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Tea Parties

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Here’s today’s table for Grandpa’s tea party. Memories of long ago parties…jellies in waxed paper dishes…red and green. Lots of balloons, crackers, paper hats sliding down over small heads. And my mother-in-law Belle’s glorious table, set with starched embroidered clothes and napkins and those three tiered cake plates, piled high with home made cakes. And my mum..always had ¬†“a nice bit of cake, to cut into”. She’d sit at the dropped-down front of the small kitchen cabinet, four-sided metal flour-sieve above her head. Lilian’s weekly Friday bake was either walnut, cherry or seedy cakes; puffing away at her cut-in-half Woodie ( Woodbines), pin stuck into its base. Smoked to its utmost. We had seedy, or walnut, or cherry…all ¬†with that touch of ciggie ash. For these mothers, a “proper” tea was loving us. They had lived through a sugarless war.

 

Tony Duet

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99 years of living: Mr.Tony Duet

To achieve Ninety Years is becoming commonplace..

What array of feelings does a nonagenarian contain, as the Century approaches?

Answers from Tony’s Memoir in a few weeks time, on our STORY section…

Entitled “an Elder’s story offering a pin-hole into a peep- show of life in the 1930s during and after World War II”