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    PERSONAL / DOMESTIC: LIVING CONDITIONS: Heating, Lighting, Water Supply and Hygiene, Housing, Food

    LEISURE: HOBBIES, CRAFTS, PASTIMES: Making Music, Conversation


    Track 1 Listen to 1st track of interview


    Track 2 Listen to 2nd track of interview
    A'll tell ye aboot the auld days, afore we haud mod cons,

    Nae electric, nae televisions, an no mony telephones.

    Ye didnae hae a washin machine, ye'd a sink, a board an mangle,

    Yer drier wis some claes pegs, an a rope roon poles entangled.

    A deep freeze wisnae heard o', let alane a fridge,

    It wis a pantry wi' mesh windae, tae keep oot the flees an midge.

    There wisnae mony motor cars, an no mony haud a bike,

    So ye either went wi' horse an cairt, or on yer feet ye hiked.

    Track 3 Listen to 3rd track of interview
    Wi' nae telly tae amuse ye, it wis Ludo or cairds ye played,

    Or yer faither tellin stories, that fair curled up yer taes.

    Aboot pigs an wolves or monsters, or ither sic like ploys,

    Goldilocks an bears or trolls, or giants that eet wee boys.

    No sic a thing as toilet rolls, only some haud inside loos,

    It wis a wee hoose in the gairden, wi' a great big cheen tae pu.

    Sometimes a place o' solace, when ye haud duin something wrang,

    Wi' a "Sunday Post" hung on a hook, ye'd read aboot Wullie an his gang.

    Track 4 Listen to 4th track of interview
    We walkit tae the schuill each day, alang wi ither bairns,

    In simmer, wunter, sun or rain, yer lessons for tae lairn.

    They didnae hae schuill denners then, abody took their piece,

    An at denner time aroon the fire, ye sat an heet yer feet.

    Bit they days were sae happy, for ye didnae hae a care,

    For yer mither didnae gaun tae work, so when ye came hame she wis aye there.

    Efter tea we a' got scrubbit, in a big tub at the fire,

    Wi' a cheeny pig ablow yer airm, tae yer bed ye wud retire.

    Track 5 Listen to 5th track of interview
    We haud plenty peat for firen, cut on the simmer days,

    So we were keepit warm an cosy, when the snaw lay on the braes.

    We helped tae gether tatties, abody did their bit.

    For that ye got a years supply, happit cosy in a pit.

    We'd a kist in the back kitchen, a meal ark wis its name,

    An ye filled it fou o' flouer an meal, afore the wunter came.

    The ham wis on the ceilin, cured an hung on cleeks,

    Abune the fire place wis a pulley, dryin jumpers an yer breeks.

    Track 6 Listen to 6th track of interview
    When the days chores were a' feenished, an the dark came doon at nicht,

    We haud lamps filled fou o' paraffin, an caunles for a licht.

    If yer mither wisnae bakin' or sittin' knittin' socks,

    Maybe we haud some neebours in, playin' fiddles or a box.

    Bit they days are a' past noo, naebodys got the time,

    Even though they've a' got the mod cons, we didnae hae lang syne.

    For if ye gaun tae see a neehour noo, nae maitter what it's for,

    A'll bet ye that the maist o' times, they'll keep ye standin' at the door.

    Track 7 Listen to 7th track of interview
    It's no that they dinnae want ye, it's the pace o' life the day,

    For it's a' aboot lifes quality, or so ye hear folk say.

    Abody has tae work noo, tae buy their fancy goods,

    The top designer fashions, an quick convenience foods.

    Bit gie me back some auld weys, when ye got an open door,

    When tea wis on the table, an linoleum on the floor.

    When folk made time tae speak tae ye, an things were made for sharin',

    An status didnae mean sae much, an we were a' Jock Tamsons bairns.

    Mary Lammermuir


    Mary McQueen and the Scottish Borders Memory Bank

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