Sunday Morning Paper – Age 13

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On Sundays I would go and visit my Dad. He lived in a little basement room with few frills. His flat cap was never far away, or his cigarettes. Usually the coal fire would be lit and the football would be on the tele.

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Sydenhams & Co – Age 12


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Along a small, old street in my home town of Scarborough was the back-entrance to the sports shop ‘Sydenhams and Co’. It was a bit dusty and tatty and dead flies lay in the window display. But to me it was a treasure trove, because at the back of the shop was the saddler’s, with all the equestrian paraphernalia. For a pony mad kid it was heaven! I especially remember the beautiful hacking jackets hanging on racks inside the store. How I longed to own one.

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Here’s the street today … the old saddlers is somewhere on the right, half way up. Iit’s unrecognizable now. Still one of my favorite streets, though it’s certainly had a facelift!

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A rope on a tree was always a fun swing – especially over a pond!

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School Walk – Age 12

School Walk - Age 12

I loved going on school trips. I recall one weekend on the Yorkshire Moors, walking with Mr. Adams the chemistry teacher on the windy, Whitby moors.

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Grandparent’s Cottage – Age 5

When I was about 5 I would go and visit my grandparents. They lived in a row of millworker's cottages. Grandad grew prize winning chrysanthemums.

When I was about 5 I would go and visit my grandparents. They lived in a row of millworker’s cottages. Grandad grew prize winning chrysanthemums.

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Mitzi – Age 12

Mitzi - Age 12

We couldn’t have a dog, so I used to advertise to walk other people’s. Mitzi was one my favorites.

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Domestic Science – Age 13

CookeryCookery at school didn’t always go as planned. Happy to say I cook a mean cake now.

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Kittens – Age 5

Kittens - Age 5

There was always a passel of kittens at my Nan’s house – and riding the hoover was their favorite game.

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The Haberdashery – Age 5

The Haberdashery

I adored going to the market when I visited my Gran. The haberdashery stall was my favorite with all the ribbons and lace and buttons. I am still drawn to ‘notions’ when I go to a store.

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Jane Eyre – Age 13

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The first time I stayed up all night to read a book. Still love the Bronte’s.

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