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Grandma Wilson's Shopping Basket

Barbara May Shelton

This is a true story, seen through the 'eyes' of my great Grandma's shopping basket.

It illustrates the life of a typical working class wile and mother of Victorian times.

All the incidents were recounted to me over a period of ten years or so, by my second cousin [Mrs. Eileen in the book], who was brought up by her Grandma Wilson.

I remember Grandma and Granddad Wilson, and their house. I still have her shopping basket, also her silver brooch which she wore at the neck of her blouse.

I also have a broad wedding ring, which Eileen tells me is a keeper ring, to protect her wedding ring so it didn't get too worn when she had to work.

I gave this ring to my daughter when she married ,to be made into a modern version.

So we still have our memories of her.

I hope you enjoy the story.

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I live in a village in the Midlands and have been married for 60 years.
My husband and I ran a garage business and a private hire business at one time, but are now retired.
In my younger years before I married I was involved in the cycling fraternity, before lycra was invented I might add, and when my children grew up and left home I took up with golf and became embroiled in the golfing world.
I now lead a more sedate and quiet life.