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  1. No coal fires on Xmas Day in Adelaide - far too warm! I think Xmas Day and Boxing Day must have been the only two days of the year when we wee allowed a fire in the morning. at all other times it was four in the afternoon before it was lit. I suppose that was to warm the room up for when dad came home from work.
  2. I have to confess to getting much pleasure out of walking around old graveyards and reading the inscriptions on the stones. I look after the headstone of a family that used to be Station Master here at Watten Station, where I live. The graveyard has been levelled and many old stones placed around the perimeter walls, where the Station stone is now located. One day I was planting bulbs at the stone when I accidentally dug up small long-bones from about an inch below the surface! When they levelled the yard they must have bulldozed some bodies around whilst they were at it. I reburied the remains and didn't plant bulbs in that particular spot.
  3. Here's an enamel Golly brooch from Robertson's that I have in my little museum of 20th century tat:
  4. Many years ago I picked up a couple of good quality deck chairs for ten bob each. This morning I went online to order some new fabric for them - it's £14 per bloody metre length and you need 1.5 m per chair! So, to cover two chairs I had to spend £46 for two lengths of fabric and enough upholstery tacks to do the job. Anyone would think that I've spent time in Scotland, moaning about the cost of things like wait...
  5. 'er indoors laughed - I said "What are you laughing at?" She replied "SANDALS AND SOCKS!".
  6. Here's summat as you don't see anymore. A 1lb jar of jam with a golly on the lid. I was digging out a hedge to extend my little orchard when my garden fork came up with it stuck on the prongs. I wonder...1. How long has it been there? (We've been here 26yrs and it's not ours); 2. When did they stop using imperial measures for jam jars? and 3. The hedge is mature so think of the quality of manufacture that has kept it so good for so long underground.
  7. Here's one from my little museum of 20th century tat, Ian.
  8. So there I was, dressed in Sandals, socks and underpants - as you do (I draw the line at the knotted handkerchief) - sitting in my sun chair outside the polytunnel on a warm Sunday afternoon when suddenly there was a rather zippy tearing sound as the chair base gave way and I was unceremoniously dumped on the ground between the frames of the chair - ouch! In order to extract myself It was necessary to grab hold of the fabric chair arms to heave myself back up through the framework but alas......another large ziiiiiip and the arms also tore away from the frame. This left me, knees up to my chin unable to do much about it. The solution was to lean to the side and tumble the chair frame over to one side and slip out like a well greased chip from a sandwich. Now to order some deck chair fabric to fix those old deck chairs that have been in the shed, patiently waiting for repair for a few years.
  9. Indeed it is, Stuart but sadly the photo I'm looking for was taken from across the other side of Mansfield Raod looking straight at Wings bike shop. So it was in the opposite direction from teis angle. I think it ws originally on Picture the Past but doesn't seem to be there now. my school fried lived in the house, fourth door down. I lived on the terrace to the left out of view.
  10. Not that one Cliff. It was a frontal view of the mootorbike shop, taken from across Mansfiled road.
  11. Looking for a picture of Wings motorbike shop at the bottom of Morris Street/Mansfield road, Daybrook. Can anyone help, please? There were some images on here from Picture the Past but I can't getthem to display.
  12. Can you repost this image, please, Cliff Ton?
  13. Julie is looking forward to fish in parsley sauce for tea. I took my eyes off the cat for five minutes.....Wonder how she will like the beans on toast?
  14. Hope your second opinion is more positive, Brew. Good luck.
  15. So, had the hare stew in a thick red wine sauce last night and there's still some left for my dinner today. Luckily, I am on my own here when it comes to eating road kill! 'Er indoors simply won't touch it, so there's more for me. The loin I had as a pan fried starter.
  16. I love the sound of Feral Mixed Grill! Yummy.
  17. Cycling along in the dark this morning nwondering what to cook for the evening meal when a van overtook me and WHAM! Hit and killed a big hare! Menu sorted!!
  18. [Seen elsewhere, author not credited] The outside toilet. In deep midwinter freezing cold, Walked down the path, feeling bold, Needed to go, just couildn't wait, But the wind and rain would not abate. Those powdered walls that made you white, If you should touch them out of fright, When a big black spider came to greet, As you sat upon the cold, hard seat. The sunday paper cut in squares, Waitng to cut your derriere, Hung from a nail on the wall, Something to read whilst in the stall. Alas, the spider's getting near, Making your time there fill with fear, Suspense is interrupting the flow, Should you stay or should you go? Try as you might, it will not come, So grab a square and wipe your bum. With one fast move you're out of there, Brushing cobwebs from your hair. That was terror when I was a lad, So when they put loos inside, I was glad! Just be thankful as you pull that chain, You need not go outside again.
  19. Oztalgian: All footpaths are marked in Kms here in Scotland, whereas roads still use Miles but I don't know why footpaths are Kms - unless the EU paid for some of the signage costs?
  20. If an Admin see this, could you please amend "Nonn" in the title to read "Non". I don't know how.
  21. Black Magic as was: Black Magic today:
  22. Now that the Tories are back in control I have to rethink my Christmas plans: I reckon it's time to join a "Chirstmas Chocolate Club" if I'm to have any hope of a feast next December!
  23. Starter for ten: A 1950s children's Christmas chocolate smoker's gift set - DEEP JOY!
  24. PP: There's a myth that the duke, bloody Englishman, gave orders to clear out the crofters from the estate and replace them with sheep. The truth is that it was his Scottish wife that ran the Sutherland estate and her henchman, Scotsman Patrick Sellar, was the bastard that burned peoples homes to make sure they couldn't return. You may have seen the 100ft high statue of the duke on top of Ben Bhraggie in Golspie. For many years there has been a campaign by nutters to have it demolished. He looks out over his house and the sea. The detractors claim that he is "Turning his back on the estate and its inhabitants".
  25. Theya re all low resolution Barrie. Anyrode miduck, you could copy and paste or right click and "save as" or "copy image address".