The preacher, my father, said: “He wants a ran-tan-tanning. That’s what he wants” after the Sunday morning service when a young lad had a fit of the giggles during his long-winded sermon. He often said this about anyone who misbehaved in the 1920s and 30s. “He’d have had a ran-tan-tanning if he’d done that when […]
In the 1920s and 30s a farmer’s wife often had to pay the household bills by her own efforts. Cash was almost non-existent. It was well known that some farmers left one large stack of corn in the farmyard as long as possible, so that they could tell their creditors that they would get paid […]
One frosty December morning in the 1920s my sister and I were bundled into the cupboard under the stairs while the deed was done. Mother had such tales of chilling drama to tell about almost everything, and on these occasions it was about someone she’d heard of somewhere who’d bodged the job and the bleeding animal had run amok, […]
IN the February issue of Best of British the Editor asked for poultry memories when concluding an article about Karswood Poultry Spice. While turning out some family heirlooms, I came upon a national publication for the week ending December 15 1917 with the title Eggs Wanted. On the front cover is a photograph of one […]
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