From the age of ten, I collected vinyl singles. Carpenters were not the very first, but they were amongst the first artists that I collected, and were obviously favourites. I used to make my money for buying records from selling eggs from my chooks. (Chooks are hens / chickens). Being the only child for miles around, apart from my sisters, who left home when I was 11 and 12, i spent half my time hanging out with my pets / looking after animals on our farm / nature-watching / riding my bike / bushwalking / exploring / running / building rickety structures / and half my time listening to, and later, creating, music. If you remember specific Carpenters singles that you had back in the day, what were you listening to in your singles collection / collecting at the same time, how did you make money to buy them and what were your other pastimes?