Many children of my age were affected by the non-
I think there was a short period when I was reluctant to attend the Cub Scout meetings.
One week mother bribed me in this fashion: “ If you go to cubs this evening we have
a new toy which you can have.” Of course, new did not mean new. New was second-
I remember setting some of my buildings – houses, garages and anonymous designs which
could have been almost anything – in little gardens or to use with model cars. One
building was used extensively as a railway station even though its scale was far
too small for the Hornby O gauge train set which I had at the time. That didn’t seem
to matter. I had no idea whether it was possible to extend the kit, buy elements
individually or add on supplementary sets. So there was inevitably a practical limit
to what I could construct before the big soak. Everything in Bricklayer was re-
there was no turning back. All that hard work was about to collapse. All the elements were then rinsed and laid out to dry. This was a kitchen job and had to be completed before the next meal could be prepared or the washing up attended to.
Today, I can say I’m not a brickie and never have been. I can, though, lay bricks and have built various garden walls over the years. I work slowly and carefully and can produce a decent finish – just as I did in my apprenticeship with Bricklayer.