Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Aunty Dora - Platform piece
Meet Dora. She’s my great aunty (emphasis on the great) as well as the all-time, unrivalled, heavy weight champion of my world. I fuckin love her. Yeah, I’m passionate about this small, elderly candyfloss dream and you would be too if you met her. She is quite literally the sweetest most adorable person in the world. Fact. l challenge you to find any more darling.
I dropped by her teeny, toasty two up, two down last week when l was round for my fish supper. She’s lived at number 7, Matlock Drive most her life and every time l trot over to see her there she is, nestled in her favourite chair with a massive grin and cuppa cha. Everything about her is supremely kitsch, she is a jedi master in the art of miniature pottery animals and miscellaneous nik-naks. Her ability to blend the pastel sock combo with her peach fuzz rinse and finish with a daring primary coloured twin set blows my mind. I am left inspired after each visit, see my current blue rinse for further detail.
Great Aunty Dora is a supreme being, the closet thing to perfection l have found in my meagre 23 years and l wanted to share her with you. She may not be young fresh and hot but she is honest, wise and beautiful. Read on…
Hey Aunty Dora, what’s up!
Oh, not much, just been busy with some household jobs, changing my bed, washing. My Daughter Sue comes up on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. lm going to cook up my Sunday dinner for us, today meat and potato pie and a whole load of vegetables. Mmmmm.
Been up to much lately?
In the week I go on a mobility bus for a visit to different places, garden centres, shopping centres and a couple of weeks ago I went to Blackpool lights, I need to be in a wheelchair as I can't walk that well. Also my friends and family pop in for a chat during the week
Hey you’re a busy gal, hey how do you take time out?
I like to read, I like Catherine Cookson books and I like films on the television, war films especially, I also like Strictly Come Dancing and I really like to watch cooking programmes
What you looking forward to doin next week then?
I am looking forward to Xmas, I always look forward to my weekly trips on the mobility bus.
How long have you lived in your house?
I have lived in this house 61 years.
I LOVE it. You decorated and collected everything in here yourself. Have you just hoarded all those bits and bobs through the years?
I have collected bits and bobs through the years, especially from my holidays in Capri, The Canary Islads, Majorca,Tunisia, Tangiers, Malta, Gibraltar, France, Belgium, Spain , Holland, Italy
What’s your most prized possession?
Prized possessions are my memories and my memorabilia
What goes through your mind when you wake up each morning?
That I am still here !!!!!!!!!!!
Do you like fashion?
I always liked fashion, especially Twiggy
Can you tell me a funny joke?
Yes, but I can't remember it at this moment
Who’s your best friend?
My best friend is my neighbour Gwen, she is 75, we used to work together at the local laundry, packing, washing.
Grandma tells me you were a dark horse when you were a young lady, always breaking hearts and causing trouble…..
I didn’t use to always obey curfew in the Army! My friend Gladys and I have been thrown over the hedge on the outskirts of camp on a few occasions by handsome young military men.
Your late husband George was a looker, everyone said you were great fun together. What did love feel like?
I don’t think of love now….l am friendly and outgoing….
I love the pictures you have of yourself as a girl all over the house, how does it feel to see yourself like you looked then and to be slightly older today?
When I look in the mirror I think how I have aged, but I don’t mind growing old
Do you miss your youth?
No, l don’t really.
What were you like at school?
I liked reading and writing, I didn't get into trouble at school, I liked it
How has the world changed since you were a girl?
I grew up with horse and cart and now you can get to the moon and Mars. I like the fact that it has become easy to travel but I don't like the way people have become so selfish.
I hear there are some rude buoys who have dropped into your area. What’s been going down?
Oh, yeah, terrible. They ride bikes, run across gardens AND I had a boxed cake stolen from my door!
Lil bastards. I’ll get Uncle Stevie on em, bet you didn’t hang out in suburbs stealing groceries from the eldery for kicks when you were a kid. What kinda thing did you do?
Joined the army aged 18, was a private and got stationed all over England, serviced tanks and drove lorries and then was awarded a veteran's medal.
What was your best year?
Age 21, I was in the Military, meeting new people, seeing the world
Happiest memory was marrying George in 1945, we had to postpone the ceremony because he was a sailor and his boat was torpedoed in the Atlantic, he was in the water 3hours before a British boat picked him up
What scares you the most?
Scared of dying and being a trouble to people, I want to die in my sleep, not in pain
Tell me a secret?
Haven't got any secrets.
Tell me your fav:
I love films, I use to work as an usherette, saw 3 films a night and got paid 10 shillings [50p] for my work. Like all John Wayne films.
I like Cliff Richards and Joe Loss " In The Mood"
I like The Canary Islands
Susan, my daughter is my favourite person
What do you want for Christmas?
At Xmas I want to enjoy good food, with family and friends
T'rar a bit!