I REMEMBER the days when my mother would call in the chimney sweep. Always it was emphasised that she needed first call of the day, but nevertheless he was always late. The living room would have to be stripped of all the ornaments, pictures, curtains and carpets. We’d wait in the cold, empty room until […]
The chore I hated most as a child was pumping up water! In the early 1950s our Staffordshire village of Eccleshall received its water supply for washing and drinking from a well. Priming the pump involved pouring water into it to get suction, and once the pumping started you couldn’t stop for a rest or […]
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