to the last of the inimitables...

So many anecdotes...so much life.

"Debo took refuge in quaintly odd pursuits. Another sister, Jessica (“Decca”) Mitford, described her spending “silent hours in the chicken house learning to do an exact imitation of the look of pained concentration that comes over a hen’s face when it is laying an egg, and each morning she methodically checked over and listed in a notebook the stillbirths reported in the vital statistics columns of The Times”.

 Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

31 March 1920 -24 September 2014

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this. Her death was a scant line or two mentioned on the news this evening almost as an after-thought I felt. She was a one-off.