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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Flying248

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

Jane Eyre

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

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Home Alone – Age 7

Home Alone

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