Kit Calvert, Audio Clip

Kit Calvert
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Kit Calvert (KC) was interviewed many times by W.R. Mitchell (WRM). In this segment he describes the lack of eggs one Whitsuntide.


KC: And then we used to keep these few geese. We generally had five geese and a gander which wandered about. From about October ’til laying time they were wandering about the village and at laying time we had nests in the back scullery, and all the five geese knew which was their nest and we used to hatch these goslings and they were sold at a fortnight old varying from 1s.10d to two shilling each. If it were two shilling there was a good market. This was at between a fortnight and three week old with these goslings at two shillings. 1s.10d was the general price. And this money was considered to be for replenishing our clothes an’ that for the spring and the coming summer. And I vividly remember that we had an’ old gander which... he liked to pick at people in t’village and I think he’d bin misbehavin’ itself; that or somebody had given ’im a stroke across t’back wi’ a stick. Something ’ad ’appened to ’im anyway. But anyway we carried on through that year, and that spring the geese laid their eggs and sat down to hatch them and for some reason the old gander had been infertile and there wasn’t a fertile egg.

Well, this was a terrible disappointment and a blow, because that meant that there was no money for replenishing our spring clothes. An’ in those days, more so than nowadays, it was always thought that it was a tremendous disgrace if you hadn’t something new for Whit Sunday. On Whit Sunday you generally put your new summer clothes on. We had a little Sunday School anniversary on Whit Sunday, and we always liked to show off in our new clothes. An’ this particular year I had to carry on with the old clothes of the last year, I hadn’t anything, not even a new cotton on nor anything. And I went to the Sunday School anniversary in disgrace in me own mind. As I’ve looked back on it I’ve thought I was worried, but I don’t think I would be as half as worried as my mother was worried because there was no money because all the eggs had been infertile.