Wednesday, 13 July 2016

A favourite post from long ago in a different world! (and other stuff)

 Actually not that long ago but definitely a different lifestyle

 I was fiddling about on the Stats page recently, and discovered this  post has been looked at nearly 2000 times. I wondered what it was, and found again just how busy we were in the summer on the smallholding and campsite.
Missing it ...................................... just a bit, but mainly the raspberries!

[You can see it here]

We've not heard much about the new owners of the smallholding and campsite, no one locally (our old neighbours) has seen anything of them. We know they've moved the roadside stall to the campsite gateway and don't seem to be selling very much. But we heard today that they have put the campsite prices up so much that some of our regulars can't afford to go there anymore, what a shame.

In Aldi the other day I noticed they will have school uniforms in tomorrow. Poor children haven't even finished term for the summer holidays and the shops are wanting them, or their mums to plan for September. Flicking through the leaflet  I discovered a new word - skort - a skirt with hidden shorts. They would have been better for  P.E than we what we had to wear at Stowmarket Grammar School back in the 60's............Thick maroon knickers!!

Thank you for all the comments about doughnuts on the last post, I doubt the walk back pushing my bike up hill made up for the calories in the doughnuts, good job they are not a regular thing on my shopping list!

Whoops, I've forgotten to welcome Rosemary to the followers pictures, she has a blog called Where Five Valleys Meet, including some lovely photos, and I'm not sure if I've said hello to Jomum and Anne who are also new to following- I think.


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Sue

28 comments:

  1. Ah yes - no nostalgia for the P E Knickers - in my case navy blue! (with a pocket for a handky).

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  2. We had hideous thick navy wool shorts (more of a divided skirt) at Dereham High School in the 60s. Being tiny, I looked like one of the younger girls in the old St Trinity's films, as the fabric flapped round my knees.!

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  3. We had green knickers with a little pocket for a hankerchief - say what!

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  4. We had navy blue! I hated PE, probably because I had to wear them
    Julie xxxxx

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  5. What a shame the new owners are pricing out the regulars to the campsite.
    The Aldi advert was on tv last night and I said to my daughter...good grief they haven't even broken up for the holidays yet.
    Horrible thick navy blue knickers for us girls at The Forest Of Needwood school for gym but a navy wrap round skirt for outdoor stuff like tennis and netball. I don't miss it one little bit...lol-x-

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  6. We wore royal blue bloomers with a green stripe down the side which were deeply embarassing even as a 12 year old. Re: school uniforms-the children here in our patch have only 4 weeks till they go back having finished on 24th June. The Scottish branches of the chain stores and supermarkets have had the uniform in from early June up here! I was one of those terrible (teacher) mums whi was always taken aback when Isuddenlyrealised therewas only a week of the holidays left and my child was potentially going back to school in a too small uniform-happy days.

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  7. Our gym knickers at Wirral Grammar for girls were thick navy blue cotton, but we didn't have the luxury of a hankie pocket!
    We had a navy wrap skirt for outdoor sports, but I was tall, so it barely covered anything.
    What a shame the new people have put the prices up, they may find they've shot themselves in the foot!

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  8. We wore navy knickers for gym but maroon ones for hockey at our school. We also wore white baggy shorts for some things but it was a job to keep them white. I hated them!

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  9. Navy shorts for us thank goodness. Thank goodness for places like Asda Aldi etc my daughter can at least supplement some of the horrendously expensive schools own make uniform with cheaper alternatives. With everyone getting paid monthly these days they have to advertise early, there's only 2 pay days till they're back to school.

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  10. I remember wearing a navy pleated gym skirt which I loved, but with navy nickers under neath.

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  11. Brown divided skirts with a strip of bias binding in house colours (red in my case) stitched down each side!
    We also had to have hockey socks in house colours. I was already quite a knitter at age 11, so volunteered to knit mine to save my mum a bit of money. a decision I lived to regret! Oh, how I sweated over those blooming things! And, the only wool we could afford was the wrong shade of red, so I was always embarrassed by them!

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  12. We didn't have school uniforms here, but I do remember hideous green polyester one piece gym clothes. It was all one, with a long front zipper, sleeveless and unforgiving for any girl who wasn't the standard size or shape. None of that now, thank goodness. -Jenn

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  13. Asda I noticed today have already got school uniforms in their shops.
    For the first year at senior school for gym and PE we wore navy blue knickers and had to wear a pair of white knickers underneath, but that was only until we had made our own royal blue short PE skirts in needlework and round-neck cotton tops in house colours, mine was a lovely shade of pink.

    Joan (Wales)

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  14. The skorts sound like a great idea! We had thick navy knickers to wear under our skirts for "games" as it was called at my school. I have a feeling you were supposed to wear them under your normal skirt too - at an all girls school - although for what reason I don't know. We were also not allowed to wear patent leather shoes in case you could see up someones skirt. I thought that was a myth at my first secondary school, but we moved house and I changed schools and that was one of the rules at the second secondary school I went to. I mean really!! Just think of all the problems the skort would have saved - in an all girls school!!!

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  15. Shame about the campsite but it's out of your hands now.

    I remember those little skirts we used to have to wear for PE and the gigantic knickers underneath. Wasn't happy as the boys could wear track suits in winter and the girls were outside in their short skirts. Very cold.

    It's funny how the shops come out with back-to-school things and the term isn't even over! It's the same here - they are already having back-to-school sales and they still have weeks to go. The good thing is that you can get some good stationary bargains.

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  16. I bought the kids new school shirts last month. It's always a pain getting everything I need for all 3. The shops never have enough (unless you go to an expensive department or uniform store) and it takes weeks of checking what sizes they have to find what you need. We use a 2 town system, where my mum keeps looking in her town, while I do mine! I'll be in Aldi later today! We all finish for the summer on Friday and can't wait: 6 weeks to be ourselves and generally go feral!

    Reading your old post made me nostalgic, so it must have been an eye opener for you to stumble across it!

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  17. The local bus stops are all sporting' book your Christmas party' posters at the moment. I want to shriek..... IT'S BLIMMIN JULY

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  18. They've most likely shot themselves in the foot hiking up the prices so soon, still it's their problem now not yours ;-)

    The thing is if mum's are tempted to buy uniforms now there's every chance the child will have a growth spurt during Summer and the new stuff will be too small six weeks down the line. Or if they buy too big to allow for that you can guarantee the child won't grow. Better to wait until nearer going back time I think.

    My son was clever (and pretty frugal for him) and saved all the uniforms from his eldest lads junior school for the younger one to start wearing in September when he goes up to the juniors and guess what .... they've changed the style and colour of the uniform for this coming term so he'll have to go out and buy new anyway, drat!!

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  19. I hate that. That before the kids are even starting summer hols, all the shops change windows with 'back to school' emblazoned across them. That said, I do buy uniform early. So I can get it washed and hung up where Violet can't see it. then there's no mad rush when she goes back. And you've reminded me to hunt down a skort pretty sharpish. They aren't easy to find and Violet loves them. she hates shorts, but a skort she loves!

    xx

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  20. What a shame the folk who bought your property have put the camping prices up prohibitively. Perhaps they have done the same with the produce too - in which case I dare say they have shot themselves in both feed simultaneously! I dare say it is a case of live and learn.

    I am just about beating the birds to my raspberries, and will take a good picking of gooseberries to my friend in So'ton when I go there this weekend. She doesn't grow anything in her garden (and anyway, would be too ill to do so now even if she had), so hopefully the gooseberries will taste wonderful, even though she's on chemo.

    Wishing you sunshine for the next few days in the hope you can get down to your beach hut.

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  21. In a family of 6 girls and 1 boy, I being the youngest had to wear hand me down navy blues even though they were no longer a required item when I went to school! Those bloomin' things seemed to last forever. X

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  22. Of course, before the summer holidays are done and the kids return to school the shops will be full of ......Christmas!

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  23. Sue, we are booked in there next Saturday so shall report back 😊

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    1. Oh thank you, I see on the website they are getting good reviews and as other people have said it's not our concern anymore but I'd still like to know our "baby" is being looked after!

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  24. I shall let you know. Although I'm still bummed that you chose our last visit to land yourself in hospital lol.

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  26. Going to some local stores this past week I saw fall clothing... And once the Oktoberfest starts, Christmas Cookies will be in the stores.

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