I had an amazing library – things were very meticulously organised and everyone who came to the house would have to borrow a book! I still have many of them – I made all of the admin for the library including the system, filing cards etc.
My main play memory however is of my grandparents’ house. They lived 3 hours away from us in a house looking out onto a field. I used to play with my cousins outside the house – we used to hide in the big hedge outside the cul-de-sac and had a special book to record the cars number plates that came in sowe would have a good record for the police should something happen.
At home in Farnborough we had a standard den in my best friend’s house that lived down the road. My younger sister and my best friends sister had a den in the tree house and we used to torment them by taking away the steps or things from the tree house. My best friend and I used to cut the hair off a lot of our Barbie’s, make them fight etc and I also remember making fires in the rubble, cooking cheese and apples.
Together we used to do a lot of shows and musicals. My mum was into
amateur dramatics and she pulled us all together to make a lot of the shows for our friends. I remember her being a big part of that aspect of our play. We made a lot of films – planning them, and then filming them – we recreated playschool, Jack and the beanstalk, some innovative shows
based on sailors at sea which involved a lot of singing. We also made up a
lot of detective films – whodunits where we terrorised our younger sisters….With my sister I remember a different sort of play – we did a lot of craft, making sweet shops, puppet shows. We also did a lot of gymnastics, balancing, rose petals in water, making potions…