Man­gle took me back to the past

Macclesfield Express - - MP IN TALKS OVER CARE HOME FUTURE -

GUESS what’s in our garage?

A man­gle… hon­est. Mrs B saw it in a junk­yard and couldn’t re­sist buy­ing it.

I hadn’t seen one of those since I was a kid.

God knows what we’re go­ing to do with it.

When it wasn’t in use, my gran used to hide her man­gle in the pantry.

When was the last time you went in a pantry?

Ours was dark and cold and full of stuff like ster­ilised milk (does that still ex­ist?)

Do you re­mem­ber run­ning er­rands to the shop ev­ery day? No freez­ers then.

I was al­ways told to say ‘it’s for Mrs Bar­low’ so I’d get freshly cut ham and not dodgy out of date stuff.

The other phrase I was told to use was ‘can you put it in the book and my mum will pay you on Fri­day?’. I used that a lot.

We got through loads of con­densed milk in our house.

My mother poured it on ev­ery­thing we ate. I didn’t mind it on jelly but not on cake and pie.

Even the cat got it in his bowl. Once I left home I never had any again.

My grand­dad used to buy me span­gles. Re­mem­ber them?

Did they dis­ap­pear with fly­ing saucers and sher­bet dabs?

How good was Span­ish dipped in kali? You could make that last all day.

Got to go… Mrs B is hav­ing a dummy run on the man­gle.

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