Checking holes in wire-netting; knowing possible shark size seemed helpful. We then embarked on RMS "Rangitata" one evening and overnight slipped out of harbour.
I was evacuated to Devon from Battersea, London at the age of 3. Even though I was one of the lucky evacuees, I do believe the experience has had a negative affect on our lives.
We lay on the deck just outside the lounge, wrapped in blankets. Then at 4 years old Iwas billeted in Meldon on Dartmoor, this time with out my sister. The grocery shop Uncle Fred worked in was My precious memories really olde worlde shop in the Buttermarket. The smell of hyde glue being heated for book binding on manual work days.
Of course I still have the prize! It took ages waiting for the dawn, when we could gingerly make our way down, breaking of thorns en-route, with assistance from those below. They are all gone now but we shall never forget them.
We take twice as many trips now because they are so much more affordable now.
They have become like family to us and we couldn't have done it without them! I can remember arriving in Waterloo station with hundreds of other children. Our father was a merchant seaman all his life, serving in two world wars and peacetime service.
It was astonishing to see the tops of the skyscrapers pointing out of the mist in the very early morning.
I was vice captain of the girls school and Rex Marsden was either captain or vice captain of boys and Kerry Dwyer was vice or captain of the boys….
Dad and the lodger curled up under the table during prolonged night raids. It shall be fun to catch up with everyone.
My last year at Roseville — Year 6 in I loved swimming Friday mornings at the baths. I enrolled at 4 years and 9 months at the kindergarten in and left the school in I have been waiting fifty-five  years for this!
I had hard lessons to learn. At school we spent a great deal of our time in the damp, smelly shelters under the school playground and our education was beginning to be seriously interrupted on a daily basis.
My new foster parents were an 86 year old Maori princess and her unmarried daughter who had recently had a stroke! I wonder why this activity was discontinued in schools? Mace in his book Involuntary Memory. Some never returned and yet some went into Foster Homes.
Half of them were returning evacuees, nineteen boys and twenty-one girls.
We never saw sweets at all except when a kind lady assistant in Woolworths sneaked a sweet to us when we were trying to keep warm in the store while doing the shopping for our foster parents.
My little world came to an end when Germany surrendered. I have only a hazy recollection of my first attendance, except that on the first day I cried a lot and a very sympathetic woman teacher tried to console me. You know children in those days lived very different lives than those of today.
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