Saturday, May 06, 2017

When I was younger:

I wasn't tagged by any other blogger to do this, I saw it on Teen, Tween, Toddler and Northumberland mams pages, and decided I liked it! Seeing as I'm having a major funk, in thinking of what to write about, I thought I'd give it a go.

It's basically a post about 'When I was younger' (the title gives that away, duh), a question and answer post. If you've read my blog before, you'll know I love a good meme.

Do you (or your parents) have any memorabilia, from when you were younger? e.g. a lock of hair, a baby book etc
I vaguely remember my mam having a lock of my hair, in an envelope, with a ribbon tied around it. I'm not a particularly sentimental person, so I've never actually asked if she has anything else! She does have quite a few pictures, but not everyone had cameras, back then.

Do you know if you were named after anyone?
Not that I've ever been told. I know my father picked my name, but that's about it.

Do you know of any other names your parents might have named you?
I think my mam wanted a Welsh name, I want to say Bethen, but I could be wrong! She's told me numerous times, but I can't remember right now, typical me.

What is your earliest memory?
This is actually quite vague, but I remember living in a house that had a tunnel between us and the neighbours house. It was terraced house, with an archway between us. Now this must be a very early memory, as we moved from that house when I was a very young toddler. Why it stays with me, I don't know, because I have a dreadful memory and cannot remember most of my childhood.

Did your parents and/or siblings read, sing or tell stories to you? Do you remember any of them?
I was the youngest child of 3, I have 2 big brothers. Quite frankly, if they had read to me, it probably would have been with the intent to scare the crap out of me! So if they did, it would be blocked from my memories. I get on with my brothers, when I see them, but I don't remember us being particularly close.

When you were young, do you remember what you wanted to grow up to be?
I genuinely don't! I wonder if I wanted to be an actress, or singer, as me and my friends were always putting on little shows, or playing character games. I do remember, when I was around 15, my big ambition was to be a page 3 girl! hahaha.

Did you have a favourite teacher at school?
Oh goodness no! I hated school from the day I started to the day I finished! It is genuinely the most miserable time of my life. Even now, when people say they would love to be that age again, I shudder. You could not pay me to go back, so I definitely don't have fond memories of any teachers.

How did you get to school?
I walked, kicking and screaming the whole way! My mam used to resort to bribery, take me to her friends house to calm down and get me through the door. When I went to the local comprehensive, we moved to the same street as the main entrance. It was her vain hope that I would get there on time...........I didn't.

What games did playtime involve?
I remember a lot of Fame dancing (look it up, it's the High School Musical, of the 80's). Other than that, I can't remember.

Did you have a cubby house?
No, but my friend down the road has disused garages behind her garden, so we used to play a lot in those. We all had each others gardens, mostly, or the street as it was so quiet. I did convert our shed, when I was a little older. Painted the walls and lit a candle in there, it was pretty grim though!

What do you remember from an early family holiday?
I remember going down south (can't remember where, exactly) and we went on a boat trip to the Isle of Wight. I had a right strop, because it was the day of Princess Di's wedding. There's actually a picture of a 9 year old me with a right face on, during the boat trip.

What is a memory from one of you early Birthdays, or Christmas?
I was lucky enough to be a summer child, so my parties would be in the garden. I remember my mother being great at party games, the one that stands out involved relays, where we had to put a random item of clothing on at the end of each turn. She has a picture of me, and my friends, dressed up in all sorts when the game was finished.

What childhood injuries do you remember?
I don't think I had any major injuries as a child. I do remember slipping on freshly laid concrete and scraping my nose, the scratches lasted forever! I also seriously injured our neighbours grandson, giving him a concussion, with a plastic gun. I don't remember it, but get reminded of it regularly (especially as we're still friends!) ha ha.

What was your first pet?
I remember having a yappy little Jack Russel, named Beauty (or Lucy, I can't remember which came first). I don't remember having her for long, I think she had an operation that didn't go well.

Did your grandparents tell you stories of "when they were young......"
Other than..."I wouldn't talk to my parents that way" or "I wouldn't dress like that" ha ha. I think my nan (who is still around, 95 and going strong) tells my middle boy some stories, when she sees him.

What was entertainment, when you were young?
Playing on the street, because there were very few cars, and hopscotch (which I was rubbish at). My favourite thing was going down the street, sat on my brothers skateboard! Would ruin my skirts and the bottom of my shoes, but I loved it. As I got a little older, it was music.........still is.

Can you remember what it was like when your house got a new-fangled invention? (T.V., microwave etc)
I remember my mam getting a washing machine, after using a twin tub. Looking back now, that must of made her life so much easier, as both of my brothers were sports lovers. I also remember our first microwave, I was a teen by then. She'll kill me for sharing this story, but she followed the manuals instructions for a microwave cake........It came out smaller than it went in! It was like a biscuit. That memory genuinely still makes me smile ha ha.

Did your family have a T.V. was it colour or B&W, how many channels?
We had a colour T.V. with 3 channels, originally. Yes I'm old enough to remember Channel 4 (or S4C, as it was for us) starting. It seems funny now, that was all we had and we were OK with it, I couldn't cope now, I love my telly! Our television was a huge box, old wood around the outside, took up half the room!

Was your family involved in any natural disasters, happening when you were a youngster?
I remember one year being snowed in, we had blizzards and really high snows. Great for me, as a child, not so much for everyone else. My eldest brother was born just days after the Aberfan tragedy, that was one of the saddest things to ever happen, in the valleys.

Is there any particular music that, when you hear it, sparks memories?
Not really, I mean I remember Fame dancing (as mentioned earlier) but that had a lot of songs. Hearing some of the first Adam and the Ants, or Toyah, songs makes me smile though.

What is something an older family member taught you to do?
I spent a lot of time watching my mam knit, sew or crochet, all of which I learned from her. Unfortunately I never became particularly good at any of them, because she could (and still can) do it all for me!

What are brands that you remember, from when you were young?
I remember Woolworth's and Tesco, in town. One of my favourite shops was Liptons, it was in the centre of our town and the lady on the deli counter would always give me fresh spam, to walk around the shop with. I also loved the ice cream, from a counter, in Carrefour. My nan worked there, so if I went with my Gramp to pick her up, I'd get a mint choc chip ice cream, quite a luxury at the time.

Did you used to collect anything?
I don't think I did, couldn't have been sentimental then, either! Both my brothers collected random stuff, one of them collecting beer mats!

Share your favourite childhood memory:
I already have: my birthday party. I can't really think of any others!

Well, that was a longer post than usual! What are your favourite childhood memories? Let me know on my social media channels.


  1. Ahh! What a fab read.
    Thank you for the mention x

  2. Thanks for the mention. I love reading these posts! X


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