|Aunt Olga. lighting up time|
She always carried smelling salts in her handbag in case of emergencies. and pretty lace handkerchiefs that were never used, white kid gloves for winter and white cotton ones in summer, for protection when touching unfamiliar door knobs etc. Her biggest investment was a Beaver lamb fur coat from Canada she wore for years for Sunday best along with a light blue hat, similar to the Queen Mothers.
|Beaver lamb fur coat|
She enjoyed her past time a lot.
One of my duties every Sunday after Sunday school was a visit with Aunt Olga for tea. It was a regular event, as soon as I arrived shoes were taken off at the front door slippers put on and hands had to be washed toot suit!
She always made a Victoria sponge sandwich cake iced to perfection with homemade strawberry jam filling, Sandwiches were usually cucumber thinly sliced on Hovis bread and a smidgeon of butter. I had to sit up straight at the table and eat veeeery slowly chewing a lot before swallowing this was for good digestive habits she explained.
|Victorian Sponge cake|
Food was never eaten walking along the street or being casual, she always treated food with great respect, relishing every bite she had.
Back then not many families owned a car, most of the time using buses. My Aunt Olga eventually invested in a Morris minor powder blue, it sat most of the time in the garage with a plaid blanket covering the bonnet and a paraffin heater to keep it warm. It was treated well, never a scratch, wheels were always washed after any outing.
|Typical Morris minor of the period|
We would do a very slow trip to a place called Chew Magna it was a village flooded to make a reservoir. Arriving at a suitable spot off the road (with traffic passing) we would unload spread a table clothe and pump up the primes with aplomb Aunt used to always have a treat of Darjeeling tea which took ages to prepare especially if the wind blew out the primus stove out, meantime I had the duty of setting the plates, cups and saucers. I know to this day it was one of the most embarrassing day trips ever, we were close to a field watching cows on one side and waving to other travelers from their car on the other side (I had to remember my manners!) it sounds disloyal but when it was time to pack the car I said a prayer in thanks, I decided to decline any other invitations from then on, being all of 8 years old it was too much for me !
|Chew Magna reservoir|
The powder blue Morris minor lived to tell many stories it was sold after over 17 years! without a dent or scratch on it to a collector. He was thrilled as it was in such mint condition.
How times have changed!
Aunt Olga sounds like a true lady!! I did wonder if she had ever been in service or worked in a grand house in her youth to know all about the niceties of life? The only lady I knew that was similar had been a ladies maid before she had married and left service.ReplyDelete
I remember Aunt Olga teaching me to make a proper cup of tea : )ReplyDelete
She sounds like a wonderful character! I do love reading bits and pieces of your memories. Very special, thanks.ReplyDelete