Getting into the Christmas spirit . . .

Christmas comes too soon! As someone who was born in the depths of winter, in a chilly London suburb, I find it hard to get into the spirit of Christmas in the heat of an Australian summer. The shiny decorations glisten in the sunshine and no-one really wants a...

Memories on Monday

Who remembers the Gob-stopper?   Gobstopper History While jawbreakers have been known as Gobstoppers in the United Kingdom for at least eighty years, they were not common in America until 1976. Until today I was completely unaware that Everlasting Gobstoppers are one of Willy Wonka’s favorites. They are actually jaw breakers that...

Memories on Monday

Maybe I’ve lost my marbles! Did you play with marbles as a child? I have memories of glass marbles like these, some with different colored swirls. But the multi-colored ones were  the most sought after. Does anyone remember how this game was played? Because I seem to have forgotten! Do you still have...

Memories on Monday – The Spong Mincer

Who remembers the Spong mincer? Life would not have been the same without my Mum’s Shepherd’s pie, made from the remains of Sunday lunch’s joint of beef, ground in one of these. It just never tasted the same with shop-bought mince. Did you have one of these at home? What was it used...

Memories on Monday – Radio

Does this radio bring back memories for you? What do you remember of the radio that you had at home? The one we had at our house was made of bakelite, and was always known as the wireless. I never understood why because it needed to be plugged in with...

Memories on Monday – Singer Sewing Machine

What are your memories of the Singer sewing machine? Our memory jogging photo this week is a Sewing Machine. Did someone in you family own one, and how was it similar or different to the one below? Did anyone make your clothes for you? What did they make, and...