We lived on Lodge Causeway in Fishponds which wasn’t a busy road then like it is now. Our house was a terraced one with an outside toilet. I have an older brother. The main things I remember playing with teddy bears and dolls a lot – I particularly liked playing dentists with them and used to mix talcum powder and water together to give them fillings!
I used to play out on the street a lot on the road round the back which was next to a railway line. I did this with other children that lived locally and we used to congregate and then go off together – there were a lot of differing ages but it didn’t matter.
We threw balls against the walls a lot, played ‘twosy’s’ and something ‘about the ocean’ which was like a chase game. We used to go down and play on the railway line and dodge the trains – not advisable these days! And my mum would’ve killed me if she’d known what we were doing.
I remember my granddad being one of the few adults I played with – I went to his house and he used to have an interesting larder and old sewing box with lots of cotton reels which we used to get out and play with. He also used to take me swimming.
I had a dolls house which my dad made for me with electric lights and I loved it. We had a sand pit in the garden. I used to make potions out of honeysuckle berries and any other berries I could find – poisonous or not!
About the age of 6 or 7 we got next door neighbours that had 8 children which I thought was amazing – I went round there a lot and it was like being invisible as there were already so many children there!