reading the reply about the rock embedded into the wall at the Peacock Inn
(Answer 3 above) Graham D Lonie replied:
"Thanks for checking into that for me.
That rock actually was a catalyst for my future in that it was a great
puzzle to me as to how it got there in the first place and it kindled my
curiosity in the natural sciences.
"I spent many weekends travelling on the tram
to upper Edinburgh where I explored the Edinburgh Museum of Natural
History and ventured on to the Botanical Gardens, bringing with me a group
of kids from the neighborhood whose parents could afford the thrupence
"This was a great diversion from our hard
scrabble lives of venturing out into the tidewaters of Newhaven looking
for buckies in the tidal pools and collecting sprats from the pier when
the fishing trawlers were unloading their catch in Newhaven Harbour to
supplement our Spartan meals.
Still it is with much nostalgia that I
remember my childhood there. As with all people we remember the good
things in our childhood and forget some of the hardships we endured."
into the ‘fifties we still had rationing, as we recovered from the war
years. After all who in this day and age would consider a sandwich
consisting of a slab of bread and butter sprinkled with some sugar a
I still long for one of those Mason’s Pies
that my grandmother would fetch from the store and deliver to us through
the fence at Victoria School during playtime.
What a treat! Sprats, Buckies, Mason’s Pies,
fish and chips, Kippers 'fresh' from the harbour, who could ask for
Graham D Lonie (Scotty), Antigua,
Leeward Islands Caribbean: March 5, 2008