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Newsletter 91, Winter 2010  © Hampshire Mills Group

 

The Tale of Mrs Rutter and the Conger Eel

The article about eels in the last newsletter prompted Andrew Rutter to send me this amusing family story and sketch which he has kindly agreed to share with you.

Dear Sheila,

When  my  mother was  first  married  in  the  1920s,  she joined the  Shaftesbury  Rutter  Clan,  who went for annual  holidays  to Sandbanks, where we own a  family boathouse  and  bungalow with a garden full  of  pine  trees.   They all went fishing and brought  her a huge conger eel  that they had caught and asked her to cook  it for supper.  She  tied it to a  tree branch and wrestled with  it , trying to get the skin off  – without any success.

She got so infuriated that she cut it up and cooked it, skin and all.  In  the evening she  was  rebuked,

“You could have poisoned the lot of us!”

She  was much more  at home cooking traditional Cornish pasties which smelt delicious!  Very different from Ginsters pale modern offerings.

As you will have gathered, I have received the latest Newsletter and I thank you for using my drawing of  the  eel house  at Alresford.

Wish best wishes,  Andrew

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