My childhood haunt!!!

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I grew up in an amazing community with numerous friends, we all had adventures of great magnitude…

I don’t particular remember having one certain hideout where I took my imagination, it was to be perfectly honest with me at all times…

Marble magic….
We played fantastic games in drains and on dried out grass, digging out holes to roll our wondrous glass marvels of iridescent glass, catching the light from the warm days sun. The biggest marbles being the prized possessions of those most fortunate.
I gazed in ore at their beauty.
To this very day I have a significant treasured collection……

Dens and hideouts
Grass building of dens and clothes horses and bed sheets were another captured imaginative activity. The long hot summer of 75 was one we had many a late night playing cricket on the green with teams in great competition to win or out with our tennis bats knocking the hell out of the sticky vile July bugs up in the many trees surrounding our streets……

Those naive days of care free dreams, the smells, the tastes all leaving many marks on whom we have become.

Emotional teens
I do remember taking to my bedroom which was shared with my older sister and listening on my brothers cherished record player, to his Simon and Garfunkel LP.
“Like a bridge over troubled waters….”   “Are you going to Scarborough fair” just to name a few….

What wonderful days they were……
Friendships, memories, the time of our life’s without any responsible or restrictions back then………

Simon & Garfunkel Scarborough Fair: http://youtu.be/BYQaD2CAi9A

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Those New Year traditions…..

Those feelings we all had last night, the dramatic build up,the suspense.
Whatever or however you celebrated the coming in of the new year, we will all have different memories stored from the year gone before us.
Some wonderful, some dreadfully painful or sad……
Either way we can not hold back time, on we go!!

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I personally have fantastic fond memories of many a  New Years Eve celebrating with my family when I was young at the working men’s club so to speak.
Back in the day of pork scratchings, snowballs and babycham……
The beer mats with my lemonade and salt and vinegar crisps spring to mind.

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The long dresses that all the women wore, men with their flares, large knotted ties and collars, not forgetting the hair and moustaches……
“Those were the days…..”

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                       Old traditions

We had a tradition in our household of putting money outside on New Years Eve, usually a few coins each next to the back door and bringing it in on New Years Day.

Coal was something else that friends put outside to then bring in, in the New Year.

These traditions have died out for me but their origins do go back many years.
The link below is all about British traditions from  “learn england” in the New year have a read its really interesting :-
>  >  >  http://bit.ly/1xwOlfM < <

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Happy New Year everyone.

I’d like to wish each one of you a wonderful New Year 2017, peace. love and light to you all.
Remember we are all special………..

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What New Year memories or traditions do you have?

Mandy.x

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“8” childhood Christmas memories from the 70s!

I was recently reminiscing with friends about our precious Christmas memories from childhood.
How we felt that excitement, anticipation, sheer wonder of Christmas night.
I remember we had pillow cases and we left them on the landing!
Waking several times in the night, thinking has he been yet, is it light yet……

Those amazing perhaps outrageous decorations, balloons on the pictures, concertined paper strings of all vibrant shades hung on the ceiling. Tinsel, all things sparkling!

What wonderful times they were, Nostalgia, vintage, call it what you want but one thing I remember is a warm happy feeling of a simple life without worries or complications.

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Presents didn’t arrive from a courier, we didn’t buy on line, there were amazing toy shops and then there was Woolworths……..

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I have complied a list of all the favourite things we received, the presents we remember, the ones that have stayed in our memories with such joyous delight of childhood wonder…….

1.Who doesn’t remember the wombles, the  iconic song ” The wombles of Wimbledon common are we “

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2. The infamous Raleigh Chopper bike, every boy in the neighbourhood wanted one…..

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3. My personal favorite “Daisy” the equivalent to Barbie. My sister decided to style Daisies hair on mine and cut it short, I’ve never forgiven her to this day!!

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4. Again every boy longed for a box of this Meccano…

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5. The famous selection box with the confectionery that’s now changed names, Marathon now Snickers!

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6. Tiny tears doll was one of my childhood favourites too. The equivalent of today’s Baby born!

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7. The girls Raleigh shopper bike with the cute bag on the back.

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8. Last but by no means least from the children’s programme “playschool” the character “Humpty Dumpty”

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         Memories that last a lifetime.

With all those wonderful feelings and thoughts from days gone by, let’s go make more precious memories for our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews all children in our homes this Christmas eve and festive time.

Memories that stay with us for a lifetime, they are magical,spell bounding and our belief of such magic, such wonder, such enchantment shaped us into who we are today, we can always rely on these treasured, cherished memories whenever we need them…….
  

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Wishing all of you a wonderful Christmas and peaceful new year.

Mandy.x

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