9 Little Things: Childhood

11.3.13

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  1. When lived in a flat, Mum was bringing the shopping indoors when I managed to lock myself in, Shirley Hughes' Alfie-style.  I was too small to reach the buzzer, so Mum had to talk me through it via the intercom.
  2. We used to go on family holidays to Center Parcs, and one year I went to Clown College there.
  3. We also went to Crinkley Bottom once.  We visited Noel's House Party and saw Mr Blobby, Mrs Blobby and Baby Blobby.
  4. One of my hobbies was dragging a selection of my teddies up and down the road in a cardboard box.
  5. I had the world's biggest (and most awful) fringe.
  6. One of my fondest memories is getting up early and going on our bikes with my older sister to the shop for newspapers for Mum and Dad.  Looking back, I must have been about 4 and she would have been 8.  It was a different world back then!
  7.  Speaking of bikes, it took a long time for me to learn how to use the brakes.  I would jump off while it was still moving and run alongside with Mum yelling "DON'T JUMP OFF!" behind me.  I then progressed onto just riding into a specific bush in our garden in order to stop.
  8. Another bike-related tale; I fell off and broke my jaw aged 7 when my sister told me to race a car down the hill.
  9. My childhood nicknames were "Spud" or "Dim".

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  1. Ahhhh Alfie books. They are one of my favourite childhood books! :)

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    1. They're just lovely....I bought my friend's daughter the box set and as soon as I opened them up and saw the illustrations childhood memories came flooding back! x

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  2. Love this post - always one of my fav types of posts to read :) I always wanted to go to Crinkley Bottom. I was obsessed with Noel's House Party and Mr Blobby!

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    1. I miss Noel's House Party....they should bring it back! I had the board game complete with the windy money phone box thing x

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  3. This is such a good idea for a post - Going to try and recreate it on my blog sometime soon!
    Thanks for the idea!
    Abigail xx

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    1. Would love to see it if you do! x

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  4. Speaking of Mr Blobby, his song was the first cassette single I ever bought. I'd like to think that's where my excellent taste in music blossomed from...
    I think as small children we'd have got on brilliantly... I could have gone to clown college with you. Sadly, our family used to go to Pontins (my Dad was way too stingy for center parcs!) so that dream of clowning around with your mini self was never to be realised.
    Kaz x

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    1. Lol I've never been to Pontins! I think I would have loved it there! I'd love to go back to Center Parcs, but the thought of having to ride everywhere on a bike now I'm old and lazy just doesn't float my boat! x

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  5. you've been to crinkly bottom?! jealous. Every Saturday I watched, hoping to be caught by the secret cameras watching at home, even though my mum had no idea the program even existed, so it was highly unlikely she'd set me up...
    and from now on you will be known to me as spud.

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    1. Lol I'll answer to it! Noel's House Party was TV gold, and I think it's easily the most underrated Saturday night show! x

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  6. I've been to crinkly bottom too. I saw Mr Blobby in the shower!x

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    1. Eeeeeeeeek that wouldn't be allowed these days! I seem to remember us all being penned in around a courtyard and then Blobby came out! x

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    1. Yeahhhh, years of dental work were the result of that! x

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  8. What a great post, I love reading these!


    Photo-Jenn-ic

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  9. Waaa amazing post my dear! I'm really enjoying all your bike related tales, not really the jaw one, but makes a good story doesn't it. I got an infected cut from falling off my bike into a bush once, sick. CLOWN COLLEGE IS AMAZING. YOU HAVE MY ETERNAL RESPECT.

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    1. Haha of all the scrapes I had as a child, I'm not sure any of them got infected...you're hardcore! And yes, if you ever need anyone to spin (and most likely, smash) plates, then I'm your girl! x

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  10. HA this is amazing! Once, I cycled into a rockery in our garden. I remember going head over handlebars... and not a lot else. I ALSO WENT TO CLOWN COLLEGE AT CENTRE PARCS! And did a circus skills summer school at my school one year. Seriously, coolest kid ever. x

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    1. Oh wow, you were dedicted to the clowning cause! I seem to remember that me and my cousin got really into it and drafted our own clown comedy sketch....our opening music was Boom Shake The Room! x

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  11. Love this post! I had a huge front fringe too - it got me the nickname 'curtains' at school :'(

    C x
    Lux Life Blog

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    1. Haha oh wow, curtains is not a good look! x

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  12. What an awesome idea for a post, do you mind if I steal it?!

    Loved all your bike related stories, I don't have anything interesting. I agree with you that it was a different world back then, my daughter is only one but I know already she won't have the kind of carefree outdoor life I had. It's sad really!

    Amy x cocktailsinteacups.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. That makes me sad too...kids these days won't have the same kind of outdoor life we did :( x

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    1. Yes there was! Although perhaps just a gimmick for the Crinkly Bottom house...x

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  14. I laughed at number eight, lol sorry.
    What cute memories!
    This is a great post

    http://kewteepye.blogspot.co.uk
    Xxx

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