"Then came a most interesting little corner known as "The Plantin'". It was a fir plantation occupying the ground from the field to the railway where the houses are now. There was a drop from the field of several feet. The trees were high and full of rooks' nests and it was a gloomy, eerie place especially when night was falling. Nevertheless it was a favourite playground. Tramps often settled for the night in the dip in the middle of the trees.....In the summer time, in a small clearing in the front of the trees, Jimmie Brown set up his hut and sold fruit and vegetables...[which were] green and crisp and were sold in fresh cabbage leaves instead of bags."
"I have seen Willie Arthur's horse up to the girths in water when the tide was in but it always made it. It seemed to be tempting providence but he must have known the horse's capabilities."