In 1946, the family moved to Moorcourt Cottage at Moorcourt Farm, where Fred's father worked as a milking herdsman and harvest hand.
The cottage had no electricity and the sole source of heat came from a log fireplace.
" his mother banished him from the household, and he moved into the Much Marcle house of his aunt Violet.
However, by mid-1962 he had reconciled with his parents, although his relationship with most of his family remained fraught.
Peel the potatoes (or scrub them thoroughly and cut them in half if large.