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I cam remember Lux soap flakes, my mum always used Persil. Sometimes it wouldn’t dissolve and would go into lumps. Can remember my gran had a wash house outside the kitchen door. Monday was washing day, she used to have a copper whic I am sure she used to lite. Her mangle was in there as well, got my fingers caught in that a few times. Can remember the small of soap. She never took to new fangled  washing machines even though my dad bought her one. She said they clothes weren’t cleaned properly.

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We had a copper boiler in the kitchen. Gas fired. My mum loved it and said she boiled all the terry nappies in it and they came out sparkling white. My mum had no time for washing machines. Dolly tub and mangle when I was a child. Robin starch and wooden ironing board with asbestos pad for the iron. Wooden clothes horse in front of the fire. Washing took all day.

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Can’t remember what soap she used could it have been sunlight but can remember the smell I loved it. She had a big stick and used to stir the copper and push the clothes down as well whilst standing on a stool. So glad for my washing machine.

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My mum had a 'dolly peg' which was a broom handle with a circular wooden thing on the bottom, which had 3 thick pegs coming out of it to stir the washing in the dolly tub with.

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Here is one for all people of tender years  When did you last see a copy of old Moores almanac  Oh Dear meeowed

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On 10/17/2018 at 8:35 PM, LizzieM said:

Spotted in an hotel lobby in Spain last week.  Not seen one of these machines for a few years over here but remember years ago they were positioned outside newsagents/tobacconists shops.   Now all the cigarettes are hidden away in cupboards behind shop counters.   

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You need a bank loan to buy a packet of fags these days

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1 hour ago, MargieH said:

My mum had a 'dolly peg' which was a broom handle with a circular wooden thing on the bottom, which had 3 thick pegs coming out of it to stir the washing in the dolly tub with.

Ours was a ponch...a stick with a copper fitment on the bottom. Looked not unlike those copper light shades that are all the rage in kitchens. There was a maker's name embossed on it but I can't remember what it was.

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You could probably use it as a toilet plunger should the need arise.  :dry:

 

Me mam had a ponch, but it was a stick with what looked like a three legged stool on the end.  You had to attack the clothes in a 'Dolly Tub' with it.

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1 hour ago, Jill Sparrow said:

Ours was a ponch...a stick with a copper fitment on the bottom. Looked not unlike those copper light shades that are all the rage in kitchens. There was a maker's name embossed on it but I can't remember what it was.

 

I think we still have a poncher somewhere the same as you describe, Jill.  The handle was green.

1 hour ago, loppylugs said:

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Me mam had a ponch, but it was a stick with what looked like a three legged stool on the end.  You had to attack the clothes in a 'Dolly Tub' with it.

 

Loppy, what you describe was what my  mum called a dolly peg.

 

Our grey, ridged dolly tub was big - a little metal poncher wouldn't have been long enough to reach right down (especially as my little mum was only 4'  10")

 

 

 

 

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I think you must have lived with us Jill.... Except mam did eventually have a machine with a mangle and then progressed to a twin tub. It always went full on till it reached boiling point and needed big wooden tongs to extract the clothes. The machines were always Hoovers, the ones with impellers that guaranteed to tie washing into a knot way too big to go through the mangle. Much blowing of fingers and ooing and arring ensued untangling it.

At one point there was a stand alone spin dryer with a spout for the outlet you placed a bowl under then empty into the sink. Clever clogs here had the idea of standing it on the drainer so the water exited stage left straight into the plughole. Guess who had to hold it down so it didn't go walkies, yup, the same youth who got the job of loading boiling hot clothes into it because mam couldn't reach. I shudda kept me gob shut.

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Yes, Brew, we had the twin tub and the Baby Burco spinner!  None of it was as good as the copper and mangle according to mum. They didn't get things clean enough!

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In a moment of madness i bought these items the single machine i already have the others are on the way, now the question is what the heck do i do with them.  Anyone remember these at home.

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Mrs. L remarked recently how she is always burning herseff on our oven door which opens downwards.  I had never thought about it before but all the British cooker doors I ever saw opened sideways.  Makes sense  when you think about it.

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Keeping a small bottle of lavender essential oil in the kitchen is a must. Takes the pain out of burns immediately and prevents scarring.

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I always burn my thumb when getting stuff out the oven. Tend to lift up and out not out and up. Always in the same place, have a small scar there now. Must be an age thing!

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I always seem to burn inside of wrists when removing dishes from oven, can't be an age thing for me been doing it for years.

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Ever noticed ... when you put a jug in the microwave, it always pings when the handle’s at the back.

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We watch the British Baking Show and the ovens on there open downwards then the door slides into a slot out of the way. Wouldn't mind one of those.

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2 hours ago, katyjay said:

We watch the British Baking Show and the ovens on there open downwards then the door slides into a slot out of the way. Wouldn't mind one of those.

Oven doors that slide out of the way are becoming readily available now over here Katyjay.  I know Neff make them.

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1 hour ago, loppylugs said:

I never knowingly eat anything out of a microwave.

 

 

Why?

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I bought one years ago and used it a lot after my first wife died.  I made a lot of stew type meals in a crockpot.  Later I could heat them in the microwave and have a quick meal on other days.

I always noticed that the food never tasted quite as good as it did fresh out of the crockpot, but never gave it much thought.

 

One day I read an article  that suggested that microwave radiation could alter the molecular structure of the food,  affecting taste, nutrition, and maybe even have other health effects.  I can't post a link because it was years ago, but I'm sure Mr. Google could probably pull something up if you search it.

 

Sooooo!  I quit using it.  There are lots of ways to heat food fairly quickly  anyway.

 

I may be way off base on this but I've never missed mwaved food.  We still have one and Mrs. L uses it but I don't.

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