|Sorting linen, tea towels and oven cloths. Hotch-potch of tickings|
The carpets were brushed with used tea leaves to freshen the colours and remove the dust, all the glass lampshades taken down and washed carefully, blankets and bedcovers washed and treated with mothballs, windows cleaned in and out with chamois leathers. While an awful lot of this care-taking might seem pointless today, I think it did inspire me with a love of sorting everything into good order and piling things neatly in the drawers and on the shelves, all of which continues with my work in the textile business. I remember quite vividly being taught when I was about 10 years old how to clean a pine kitchen table.by scrubbing it with a mix of sand and Vim (scouring powder) and being told I was wasting too much Vim which was expensive, (6d. a big canister!) when sand was better and for free. See more housekeeping memories in BLOG titled UPSTAIRS AND DOWNSTAIRS and my 'economic' lifestyle!