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The Day Before Yesterday: 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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We took up my Aunty's offer of another week at the seaside the following year. When we got off the bus at our destination one of our cases was missing. We hasd someone else's case instead of our own. After some delay at the bus station we managed to exchange cases.

The house where Captain Cook lived was not far from my Aunty's. The coastline there is rugged. On the beach Susan was able to make sand castles with the boys. We now had a camera.

Our home was in a cul-de-sac off the main road. A narrow walkway at the bottom between two of the houses brought you to open ground and the sports fields. This was a safe place for the children. Cliff having now joined the local cricket team often played here. The children could watch the games or come home as they pleased. 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!

Another neighbour had three boys, the youngest a little older than David. A policeman also lived nearby. Although middle-aged he had eyes for all the young ladies.

Lena had gone back to work again at the bread shop. We didn't want for sweet things at the weekend. She brought lots of unsold cakes home. Brother John had rabbits again in his back garden and also pet mice. He decorated his home beautifully with panels of plain and patterned wallpaper. Like Mum, he certainly had the gift for this. On his weekends he seemed to be improving his home.

Lena fell pregnant again when our daughter Susan was a year old. She gave birth to a fair-haired girl who looked very much like my brother. They called her Lorraine. Lena had dark curly hair, such a contrast to her blond little girl.
This made her life complete. We were so pleased for her. I had felt awkward at times, living across the road with all my healthy brood.

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