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February 29, 2004, 08:41:49 PM
Bren
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Alright all you wonderful Downhamites past and present - who knows anything about vinegar leaves?  My sister and I (and lots of other children) used to chew them for the acidic flavour.  They were found along the greeneries at the lower end of Shroffold Rd and some along Capstone Rd by the flat (opposite the walk-through to Moorside Rd.  They were - sort of - holly shaped but very thin and a light brown colour.
How did we know they weren't poisonous?
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March 03, 2004, 10:16:04 AM
Dickie eagle
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Alright all you wonderful Downhamites past and present - who knows anything about vinegar leaves?  My sister and I (and lots of other children) used to chew them for the acidic flavour.  They were found along the greeneries at the lower end of Shroffold Rd and some along Capstone Rd by the flat (opposite the walk-through to Moorside Rd.  They were - sort of - holly shaped but very thin and a light brown colour.
How did we know they weren't poisonous? Brenda
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The flats on Downham all had great fronts wth colourful bushes which the council tended . No privets to push the girls over but happily lots of bushes. Those Brenda mentions (not poisonous???) were a bit acrid and when crushed in a jam jar would put insects to sleep PERMANENTLY .My chum Joe Muddle and his five gorgeous sisters lived in those flats,and I spent a lot of time there. Our Flats in Tristram backed on to them and were identical.  'bye  ,  Dickie............
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March 04, 2004, 09:21:34 PM
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The flats on Downham all had great fronts wth colourful bushes which the council tended . No privets to push the girls over but happily lots of bushes. Those Brenda mentions (not poisonous???) were a bit acrid and when crushed in a jam jar would put insects to sleep PERMANENTLY .

Dickie, you are a gem!   Yes, the flats had wonderful shrubberies in front of them, I loved them.  I am delighted that you remember the vinegar leaves.  Indeed, some were more acrid than others - if I remember rightly, it depended on the depth of colour.  Having discovered they were yesteryears equivalent of fly spray, I am wondering what they might have done to my nervous system!  Well, well, well.

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April 02, 2004, 09:59:10 PM
DickieEagle
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The flats on Downham all had great fronts wth colourful bushes . No privets to push the girls over but happily lots of bushes. Those Brenda mentions (not poisonous???not much !) were a bit acrid and when crushed in a jam jar would put insects to sleep PERMANENTLY .
Dickie, you are a gem!   Yes, the flats had wonderful shrubberies in front of them, I loved them.  I am delighted that you remember the vinegar leaves.  Brenda[/quote]                           On that same subject the old "Splendid" used to have a collection of bushes in tubs outside the entrance, one bush was a type of Bay which  (I kid you not ) had a Wonderful smell, not a scent , but a SMELL of .......... Fried sausages ! ! !    makes my mouth water to think of it, 'bye , Dickie..........
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