Local Stories

A basket for stories by local historian - Lial Bredin.

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A collection of stories by Lial Bredin.

Written and read by Lial Bredin.

As read by Lial Bredin.

The Jewellers Shop

 The local press described the incident as 'A Bull in a Jewellers shop'.  The animal was an inquisitive steer.  A very different animal.

 It was during the school holidays.  Malcolm decided to ride his bicycle down into the suburb of Fitzroy to buy himself an ice cream slice.  He didn’t do very much droving these days.  Philip was away working on a big farm down the Coast.  Most of the adult

Learning the Trade

 

Silver was an elderly pony.  From a pony's point of view she taught the boys how to ride.  Dick taught them the fundamentals of horse care.  Rub down your horse every time you have used it.  Groom it regularly.  Watch its shoes and feet.

 Silver finally was past it.  With the aid of a vet she was put down.

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Learning the Trade

 

Silver was an elderly pony.  From a pony's point of view she taught the boys how to ride.  Dick taught them the fundamentals of horse care.  Rub down your horse every time you have used it.  Groom it regularly.  Watch its shoes and feet.

 Silver finally was past it.  With the aid of a vet she was put down.

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Dick the Professional

 Dick like many other people made his living from buying and selling.  In his case it was from buying and selling livestock.  He specialized in buying cull cows, in selling weaners and occasionally he traded in store lambs.  He had skills that the normal salesman lacks.

 He could judge the weight and health of a cattle beast by looking at it.  Together with the occasional poke of his finger into its

Carlo

 

Carlo is Dick's dog.  He is not named after a person.  He is named after the way he behaves.  Dick travels a fair distance each day to look at cattle on his numerous leases.  He has to keep an eye on the amount of grass available and the condition of the stock.  He drives around his leases in his old Austin 12.  Carlo thinks that it is his Austin 12.  Where that car goes he goes.

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The Schoolboy Drovers

 Tom had promised his aunt that he would be at her place by nine o'clock.  She lived in Chilman Street.  He slowed down as he came around the corner.  Then he nearly stopped.  Coming out of a drive way in Chilman Street were two boys riding their ponies.  They didn’t look as though they were old enough to go to high school.  They looked like small scale drovers.  They were wearing long oilskin coats and brown felt hats.  They appeared to be carrying stock whips.

 There were no cattle in sight and as far as Tom could

A story read by Lial Bredin.

A Little Taste of Devon  By Lial Bredin

The names of streets in the Lynmouth area are taken from the names of characters in the novel "Lorna Doone"

 

Droving on the Coast  By Lial Bredin

In the 1930's and 40's thousands of cattle and sheep were moved along our rural roads. Today this practice is against the law.

 

Fund Raising   By Lial Bredin

In smaller districts when a building needs repairs or there are donations to make all will take part in collecting the needed funds.

 

Little Aub

Local stories usually incorporate a Taranaki setting. They may be based on real events or whimsy. The collection includes recent examples of creative writing.

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