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Post by kenneth on Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:15 am

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Post by Guest on Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:27 am

Where please, Kenneth?

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Post by kenneth on Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:40 am

CLICK ON THE LINK MARA---HERE IT IS AGAIN

The Link >> When I was young - Kenneth Beattie - six sections <<
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Post by Tan on Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:04 pm

Thank you so much our Kenneth, I am looking forward to reading all you have written, the start I have just read now and so very interesting too, such interesting detail, so many fond memories for you.

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Post by Guest on Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:07 pm

Was the coal needed to heat your house
expensive, Kenneth? I'm still smiling about your mother's great
ingenuity of having you and your sister spoon up coal dust, mix it
with soap and let dry before burning - I'd never in a million years
have thought of doing something like that! Wonderful!


With only having two rows of housing
when you were a kid, bet you knew all your neighbours and they and
you and having someone always there to help another must alone have
made it such a nice life in many ways compared to now.


What a lovely thing to have your mom
bake a treat for Mrs Smith - bet he looked forward to that every
Sunday, that's for sure!


Working for your parents must have been
difficult during the war especially but knowing that you were safe
and sound at your Granny's must have been a huge relief for them.
And seeing your cousins every day while the 5 of your shared a meal -
no wonder you looked forward to the rabbit pie!


Wondering if your Granny used good old
fashioned lard for her pie crusts? Lard is impossible to buy here
now because it's apparently "so unhealthy" but gosh, I
remember my grandmother's baked pies that were incredible too.


How scary to have the bombs, etc going
off and to have your sweet bunnies die from the shock wave of one, so
sad.... and also touching to know you and your sister would add wild
flowers to their grave.


Spam sandwiches ... I've actually never
eaten Spam but my Glen hates the stuff (he had it often as a kid, I
guess) ... but bet your mom made darn good things from those packets
of dried eggs, Kenneth.

And having your own fresh vegetables
must have made the Sunday joint even better, I'm sure!


Really enjoyed reading about your
family and the history of music within it - and am still grinning
about how you manage to end your piano lessons and how you progressed
on you own. Having that photo of the three of you playing is great
and I bet it's extra-special to you.


But reading about your poor Uncle Billy
- what a horrible way to die and so young - very sad indeed.

Just finished Section 5 and must dash for now - but what an interesting read, our Kenneth - very well done!!!

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Post by Tan on Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:37 am

I really enjoyed reading all your memories our Kenneth, Very Happy such interesting detail.

As you mentioned how our minds switch off to local noises, takes a while, but eventually we accustom ourselves with the comings and goings, yet as you say thinking back it is a wonder we can do that.

Such a terrible shame yours and Audrey's pet rabbits died, so kind and thoughtful of your dad to bury them, and a place there for you both to go to remember them.

A lovely musical family for sure you had, wonderful memories for you, and so young you were at 14 to create the trio band, such enjoyment for you all, so enjoyed by all that came along.

Yes local communities then did help and look out for each other, sadly many area's now hardly anyone even knows who lives further down the road really.
I too recall my Mum and Dads friends being introduced to me as Auntie and Uncle, such that it took me several years to realise who really was my blood Auntie and Uncle.
That was a terrible accident regarding the cradle, so terribly sad for sure.

You so resemble your dad, and a very musically talented man he was for sure.
I filled up reading when you said to your dad you wanted to pack in, due to your only way to stop your dad as he was suffering so much, bless you Kenneth.
I can well understand how your dad felt when he finally sold his Accordian, but eventually he would look back on all the lovely times he had, and drift back to those times with great thought and pleasure too.

Bless your mum and dad taking you out for the promised day out even though the weather was so bad, seeing both your faces showing hope that you still could go, would have sure swayed them in going, no matter what, and lovely memories for you.

The wandering off that your Audrey did that day sure caused a lot of worry, I remember wandering off, and then panic set in, it was wonderful though when eventually I saw my dad walking towards me with his outstretched arms, and the same look of relieve that I too would have had on my face when he found me.

Christmas time was as you say so special, I too recall making the paper chains and feeling so proud when my dad put them up on the ceiling, and a group of balloons in each corner.
The school Christmas parties were lovely for sure, and remembering to take the plate, cup, and spoon to school, so exciting for sure, and seeing the Jelly, sandwiches, cakes and varied coloured pop, how lovely and for you too for your memories.

Back breaking work for sure the potato picking, well I can feel for you both there backs aching, but how lovely when you got given the cocoa and sandwiches, a lovely warming and tasty treat for sure.
I well remember blackberry picking, purple fingers and lips, oh those blackberries were so tasty, as you remember too, and more so when enough survived my munching for Mum or my Grandma making a pie and with apples that had been scrumped from the orchard lower down the lane.

Smiling away picturing you in mind on your tricycle with the bogie filled on the back, lovely times there for you at the farm, and such fun when the farmer there milking the cows squirted some milk at the cats faces for them to lick the milk off.

Wonderful for the electric to have been connected there, sure much more brighter than the gas lamps then would have been.

Such a shame the time your dad had no choice but to go to the means testing panel, but so proud to walk away, hard times for sure, but goes to show no matter what happens in life, all can be overcome one way or another.

Such a terrible accident for your Mam, she must have gone through sheer agony until she got well, but so lovely she got a lot of help when she so needed it the most.
I so liked the poem your Mam recited to you both, Lucy Grey, and the song too she sang at Christmas time, that was lovely wasn't it.

Terrible accident too for your Audrey, dreadful to happen, but such presence of mind to turn like she did on her bike, as bad as though she suffered it certainly could have ended up much worse had she not done that turn.

Such a beautiful child photo of Audrey, and how lovely too when she was older to start singing, amazing everyone with her beautiful voice. Such a lovely photo of her when she was older, such a beautiful smile.
So cute too the photo of you both as children sitting on the trike, bless you both.

You were swamped with girlfriends, wow, Very Happy such lovely memories for you, and so sure they would have well remembered the lovely Gentle Man that was a great part of their younger life, and treated them all so very well, with courtesy too.

God Bless you our Kenneth, and thank you for sharing your memories with us all. hug

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Post by kenneth on Sun May 05, 2013 5:03 am

Dear Tan and Mara and one and all-----I am so glad you have enjoyed reading
my memories of years gone by------It seemed when i started to write it, that there
seemed no end to what i wrote in my scrap books--and how each line or somtimes
one word,,, brought back all the memories connected to it-------regards as always kenneth
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------My Mam & Dad
one year before i was born-------------------------------------------me playing the mighty Hammond for dancing

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Post by Tan on Sun May 05, 2013 5:24 am

Bless your Mam & Dad our Kenneth, such a lovely smiling couple. hug
And wonderful seeing you there entertaining all who came along to dance with you playing your mighty Hammond Organ. :jazz:

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Post by June on Sun May 05, 2013 7:00 am

I very much enjoyed reading your memories of when young Kenneth and a lot of those times were the same as mine.

Such community spirit was enjoyed then too.

We had rabbit pie too but I wouldn't eat it Very Happy

Thank you for posting these links Kenneth.
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Post by kenneth on Sun May 05, 2013 7:06 am

Yes Sylvia some happy ---and some sad days
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