My brothers and I used to watch the cattle trucks going past from that garden. We used to race through the corrugated iron sheds where my grandfather used to work his stone. One forbidden kingdom leading into the next: lino floor then cinder, each door more stiff to open than the last. Once we came across a pigeon my grandmother was tending while its wing healed. On high days I was given half a crown to spend in Woolworths, and I was allowed to walk there alone - dodging the places where the wedges of pavement disappeared into corners. I'd buy pens, paper, crayons and then take them back to one of those green sheds to make books out of pieces of wallpaper. Beneath my feet the marble chips crunched. Against the green-painted furrowed walls the slate leant waiting for an inscription.
I zoom out on Street View. Wait while the clunky software reveals the front. It's still there. A piece of slate the size of a post card next to the new aluminium front door: D. W. Jenkins and Son. And for a moment it seems like my father is still there too: touching the newly-incised letters with his fingers. Monumental Masons. The presumption that he'll take up the family trade. Knowing even then it is something he'll never follow.