Shortly before that happened, Father built his in laws a rather good cream brick veneer on North Road, South Oakleigh. Who would have known that North Road would become a truck container route.
Grandma gave her daughter, Mother, her old three brush Electrolux floor polisher and bought a new two brush Hoover that was light but quite uncontrollable, as I remember it. Photo by Gugue @ Flickr.
Photo by Austin Russell @ Pinterest.
When I moved into R's Elwood flat in 1979, I came with some items, one being by then my late grandmother's floor polisher. It certainly brought up his bathroom terrazzo floor to a gleaming shine but age had not dimmed its enthusiasm for madly skating around the floor.
I don't know what happened to the polisher, but something of it remains to this day.
Now you may think I am changing the subject, but no, it will come together.
I bought some new work boots. Australian made Rossi boots (Adelaide family Rossiter) last about ten years and are amazingly good value at about $80 at the big green shed hardware shop.
My last pair had not really worn out but had developed a hole in the bend crease on top of the boot. I had also badly scarred them. I had only ever used liquid polish on them. One thing we forgot to take with us when we visited Canada and New York was liquid shoe polish, and oh, how we were ripped off for that at a shop at the Port Authority in New York. And, it was not very good polish either.
So, I have new boots, and I decided to I will go back to the old ways of polishing them with Kiwi Nugget, and then buffing them. But where to buy a brush? Woolworths at QV had a suitable brush for taking polish off, at $10, and I bought it and then found in an el cheapo Asian shop a brush for applying the polish. I should have bitten the bullet and bought two expensive brushes at Woolworths.
I had so forgotten about the twist thing to open the shoe polish tin. I need newspaper to protect the floor when cleaning shoes, but we don't have newspapers. I found a newspaper in the recycling room, but by the time I got around to polishing my boots, the paper had gone back downstairs in the recycling.
I sat on my lav seat in my ensuite and polished my new boots and my casual shoes. The cheap put on polish brush flicked loose shoe polished laden fibres onto my floor. Messy. The expensive take off polish brush did well though, but my shoes needed a final buffing to give them a good glow.
We have a shoe cleaning box that also contains a stock of new sponges and scourers. In the very bottom of the box I found something to buff my shoes up nicely. That would be the lambswool floor polisher clip ons from my grandmother's Hoover floor polisher and the pair of them would be over 50 years old.
Oh yes, the result with the boots, instead of having a flashy shine, now have a warm dull glow, so satisfying. R was doubtful that we had to polish our school shoes every night of school, but we did.