Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The story of red cherries
succulently juicy, a bit sour but still crunchy
we both love cherries and whenever we had cherries, we would remember a certain place and time in our lives
the year: 1990? ( before I proceed, I have this dejavu feeling, as if what I am about to write has already been written before , but hey I am writing it again anyway, for the memories are still fresh, as fresh as the sign of flowers sprung up at the begnning of Spring, or the slight cool breeze beginning of Fall, it's as if I could see Mr Patel selling the KitKat to me, or hearing the meat guy, asking me, "Skin on or off?
I could see myself wearing layers and layers of clothing with long black winter coat during Winter or the swimming lessons that I had with my friends at Barking swimming pool in Summer, or rather the long and enjoyable hours of bowling games and pools.Not forgetting the walk in Covent Garden and the shoppings , all the way from Marble Arch, Bond Street and Oxford Street. rows and rows of shops and departmental stores like, Marks and Spencer, Selfridges, Woolworth, Bally, Next, Miss Selfridge,for you to shop or rather window shop .
And ,and ... the concerts too!From White Snake to Michael Jackson ,to David Sanborn and Bryan Adam plus the Westend shows too, from Cats to Miss Saigon.
the road: it wasn't Windsor Road, that was the name of the street of my first house,there was a launderette and a video store right at the end of the road and at the front of Windsor Road, there's a B&B Cash and Carry ( where we bought our curry powder ( Hot or Mild) ,rice, milk, etc, a newsagent where we bought our copies of Evening Standard or the tabloids such as "News of the World' or 'the Sun' ( with its famous page 3) or the Daily Mirror, with a bus stop for the 169 or 179 buses right in front of it. These buses would take us to Barking where we had to switch to another bus which would take us to our place of study. One thing I remember about buses was how polite and considerate the drivers were , and how courteous the passengers were too, giving up their seats for the needy or the elderly.
A few metres away, along Ilford Lane, you will find a Chinese takeaway place where we used to buy " King prawn fried rice', a few shops away, there's this Kohi Noor Tandoori with its brilliant meat beriani and as you walk further up, you will come across Sainsbury's where I always bought my petit fromage frais yogurt or the Muller yogurt,
Speaking of Sainsbury's, I remember one time , fasting month like now, we went groceries shopping and we came across the fruit section, grapes to be exact, and I was thinking of buying some but normally I would taste them first to see if they were sweet or otherwise. So i tried one, and another , and another and the grape tasted sooo goood, until suddenly my friend said to me
"Zue, aren't you fasting today?"
Yes, I definitely was! But I had completely forgotten about !!!
and because the people at Sainsbury's were all so nice and friendly too.
A few metres away from Sainsbury's you will enter the Ilford town centre where you could find Barclays bank, Natwest Bank, Lloyds, Bodgers, Topshop, Next, Argos, WHSmith ( where I bought my Garfield books )and many many more shops
Have I ever mentioned that along Ilford Lane, there was a meat shop selling halal meat and chicken? It's quite near our house too so it was easy for us to get our supply of halal meat there. furthermore, this area was filled with Pakistani and that was very convenient to us too.
how about Bedford Road? Robin? No, that was our second house.
Harvey Road? English landlord with a nice backyard and kitchen. nope
I remember now Richmond Road, that's where we ate these red cherries. the tree was right at the backyard of our friends' house . Eating these cherries yesterday somehow brought back the old memories of yesteryears.
Winter Spring Summer or Fall,
all you have to do is call
and I'll be there
yes I will
you got a friend......