Not Many Wise -

Faith and spirituality in a modern world

COOKIES: This website uses cookies to improve your experience of this website. No personal info is collected. See more info.

[2] John (Jack) Wales: young memories of Earith

Young memories of Earith – farm animals and rats in the piano.

My earliest recollection seems to be going to view the house, I mentioned in the previous chapter, with my elder sister.

Then I flash on to where we are in our new home and I am helping, or at least trying to help at that early age, my father to clean the horses and feed some little lambs with a babies bottle.

Young John's toy horse and cart.
Young John’s toy horse and cart.

Then I flash on once more to when I am learning to ice skate with my father and uncle, and again to where I am riding one of our young ponies.
Then I have started school with my friend from next door, sitting at little desks in little arm chairs, playing with Plasticine and sand, writing simple words and working out easy sums.

Then I remember when several pigs amounting to about ten, escaped from the bottom yard and found their way into the Drawing Room of the house.
Likewise a number of fowls did the same thing and even two rats who were hunted out of the yard by some ferrets took refuge under the house.
On finding this out, we put the ferrets under the house as well, and the rats therefore took refuge again, this time in the house and in no less a place than the piano!

Rat's head poking out of the piano.On hearing the piano playing on its own accord, we called the dog in, and opened the top of the piano. Then after a few kicks and a few notes being played, the two rats came forth and were immediately seized upon by the waiting dog!

[Written by John Wales while in the 3rd form at Huntingdon Grammar School]

John (Jack) Wales

January 2012

Explore these related themes Tags: ,

Related PostsAdolf Hitler’s warning from God not to start a war Mountains in Austria.

Adolf Hitler’s warning: It would appear that God did draw a line in the sand and Hitler made a conscious decision to proceed with his plans. The facts come from a documentary “The Nazis: A Warning From History – Hitler’s Path To War”…

[1] John (Jack) Wales: Earith early years, born 1925 Close up of John Wales' house upper window.

Earith, which is on the river Ouse, in the 1930’s is noted as a holiday resort and in the summer months many people enjoy themselves fishing, boating and swimming in this river. Our house, which is situated in the High Street, commands an excellent view of the fens, and it overlooks the river Ouse…

[1] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1922 to 1930 1916 George Whitehead in army uniform.

The bridegroom had been in the Army in WW1, serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a stretcher bearer over in France. The bride was the second daughter of Rev. John Haydon and Elizabeth, his wife (nee Batchelor). My story begins at my date of birth…

[2] Christine Reason: real life story, the years 1931 to 1935 1933 Christine Reason aged 3 sunbathing.

Continuing my real life story, some time in 1934, my parents and I moved to Woodford Green, and my father purchased a house there at 47 Parkland Road. I think that the price paid was £700. Whether he ever re-couped this amount, I cannot say, as we only lived there for approximately five years to the outbreak of WW2, and we never lived all together in our own house again…

[3] Christine Reason: real life toddler story 1935 to 1937 Christine with some friends 1935 birthday party.

Continuing my real life toddler story, there used to be a man selling sweets from a barrow outside the school, and I used to look enviously at some of the children who were allowed to purchase the Sherbet Dips, Liquorice Whirls and boiled sweets (all unwrapped)…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *