This is ‘our big girl’ – born in Norwich (Norfolk England) early February 1963 – a bitter day in the middle of what has been called The Big Freeze of 1963.
As opposed to ‘our little girl’ who came along later the next year whilst we were living in Singapore. The hot humid climate suited us all much better lol
Anyway Our Big Girl won’t be happy if she found out I told you that she will turn 50 early next year – but what her birthdate also means is that that like most babies born at that time and previously in England she was born at home.
Yes, after dh rang her from the phone box at the corner of the street a midwife (very precariously because of the icy roads) came round on her bicycle and delivered our big girl right there in the comfort of our bedroom. We laugh about it now, but because the bedroom wasn’t exactly the warmest room in the house she slept in a huge drawer taken from the bottom of a big wardrobe similar to this one.
Propped up on a couple of chairs beside our bed she was cosy and warm and out of any draughts – and there certainly were plenty of those in that old house.
This past few Sunday evenings we’ve been watching the BBC series Call the Midwife – and even tho’ it was set in a place very different (both in location as well as the mix of people) to where I lived and a few years earlier, it certainly brought back some memories of the system used. I know it has been a hit in UK as well as here (shown on ABC) and I believe it will be on PBS soon in the USA. Has anyone else been watching it?
After what seemed like an eternity my name finally came to the top of the waiting list at the library, so I picked up a copy of Jennifer Worth’s book Call the Midwife (first book in her memoir trilogy)
and settled down to read it during my recent quiet week. Well, it was such an easy read I finished it in a couple of days and have the next one Shadows of the Workhouse on hold.
I’m not sure about you but I find it hard to know whether to read a book first and then see what is offered as an adaptation on the screen (tv or cinema) or do it the other way round. See the adaptation and then read to find out what the original ‘idea’ was all about. Often description in books never seems to get onto the screen and yet sometimes the visuals can turn out much better than the written description. There are good points whichever way I go – how do others feel, which way do you prefer?
Anyway after my trip down memory lane I feel a lot better now – thanks for your comments and good thoughts. I’ll be on the road again soon going down another memory lane, the one we travelled recently up north. See you there in a couple of days.