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Jarrow March day 14 - Albion Inn Grand Union Canal Loughborough

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juneshone

we had pork chop viennese, it was lovely, think it is sausage tonight

cilycoed

Oooh I am hungry again. Bangers and mash for tea here tonight, lashings of gravy:-)

juneshone

mince and crunchy dumplings done in the oven are my favourite and clootie dumpling boiled in a cloth with sultanas and raisins in, Spotty Dog, with custard

cilycoed

Ah yes I know what you mean. I think mum called them 'rag mats' and they were often backed with hessian. I'm a starter for surt dumpling any time of the day, and yes I know they're not so good for us, but ooooh they are the best with a hearty stew and mashed spuds!

juneshone

PS I just remembered there were a lot of dumplings involved in the food in those days. Filled the kids up and stuck to their ribs. Kept them warm despite being a silent killer but boy I could just eat one of Gran's apple dumplings with custard now. Can't remember anybody actually making chips at home but there was a fish shop just about in every street and the chips were a hundred times better than they are now. Where I come from they made their own bread, called a stotty loaf. Stotty means bouncy, wish I was well enough to make one now

juneshone

or a proddy mat. Kind of like mosaics before photoshop. Old coats were collected and cut into strips I think about 1 x 6 inches. Then a canvas was chosen with a pattern stencilled on and fixed to a frame . then there was a prodding implement that pushed a strip through the canvas and the strip was pushed up a bit further along, the whole thing made a pattern and a full sized carpet eventually. Lovely but very heavy. Somehow she would get this thing on the washing line and give it a good beating with one of those wicker carpet beaters. My other grandma was a lot better off, she had proper carpets and a hoover, she also had a doodah, carpet sweeper that was pushed along and picked up the worst of the crumbs. My first Gran used a dolly poss and old fashioned mangle, Dad wanted to buy her a washing machine but she didn't hold with new fangled contraptions. I really don't know how she managed, these were the unsung heroes of those times

cilycoed

Whats a 'clippy mat' June?

juneshone

God only knows. bread and chips I expect. My Grandma's last two children had ricketts one of them could never work. that was because she didn't eat she just made sure everybody else did. I never saw her eat a meal from anything bigger than a saucer even though she lived for 75 years. She would sit upstairs in the gaslight with no heating making her clippy mats in her spare time, always had one on the go. She worked very hard all her life

cilycoed

It was saddening to see in yesterdays puzzle the comment that men had sent their meal home for their family. What a sad comment on that time, however did the women make do while the men were marching I wonder.

Thanks June

juneshone

then a pub lunch to round the walk off

cakes1947

Nice walkway along the canal. Thanks June!! :))))
(time, 4:13)

juneshone

In Loughborough they received a fifty pound donation towards funds

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