DATA PROTECTION ACT - ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION AND ALL CREATED WORK IS PRINTED WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE INDIVIDUAL MEMBER AND IS NOT AVAILABLE TO OTHER PUBLICATIONS UNLESS PREVIOUS PERMISSION HAS BEEN GIVEN IN WRITING BY THE INDIVIDUAL WRITER.
What Were We Like! Rosie Robertson
Rationing they called it in the war
There was less to have than ever before
Not just food but clothing too
See a line of people? You joined the queue.
You asked in front what the queue was for
Hoped for something left when you reached the door
Perhaps extra rice or flour or ham
Or maybe the occasional tin of spam
We wore hand-me-downs from sister and brother
Adjusted and altered by a loving mother
I had Donald’s overcoat and shoes
I begged not to wear them but was always refused
The coat was a boy’s and the shoes were so stout
All mother said was “They’ll see winter out”
Dad like most fathers learnt cobbling too
On a multiple last he’d mend each shoe
My toes became sore as my footwear was tight
He carved peep-toed sling-backs that I wore with delight
I was the envy of all my friends
As my dad created new fashion trends
One fashion trend met my disgust
But mother insisted it was a must
When her knickers grew too old to wear
For me she’d make a “brand-new” pair
They had elastic round legs and waist
A pocket where my hanky was placed
I’d fish up my skirt or down my hose
Just so I could blow my nose
Creepie by Sue Whitehead
Was it possible that places affected events for good or bad. Was it possible that if something bad had happened at that place in the Park then the spot was condemned to be unhappy from then on.
Sarah was on her daily walk, when she saw a couple, a man and a woman not practising social distancing. They had taken over a section of the grass for themselves and two children. They had spread out footballs and other sports equipment. Nothing much was happening. They just stood there talking. There was a back log of people trying to manoeuvre around each other and the greedy ones. The couple was still there when Sarah returned, having done her allotted time.
The next time Sarah walked that route, there was an altercation between two dog walkers at the same place on the grass.’Keep your dog on a lead’ resounded in her ears as she walked back.
Could that spot be forever cursed?