Gerald Ponting -
writer, publisher, photographer, lecturer,
based in central southern England
Throughout 1923, a young lady named Nancy Thring, living in Oxford at the time, chose a few lines of poetry for each day of the year, reflecting the changing seasons in the English countryside.
Seventy years after Nancy had kept her Diary, I discovered the small hand-written volume by chance. I decided to illustrate her chosen verses photographically, mostly within Hampshire. With the addition of appropriate music, I prepared a 50-minute twin-screen slide show as an unique evocation of the English countryside. It was greatly appreciated by over one hundred societies between 1994 and 2008.
The wintry hedge was black,
The green grass was not seen.
Primrose, first-born child of Ver
Merry Springtime's harbinger.
Acorns ripe, down-pattering
While the autumn breezes sing.
The summer's flower is to the summer sweet
Though to itself it only live and die.
Slide presentation, booklet and video
A small booklet is also available, which includes a complete transcript of the entire diary as well as a brief biography of Nancy Thring (later Mrs Nancy Bourke).
Thanks to the assistance of Peter Reynolds of Brook Video Services, Nancy Thring’s Country Diary is also available as a 31-minute DVD.
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Latest revision of this page March 2009