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What do you remember?

dawnlea

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Hi peeps ;D

Now that I'm researching another branch of my family, some of whom were still alive until shortly after I was born, it got me to thinking about the few memories that I have of them. My great grandparents on my mum's side died in 1977 and 1981. I was born in 1973 so I have some memories of them. Ggrandma Granger smoked like a chimney and always had a jigsaw puzzle on the go (she also had quite a mustache as I recall!!). Ggrandad Granger was bald and smoked a pipe, he was a very kind man. These are really the only solid memories of my own that I have - everything else is what my relatives have told me. Does anyone else have those funny little things that stick in your mind about relatives that they scarcely remember?? Share them here!!
 

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Hi Dawn,

I have a personal memory, from god knows when, though I believe I was around 4 or 5.
It was visiting (many times) my Great Grandparents in Worksop - north Nottinghamshire. Every time we visited we had Salmon (from the tin) with cucumber - in those days this was "posh" :). The funny thing was that the woman generally had mustaches also and big mamory glands - great to snuggle into :2fun:

There was also a man who I remember, was quite distant who hobbled - found out long time later that he was a great uncle who had been in the war and had lost part of his leg. He also suffered mentally. I remember generally that most of the men were quite diststant in those days.

Generally on the way back form Worksop, we would visit Edwinstowe and visit the Broad Oak (the Robin Hood one) in Sherwood forest. Again in those days you could touch the tree itself and play around it. The tree must of been very old then, as one day we were having a picnic (possibly left over salmon & cucumber sandwiches!!), when a large branch fell off and landed on the picnic, demolishing everything - also as there weren't anything such as plastic plates and cups, the items smashed were some of their best "Sunday" china.

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Brit
 

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Whoops!! Bet grandma wasn't too chuffed!! That must be why the Broad Oak is know propped up with great big wooden trusses! Salmon was a christmas treat in my Ggrandma's house (in my Nan's house too until Grandad decided he wanted tinned salmon for Saturday tea - I believe he had to cut back on the tobacco consumption!!)
 

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I have only a couple of memories of my grandparents on my mums side. We immigtated to Australia when I was 2 so I never knew my older rellies.
I must have been about 4 or 5 and mums parents came for a visit. I remember they had mum & dads room but I don't recall where mum & dad slept while they were visiting. ( prob the lounge room). I used to escort gran to the shops & help her across the road which was quite busy. But the one thing that really sticks in my memory was my Grandpa (he only had one eye) greeting me one morning & instead of bending down to give me a kiss. He picked me up by my neck , gave me a kiss and put me back down. So I was just dangling there. :redface: My neck hurt for days afterward. :'(
The other memory was going to see them off at the harbour for their boat trip home. We were all allowed to go on board the ship before it sailed to see their cabin & the boat etc. My sister & I (she is 5yrs older) deceided to explore & got lost. ::) So when the siren went of for all visitors to leave we panicked & started crying. :'( We ended up in the captains office & they couldn't find our parents so we were escorted back to our car to wait for mum & dad there. I don't recall what happened after except standing on the dock throwing streamers.
Isn't it funny the things that will stick in your memory. I can't recall any particular really good memory of that visit..Oooh yes I can. We had a day trip to see a huge hollowed out tree that had been the home of a family at one time. Well thats one any way. :2fun:
 

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I can remember my Nan giving me a shilling for pocket money (this was in the '80s mind) I don't think decimalisation had quite sunk in. And she made the most amazing doorstop cheese sandwiches, always served with a pickled onion, and the best bread pudding.
 

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