It was my Dad's ambition to have a smallholding after he left the Navy, but the War intervened and when he was demobbed afterwards he went to Lacock on an agricultural course and then worked on a poultry farm at Liphook pending being allocated a smallholding. However, things moved very slowly, and while still waiting he took a temporary job on a farm near Chalton, where his job was cutting wood for the charcoal burners. This meant living in a tied cottage, where he did, indeed, keep about a dozen hens. During this time, it became evident that there was no way my Mum would be able to cope with the change of life-style that would be necessary for life on a smallholding, which was why he went back into the Navy. They were "mothballing" a number of ships and he worked on HMS Vanguard, I think for a year. Subsequently he had a 10 year contract with Armstrong Whitworth at Coventry, working on something called Sea Slug (which I believe was later scrapped). At the end of that contract he bought the bungalow in Figheldean, where he spent the rest of his days.