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Early 60's rural food source
There are 7 messages in this section.

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.
Jen Whyte from Tarbrax, Scotland. Posted 16 Jan 2004.
Hi there
I was really astounded when I spotted your message on this site.
There is now no post office or shop in the village now, and no shopping vans call either as everyone who lives here has a car. Bill Lamb died nearly 25 years ago but his wife Winnie Lamb who was actually the postmistress is still very much alive and just celebrated her 82nd birthday.
She is a good friend of mine and I have just had a cuppa with her.
I have only lived in the village for 23 years so do not remember when Americans lived here.
Regards to you.

Bill Chandler from Athens, Georgia USA. Posted 8 Oct 2004.
I was raised almost as a Scot from the time I was 2 til I left for the US at age 6. We were Air Force. Arrived in 1955 and left about 1961. Upon arriving back in the States, I had to relearn American engish because of all the time I spent playing with the Mullison children. I remember John and Leslie. Mrs. Mullison kept me and my brother as a nanny while we were there. I can never forget the Bing and the creek beneath it, as well as snowdrifts over my head..I still tear up when I hear Scotland the Brave on a set of Pipes.. Love you all... you will always be a part of me.

Frank Love from Tarbrax. Posted 13 Dec 2005.
Nice to see former residents of Tarbrax posting messages here. I'm a relative newcomer, first having moved here in 1997, but I am fascinated by the history of the place, more so since reading Johhny Kenneway's excellent book (which I think is now out of print). As I build websites as a hobby I am hoping to persuade him to let me reproduce part of the book on the web. This would give ex-pats from the village even more knowledge of the place.

Jim & Bernice White from Sylvester, GA, USA. Posted 13 Jan 2006.
I have such fond memories of the fine Scottish food while we live in Tarbrax, Lanarkshire, Scotland. We were Americans, in early marriage, and not worldly at all, but we were delighted that several of the Scottish people welcomed us just like family. It was indeed a sad day when we left Tarbrax. We'd never had Yorkshire pudding or brussels, but not we have a traditional Sunday dinner quite often. Scotch eggs were such a treat! My friend Matt Kennedy took me to the Auchengray Pub and introduced me to beer accompanied by pickled eggs and a nip of whiskey. Whew!
The Muirs lived next door to us and they brought in about half the village to bring in New Years (1964). We lived at 263 Viewfield and we left with newly acquired tastes for: Fish Suppers, Steak & Kidney Pie, Sherry Trifle, Yorkshire Pudding and many other delicacies. Our last visit to Tarbrax was 1972.

Ian Simpson from Richmond Surrey. Posted 10 Apr 2006.
Do Frank Love or Lobo recognise the picnic spot from my description?

Lobo from Tarbrax. Posted 13 Jan 2006.
Myself and my partner moved to Tarbrax as we wanted away from the mainsteam of Edinburgh etc, and so it was the ideal place, although nobody I spoke to about the village had ever heard of it. I'm originally from Ayr on the West Coast and whem I mentioned where I was moving to my Grandfather, he was the first person that had heard of it. Ironically, many moons ago his grandfather was a miner her for one week and told my Grandfather how each of the miners beds were shared to three at a time depending on the shifts. It would be really ironic if the house he stayed was the one I'm now in, but he's not sure what number it was.

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