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September 06, 2010

140 - Farewell To England

...I was beginning to feel the strain of the last two days, my feet were killing me and Mark was falling asleep in my arms. We must have looked a pathetic bunch because a lady came to us and moved us to the front of the queue to the Document Desk and then we were told to look back and wave as we climbed the gangplank on board the liner. A row of cameras were taking our photos, so somewhere in England, our picture would be in the papers. We didn't know until then, the 'Canberra' was the first ship to sail after the strike. That's why we were chosen to be a typical family, about to embark on the journey of a lifetime...

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August 30, 2010

139 - Feeling Unsettled

...Rod would be leaving us in February. I felt very unsettled, our family was being torn apart. I think this was the hardest part of my life, seeing our young men so independent, going out into the world to try to make their fortunes...

Gladys Schofield was feeling unsettled as she prepared to leave England for a new beginning in New Zealand.

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August 23, 2010

138 - Selling The House

Gladys Schofield and her family part with their family home piror to emigrating to New Zealand.

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August 16, 2010

137 - Crocodile Tears

...The children were very excited, especially the two younger girls. Linda had the habit of biting her nails. No amount of coaxing or threatening seemed to stop this child who had had this problem for years. Cliff was watching her this day and she quickly hid her hand behind her back. "You know" he began, "the Captain always stands at the gang plank to welcome everyone on board. He inspects everyone's hands and if he sees anyone who bites their nails, they aren't allowed on board.''...

Gladys Schofield and her family prepare for the move to New Zealand.

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August 09, 2010

136 - The Family Home

...We had a woven stool, one of the boys had made earlier in the woodwork class. It stood at the side of the stove. A warm place to sit with Mark on my knee, as I gave him his feed. Each time I made a move to sit on it, 'Whisky' the cat would beat me to it. Many's the time he almost got squashed...

Gladys Schofield remembers with affection her family home.

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August 02, 2010

135 - Frightened By A Turkey

...Meanwhile our nosy cat, sensing the activity in the hut, crept stealthily to the door and began to sniff the prey. At that moment the turkey gave a large call, as only male turkeys can. The poor cat almost jumped out of his skin and shot into the kitchen, giving the hut a wide birth for the rest of its occupation...

Gladys Schofield recalls the Christmas when the turkey tried to escape.

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July 26, 2010

134 - Mini Skirts

...Not everyone could wear this style and the more mature person looked for something a little longer. The men would eye the long bare legs. What was on their minds is another story...

Gladys Schofield, continuing her entertaining autobiography, tells of changing fashions.

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July 19, 2010

133 - All His Fingers And Toes

At the ager of 44 Gladys Schofield gives birth to another son.

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July 12, 2010

132 - A Nasty Shock

...He was rather a bewildered man, we would hear about him from time to time as the years passed. On one occasion he hid his money in the oven, thinking it was a good hiding place. Unfortunately he forgot about it when he turned the oven on and burned sixty pound notes...

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July 05, 2010

131 - Spreading Wings

...My brother Alan and Mary, his wife, were making the first move in the family. They were going to Australia and not long afterwards, Alma's family went also, so it seemed our families were spreading their wings all over the world. We almost decided to follow them but in the New Year of 1964, I found I was pregnant again and this time it was intentional...

Gladys Schofield continues her autobiography.

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June 28, 2010

130 - Thoughts Of New Zealand

Gladys Schofield and her family begin to think of emigrating to New Zealand.

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June 21, 2010

129 - Pom Pom

...From being a baby, Pauline had clung to a white, cuddly, curly headed dog, she named Pom Pom. He was a poodle, always her favourite toy and often found his way onto the washing line when he looked too scruffy to share her bed....

Gladys Schofield continues her absorbing autobiography.

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June 14, 2010

128 - Polished Shoes

...I remember Sunday evenings were always taken up getting the girls things ready for Monday morning. Three pairs of shoes polished, socks were still darned and overalls patched...

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June 07, 2010

127 - Changes In The Family

Gladys Schofield and her family begin to consider leaving England to find work in another country.

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May 31, 2010

126 - Pebbles At The Windows

...The oldest lads had a system as they were always late in on Saturday night. The last one made sure all was locked for the night. Alan was usually the latest and made the door secure. He did this one Saturday, not knowing Rod was still out there and failed to check his bed...

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May 24, 2010

125 - Winkle Pickers

...One Christmas all three clubbed together giving me seven pounds which was quite a lot, saying I must spend it on myself. Like every mother, I had the habit of finding things more in need than myself. I bought two pretty winter dresses. I was lucky to have a bit of a figure after six children. I didn't have chance to keep still long enough to get fat...

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May 17, 2010

124 - There's A Strange Man In My Bathroom

Gladys Schofield, continuing her entertaining autobiography, tells of an unexpected early-morning encounter.

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May 10, 2010

123 - Friends For Life

...Sunday being the only day to lay in a little while longer, we were surprised to see our oldest daughter, about ten years of age, carrying a tray with our breakfast on it. We each had a piece of toast, which looked fine but the greasy looking egg, still wallowing in its fat was stone cold. Also the tea, well cooled with the leaves on top instead of below...

Naturally Gladys Schofield and her husband said "Thank you''.

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May 03, 2010

122 - Half A Pie

...Before Linda started school, I would take them by bus, shopping into town on Friday morning. They loved this as we called in the large covered market. Upstairs was a cafe tucked away in one corner. They sold small pork pies and mushy peas. This was our treat for lunch. We sat there each Friday, the children managing half a pie each. It's funny how they remember little things like this....

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April 26, 2010

121 - A Twenty-First Birthday

Gladys Schofield tellls of an important family party in their new, large home.

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April 19, 2010

120 - The Secret Garden

My old dresses and even my bridal gown and veil were eventually worn out as they played their dressing up games in the 'Secret Garden' as we had named the sunken garden, tucked out of sight with the bushes.

Susan named an old bird bath, a wishing well.

Gladys Schofield tells of the delights of bringing up daughters.

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April 12, 2010

119 - Brave Lads

Gladys Schofield recalls with pride how her children were commended for public service.

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March 29, 2010

117 - A Bell By The Bath

...The maintenance had been kept up to standard as everything worked, including the bells. There was even a button on the wall of the bath. Susan who was old enough to bath herself now would ring, when she was ready to have her hair washed, so that I could rinse it properly for her...

Gladys Schofield enjoys furnishing her new home.

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March 22, 2010

116 - A Stately Home

Gladys Schofield handles the negotiations to move her growing family into a much bigger house.

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March 15, 2010

115 - A Large Eagle

...As we walked in the white front door, a broad staircase ran up to the right of us. Before us was a large stone floored entrance hall, painted soft yellow and white. The floor was mosaic tiles and at the far end of the room, a large mirror stood about six feet high, decorated all around with oak leaves and acorns in a gilt frame. A large eagle sprawled on top...

Gladys Schofield falls in love with a house.

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March 08, 2010

114 - The Loss Of A Father

Gladys Schofield was deeply affected by the death of her father.

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March 01, 2010

113 - A Friendly Dog

...The crafty dog never put a foot or should I say paw wrong while his owner was at home but as soon as she left the house, it would not be long before he was off also on his own friendly visitations...

Gladys Schofield tells of a four-legged neighbour.

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February 22, 2010

112 - Mablethorpe

...I'm afraid one of the airbeds had to be used as protection when two stray dogs started an argument close to the children and it was held as a shield in front of them. One dog, not getting the best of this quarrel, decided to take it out on the defenceless airbed and ruined it...

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February 15, 2010

111 - A Ford Popular

Gladys Schofield and her family are so proud of their first car - a tiny Ford Popular.

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February 08, 2010

110 - Passing The Test

...The Matron had a habit of just breezing into the house iike a ship in full sail, as she was rather plump and would send me to bed even when I was getting up, telling Rod I had to stay there for two hours as she tucked both my babies alongside of me...

Gladys Schofield found that sleep was something to savouras she looked after two baby daughters born within 17 months of each other.

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February 01, 2010

109 - The Arrival Of Pauline

Gladys Schofield gives birth to another daughter.

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January 25, 2010

108 - Another Child On The Way

..."You are pregnant again".

"Can't can't be,'' looking at my ten month old daughter.

"There's no doubt about it," said he, "you are three months pregnant already".''

Silence fell as we saw the Doctor go and I burst into tears, not wanting to look in Cliff's direction at ali and the strangest thing happened....

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January 18, 2010

107 - First Trip To London

...You probably think I am mad, not taking every opportunity to have a great time but to me this 'great city' seemed a sham. I had left real life back home with my children and though it had been a very different experience, I was pleased when we were on our local bus and home...

Gladys Schofield was far from impressed with what she saw on her first trip to London.

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January 11, 2010

106 - Our Pride And Joy

Gladys Schofield recalls the arrival of the family's first car, a small black Ford Popular.

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January 04, 2010

105 - A Garage But No Car

Gladys Schofield is expecting another baby, and domestic harmony is not all that it should be.

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December 28, 2009

104 - A New House

Gladys Schofield and her family move into a newly-built house.

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December 21, 2009

103 - Bobbin Winder

...On Sundays, we would take the children up to the plot of land where our house was slowly taking shape and sit in the grass that was going to be the back garden...

Gladys Schofield continues her life story.

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December 14, 2009

102 - Pet Mice

...Like most children the novelty wore off after a while and the mice, feeling neglected, chewed through a corner of the cage and became friends with the field mice outside...

Gladys Schofield recall a family mouse hunt.

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December 07, 2009

101 - The Arrival Of Telly

...They were only black and white sets but a change after only having the radio. The children's eyes seemed riveted to the screen no matter what was showing. I was keen on David going to bed early as he needed so much sleep but I learned later he used to creep downstairs and quietly slide under the table to watch a film his older brothers had been allowed to stay up to watch...

Gladys Schofield recalls the arrival of the "telly'' in English homes.

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November 30, 2009

100 - A Tiny Sprat

...Rod was really annoyed. He had a small fishing line and spent hours trying to catch a fish, seated on top of the old wooden jetty. His patience was finally rewarded with a tiny Sprat no more than three inches long...

Gladys Schofield recalls happy holidays when her children were young.

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November 23, 2009

99 - A Coronation Holiday

...Everyone had these box like battered looking brown suitcases. They must have been made of compressed cardboard. They got shabby in no time. The fact you could have a holiday at all, was the most important thing...

Gladys Schofield recalls a family holiday during Coronation year.

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November 16, 2009

98 - A Pools Win

Gladys Schofield recalls the football pools win that did not coer the cost of a new bike - but a promise was kept.

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November 09, 2009

97 - We Won The Cup

...Going up the stairs one day, I noticed the little jacket had slipped off its hook and was lying on the floor. Picking it up, I noticed a Band-Aid strip on the inside. Looking closer I found another and yet another...

Gladys Schofield tells of a young son's ingenuity.

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November 02, 2009

96 - A Healthy Brood

...The neighbours were friendly. One couple had two boys about the age of our two oldest. They bred spaniel dogs. I'm sure some people grow to look like their pets!...

Gladys Schofield and her family enjoy another family holiday.

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October 26, 2009

95 - No Debts

...Although Cliff worked long hours we didn't have much cash to spare at the end of the week. We didn't owe any money though. The uniform for High School was expensive, the blazer alone being £3 with a badge attached to the pocket. We could buy the selfsame blazer without the badge at another store for 25 shillings.

The shop who sold the uniform with the badge refused to sell the badge seperately. Cliff went to see our Member of Parliament, saying he thought one shop should be allowed to have a monopoly...

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October 19, 2009

94 - A Weekly Treat

Gladys Schofield begins to enjoy nights at the cinema - until she is pestered by a man with wandering hands.

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October 12, 2009

93 - A Seaside Holiday

...Aunty had done a big bake in readiness of our arrival and this we would eat at picnics on the beach, just a stone's throw from their house...

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October 05, 2009

92 - Can We Have Your Daughter

Gladys Schofield's brother Harold is keen to adopt her latest child.

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September 28, 2009

91 - Dark-Eyed Susan

Gladys Schofield tells of the birth of her daughter - "little dark-eyed Susan''.

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September 14, 2009

89 - It's Not Mine

Gladys Schofield's husband was shocked when she told him that ahe was once again pregnant.

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September 07, 2009

88 - "I Won't Be Here When You Come Back''

Gladys Schofield tells of a turbulent domestic time.

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August 31, 2009

87 - An Infectious Laugh

...Women were still the little lady at home, some jobs plainly marked as 'women's work' - the caring of children, cooking, cleaning and in my case, making the money spin out. The man earned the money and that was that. Cliff still handed me the wage packet after taking just enough for his personal requirements. He had always enjoyed a cigarette but was not too keen on drink. A shandy wouid satisfy him throughout the evening, he was more fond of tea...

Gladys Schofielld recalls the days when women were required to "know their place''.

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August 24, 2009

86 - Out To Work

...David was fair and very shy with strangers. If we got visitors he would hide under the table, sheltered by the tablecloth. He also had a liking for sugar. The table had a cross piece underneath as a strengthener for the legs. I caught him many times sat under there with the sugar basin and a spoon, thinking no one could see him...

Gladys Schofield tells of her three sons, each one so different to the other two.

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August 17, 2009

85 - Moving Day

...He said he dare not risk carrying us and the load up the winding hill, so we walked up the shortcut and joined him in his cab at the top. We had a few anxious moments as he manoeuvred the truck of furniture through the frozen snow but it didn't seem a problem to him. He greeted us with his pleasant grin, helping us up beside him...

Gladys Schofield recalls house-moving day.

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August 10, 2009

84 - A Sleeky Grey Cat

...But we had forgotten our second son, who chattered to everyone, unperturbed by size or appearance and before I knew it, he had seen her outside her door and was telling the lady "Your Smokey has killed all our pigeons and we are going to move to Almondbury now."

Her reply was "Taa thi hook to Almondbury," in her very broad Yorkshire voice...

Gladys Schofield has good reason to be pleased that she is moving to a new house in another village.

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August 03, 2009

83 - Big Blue Eyes

...Rod had found his way to a small chair and the infants teacher had already fallen under the spell of his big blue eyes and asked me how long it would be until he could start school. "Oh, not until next year" I said, "he is only just turned four.''...

But young Rod, a real charmer, has to learn the first lesson when he starts school - obedience.

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July 27, 2009

82 - A Great Birthday Present

...We were approaching the due date of my confinement with everything ready as usual. I was not taking chances this time. I got the niggling pains of slow labour during the night and for the next three nights. The pains disappeared in day time but on Saturday, there was a change this time. The niggling pains continued throughout the day. My dad called in. "Just wondering how things are," he said.

On seeing I was still on my feet, his next question was "Do you think you can hold on until morning lass? It would be a great birthday present for me.''...

Gladys Schofield gives birth to a third son.

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July 20, 2009

81 - Heavy Snow

...Sure enough, his arms were full and I couldn't get a look in as two little boys couldn't wait any longer to see what was in their parcels. Daddy had spent his last weeks making wooden trucks for the boys. The bottom of each was fitted with building bricks. Alan's was painted blue and quite large, Rodney's was red and just a little bit smaller. He couldn't have made them anything better. They hadn't seen toys as grand as this before. They were so sturdy and lasted for years...

Gladys Schofield's husband, Cliff, finally comes home for good at the end of the war.

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July 13, 2009

80 - An Old Gypsy Lady

..."Buy some pretty ribbon or lace from a poor gypsy woman, will you deary?"

Picking up a piece of lace I asked how much it was. Two pence was her quick reply, so I gave her the pennies. As she turned away thanking me graciously she said "You are going to rock the cradle again my child.''...

Gladys Schofield tells of a doorstep predicition.

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July 06, 2009

79 - Throwing a German Measle

...Rod scampered home as fast as he could, banging the door after him. "What ever is the matter?" I said. He looked so worried. "Christine Burden is going to throw a German Measle at me," he replied...

Gladys Schofield recalls the days when her son Rodney was a small boy.

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June 29, 2009

78 - Burning Hitler

...We had already celebrated the end of the European war in May, with large bonfires. Everyone burned Hitler, a straw stuffed image of him on every bonfire....

Gladys Schofield tells of austere times as the war in Europe comes to an end.

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June 22, 2009

77 - Years Of Change

...No more was I the timid little girl. I was a much stronger person, having sole charge of a family and keeping our home debt free. My children were my world and I had a certain pride in what I had achieved and no matter what I had to face in the future, it could not be harder than the past...

Gladys Schofield tells of the changes wrought by the war years in her and members of her family.

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June 15, 2009

76 - A Wartime Holiday

Gladys Schofield tells of a rare wartime holiday in the countryside.

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June 08, 2009

75 - D Day

...It seemed to be a time of 'live for today' with families breaking up, some being separated so long, they took comfort where they could or formed new relationships at home, as well as in the forces. This seemed to be commonplace. The children too, who were moved to a safe place out of the bombing, didn't know their parents and would not want to leave the people who had cared for them so long...

Gladys Schofield tells of crucial wartime days.

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June 01, 2009

74 - A Close Trim

Gladys Schofield recalls austere wartime days when the chance to buy apples was a special treat.

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May 25, 2009

73 - Early Jealousy

...I had someone whose big blue eyes followed me around the room, trying always to catch my attention and as he grew into a toddler he began to resent the man who took his mummy's attention every now and again. He would come and sit between us on the settee. He gave Cliff a sharp bite on his knee one day, when he was kissing me and if this man shared Mum's bed, he would creep into her side in the morning, trying to pull her face around to face him, not the stranger...

Young Rodney resents his father, who is away from home serving in the Air Force.

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May 18, 2009

72 - Whooping Cough

Gladys Schofield tells of worrying days in the life of her new-born son, Rodney.

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May 11, 2009

71 - Life On The Homefront

Gladys Schofield's husband Cliff also suffers pains on the day his son Rodney is born.

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May 04, 2009

70 - A Son Called Rodney

Gladys Schofield named her second son Rodney, after a British ship involved in a great naval victory.

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April 27, 2009

69 - A Home Confinement

The war put unbearable strains on some married couples when husband and wife were parted for years, as Gladys Schofield reveals.

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April 20, 2009

68 - Pretty Fish

...The milk was still delivered by horse and cart to our house. It was lovely and creamy. He was a local farmer known by everyone and would ladle it from a large churn into your jug or bowl each morning...

Gladys Schofield tells of the days before there was a refrigerator in every home.

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April 13, 2009

67 - A Rupert Bear Book

Gladys Schofield tells of a chilly wartime Christmas.

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April 06, 2009

This 66 - Divvy Day

...We were never short of wood for kindling, with the woods so close, the strong winds of winter would remove branches and even dead trees sometimes. All this was free for the taking...

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March 30, 2009

65 - The Gift Of A Cat

Gladys Schofield meets two new friends, one with two legs and the other with four.

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March 23, 2009

64 - The Agony Of Parting

...The blackberries peeping over the edge of the lane were already ripening in the later summer sunshine and the swaying trees seemed to want to embrace us as we held each other close, as if there was no tomorrow, and after hugging our little son the same way, my husband walked quickly down the lane, just pausing long enough to wave again as he turned the next bend....

There were too many goodbyes during World War Two, as Gladys Schofield reveals.

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March 16, 2009

63 - Another House Move

As the war drew families closer together Gladys Schofield moved to another house to be closer to her parents.

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March 09, 2009

62 - Snakes In The Jungle

Gladys Schofield's brother-in-law is posted to the Far East to engage in jungle warfare.

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March 02, 2009

61 -Killing The Cockerel

Gladys Schofield tells of a cockerel grown too b ig for its boots which met its match.

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February 23, 2009

60 - A Born Entertainer

Gladys Schofield's 18-month old unsusp[ectingly entertained the audience when they went to the cinema.

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February 16, 2009

59 - A Girl Of Ample Proportions

...It was the end of November, I wondered if my man was missing us, as much as we missed him. He was training to be a Flight Mechanic and as soon as he qualified, he would be stationed on one of the large aerodromes scattered around the country...

Gladys Schofield, like many another wife, had to learn to manage on her own during the war years.

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February 09, 2009

58 – Death On The Home Front

Gladys Schofield tells of a tragic mill fire.

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February 02, 2009

57 – Down To The Last Penny

...The pay for wives and children was very poor. I got twenty nine shillings and six pence a week, eleven of these shillings went on rent, four for furniture, there was light, heat, food and clothing for us both out of the rest. Sometimes I was down to the last penny for the gas...

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January 26, 2009

56 – My Husband Is Called Up

...Our little son was peering around the open doors calling for his dad. His face turned to where he thought he should be, in the hen run.,,,

Gladys Schofield’s husband is called up to serve in the Air Force.

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January 19, 2009

55 – A Bombing Raid

Gladys Schofield recalls the night the bombs dropped.

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January 12, 2009

54 – A Snobby Lady

Gladys Schofield encounters a snobby lady when she is called up to serve in the Armed Forces.

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January 05, 2009

53 – An Energetic Cockerel

Gladys Schofield and her husband Cliff acquire a flock of hens and a feisty little cockerel.

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December 29, 2008

52 – Hitting The Coconut

Gladys Schofield recalls the Easter fair coming to town.

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December 22, 2008

51 - A Bit Of Land

Gladys Schofield and her husband move to a house with a bit of land, intending to be self-sufficient by producing their own food.

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December 15, 2008

50 – Reg’s News

Gladys Schofield recalls drinking stout to help feed her baby.

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December 08, 2008

49 – Hitler’s First Mistake

...I had gone into the Maternity Home on a lovely warm day and came out on a chilly blustery day of early autumn. My tiny bundle was clothed warmly in his white woolly outfit, with only his nose showing from the shawl that bound him up like a mummy...

Gladys Schofield recalls the night German bombers came raiding while she was in the maternity home.

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December 01, 2008

48 – An Effective Air Raid Warning

...It was time to get up, as the noise of the alarm clock brought Cliff out of his slumber. I looked at him and said, "I don't think you should go to work today."

"Why ever not?" he said.

"I think our baby will be born today," I answered. He shot out of bed all fingers and thumbs, panicking to get into his clothes....

Gladys Schofield gives birth to her first child.

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November 24, 2008

47 - Hidden Pregnancy

...The weight of my baby made my ankles swell, so I rested more and finished my tiny garments. I had mastered quite a few patterns and my knitting needles never seemed to stop in the evening.

People were not so open-minded as they are today. You had to hide your condition as much as possible, and some men didn't like to see their women in heavy pregnancy. It would be better if we could go into a chrysalis form and step out all trim when the time came. My mum used to say the woman should have the first baby and the man the second...

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November 17, 2008

46 – In the Fresh Country Air

...Mum bought a goat in kid and tethered it so it could not wonder far. She also acquired lots of feathered friends, roaming at will in the spacious grounds. She had chooks in various stages of growth, a few ducks and two young goslings which the younger girls adopted.

They grew so tame they would run into the house if they were allowed to do so. They both had names and came expectantly looking for titbits...

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November 10, 2008

45 – Domestic And War Requirements

...Anyone with iron railings around their property lost them for the war effort, as it was called. They took all the railings from the parks to help make munitions and scrap metal of any kind was collected for this too.

They realised at last they had underestimated the power of this man Hitler, and our country was not prepared for the onslaught that was needed to put this madman in his place. We were all encouraged to 'dig for victory' and grow our own vegetables....

Gladys Schofield recalls the stark days of World War Two.

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November 03, 2008

44 – White After Christmas

Gladys Schofield remembers the great snow during a wartime winter.

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October 27, 2008

43 – Precious Months

...The washing was more primitive than my mother’s at first, as I had no means of wringing my washing and had to squeeze as much moisture out as possible with my hands. Cliff could always remove more, as his hands were stronger. Our washing line stretched right across the lane in front of our house, a post being fixed against the wall by the woods. Wild blackberries grew all along the wall side and, being late summer, were starting to ripen...

Gladys Schofield recalls the early days of her married life.

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October 20, 2008

42 – Here Comes The Bride

...I worked right up to Friday evening, no days off for preparation. Cliff said to his boss, "I'm getting married tomorrow, is it alright if I have the morning off?"

His boss said "What time is the wedding?"

"Two thirty" replied Cliff.

"Well then", says he, "can't you come in in the morning?"...

Gladys Schofield recalls her wedding day.

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October 13, 2008

41 – Rescue Of The Innocents

..."I've an idea" he whispered, when we had managed to be alone, which wasn't easy in this household. "Do you think", he began, "your Mum and Dad would let us get married, instead of getting engaged?"...

And what was lthe response from Mum and Dad?

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October 06, 2008

40 – Beginning To Make Plans

...We were always together at this time of our lives and no one existed but ourselves. We would make our plans and daydream of a future together, not realising the world was about to change dramatically...

Gladys Schofield and her boyfriend are both 18, intending to marry. but war is just around the corner.

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September 29, 2008

39 – New Additions

...I can't blame her for wanting her own space. You didn't have chance at home, although it was still normal to stay at home until married. She would pop in on occasion to see us but it was very rarely we saw her husband. Dad kept saying a Registry Office marriage was no marriage at all. This seemed to upset him...

The decision of Gladys Schofield’s sister to get married did not meet with united family approval.

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September 22, 2008

38 – Tandem Adventures

Gladys Schofield recalls adventures – and a near disaster – on a tandem.

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September 15, 2008

37 – Being Watched

Gladys Schofield and Cliff buy a tandem bike then go exploring the countryside around where they live.

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September 08, 2008

36 – Taking Romeo More Seriously

...It was bad taste to let a lady pay even when wages were low. You went for walks if money was scarce. Men always walked on the outside of women and gave up their seats to them in the buses. They linked arms when 'going strong,' as it was called....

Gladys Schofield recalls her courting days.

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September 01, 2008

35 – Dressed For Special Occasions

...I remember once the fashion changing from mid-calf to long and I had a nice brown coat. Military style it was called, as it buttoned up the front with double buttons. Mum got a piece of Astrakhan, curly brown lambskin. She lengthened my coat with this and made a small hat to match. I was the envy of my friends and the cost was next to nothing...

Gladys Schofield recalls the days when many clothes were home-made.

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August 25, 2008

34 – Coronation Day

Gladys Schofield swings her handbag at a man on a fairground ride.

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August 18, 2008

33 – Lighting Up For Christmas

...One girl brought rhubarb wine. It had been stood a while and nearly blew the cork off as it was opened. We used our pots for glasses and each got a generous helping. Others were drinking more potent stuff. We munched cakes and sandwiches and all manner of food stuff...

Gladys Schofield recalls Christmas parties in a Yorkshire textile mill.

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August 11, 2008

32 – The Celebrity

Gladys Schofield tells of her special “starring’’ role on the day of the firm’s trip to Blackpool.

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August 04, 2008

31 – On The Brink Of Life

Gladys Schofield begins to settle into the routines of working in a textile mill.

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July 28, 2008

30 – Encounter With A Creature

Gladys Schofield tells of an incident which destroyed her trust in men.

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July 21, 2008

29 – Newlyweds

The 3rd of September, 1939. The Prime Minister announced on the radio “We are at war with Germany.’’

Newly-married Gladys Schofield looked around her cosy living room. “The sunlight was still playing on the carpet. How could we be at war? Were we not safe and remote living on this hillside, just six little cottages at the end of a lane called Bank End, which seemed to have been cut out of the hill itself?’’

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July 14, 2008

28 - He Caught My Eye

...I now realised his eyes were resting on me. He had a steely gaze and yet I could see sadness in his eyes. I found I was colouring as I embarrassed easily and quickly lowered my eyes pretending to be busy with my work. Being small, it was easy to hide behind the tall winding frame.

He had given an amused smile as I disappeared from view. My friend Betty, who had witnessed all this, said, "I think he fancies you Gladys.”...

Mill girl Gladys Schofield catches the eye of the young man who was to become her husband.

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July 07, 2008

27 – Heading Towards The Biggest Change

...The long school holidays were not very far away, and though I had looked forward to these, I knew I must find work as my brothers and sister had done before me. We were not fully out of the recession and I would be lucky to find a job.

So on the Monday morning, knowing even a small wage like I could earn would make a difference to our family, I presented myself at one of the local mills...

Gladys Schofield enters the world of work.

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June 30, 2008

26 – Things Are Looking Up

...The first signs of the saying, “keeping up with the Jones's” started to appear as a young couple we knew got married and their first purchase was a radiogram, the latest thing you could own at the time. They sat on packing cases for quite a while as they couldn't afford anything else. But most were more careful with their money, knowing what it was like to be without...

Gladys Schofield remembers the start of a more affluent age.

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June 23, 2008

25 – Meeting Our New Grandpa

...Market day was Friday. This stayed open until nine o'clock at night. Mum often went in the evenings to this market. I loved to accompany her on these occasions and listen to the friendly bartering, and the goods got cheaper as the time got later. Mum often got fruit at this late hour. Oranges were twenty-four a shilling and grapes could be bought at next to nothing, You knew they would need eating almost straight away, but our family were quite capable of doing that...

Gladys Schofield recalls pre-supermarket days.

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June 16, 2008

24 – The Elusive Ball

...The heavy curtains were drawn for warmth against the dark, windy night. Mum was sat in one of the big chairs crocheting a set of pretty mats. How she could follow these patterns I don't know. I was never as good, knitting was more in my line. Dad sat in the other chair engrossed in one of his books, sucking the stem of an empty pipe, his feet thrust towards the cosy fire...

Gladys Schofield recalls winter evenings at home.

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June 09, 2008

23 – Sprinkled with Magic Dust

…Something about me seemed to be of interest to the new lad as he seemed to have eyes only for me. His father didn't keep him short of pocket money as I noticed he always had a small bag of sweets. These he shared generously, but more so with me…

Gladys Schofield begins to receive notes from a 12-year-old suitor.

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June 02, 2008

22 – Chartering A Ship

…Miss Metcalfe was always testing our ability for quick thinking by firing mental arithmetic questions at us, and we in turn had to answer just as quickly. We soon got very good at this.

Another thing we did at this time was each pupil would charter a different ship and trace its journey as it travelled to different parts of the world. We had to scan the newspaper every day and learn the time of arrival and departure at the many ports of call. We marked their progress on a large map of the world. Several of these maps were hung together on the classroom wall and, just like a roller blind, you pulled on a string to select the map you required. It was a very good way to learn about places in different countries. We even got to know about New Zealand this way. Some people don't even know where it is today…

Gladys Schofield recalls the fun of learning.

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May 26, 2008

21 – Trouble With Numbers

…I looked around for a toilet, being the only girl in our family to be attending this year, and I was just about hopping on one leg when I found my uncle. "Uncle Ernest," I whispered, "do you know where the girls’ toilet is?"

I knew there was numbers for what you wanted to do but, not quite sure which was the right one, I said, "I want to do number three."

Well, he laughed and laughed. I never lived this down. It was related time and time again after that…

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May 19, 2008

20 – The Gaily Painted Cart

Gladys Schofield recalls the arrival of the icecream men.

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May 12, 2008

19 – A Lovely Day

…A few years before this when Harold was sixteen, his friends and himself would go for long walks on Sundays, dressed in their Sunday best. The young men always wore suits. With it being a manufacturing town, material was cheap. This was long before the introduction of jeans. That material was only used for overalls, for working in the factory to keep your other clothes clean…

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May 05, 2008

18 - The Snow Fairy

...We didn't feel the cold as we walked to school that evening. Warm winter coats covered all our finery. It looked like Fairyland passing all the gleaming windows. After the party was over we had the fancy dress parade. We all walked around slowly, passing the teachers who were the judges. Thanks to Dorothy, I won first prize, a pretty decorated box with four different colours of note paper and envelopes in it...

Gladys Schofield recalls Christmas festivities.

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April 28, 2008

17 - Visiting Aunty Becky

Gladys Schofield recalls what happened to her Aunty Becky was having to live upstaris, after the ground floor of her home had been flooded.

"Aunty looked out of the window one morning to see how far the water had gone down and saw a snake, an adder, climbing up the drainpipe, trying to reach the bedroom where they were. Quick as a flash she got a shovel of hot coals and threw them out of the window at it. They found it dead after the water had drained away.''

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April 21, 2008

16 - Put A Penny In It

Gladys Schofield recalls Whitsuntide parades, and a Waffen Fuffen band.

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April 14, 2008

15 - The Blue Boy And His Red Brother

...But I didn't know what had been decided until almost Christmas. Under my parents' bed was a large bulky object covered by a blanket. I had a peep but dare not show any excitement because it was a secret...

Gladys Schofield recalls Christmastime and the other the "high'' days of her childhood.

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April 07, 2008

14 - Getting Away From All Those Boys

...We would gather together in the evenings and play under the lamplight - games of tag or 'What time is it Mister Wolf'. We played in the road with no traffic to worry about, only the odd bicycle passing every now and again...

Gladys Schofield tells of innocent days.

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March 31, 2008

13 - Wonders From A Small Fortune

...Electricity had arrived at last and Dad bought a wireless, or radio as it became known as. It had a large speaker which sat on top of another unit. We were the second family in the houses around to get one. Dad peered at the instructions with Charles at his elbow, and the only noise that came out of the thing at first was a loud oscillating screech...

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March 24, 2008

12 - Green Pastures

...With a jam jar carried by string, we would head for a favourite spot to catch tiddlers - tiny fishes - in a stream which wound its way through a beech forest. This looked so lovely with its fresh green leaves. We needed no net to catch these fish because we had got so expert we just scooped them up into our hands...

Gladys Schofield recalls glorious childhood days.

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March 17, 2008

11 - If I Live To The Year 2,000

...All curtains were washed at this time. Carpet squares (no fitted carpets) were lifted and hung over a line, and the dust was beaten out of them with something like an enlarged tennis racket. We had a carpet sweeper, hand-pushed not powered. Two tiny brushes inside did their best to pick up the bits but never did a very good job, hence the good whack with the carpet beater...

Gladys Schofield recalls the rigours of Spring cleaning in an earlier age.

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March 10, 2008

10 - Make Believe

...I played on my own a lot of the time, building an imaginary house for dolls. The walls I made by borrowing some of Dad's books. I could make different rooms this way. I used matchboxes for beds and my dolls cost one penny. They were made of celluloid, similar to plastic. They were about two inches high with moveable limbs, threaded with fine elastic. A shop just up our road sold the little darlings. I don't know why I loved dolls so much, but if I saved two halfpennies, I could buy a dolly. This I often did until I had a little family...

Gladys Schofield recalls the imaginative games of her childhood.

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March 03, 2008

9 - A Wandering Adventurer

Gladys Schofield remembers the proud days when the song There'll Always Be An England was regularly sung.

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February 25, 2008

8 - Full Marks for Trying

...We didn't wear shorts. I would be sixteen when I got my first pair. We had navy blue knickers. The legs of these had elastic in them and a pocket for a handkerchief on one leg. We wore white blouses and black pumps (little black canvas shoes that laced up). We did all manor of exercising and being used to walking everywhere, we were very supple...

Gladys Schofield recalls her school days.

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February 18, 2008

7 - Close Inspections

Gladys Schofield tells of school bobbies, "crawlers'' and shaved heads.

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February 11, 2008

6 - A Surprise During Haymaking

Gladys Schofield recalls the birth of a baby brother.

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February 04, 2008

5 - Serious Lessons

...Pencils were used for writing, though slates and chalk were still in use in some schools. A handle-operated pencil sharpener worked overtime in a corner of the room and another blackboard, not quite as large as the other, was on a wall at the side. On this was printed the times table up to twelve...

Gladys Schofield recalls schooldays - and a frightening occasion when she could not find her way home.

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January 28, 2008

4 - Two Painful Memories

...I sat down on a rug in front of the fire and proceeded to do this. I tugged at a stubborn little sock, trying to get each toe in the right place. I tugged too hard and my foot shot out in front of me and caught the teapot, that in turn fell onto the hearth, spilling its contents over one of my feet. I can still feel this pain of that moment...

Gladys Schofield recalls childhood disasters.

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January 21, 2008

3 - Washdays

...Nothing was thrown away that could come in useful. Sheets were always white and were torn into small squares for children's noses when needed, or bandages for sore knees. These were perfectly hygienic because of their constant boiling on washing day...

Gladys Schofield recalls growing up in less affluent times.

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January 14, 2008

2 - Our New Palace

While still a young girl Gladys Schofield moved with her family to live in a new council house.

...What a big difference to the one we were leaving. We hadn't thought it strange living in this way with no hot water or toilet facilities on the premises - that was housed in a small hut at the bottom of the garden. Each house was like its neighbour standing in long rows, blackened with smoke from the industrial chimneys and yet a certain pride with their clean scrubbed doorsteps. How many people had been bom and died under the same roof? Plenty, I would say. With transport as it was they didn't have to travel far and any news didn't take long to travel all around the village....

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January 07, 2008

1 - Into A Post-War World

Today we begin the serialisation of The Day Before Yesterday, the autobiography of Gladys Schofield, who was born in a Yorkshire mill town in 1920. She emigrated to New Zealand in 1966, returning to England a year or two ago.

Glady's daughter, Susan Schofield, says: "Mum was born at Golcar, Huddersfield and this is her first book. She took up writing at the tender age of 79, after first writing poems twenty years earlier. She is also a keen artist, taking up oil painting at the age of 69 and winning an award in New Zealand for one of her paintings entitled 'It's never too late to create'.''

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