Who is Esme?
Esme was born on July 20th 1924 as Marion Esme Burns in Liverpool. She was working as a book binder before she responded to the calls for women to join the land army in 1943 when she was posted to Haselbury Plucknett. At the same time Fred, born Frederick Albert Jack Brister, came to Haselbury Plucknett to take over the dairy with his father and brother Bob for Alpin & Barrett. Fred and Esme fell in love and married in Liverpool on January 27th 1951. The newlyweds honeymooned in Ireland, travelling on Fred's motorbike.
Fred went on to become a cheesemaker in the village and later went into partnership with Mr Fred Baker and went on to become champion cheesemaker. Fred and Esme had a son and daughter and during the late sixties built their family home where they were to live for the rest of their lives.
Esme was a keen gardener and developed a large vegetable patch, and fruit cage as well as planting apple and pear trees in the orchard. She also had a large solid fuel heated greenhouse. Rumour has it she did all the gardening single-handed until she physically couldn't manage it anymore. Fred's homemade wines are legendary in Haselbury Plucknett; Esme gave a new neighbour a bottle as a welcome gift, but failed to warn them just how potent it was. It wasn't until the neighbour thanked her and admitted to feeling particularly affected by the wine that Esme confessed that she 'only ever drank it with lemonade'.
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