Although I’m now in my 50s my parents still live in the same house I grew up in, and having just returned only yesterday from a family visit lots of old childhood memories are inevitably stirred up, once more fresh in my mind.
Growing up in a farming community in the Scottish countryside, as well as a thorough academic schooling we also had a very hands-on practical education that befitted our rural situation, including learning to safely and sensibly handle and shoot an air rifle.
As new legislation coming into force later this year will now require all air guns to be licenced, we were discussing with dad how to go online to legally register his air rifle, but the conversation about the use of air guns took me back to the 1970s and my brother and I studiously practising our aim by firing the .22 calibre lead pellets into make-shift targets on the side wall of the garden shed.
The shed itself is made of heavy old railway sleepers so is thick enough to take it without causing any structural damage, and although the temporary targets are long since gone, to my amusement some of the old pellets still remain lodged in place today, exactly as they have sat for the last 40 years! 🙂