It lasted for years despite many footballs being blasted at it.I helped dad install a similar (but cheaper materials) dividing fence between 14/16 and 10/12 which stretched all the way from the street frontage through to the back boundary onto Crewe Bank houses probably only 40-50 meters but it seemed immense at the time especially painting it!The ones to the east of Pilton Place have bay windows with curved shingle fronts while the ones to the west have bay windows with flat fronts."I was an avid reader and would save up fourpence to go to the newsagent near the pictures to get the latest small paperback - for the life of me at the moment I can't think of the name of the author and yet I knew it so well! The washing was hung up with wooden pegs and then the back green pole was put up - a wooden pole with an arrow shape at one end and a vee-shaped piece at the other which was shoved up into the line. As a young lad I did the grass cutting and other minor garden jobs for Johns mum and dad. Sadly failing eyesight forced retirement on him but he continued to work away in a quite large garden shed which held the most fascinating array of tools and supplies to this young child!I was often invited in to explore and spend time and learn about tools with the white haired old man affectionately known in his family as Daddy Ferguson."I noticed that everyone has been mentioning The Embassy picture house but no one has mentioned the wooden building that we called 'The Shack' . I went to the 'Shack' then to the 'Academy' (Edinburgh Academy YMCA Stockbridge) when it gained prominence over the 'Shack' in about 1948.It was between the Embassy and St Margaret Mary's Chapel. The Royston lassies I remember most were, Margaret Carty and Mollie Wallis. He was my classmate at Leith Academy and lived, I think, in Granton Medway.I also had aunt, uncle and cousins living at 79 Pilton Place.I don't know exactly when the houses were built, but these are the years that the streets were named.
The regimented rows of precisely spaced Alyssums Lobelias, Marigolds etc usually purchased from Notmans nurseries out at Davidsons Mains.
The auld heid is letting me down memory wise regarding names.""I served my time as a painter with AC Woods and Son, 114 Pitt St. On finishing my apprenticeship in November 1952 I joined the Argyll's and stayed with them for twenty two years reaching the rank of Warrant Officer."I have never looked back, though now I go home every two years for re-unions. These are the places which had the greatest impact on my life and I assure you the memories are simply wonderful.""I was very interested to read the article posted by Jimmy Letham.
He will not remember me but I also lived at 50 Ferry Road Drive and was the youngest member of the Scott family who lived below Jimmy's mother's home.
we had a short hose which got lifted up by rope and passed through the bathroom or landing window and onto the bath tap.
It didnt reach much of the garden but made filling the watering cans much easier!