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15:41 GMT

Well the board has gone quite again so Easter comes along soon so a photo of one of the notices at our church and a poem

I remember the cheese of my childhood,
And the bread that we cut with a knife,
When the children helped with the housework,
And the men went to work not the wife.
The cheese never needed a fridge,
And the bread was so crusty and hot
The children were seldom unhappy
And the wife was content with her lot.
I remember the milk from the bottle,
With the yummy cream on the top,
Our dinner came hot from the oven,
And not from the fridge; in the shop.
The kids were a lot more contented,
They didn't need money for kicks,
Just a game with their mates in the road,
And sometimes the Saturday flicks.
I remember the shop on the corner,
Where a pen'orth of sweets was sold
Do you think I'm a bit too nostalgic?
Or is it...I'm just getting old?
I remember the 'loo' was the lav
And the bogey man came in the night,
It wasn't the least bit funny
In the backyard with no light.
The interesting items we perused
From the newspapers cut into squares,
And hung on a peg in the loo,
It took little to keep us amused.
The clothes were boiled in the copper
With plenty of rich foamy suds
But the ironing seemed never ending
As Mum pressed everyone's 'duds'.
I remember the slap on my backside,
And the taste of soap if I swore
Anorexia and diets weren't heard of
And we hadn't much choice what we wore.
Do you think that bruised our ego?
Or our initiative was destroyed?
We ate what was put on the table
And I think life was better enjoyed.
Colin C
07:03 GMT
OOOPS - that should be Germanwings of course. Sorry about the typo.
Colin C
23:06 GMT
MARGARET and EDDYMONTON - thanks for clarifying PLUTO for me. Yes, MARGARET, it was built for that very purpose - so much ingenuity employed during the war years.
Cool and cloudy here today. We have had some rain but could do with a heap more. Another 'open day' for the house this weekend. Getting cheesed off with the whole process of house-selling.
Terrible news about the Germanair flight - poor souls. I used to love flying (worked for an airline most of my working life)but I started to go off the whole idea once de-regulation came in. I know it gave us cheaper fares but it also let a lot of cowboy outfits onto the scene and I am far from convinced maintenance of aircraft is as good as it once was. Also I hate the amount of time you spend at airports waiting to depart. Still, I guess it is good more people can travel this way now.
09:34 GMT
PLUTO can be found in Shanklin Chine and it was I believe a means of pumping fuel over to France during the war.

Edited 25-03-2015 09:35
Margaret baker
08:27 GMT
Good morning all from a frosty Edmonton, hoping weather warms up and stays dry later so I can continue with my wild life pond creation.

Yes Colin pipe line under the ocean, shouldn't think that communication system in use any more, part of the pipe line is still in place and visible inside Shanklin Chine haven't visited the chine for a few years but guess it's still there, on IOW time progresses slowly. There is a charge to enter the chine, in summer very nice to visit at night when lite up.
Colin C
02:19 GMT
MARGARET - nwhereabouts is Pluto, and do the initials stand for PIPELINE UNDER THE OCEAN? Quite intrigued.
13:15 GMT
Also London Underground trains that are never underground_
Young Ed
02:32 GMT
Thanks for the comments Margaret Eddymonton and Colin, re: Isle Of Wight.
00:19 GMT
I forgot to mention Freshwater you cannot drink. Sandown is nice with the Culver cliffs,Osbourne House and the castle Carrisbrook .

   All good fun so enjoy Margaret.
Margaret baker
18:15 GMT
Quiet right Eddymonton I know exactly where Pluto is. Diddnt know about the station rebuilding it is long overdue, is there a website I saw nothing posted or anything in the county press, there are two stations presently, one serves gunwharfs quay shopping centre and Southport I believe, then the end of the line serves the foot ferries, one from there goes to Gosport as well. It is a tight squeeze inside the harbour boats vying for position, the fast cat was much better than the large ones they now use IMO, the car ferry is huge, it's just the hovercraft same size, then there's the milatary traffic which of course takes priority as well as the hundreds of little boats and sail, traffic to and from Portsmouth has definitely substaintionly increased in recent years
17:21 GMT
For those of you who have never been to the IOW it is well worth a visit you have the needles you cannot thread,Cowes you cannot milk,Newport you cannot bottle,Ryde where you walk,lake where it is dry,and a careful search will reveal PLUTO.

 Also the transport minister of the raving loony party intends to knock down Portsmouth Harbour station and rebuild it half a mile from Waterloo station so it will take no time to get from Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour.
Margaret baker
10:12 GMT
Visitisleofwight.co.uk is the official tourist information site,
Margaret baker
10:07 GMT
Yes young Ed all what Colin says, no motorways, narrow roads, although they now have all the large supermarkets expect to pay a bit more for goods as everything comes to island on ferry, and better tarmac roads, I no longer drive so travel to the island by public transport, this time London Waterloo to Portsmouth pier head, catamaran to Ryde pier head, as train tracks works in place no train running on the island just now but bus replacement service to Sandown, ticket price using my London freedom pass and my senior railcard valid for one month return travel anytime £39.45. You can get advanced tickets for set travel times for about ten pounds cheaper. The bus service around the island improves during the tourist season imperative you get a bus timetable as some services finish by 5.30pm the island is doable by bus but car is quicker and more convenient, If you travel by car you can go from Portsmouth using Wight Link car ferry takes about 40 mins or Southampton Red Funnel takes about a hour pre booking is a must. Lots of different types of accommodation some hotels offer free ferry ticket deals, think warners has a holiday camp here. Pubs a plenty as well as cream tea style cafés, restaurants, lots of places to visit for young and old, Osborn House a must along with Alum Bay and Blackgang Chine, lots for free, beaches and walks if able walk the land slip under cliff. Yes young Ed definitely worth a visit early or late in the season before the island gets overrun with tourists, avoid school holidays. Sadly this year may be my last visit as my family there are set to move off the island this year
Colin C
08:27 GMT
YOUNG ED - although I now live in Oz as you know by now, I remember many a visit to the I.O.W. - very nice place which has a variety of landscapes around the island. One of my favourite spots was Alum Bay where there are coloured sands. Climate is usually pretty temperate too. No doubt MARGARET will be able to give even more detail that yours truly but I thought it was a very appealing spot.
Young Ed
18:45 GMT
How would you describe the Isle of Wight Margaret. I've not been there. Nice place to visit?
Edited 20-03-2015 18:46
Margaret baker
13:33 GMT

Been enjoying a few days on iow, lucky with the weather and enjoyed some long beach walks, most of the limestone pavement has been broken up into slabs now from the pounding of the waves but still plenty left around of a pocketable size, as all but one showed a interest have posted a fossilised find within a very large chunk of the pavement, it's a good photo to post as can be viewed any way up, and shows a black line of some larger fossilised creature in comparison to the smaller ones around it
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