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getting the messages
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john maguire from brighton. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
why is grocery shopping in scotland called 'getting the messages'?

delivery vans
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Ewan Cramb from Ohio,USA. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
Whatever to happened to the "vans" ? even in the 1970's when we were living in Stirling we had a grocers van (every day),butchers van (3 times a week) ,fish van (once a week), a chippy (every evening),the icey (followed the chippy ! ),a bakers van (full of delicious cholesterol causing pies and cakes )not to mention the milk van ,which also delivered fresh rolls every morning.

True Farm Food!
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John Cunningham from Largs. Posted 14 Mar 2006.
On my grandparents' farm in Nether Lochty, my Granny kept hens and hatched out chicks in an incubator, plus she had a few 'clocking' hens who laid away and reared their own chicks. Surplus eggs were sold to help out with the housekeeping. Four or five milk cows were kept to provide milk and butter. It was my grandmother's and aunt Jean's job to milk the cows, early every morning and in the late afternoon. Before milking time in the morning the huge kitchen range had to be cleaned out, the fire lit and the porridge pot put on and left to simmer till milking was over.

Caithness Research
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Kimberley Masson. Posted 13 Mar 2006.
I'm a researcher from the University of Edinburgh currently working on my PhD. Generally, it's about family life, ideas about belonging, and identity in Caithness. If you consider yourself to be from Caithness - whether you are a 'local', an 'incomer' or someone who left - you might be interested to share your ideas. If so, please contact me at - many thanks, Kimberley Masson

Food and drink
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Tom Anthony from Bathgate. Posted 29 Nov 2005.
My father was teetotal so we never had any drink in the house except at hogmanay when we would have an impromtu party with all the neighbours and it would usually last until 6 in the morning. The thing is, nobody could afford to drink every week in those days so it was much more of an occasion. Today regular drinking is so commonplace that Hogmanay is no longer a special occasion and the streets are worse places of an evening than they used to be.

Soor Plums
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Tony McGrath from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. USA. Posted 3 Jun 2005.
I've never understood the disparity between "candy" in the 'land of milk & honey' and the fine selection and quality of sweeties in Scotland. Nothing shall ever surpass a Tunnocks tea-cake or any penny carmel found in any Newsagents or ice-cream van in Scotland. Am I the only one that believes a Hershey bar is mince?

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What great memmories I had of school dinners, mum would pay a shilling a week for the brown tickets. Were they ever enjoyable? Two courses plus veg in winter, salad in summer, and desserts. My favourite was fruit cake and custard. I never complained about school dinners. I went to Perth Primary school and started there in 1962.

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Anne from Dundee. Posted 27 Sep 2004.
My grandfather met my grandmother in London during the First World War. After, they married and she moved to his home town, Dundee. On the first Friday, she took a jug and crossed the road to the local pub to buy beer to go with his dinner. On reaching her tenement landing, she was met by her neighbour, in a state of alarm.
"Mrs Batchelor, NEVER go into that place again! There's only one kind of woman goes into a pub in Dundee!".
Having lived all the previous thirty years of her life in London, she was taken aback, but that proved to be her one and only visit to a bar in Scotland.

Winter in Govan
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Jessie Farlow (nee Findleton) from Largs. Posted 12 Aug 2004.
I was born in February 1916, the first child of 8 born to Richmond and Georgina Findleton. My parents rented and furnished a wee one-roomed flat to welcome me to Govan and a long and happy life. In that flat we stayed, growing steadily in number each year, until the year of this story, 1924. Seems strange now, but eight people lived, loved and worked in that one-roomed flat (no bathroom, toilet outside, shared by at least 20 neighbours) but we thought nothing of it for everyone was in the same boat in this Clydeside shipbuilding town.

The sweetie shop
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Mrs Jessie Farlow from Largs. Posted 4 Aug 2004.
In Craigton Road there was a paper shop, a wee confectioners and at the corner, a drapers. The girl in the drapers was very careless. She used to throw the boexes, you konw the ones with the hankies and the stockings in them, out in the midden without ensuring they were empty. As soon as I saw her out at the middem, I was out at her back like a whippet checking those boxes, and 9 times out of 10. She'd have left a pair of stockings in one of them - it was great as mum and dad didn't have the money to buy such luxuries!

Different Shops
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Andy Hudson from Glasgow. Posted 22 Jun 2004.
I'm only 34, but when I was a wee boy, we had seperate shops for all the food we bought, we had a creamery to buy milk, butter, yoghurt etc, a veg shop for fruit and veg, a bakers for bread and rolls, and perhaps the odd cake or two, a butchers for meat and a general grocers to get everything else.

Scottish Food.
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Graham Dickson from New York, NY. Posted 12 Jan 2004.
I was born in what was then British Guiana (now Guyana) in 1953. My dad was Church of Scotland and originally from Leith. My mum was from South Africa with a Scottish dad.
One of my earliest memories was stirring a pot of porridge and wondering why we ate such a hot dish in such a hot place. I was subsequently introduced to curry at about the age of 4 and learned that there was food much more hot than porridge.

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mary mcmahon from uddingston. Posted 5 Jan 2004.
I was at primary school in lanarkshire from 1947 to 1954. The school dinners were then mainly good quality but very high calorie eg. mashed potatoes,cabbage and mince followed by chocolate sponge doused with a liberal helping of custard. Does anyone out there have more memories of their school dinners ?

School dinners
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Carron Munro from Greenock. Posted 16 Sep 2003.
I am a student studying tv operations and productions and I enjoyed reading all the messages about how we used to eat.
As part of a project i am making a short factual documentary on school dinners and the modern eating habits of youth today. I would really enjoy if anyone had any funny stories or just anything they would like to say on the matter. Have Scotland's young peoples' eating habits changed and do you think the change is for the worse or better? Thanks

Early 60's rural food source
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Martha Gracey from Fort Worth Texas USA. Posted 8 Aug 2003.
We lived in Tarbrax. Mr Lamb ran the shop/post. He had very minimal groceries. The best part of food in Tarbrax was the trucks that came to the village to sell meat, produce and bread. I can remember my mother being horrified that the ladies in our village would buy from the trucks that pulled up outside town and opened the doors to expose the wares for purchase and inadvertantly to the elements. We were used to the American way then and it seemed very strange to buy goods that way.

cooking from scratch
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Carol Divers from Dumfries. Posted 17 Mar 2003.
I was a young mum in the sixties, a very young mum, standing at the cooker wearing a mini skirt so short that my children couldn't reach it and sporting a beehive which stood over 4" high! My memories are of cooking everything from scratch and my grocery shopping consisting of all the basic ingredients needed to do this instead of today when I can walk into any supermarket and buy a complete meal which can be microwaved in 5/6 minutes. People say that the food was better then - and yes it may have been more nutritious, but boy was it bland! No Italian recipes, or Indian or Chinese. I never enjoyed cooking but remember enjoying baking. I would wait until a Sunday when my husband could distract the four children and then I would have a marathon session baking all types of scones, fruit tarts, swiss rolls, fairy cakes and large sponge cakes. Every available cake tin and container was filled in order to feed my hungry family. It saved us a fortune and was a "chore" which I enjoyed very much. Oh the smells! I never bake now, it is so much cheaper to buy what I need from the supermarket bakery, plus I am obviously not now catering for a hungry family.

Out of this world
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Graeme Munro from South Australia. Posted 3 Mar 2003.
I'm 66, I used to live in Edinburgh, and was invited to have a meal in a cafe in Lauriston Place, the menu was brought and I ordered a mixed grill. (Not really knowing what that consisted of)...That was in 1962.This was the first huge meal I had in front of me since 1936.

Food and Drink
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Fiona Middler from Linwood. Posted 17 Feb 2003.
I remember as a child in the early 60s that on a Saturday morning the message boy would deliver my mother's weekly groceries on his bike. The messages would have the list that my mother had handed in earlier in the week, with the items delivered, ticked off on it. My mother was a domestic science teacher and was( and is ) an excellent cook. Her jam tarts and pastries were out of this world! Good food made out of basic ingredients - not bought out of M&S or Sainsburys pre- packed!

Demon Drink
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George MacDonald from Paisley. Posted 12 Feb 2003.
I remember when drink was a comparative luxury. There wasn't the money to go out to pubs every weekend and we certainly would never have had wine with a meal or anything like that. Pubs were also strictly for the boys! There was no way women went in them unless it was to fish their husband out. Hogmanay was the only real big occasion for drinking, I can remember putting something away every week for my Hogmanay bottle, even then though, t was frowned upon for people to get too drunk. A wee bit different from today.

Self sufficiency in the 1940s
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Marjory McQueen from Aberdeen. Posted 12 Feb 2003.
The house was run by our mother who did the baking and cooking and bought the groceries from the van which called twice a week. There was home made butter and cheese and the grocer was always ready to buy any of this produce. Our father was responsible for looking after the cows, horses and sheep. Mother attended to the poultry and looked after the dairy cow. A lot of cheese was made and stored, then wrapped in muslin. When we had a broody hen she would be allowed to sit on a dozen eggs and in three weeks the young chicks were due to hatch. Very often we reared turkeys for Christmas and to give to friends, but the surplus were killed, plucked and sold.

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