influx.

Gillian still has a penchant for her mink cloak. Harold thinks it tickles.

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