Posted: 14/09/2012 at 11:18
Jean, we were outdoor kids everything was outside, the house was for eating and sleeping in. Even in winter we had to be dragged in from the sledging soaking wet but glowing, we had water meadows near by which flooded to about three inches then froze, the perfect ice rink. I as did most had iron skates we strapped onto our boots as we did with roller skates. there would be crowds in the evening the adults came down to skate, some fires would be lit in braziers and if we were lucky some chestnuts roasted.
No TV or electronic whizz bangs so on winter nights we played board games or cards under Gas light, we had electric but the gas light was warmer, more cosy and ours was a three mantle posh one, the big iron range glowing, melting cheese onto our bread for supper with a glass of milky drink, we slept the sleep of the satisfied.
A world our grandchildren would think of as the dark ages, my own children are beginning to ask me now what it was like and really do not comprehend. I have written a lot of it down and filed it for them to find when I leave this place, such massive changes in what seems like such a short period of time.
PS I for got to mention Tom Mix.