At home we played card games like Whist, Cribbage and New Market competing for matchsticks or pennies. Another favourite was roulette. Probably not the games you would expect children to play, but we loved them, and I'm pretty sure it didn't do my brother, sister or me any harm. Sadly, I don’t have any photographs, partly because we didn't take many back then but also because game playing was taken very seriously. When I met my future husband back in 1966 he had little choice but to join in. He still talks about being paid on a Friday afternoon and fleeced by his future in-laws on a Friday evening! It may not be far from the truth. We still played for pennies, but it could mount up and wages of about £3.00 a week didn't go far. He obviously didn't mind too much as we are still together forty-five years later.
Mum helpfully captioned most of the photographs in this album. We always spent at least one day with my sister and her family over Christmas. Their house was just perfect, large enough for plenty of fun but small enough to feel warm and cosy. My sister has written more about the house here.
My sister's children Christmas 1972
A boy and his dog - probably the best games of all...
Another family favourite
This is Steven, Terry and I playing a slightly larger version of table football with Steven's son Kip.
This is my contribution to Sepia Saturday No. 282 Chess : Games : Musicians. Chess was one game we didn't play. I'm sure we had a board and the pieces but probably none of us could understand the rules.