HIS­TORY or Her Story

(PART 2)

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Memories With Ivor Jones & Friends -

“Un­cle Bur­ton liked a drink or two, the women used to salt the whisky and rum they used in their fruit cakes and pud­dings, oth­er­wise old Un­cle would drink it. Ap­par­ently he was an ar­ro­gant man and when he fin­ished a meal he would push his chair back and put his feet on the ta­ble – boots and all, this is how he died. One day after a heavy meal he did as usual and ac­tu­ally died with his boots on. I seem to think he was an older man than Aunty Bur­ton, as they of­ten were in those days. Mum seemed very fond of Aunty Bur­ton and Tot and her chil­dren, I don’t re­call her ever speak­ing ill of them. She did say Tot tended to cod­dle the chil­dren – she al­ways had them rugged up in heavy wool­lens and al­ways heavy socks and shoes. She was for­ever driv­ing the 40 odd miles to the doc­tor with an ail­ing child in a horse and dray. One day the doc­tor told her to strip off their heavy cloth­ing, socks and shoes and let them run around bare­foot out­side. Tot was hor­ri­fied and said there was frost on the ground, and the doc­tor said, “Watch their toes turn pink, good for the cir­cu­la­tion”! He also told Tot that when his boys, who were then in the higher grades had ex­ams com­ing up, he would take away their books days be­fore the ex­ams, make them bare their feet and dig in the gar­den. This he said cleansed the brain and re­newed their vigour. The bare earth en­riched their bod­ies. (Un­cle and Aunty Bur­ton helped their daugh­ter, Tot, raise my mother and her sib­lings after they were or­phaned.)

More of “His­tory or Her Story” in the next is­sue.

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