The flats were not far from St. Aloysius' Infant School, and so I would go there for my lunch. My gran would pick me up and we would walk there. Looking out of the kitchen window while I was eating my lunch, I remember being able to see Greenfields special needs school and watch the children playing on the grass. I remember there was one girl who, if she wasn’t held on to tightly by the attendants, would run off and thump the other kids! It must have been an interesting school to work at, to say the least.
I also used to like watching the traffic going by on the street, and was especially interested in the Mobile Shop, which was a pink van that used to go around the streets, stopping in various places so people could buy a limited range of groceries. Could that have been Sheldon’s Mobile Shop? The name is in my mind for some reason. And also, could that have been where my gran got icing buns, which were shaped like a hot-dog bun but were sweet and had a strip of white icing on the top? I used to love those.
I remember one day a horse and cart going down the street with a load of potatoes on the back. I remember it going over a bump in the road and some potatoes fell off the back of the cart. The cart just kept going as the driver didn't notice, but sharp-eyed women came running out of the ground floor flats to pick the potatoes up and bring them inside. I can't imagine people doing that nowadays! It's also interesting to remember that there was a lot less traffic on the roads in those days.
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