The page about the Rag & Bone Men brought back memories of when we also used to get goldfish from them. We had a Goldfish Bowl but the fish never seemed to last very long unfortunately
We also had one of the old tin baths on the back yard which we tried to keep Minnows and Sticklebacks we caught in the River Maun on The Meadows. They were mainly in the area that went under the Old Meadow Foundry adjacent the old paddling pools. On reflection they never seemed to last very long.
We also used to go for walks on the Garibaldi Plantation and collect Frog Spawn in the Spa Ponds, but they also didn’t last long either and many a tear was shed on a regular basis by my sister and myself.
I suppose we were cruel in doing it but being very very young we never understood, I suppose they didn’t like tap water.