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Kaga simpson
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256 of 261  Mon 15th May 2017 8:42am  
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Kaga simpson
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258 of 261  Fri 21st Jul 2017 11:17am  
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I was reading a book the other day and it reminded me of an incident about 1942 time. One morning I went to work at the farm just above the slough, and my boss told me that there had been a knock on his door last night about 10pm. He wondered if he had a chink of light showing, or if he had forgotten to sign the fire-watching register. He opened the door and it was a soldier, he was very upset, he said he had run into a cow in his army lorry and hurt it badly. It was pitch dark outside, my boss grabbed a torch and they walked through the field to the lane that led past the slough. Sure enough it looked as if the animal had its front legs broken, there was nothing they could do. My boss went back to the farmhouse to phone the vet, told the soldier to come back with him - looked as if the soldier could do with a cup of tea. My boss phoned the vet who said he would come straight away. My boss asked the soldier about his name and unit for the Ministry of Agriculture, forms would have to be filled in. I think the vet may have lived in the Bell Green area for he turned in down the slough lane, looked at the animal that was not a dairy cow but one of the prime beef herd we were fattening up up for the Ministry of Ag., put the gun to its forehead and put it down out of its pain. So we did the milking, and I prepared things for my milk round. My boss then phoned a friend of his, who had a farm up Bulkington straight, farmer, a huntsman with a number of dogs, knackersman and a lorry that had a winch. As I drove my pony and trap out one entrance I could see the knackersman turn down the slough lane. As I returned to the farm at lunchtime four or five soldiers came from the gun-site, said to my boss they were sorry about the accident, they were off duty for a couple of hours, was there any little thing they could do to help solve relations. My boss said they could pick some apples for him, but not to throw them in the basket and bruise them. An hour later they had completed the job, he gave them a basket full for their cook to make something and relations were better. Two days later the knackersman showed up with a number of bundles of prime beef for my boss, and his bill. My boss gave me a bundle for mother, another bundle went to the vet, lasted us for about a fortnight. The vet sent his bill, stating the animal had been damaged in such a way that it was not fit for human consumption, my boss reported it was a prime animal ready for market, sent the whole lot of to the Ministry of Ag. or wherever. Everyone got paid, the huntsman had a lot of meat for his dogs, the soldiers got a pie, everyone had meat at a time when meat rationing had been cut again. The Ministry of Ag. would charge the MOD.
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259 of 261  Fri 21st Jul 2017 8:42pm  
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Kaga, I have been doing a bit of research about one of your stories - look in your email for my update. We can tell everyone else if and when we can confirm a few things. Regards. Roger
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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260 of 261  Sun 10th Sep 2017 10:02am  
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The Lane to the Slough. The Impetuous Wind - He shook the Laburnum branches I will scatter your gold, he cried He flung down the sprays of lilac And tossed the hawthorn aside He spared not the flowering Maples, But stripped them - and laughed with glee He plucked at the pink and white chestnuts And startled the foraging bee And millions of petals have fallen From bush, from hedgerow and tree But oh' the magical carpet Of colour - spread out for me.
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Kaga simpson
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261 of 261  Fri 29th Sep 2017 12:53pm  
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Going back to wartime and beyond, just above the Slough and just before the Oxford Canal it was known as The Main, this included Main Pit Farm and Main Cottages. There were five cottages - one stood alone on the railway embankment, the other four stood in a three-sided square. Each house had once held an official with particular duties to the working of the railway and canal basin. This was about a mile from A.G. Road. There was a carriageway to the buildings from A.G. Road and a field pathway that led down the other side. If the people wanted Longford area they used the carriageway, if they wanted Bell Green area they used the pathway. They had an arrangement with the postman to leave mail at Jackers Road Post Office, sometimes I would pick up their mail and deliver it when I delivered the milk. I also did errands for them. The carriageway led through a normal five-barred gate but on the right hand side was a small pond, with irises and drumstick plants, willows and aspens, a couple of moorhens - a small oak tree shaded the pool. But the square they lived in, the first thing you noticed was a big water pump in the corner, their main water supply, this had a beautiful wrought iron handle with a flowered pattern down the handle. It was kept in a highly polished state, as was the wooden box that surrounded the pump workings. The house opposite the entrance to the square had a large wooden door like a castle door with more iron work. Beyond the door was a large wide hall. Each house had a large well kept garden, the fragrance drifting into the square from the gardens, a pathway of embedded flint stones ran in front of the doorways. To me there was a sense of delight simply by being in the square.
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