This topic I have found particularly difficult as the terms are not ones I have knowledge of although Lisa has translated them for us as “Jinks: Childish, playful, often noisy and rowdy activities, usually involving mischievous pranks.
Japes: Tricks or practical jokes or even perhaps, gags or shenanigans.” Sadly I am having trouble thinking of my own jinks and japes so I am going to recount one of my Father’s from the 1930’s which I used to love hearing him tell when I was a child.
Once a week the green grocer would come with his horse and cart down the street selling vegies. He was always with Auntie Annie a long time as he would go and look at her vegie garden and they would exchange vegies with each other. One day whilst they were down the back we took the cart off the horse and pushed it inside the fence, shut the gate, pushed the shaft through the closed gate and re-harnessed the horse to it. We hid and as we hadn’t been around when he arrived they were scratching their heads trying to work out how it had happened.