This diary was written by Miss M. Bennett, a teacher who was evacuated with her pupils in 1940. The writing moves from past tense to present tense as the author remembers her experiences. Memories are a mixture of facts, experiences, and opinions. They are often presented as stories or narratives, and are an important way in which we make sense of our lives.
How does the writer describe the house and gardens?
What is the effect of the descriptions, and what kind of childhood does it suggest?
What is the effect of using the word "villa" to describe the house?
What words or phrases suggest that the writer is recalling or remembering these experiences?
Suggest some effects of memory on the written account?