I thought it would be interesting to illustrate how environmentally insensitive we were back when I was a small boy in Middlesex, England.
I was never a great gardener but I liked growing green peas. At the age of about 8, I was terribly disappointed when the peas that I had planted, under the supervision of my mother, didn’t come up. We investigated and found that they had been eaten so we took some advice as to what we could do to stop them being eaten.
This shows the difference in how we live now. The advice was to soak them in kerosene and then roll them in red lead powder, which I duly did. And they all came up and the peas tasted delicious."