A South Carolina Tobacco Farm

Adjusting to a New Life

"I'd never seen a mule in my life."

"He was from a tobacco farm, so I thought that would be like a regular English farm which is very green, and very pretty, with horses and the whole bit, and I saw my first mule at his house. I'd never seen a mule in my life. It was just so different.

We got a train to Florence, South Carolina, and then we got a taxi from there to where he lived, and I had dozed off, because it's 3:00 in the morning, and then he thumped me. He said, 'Wake up! This is our town.' And I kind of came up like this, and I'm like, 'Where?' He said, 'We're through it now.' (Laughs). I was used to London, and it was like a crossroads with a couple little shops, or stores then, so that was-- that was kind of different to me. But it was a big shock going into that. I didn't like South Carolina, and I didn't like having to live with in-laws, but after I got up here, things got a lot better. I made friends and everything, because I was close in with people."