Margaret N talks about food

Waiting for dinner

By Margaret N

Photo:Digitising memories for posterity

Digitising memories for posterity

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo:Do you remember?

Do you remember?

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Take away

I don't know where my father came from, but he went to the cemetery up Bear Road! He was a builder's foremen, he worked all hours. He'd take his lunch with him - a rasher of bacon, an egg, two slices of bread and margarine - and cook it on the brazier.

Wait for the signal

We didn't dare move at dinner or start before Dad started. We lived in Shanklin Road - my Mum, Dad, brother and me. The other ones had left. After our meal we'd go out and play - but we had to sit there until we had all finished and Dad said 'go and help your mother'.  On Saturday nights we had smoked haddock for tea - beautiful, poached in milk with bread and butter.

Do you know the muffin man?

The muffin man came round and the winklemen you used to buy a pint of winkles and sit and get them out with a pin.

My brother went into the Royal Engineers and he went out East.  When we were at Hartington Road a bomb fell, my brother was on leave at the time - we couldn't wake him up.

When I was 10 or 11 the milkman came round with a churn and you would collect your milk in a jug. My father said, "Where's this milk from?  It's been raining and you've not had the lid on the churn, you can pay my water rates!".

Shirley Temple shoes

We didn't have a lot but everyone was friendly. Neighbours would come around and say, "You're not well, take this".  They were lovely days...we were spoilt more because we were the younger ones.  Everybody wanted black patent shoes like Shirley Temple - everybody wanted clothes like hers.  My dad bought squares of leather to fix our shoes at home.

We had carpet in our front room in the middle of the parquet floor. I used to have to polish it. My dad was a clever man - he made the floor. We only went in there on Sundays and Christmas day"

This page was added by Jane Turner on 27/01/2008.

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