My mother encouraged me from an early age to regularly visit local elderly people who lived alone, and this is something I have always enjoyed doing. Mrs Wheatley was one of them, and she became a great friend over the years. She was a large lady with an even larger personality.
On her coal fire she would toast me a piece of bread with her fork. I donít think anyone other than her ever made me toast that way. Mrs. Wheatley was a Methodist and a local speaker at womenís meetings. She travelled on the bus to many villages to speak to groups of people, and would often share her message at the bus stop en route!!
When Tony and I got married she gave us a cardboard box with odds and bods from her cupboards that she didnít need any more. There were several blue and white plates in the box. Those plates started off my collection, and this is my favourite. Iíve always loved blue and white crockery. My Mum had a willow pattern collection at one point, but unlike them this does not have a central picture.
Thank you for following the stories so far. I will work on the next three images over the weekend when Iíve got a bit more time. I keep thinking I will get quicker, but what I do get is more critical of my work and so Iím no faster at all.
Thanks for looking