Recording session of 1963 (?)
These are the recordings from the tapes which Noël had kept from what mum had probably brought back from England, because the sound is quite good, as you'll hear, whereas we had copies at home whose quality was much lower. You'll hear Mummy (Cath), Monsieur Père here and there, and mostly Tini and myself happily reciting nursery rhymes: Simple Simon, The grand old duke of York, Hush a bye baby and many others. What strikes me is Mum's very low, almost husky voice, I don't know whether she changed her voice as she grew older, or if it's what her voice still sounds like when she speaks English (but I've heard her speak English, some times!)
It's sickening that the last word of the recording, indicating the year, is cut: Grandpa is heard saying "All that was recorded on Monday evening, before you went back to France, on April 8th, nineteen hundred and sixty-" Going back to France: would this departure have been the end of our long stay at 9DR, or an intermediary departure? If it's the first case, then I'd say 1963, but we'll have to ask mummy.
Here's some more of the same, which was found recorded on the same tape, but after what you have already heard. There's a mention of Margaret's and Andrew's birthdays, so if I'm right, this must mean 1963 (Marg couldn't have had a birthday unless she was at least 1, and I rather think she was born in 1962...)
Anyway, tell us what you think! Noël promises some more, with Grandma this time.
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