Monthly Archives: December 2018

Pieces of the past

The Brands of Britain¬†jigsaw bought in the Stationery House in Somerton is an essay in British social history. Some of the products, such as straw hat dye probably disappeared before the Second World War, others are still instantly recognizable from … Continue reading

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Milk bottle tops

Lifting the milk bottles from the crate, there was a sense of something not right, a sense of there being something missing. It was the foil tops. In former times, at Christmas, the milk bottle tops would have been decorative. … Continue reading

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Visiting my grandparents at Christmas

Even in summertime, I never remember to take flowers. And today, even if I had been the sort to arrive with a bunch of red carnations, I wouldn’t have been able to do so, every single business in Langport was … Continue reading

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Black and white photos

Walking through the riverside park in Langport, a boat lies on the bank beside the backwater. Only in recent years have boats been seen again on the River Parrett, and the boat at the catchwater is undoubtedly more for decoration … Continue reading

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Somerset Christmases past

Moments surface in the consciousness before sinking out of view. Going to Denner’s department store in Yeovil; eating Dundee cake at teatime on Christmas Day; dipping a hand into a vast tin of¬†Quality Street, hoping not to get soft centres. … Continue reading

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