'And finally, not everyone’s being doing topical. In fact, here’s the rather lovely 6 Oxgangs Avenue devoted to the history of the development of the area, this week highlighting how the block of flats came into being. Could have been prompted by Who do you think you are? Or just a timely reminder that not everything worth blogging about is in the here and now.'

Kate Higgins, Scottish Roundup 26/08/2012

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Another Act of Kindness At The Stair Recovered From The Mists of Time-Mr George Hogg

I've mentioned in some blogs that there was very little that I could remember about George Hogg, 6/4 The Stair. What I did recall was that he was either working or at home inside.

When I met up with Douglas Blades, the oldest of the children at The Stair, he mentioned how George had made him a sledge. Douglas said he had picked up a couple of old runners and had spoken to George, who was a skilled joiner-George had then worked his magic and conjured up a sledge.

I well remember the big wooden sledge-it couldn't quite accommodate all of Douglas' six sisters on board, but it certainly was a big sledge! I can recall many of the girls packed in tight like sardines tucked in behind Douglas, with the last member on board having to stand up; the combined weight helped the sledge fly down the snow covered field, giving Douglas the opportunity to bellow NEEEP! to warn any unwary bystanders-usually it might only be the washing green fence that stopped the sledge's progress!

I hope George watched  from his sitting room window at 6/4 and enjoyed the fun he had magicked up !

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