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  1. It certainly makes you feel good nonna. I was shopping the other day and a man got chatting to me about the high price of something or other and telling me he was a pensioner. I said “so am I” and he appeared to be very surprised and said he didn't believe me. But I WAS wearing a mask . I might continue wearing a mask for longer than necessary while I save up for a facelift.
  2. Have faith Catfan, you always choose a good week weatherwise ...... Skegness is so bracing!
  3. I’ve never stayed overnight in Skeggy but been on ‘day trips’, the most recent was about 5 years ago when we took the dog for a walk on the beach. Paid for 2 hours parking and only stayed for about 90 minutes! Bank Holiday Mondays were always good fun in the 60s, waiting for the Mods and Rockers to kick off but watching from a distance. You’d always bump into someone you knew. Certainly when I was very young we’d go to Mablethorpe for a week in a boarding house. We used to go to Scarborough or sometimes Ilfracombe when I was a bit older, I’ve not been to either for probably 45 years, s
  4. Skegness will soon be the ‘go-to’ resort on the UK coast now that The Mellors Group have bought Skegness Pier as well as owning Fantasy Island up the road in Ingoldmells. Can’t wait to spend a couple of weeks there.
  5. Nor Seaton Carew. We stayed with family in Sedgefield for a few days many years ago. Thought we’d take the kids to the seaside and asked for a recommendation from our host ....... he thought it very funny when we arrived back and told him what we thought of the place.
  6. Oh yes, sore shoulders and neck. I wasn’t really cut out for it but it was good fun.
  7. Make sure it fits in your car BK, just ask if you want more advice
  8. We did a bit of clay pigeon shooting when we were country folk! Our kid’s got the gun cabinet now but no idea if he’s still got the guns in it, probably sold them, knowing him.
  9. We did that 40 years ago ....... a day trip to Israel! We were on holiday in Cyprus and a tour operator within the hotel was trying to tempt people to take the trip. However she didn’t recommend the trip with our two young sons, aged 4 and 2. But we did it, deciding that it would be the only time we’d consider going to Israel. It involved an overnight ferry from Limassol to Haifa, onto a ‘luxury coach’, lightning tour around all the places we’d heard of in school RE lessons, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Wailing Wall, Mount of Olives, and the usual tourist trap of a visit to a diamond factory. Th
  10. Exactly RR, that’s where a lot of items from my parent’s house ended up, a box of stuff going for 3 or 4 pounds. So sad but when you empty a house it’s difficult to find space in your own property. I even took boxes of stuff from here that we’d brought to Nottingham several years earlier from our much larger previous home. Things that were still in removal company boxes and left in the garage and sheds.
  11. Well I’m in a minor panic-mode right now. Having mostly spent the past 14 months at home messing about finding things to do, as we now enter the beginning of the end of lockdown I don’t feel I’ve achieved enough. That’s been a big chunk out of the rest of my life, we’ve made a good go at sorting out the office (but we’re still running a business so paperwork continues to pile up), I’ve tidied up the library, sorted kitchen cupboards and wardrobes but I’ve still got big plastic boxes full of photos, piles of magazines that MAY feature an interesting item and loads of sentimental items that I
  12. Den you can now take on the vacant role of Nottstalgia Social Secretary, Brew has done his best since we lost dear Chulla but he’s still trying to earn a crust. Or ...... you could come and water our plants, feed the fish and birds every day while we’re away enjoying retirement ......
  13. We’ve always enjoyed flying off on vacation and in fact we should have been flying to Seattle today, booked last November when we assumed all this would have been over weeks/months ago. So that’s the third overseas trip we’ve had cancelled in the past 14 months. I’ve got used to being stuck at home to be honest, haven’t got any enthusiasm to consider any trips in the near future. We’ve got a trip out today though, up to a funeral at Wilford Hill, not a Covid death I hasten to point out.
  14. What is the date given for that map Stuart? Mick was absolutely correct about Rolleston Drive only going part way along there but my friend who lived on Brook Avenue in the early 50s didn’t think the same. the thing is, that plan shows roads/houses that were built in the early 1960s, after Winthorpe Road where I lived. I’m talking Valletta, Shirley Road, Farm Road. In fact after the few houses on Rolleston Drive that were part of the same estate, Winthorpe was the first road to be built, then all the roads off it and then the rest of the estate towards Coppice. We kids used to play arou
  15. Mick, with help from an ex-Arnold friend who has a better memory than me and who spent her early life in the pre-fabs, I’ve got the geography sorted out. Kiddier Avenue ran from Rolleston to Coppice. There was also Kiddier Walk. Most of the pre-fabs were on Brook Avenue, my friend lived at No. 15. Another old Kingswell friend lived at 3 Kiddier Walk. Her surname was Staples. The fields between there and Allen Solly were called Wollater Fields. We all remember the big concrete pipe that had the brook running through it. Diameter so big that we could walk on the walls through it, without g
  16. Mick, yes she suggested that you were you! I was going to PM you later on with other names mentioned ..... I don’t think it’s fair to give names on an open forum of people who are likely to still be alive, in case they ‘google’ themselves. My friend is the twin, her brother sadly passed away a couple of years ago, he went on to Bramcote Tech. Grammar, she went to Church Drive Girls. Will be back later!
  17. Been in touch with my Nursery Rd Hurst friend and it’s a different family, there were two apparently! My friend’s brother went to Robert Mellors but a similar age to the other one. As I went to Carlton Le Willows I couldn’t understand why I had never seen my friend’s big brother on the school bus. The top (Rollo) end of Brookfield road, from Allen Solly factory up to the Major Oak was, and always will be, called ‘the New Road’ by the locals! It was of course built across the fields we played on many years ago. My brother and his little friend set light to that field one afternoon .....
  18. Thank goodness for that, my vote counted on this one. Pity we didn’t have council elections in the City too. I don’t know why we need a Police & Crime Commissioner either, why can’t the Chief Superintendent do that work?
  19. When we moved to Winthorpe Road in March 1958 the road was unpaved, the weather was awful and the removal van couldn’t get up the road to our new house. Even Rolleston Drive was a relatively unmade road, I remember the white road stone being laid before the asphalt. Kiddier Avenue was the little prefab estate at the end Rolleston Drive, corner of Coppice Road. A schoolfriend lived there and then they moved to Killisick (what an awful name eh) I used to run through Kiddier Ave every day to catch the bus to school. The stream down Brookfield Road, which would be the same as the one you menti
  20. Yes Mick, we always knew it as Jonah’s and also did a bit of scrumping while down there. I had a friend whose Dad had an allotment down there and also remember going on a ‘nature walk’ from Kingswell in the area. I remember there being a very simple bridge made of a railway sleeper or similar across the stream. I don’t think that trains were using that line when I started going down there, if they were then I never saw one, but we did dare each other to go into the tunnel.
  21. I used to play down by that stream at the end of Greendale Road. I lived on Winthorpe Road which was initially classed as a part of Hill Farm Estate, which it was built in 1958/59, before Arnold High School was opened. In those days even Gedling Road was just a lane with fields either side.
  22. As we’re on a corner we’d need about 20 kg of chilli powder but thanks for the idea!
  23. I’m with Nonna on this subject. Our little Jack hated cats and would sit looking out of the window waiting for a neighbourhood cat to come into the garden. He would bark and jump up us until we opened the door to let him into the garden to chase them off, he never caught up with the cats though, they could hear him getting excited before the door was open. Anyway, now Jack is no longer, our garden is a magnet for all the local felines, marauding through the borders or patiently waiting by the bird feeders. A new neighbour has moved in recently too, with a cat. I don’t hate cats but I