Easter Saturday today, I have been missing from this place for such an age.
I wish I could find a photograph of the 'Big House' as we called it. I've searched all Flickr and other internet places and the nearest I could come to it, is a photograph of the corner shop that was opposite but up a bit. It was nice to see that, but I keep straining all the time trying to see to the right and across the road.... well it doesn't work like that does it? Directly opposite that shop...in the photo, when I was about 4 I spotted a girl called Elspeth in the distance coming towards me, and turning to run away I went 'SMACK' into a lamp-post. I didn't like Elspeth you see, she'd taken me out for a walk once and somehow we ended up at a frightening place called, Mode-Wheel. It was down on the docks, the Manchester Ship Canal Docks, hammer-drill noises and acrid smells and humungous ships and oily slicked water and a very dangerous place for small children, it scared me a whole lot. After the lamp-post came out of nowhere and hit me right in the eye, I had a black-eye for weeks. My Mum laughed when I told her I been running from Elspeth, she didn't understand why. Even at such a young age I instinctively knew that girl would have been in big trouble for taking me to such a dangerous place.