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Having fun

Friday, November 08, 2013

On the day we went to Manor farm we took one of my daughter's friends with us too. Nicholas and our GD had fun in the playground.

GD in the cowshed pretending to be a chicken

In the playground

Sue watching Nicholas and her daughter

Getting adventurous

With grandad

Nicholas climbing

Adrian taking photos

Nicholas is 12 years old and 6ft tall, a bit too big for the children's seat

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SUSIE505 2/23/2014 10:10AM

    Tall is good, my grandson is the same way. He plays BasketBall and is one of the tallest boys on the team. Look at the bright side he will never have to worry about girls being taller then him. Hope the weight loss is going good.

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1BEACHWALKER 11/11/2013 12:11AM

    Wow-he is tall for 12 years old. Looks like all was having fun indeed! Great pics!! emoticon emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/10/2013 12:41AM

    Lovely photos !

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KATHRYNLP 11/8/2013 10:54PM

    Looks like a fun place to play for the girls... and Nicholas is a charmer for sure. emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/8/2013 10:17PM

    Your GD sure is growing, and cute as can be. I agree, he is tall for 12. I hope he isn't teased to much.

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MOTLEM 11/8/2013 7:17PM

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He's a tall lad for his age. Love the pics. emoticon

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Part 2, The Farmhouse at war

Friday, November 01, 2013

Here are some photos of the farmhouse at war, though I can remember using some of the things we saw and that was long after the 2nd world war. See if you recognize any.

The farmhouse

The Dairy

The Churn

Washroom the Mangle I can remember using my Aunties that looked like this.

The washroom sink

Carpet beaters

The boiler, the washboard and the dolly, I remember these well. Do you remember skittle groups that used washboards?

Wine making, well some of us still do that.

The sitting room where the ladies were spinning

The kitchen range

Kitchen table and larder

Sue and my GD coming down the narrow staircase

Young evacuees bedroom

My DH in the bedroom

An unusual place for a bed- halfway up the stairs. Notice the comode bottom left.

The dressing table with me in the mirror.

The schoolroom

There was a lady making rag rugs, but it was too dark to take a photo.

Hope you enjoyed these photos. I don't remember seeing the well. There would have been one . My Aunt and Uncle did not have running water or electricity till the 1960's so I wonder why there were no oil lamps. Probably all been sold to antique shops by now. Ha ha! Or broken.

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1BEACHWALKER 11/11/2013 12:09AM

    Looks a lot like my Grandparents home in the country I used to visit in the 50's! So glad you shared this with us...really enjoyed seeing the pics. Your daughter looks so much like you! Your granddaughter has gotten so big! They grow up too fast!! emoticon

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 11/5/2013 11:58AM

    Thank you! I love going through historical homes. It's nice that you are back on Spark, too.Your GD is getting so big! Missed you. emoticon

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IMEMINE1 11/4/2013 7:25PM

    Oh I loved these. emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/4/2013 12:26AM

    Oh I loved this my AUntie was evacuated,my Mum too but she ran away back to London on a penny platform ticket and walked through the streets of London during an air raid to get home so they let her stay!!!!!

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TSISQUAUSDI 11/1/2013 10:05PM

    Reminds me of one of the houses we lived in in rural Virginia. The only plumbing in the house was a hand pump in the kitchen, and we had a range like the one pictured.

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MOTLEM 11/1/2013 9:25PM

    Loved this blog! emoticon
I remember a lot of the articles in these pics too. emoticon
What an interesting and entertaining day you all had. emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/1/2013 8:25PM

    Such an interesting place. I love going back in time. emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 11/1/2013 8:08PM

    I enjoyed looking at the photos of the old time appliances. Can't say that I remember my parents or grandparents using any of them, though! emoticon

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VONBLACKBIRD 11/1/2013 6:29PM

    Thanks for sharing these. Wonderful!!! So enjoyed looking and reading about them.

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USMAWIFE 11/1/2013 6:25PM

    would love to visit if I ever make it across the ocean

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SLACHETKA103145 11/1/2013 6:05PM

    emoticon for posting this reminiscence! emoticon

I hope what I know as old will someday mean something to others!!!!!


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KATHRYNLP 11/1/2013 5:56PM

    It's always enjoyable to see what life was like in our Grandparents days. These are really good photo's that you took, Ellen. Gives us a real look back in time. Must of been a fun day for all of you! emoticon emoticon

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REBELBLITZ 11/1/2013 5:04PM

    Thanks for the step back in time. Lots of things I have never seen.
Thank you for sharing.


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A day at the Farm

Monday, October 28, 2013

We recently spent a day at Manor Farm country park.
The day did not start well with a thunderstorm before we went, so the photos may be a bit dull as it was very cloudy.
The farm has a theme of a world war 2 farm.

A barn


American jeep

Motorbike and machinery

Shepherds hut

Closeup of the stove

Farmyard ducks


Young farmyard ducks

Sheep in the pens.

Pig and piglets

This is Violet the pig with her piglets which were born as we arrived at the farm

This is Sue with her piglets, no its not my daughter who is known as Sue

She even has her name on the gate and our Sue did get ribbed about it.

There was a turkey wandering around

This chicken is called a Silkie

A farmyard rooster

The farmyard with daughter Sue in the foreground

Farmyard ducks and machinery

The rooster blends in with the floor tiles

Cows waiting to be milked

The milkmaids yoke

Farmyard view

The rain stayed away until lunchtime as we were sitting in the cafe, then the heavens opened and we were glad to take some shelter.

I will do another blog tomorrow with the pictures of the farmhouse where older sparkies may recognize some of the kitchen and washroom items.
I took a lot of photos.

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1BEACHWALKER 11/11/2013 12:05AM

    That was very interesting Ellen. I love historical places like that! Glad the rain didn't totally ruin your day! Glad you had a good time! emoticon

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 11/5/2013 12:00PM

    Thank you. emoticon

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ARTJAC 11/1/2013 6:58PM

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KLAD_COCKERS 10/30/2013 11:09AM

    Gorgeous photos! Thank you for sharing!

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IMEMINE1 10/29/2013 12:48PM

    That must have been such fun.

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RDEE22 10/29/2013 8:14AM

    Thanks for sharing. For an "oldie" like me lots of memories. emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/29/2013 2:38AM

    What a fun place.

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LITTLEWIND53 10/29/2013 1:37AM

    The weather may not have co-operated, but it still seems like you had a wonderful day and time there.....

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MOTLEM 10/28/2013 9:11PM

    What a wonderful outing, Ellen. Pity about the rain, but the pics came out really well. I look forward to seeing the rest.

Love them all! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Sure hope you have been sheltering OK from those terrible winds in the UK. emoticon

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MARALEYNI 10/28/2013 6:52PM

    Enjoyed looking at your photos, turned out very nice despite the day being overcast!

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USMAWIFE 10/28/2013 4:09PM

    emoticon sounds like a great day

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 10/28/2013 2:42PM

    Great photos!

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KATHRYNLP 10/28/2013 1:45PM

    Looks like a great place to spend the day; lots of history here. Glad you didn't suffer from that horrible wind storm that London got this morning. emoticon

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We all need a little support now and then

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Asked by a Spark friend to copy and paste .....

We could all use these words of encouragement now and then.

Everyone will go through some hard times at some point. Life isn't easy.

Just something to think about... did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive?

Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated?

Did you know the ones who take care of others all the time are usually the ones who need it the most?

Did you know the 3 hardest things to say are I love you, I'm sorry, and Help me.

Sometimes just because a person looks happy, you have to look past their smile and see how much pain they may be in.

To all my friends who are going through some issues right now-- let's start an intention avalanche. We all need positive intentions right now. If I don't see your name, I'll understand.

May I ask my friends wherever you might be, to kindly copy and paste this status for one hour to give a moment of support to all those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just need to know that someone cares.

Do it for all of us, for nobody is immune.

Thank you MOTLEM, a good blog

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/23/2013 12:24AM

    How nice !

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KNAUGHT61 10/21/2013 8:40AM

    Very thought-provoking Ellen, and true. Thanks for sharing it.


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KATHRYNLP 10/15/2013 10:41PM

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MOTLEM 10/15/2013 7:38PM

    Just so emoticon to have you back, dear Ellen! emoticon

Top blog and I should receive no accolade as it was a forward blog from another.

Certainly a great message to be carried forward I think. emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 10/15/2013 2:45PM

    I went to Mel's blog and saw this. Thank you Ellen! And thanks for the goodies and support of my blogs! Meant a lot! Good to have you back! emoticon

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Petworth House and Park

Friday, October 11, 2013

Just 2 weeks ago on the last day of our holiday we visited Petworth House and deer Park. It lies nestled next to the village in West Sussex. The park is set in 700 acres.

It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining most of the time .

We had to walk quite a long way through the gardens to get to the entrance to the house. The grounds of the park were landscaped by "Capability" Brown.

Adrian looking at a tree

This tree has very beautiful and interesting bark. An unusual shaped trunk.

Lots of sweet chestnut trees which are laden with fruit. All in amongst the leaves on the ground. Also Cyclamen.

Beautiful Cyclamen under the trees

A close-up

Chestnuts on the tree

We enjoyed the walk

I have never seen so many sweet chestnut trees, but I think this is a type of Acer.

The sun went in as we approached the house

Sorry this is hazy, but its the North side of the house.

The painter Turner used the house upstairs to paint pictures

On the way back to the car park

Originally there was a fortified house on the land in the medieval period. The chapel is the oldest part of the house. the house itself was built in the late 17th Century by the 6th Duke of somerset.
I did not take any photos in the house as there are many famous paintings by Turner, Blake, Reynolds and Van Dyck to name but a few. I spotted one by Heironymous Bosch.

There are many splendid pieces of Roman sculpture. One is the 5th Century Head of Aphrodite. There are some more recent sculptures too.

The 16th Century Molyneux Globe is amazing.

One of the most exciting things was the Leconfield manuscript by Geoffrey Chaucer(1340-1400) It was very beautifully written.

In January a special exhibition of Constable paintings is at the house.

I hope you can take a look at this link.


If it does not work, search for National Trust UK, Petworth House.

I will add another blog with some more photos of the trees which had incredible trunks later.
If you have any questions, please do ask and I will try and answer them..

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/16/2013 1:12AM

    Awesome Ellen I enjoyed this immensely! Thank you!

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KATHRYNLP 10/12/2013 9:11AM

    Thanks for this 'Grand Tour'.... I enjoyed it very much, Ellen. emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/12/2013 6:51AM

    I agree such beautiful and interesting trees. Looks like your Holiday was grand. Love the pink flowers. Is that a contest for the paintings of the house? emoticon

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MOTLEM 10/11/2013 9:07PM

    Trees are awesome; walk looks awesome! Petworth House! emoticon emoticon

emoticon for sharing and really enjoyed! emoticon emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 10/11/2013 7:51PM

    Really nice Ellen! Adrian looks like he's lost weight!! Good to see you doing your walks and taking in the sights! Appreciate your blogging about it. I love trees like that too and any historical areas. Thank you!

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