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Penny S
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I can't remember the house where my grandparents lived when I was very small, a small farmhouse in Sussex, but I know I was there - there are photos. As my mother met and became friends with a new owner, I did get to visit it again, when they had done extensive remodelling. And I had a very strange feeling, as though what I was seeing was a sort of - like the theatrical drop in pantomime, which when lit from the front looks solid, but when the lights switch round in the transformation scene, disappears revealing the set behind. Somehow, it was as if the old house were lurking behind the new. Not that I could have described what I wasn't seeing.
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I have two very early memories and don't know which came first but both must have been before my sister was born and she's just under 2 years younger than me.

1. Trying to climb out of my cot which was at the side of parents' bed. There was a shiny green eiderdown on the bed and I wanted to get there. I'm not sure if I made it - I remember my mother coming through the door. From what she told me later my cot was made by my father and when my sister was due she had a new cot. Cots then had a side which could be released to drop down so maybe the side had dropped down on its own.

2. My sister also got a new pram. Another early memory was being in a house with my mother and another woman, possibly my maternal grandmother. The purpose was to collect a pram. I remember being told the pram was on the roof and looking up and imagining a pram on the roof of a house, beside the chimney. It was of course in the bedroom above the living room but I had a clear image of a pram on a roof. This turned out to be a brown pram with a brown cover which clipped to the sides and this other woman shook out a bag of 'dolly mixtures' (little fondant and jelly sweets of the 1950's) onto the pram cover so that I could pick them off to eat. I must have been around 18 months.

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