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The Day Before Yesterday: 116 - A Stately Home

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

Gladys continues her engaging life stories. To read earlier episodesplease click on http://www.openwriting.com/archives/the_day_before_yesterday/

Sometime earlier, Cliff had been making inquiries to emigrate, now our family had grown. The adverts on the TV were very inviting but it hadn't got any further than that as the size of the family who could be accepted, kept changing. At first it was four children, then two and sometimes only couples were allowed to put their names down. This had gone on for a few years. Cliff could see the advantages in a young country for a growing family, as England was now getting swamped with immigrants, jobs would soon be hard to get. We were still struggling after the war and some seemed to get into England much too easily.

Our family increasing so rapidly had put all this out of our minds, with the boys going through their apprenticeships we would not think of doing anything so drastic as to move to another country.

We always had teenage boys in and out of our house. About five of Rod's friends now in their first years of working life, would come and congregate for a chat, waiting until everyone had turned up before they went out for the evening.

Pauline was having a problem sounding her R and called her brother 'Lod', it sounded so funny sometimes. All our children sang a lot, I suppose because I always did, as I went about my work.

The children had a swing in the back garden. Pauline would sing for ages 'Loses are Led my Love' and each time she saw one of Rod's friends coming to call she would say "Lod, there's your fliend Glonow (Gronow)", she just could not sound that R, until she was four.

Linda on the other hand had already sorted one of his friends out before she was five. She said she was going to marry him and he promised to wait. It's a good job he didn't keep his promise, as she was a pretty girl and would meet many a would be suitor of her own age before she grew up.

We were worried the house would get snapped up before we could persuade Cliff to take a look at it. It was hard to find some free time with his work and cricket. Both these were very important to him and the only way he would miss a match was if it was abandoned because of rain. The little silver cups were increasing on the sideboard each year now, as Alan as well as Dad helped to put them there.

The marmalade coloured cat strayed too far one day, inquisitive to see what lay beyond the poultry farm below our house. Unfortunately this was the main road. Unused to the faster flow of the morning traffic, she got hit by a car and killed instantly. The owners of the farm recognised her and brought her body home. Susan was very upset. A small black and white kitten was quickly introduced into the family soon after that, his name was 'Whisky'.

Cliff cannot remember going to visit the big house prior to buying it, so maybe he took our word about its usefulness as I remember doing most of the negotiation for this myself. I put an advert into the paper to sell our house and remember Cliff saying "You will never get that much for it" but I knew we must get as much as possible if we were to obtain our goal and sure enough, we got a buyer at the said price and we were able to get our stately home held until we got everything settled.


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