Now, after apparently seeing the light about which side her bread is buttered, Mum has decided it is best if we go back to Jimmy's house. Jimmy being her latest husband who she has recently fallen out with. Probably to do with money. Or her perception of Jimmy as a mean, tightwad. Which is mum's opinion of anyone who won't give her any money.
It is a long journey back, and we are hungry and broke. But not to worry she has an idea how we can earn a few bob.
Years on the road with Fergie have taught her a thing or two. Today we are going to become knife grinders. It is my job to knock on doors, ask if they have anything that requires sharpening and bring it to mum to sharpen.
Personally I have my doubts about this. One of which is my shyness at having to knock on strangers doors. But my main concern is our lack of anything to sharpen a knife with!
Mum reassures me on my first concern. Telling me that Fergie was a knife grinder for years and that people are always grateful to have things sharpened. My second concern about the lack of a grindstone is only slightly allayed when she produces a nail file from her handbag, and declares it more than adequate to the task!
Having been rehearsed on my sales spiel I nervously knock on the first door, which is opened by a smiling lady clutching a small child by the hand.
"Good morning Madam," I squeak. "Do you have anything that needs sharpening?"
To my astonishment she does indeed have a couple of knives that are blunt, and would love to have them sharpened. Turning to the child she says, "Let's go and watch the man sharpen them on the big wheel!"
As she turns to fetch the knives I take the opportunity to scarper. I have often wondered what she thought when she found me gone!
|My knife grinders barrow. Sadly neglected.|
As mum said, people always need things sharpening. Garden shears are what people want done mostly.
Hmm, maybe it's time to get my barrow restored. Money is tight at the moment.