When We Were Very Young

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  As kids – all 5 of us – we lived in Mabelreign, a suburb of Salisbury, Rhodesia. It was a fairly ‘poor’ area -that is less affluent –  so it was common that both parents  worked full day. Families were also large for some reason and without our parents around to watch us, we were quite a […]

My School Suitcase

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Who remembers going to school with a brown (box) suitcase before the nap-sacks became popular?   In looking around my things for putting my Granddaughter’s collection of crayons and colouring books into, I suddenly thought how perfect a small suitcase would be – you know – the ones we used to have ‘in the old […]

Slip Slops

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Seeing a woman today stopping to fix her clearly broken slop (aka these days as ‘Flip-Flops) here in the UK made me smile as it brought back very happy memories as a Mabelreign kid (in 19-footsak). Bata slip-slops were our common foot-wear and worn till the soles were worn thin and the edges curled up like […]