Flora was baptised at Cottisford Church in 1877.

Cottisford is a small village a mile and a half from Juniper Hill. The church was a large part of Victorian life, and Flora and her brother Edwin would walk with the family to worship there each Sunday.

Both Flora and Edwin were thought of as odd children, more likely to be found looking for wildlife in the surrounding countryside than playing with the other hamlet children. They also attended the school in Cottisford, and walked together each day. Often boys would leave school at around the age of 12 to work on the farms, the vocation of the majority of the men. More often than not girls were expected to work as nursemaids when they left school. Flora had no real talent for 'womanly' activities such as needlework.