After the PaP Club, the various "Bus Shelters" have been the most talked about and reminisced part of our past PaP life. It seems that everyone has a nostalgic memory of "their avenue's" bus shelter, and the following six pictures are an attempt to jog your memory banks, and for a short while let you sit in your bus shelter doing what you enjoyed the most. I've had many tales of secret telling, first "hold hand", smoking, plotting and planning, going for walks with the maids, last minute homework and cramming, sitting innocently looking out for the current secret heartthrob, next two steps after "hand holding", and many other things that people did and should not have been able to do privately considering how open these little 10' x 10' sheds are. In the bus shelters, we learned how to hold a cigarette behind the palm of the hand, wave the hand gently enough not to arouse suspicion but enough to disperse and hide the smoke. The critical time was always lighting-up....but we never seemed to have got caught.....almost as if the bus shelters protected us and in fact had walls that were invisible to us kids but opaque to adults. Enjoy these six that join the five posted previously.
This is my bus shelter......sitting at the corner of Concord Circular and Bay Avenue where I lived, it still stands, holding many memories for me. Karen and Stephanie Whitburn pointed out that the benches represent two different generations of furnishing, the one with the wood supports being the older and probably the same one that I might have sat on way back when. Immediately behind the shelter and down a bit is where the "Squire" Patchet used to live at the top of Mango Avenue. Immediately to the left of the roof of the shelter are the remains of the house where originally the Lee family lived (She was the secretary at St.Pete's) and which was on the same little "gap" that our home 4 Bay was on...just the two houses on this one little gap.....both gone now. Lots of great memories!!
This sad looking relic is what is left of the Tamarind shelter. The path goes past it right over to Roble Avenue. For some unexplained reason I do not have one of the Samaan shelter.....will have to fix that soon.
I have always known this one as the Roble shelter....also a place of many memories for me. Not sure why one of the two old benches is sitting at such an angle. The bottom of Concord hill is seen in the background.
They say that it is when you are down and out that people will kick you...this poor old hero opposite the Concord end of Cedar Avenue is in poor repair due to lack of love and attention.....the stones on the roof are just pure vandalism.
Sitting just outside what was the dining room at the boarding house, the No4 Mess shelter is in fair good condition, and with a school nearby I have seen kids sitting there waiting for mum and dad......funny but it seemed that the shelter just smiled.
Even though there are no busses to wait for anymore, the Endridge Road shelter is in good shape and is regularly used by the kids who go there for tennis coaching....it really looks happy.