Sonya, our roving reporter, has brought us some more lovely stories about what people in our group used to do. Truth is, we have always been doing something and sometimes you do not realise how much it has contributed to you or how much it will inspire others until those experiences are shared. These stories are part of our shared experience as a group but we didn’t know until we read them! Everyone’s life is a fabric woven from so many individually spun strands.
I used to own a wool shop . I wish you still did, Jan! The world seems very short of them nowadays. Also I used to play all sorts of sports. I could water ski on a single ski. I even used to be married ! I think you’d have to be really brave to ski on a single ski. Or to be married, for that matter!
I used to ride a bike to school when I was a kid, but for the life of me I simply can’t remember any part of my school days, or my teachers. Too much world travel perhaps Hilary !
I used to ride a motor bike. I got my L plate when I was 58 and my P plate when I was 59. I did 10,000 k on my bike. I went down the South Australian coast, around to Meningie and back to Murray Bridge. I really loved it, especially going through the Adelaide Hills. It’s hard to imagine our Wendy who spins and knits fine lace patterns, being a bikie!
I used to work in London, right near Westminster Abbey. I lived at Watford, a city on the Edge of London, with a bigger population than Adelaide. For my commute to work, I jumped on the train to Euston and then took the Underground to Victoria Square. You’d be sightseeing every working day Pam!
I used to go dancing. My specialty was the Can-Can. I belonged to a dancing troupe. We did a lot of charity shows, going to schools, old folk in nursing homes and such. I wore a full length black dress with red frills under the skirt, and a black hat with flowers on it. Could you give us a demo Anne? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease?
I used to make jewellery. One of the rings I’m wearing today, with the onyx stone, is the first ring I ever made. I made Anne a pair of motorbike earrings because she used to be my pillion rider. She was always urging me to “go faster!” Oh the daredevil. You’d never guess when you are both spinning about your need for speed!
I used to travel a lot. They were good times. I’ve been through most of South East Asia, and Europe. I’ve lived in Beijing, Phnom Penh and Shanghai working as a maths and science teacher in International schools. Where do you store your magic carpet Debbie?
I used to live in Speed, a town in Somerset, well known for the makers of Clarks shoes. Clarks owned the whole village the houses, the shops, the swimming pool, everything. The kids in the town were all given school shoes to wear. This helped the local families financially. In order to test the shoes, they would drive up to the school, at the end of the day, in a big black car and take the chosen shoe wearer and treat us to afternoon tea. (That was the first time I ever saw sandwiches cut in dainty triangles!) They had some sort of box arrangement through which they could peer down at our foot in the shoe. If the shoes didn’t come up to their satisfaction, they would be taken away and we were given another pair. Then we’d be driven home.
The Clarks were a Quaker family and of course were Pacifists. For one of the wars ( I think it was WW1) they were commissioned to make boots for the soldiers. They did so, but made no profit on them, selling the boots at cost price. Such a lovely story Sheila, from someone who declared they had nothing of interest to share! Thanks Pam for dobbing her in.