A Child's Point Of View - a Memory of Ruan Minor.

I was born in Ruan Minor in 1939 and my father was the village 'Smithy'. The blacksmith shop was my playground while my mother and siblings worked the farm. I was given a box of horseshoe nails and a hammer and spent hours making 'patterns' in the dirt floor.

I would make my 'Naily' patterns,
On a blackened, firm, dirt floor
And recall the singeing hoof hair
While my dad worked near the door.
One day, while he was shoeing,
('Fore I was even there,)
A horse of poor demeanour
Threw my father in the air.
A slightly shaken Blacksmith,
His 'Smithy apron torn,
Wasn't badly damaged,
'Cause much later, I was born.

Jillian Bennett
(nee Barber)


A memory shared by Jillian Bennett on Nov 7th, 2013. Send Jillian Bennett a message

 Comments & Feedback

Sun May 1st 2016, at 10:00 pm
Jan Morgan commented:
I too was born in 1939 in Ruan Minor, my mum and dad ran the village shop. Doris and Stevie Morgan. Fond memories of growing up in the village where we knew everyone and doors were seldom locked. I returned home in the 1980's and I still live here. I remember the Blacksmith's Shop with horses being shod and peering over the school wall at all the goings on, magic.
Keith Morgan

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