Daily Life, Monday Musings, Monday Mutterings

Rolling back the years….

A beginning of the year coffee morning with my group of ladies brought the usual observations from some about ‘another year down, wonder how many more there will be to come’  Late last year the oldest lady was really down in the dumps, a bit like my friend B she had lost family and friends during 2017 and the passing of time was beginning to get her down.

At the moment she seems to have put that all behind her because over coffee last week she had us all in stitches relating snippets of fun from her big family Christmas get together where her youngest grandaughter had made a model of a time machine that would roll back the years and ‘make Nanny happy again’.

Like a lot of us in the group she’s been here in Australia for many many years yet is the only one who still talks about her life in England.  Think of that she said, I can go back to living in the little village where we all knew each other, there was a corner shop (who delivered) and a greengrocer, the post office was in the front room of Mrs What’s Her Names (having trouble with her memory at times is my friend 😊) Oh and lots of other good things I can’t quite think of at the moment.

One of us laughed and said it sounds a bit like the village where Milly Molly Mandy lived with her Mother and Father in the same little cottage as Aunty and Uncle along with Grandma and Grandpa.  Another said, don’t forget Billy Blunt, little friend Susan and Toby the dog!

Of course some of the younger ones had never heard of the little girl in the striped dress or the books a lot of us had read in our childhood so out came the phones so they could find out.

THIS  is what Mr Goog’le had to say 😊

After that it was Reminisce Central at the table with talk of all those trades who delivered to the door – mobile shops!  First and foremost there was The Coalman!  Then the milkman and his horse later overtaken by electric carts, the baker who came with a big basket on his arm, a greengrocer who had a van with sides that lifted up to display all the fruit and veg.  I mentioned we had a fish and chip van and a long Co-op grocery shop that came once a week similar in size to some of the mobile libraries seen on the roads these days

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We might have to keep our eye on our ‘elder stateswoman’ – well into her 80s and not a computer or mobile phone owner – we began to wonder if she had been ‘taken in’ by her grandaughter’s time machine when some of the younger ‘girls’ were talking about ‘this new invention called online shopping’ as she calls it.  It would be lovely to have things home delivered she said but I would miss having a chat with the man behind the counter in the corner shop!

But then always the joker in her younger days I wonder if maybe she hadn’t been ‘taken in’ but was just pulling our leg 😊

What’s on your mind this Monday- would you like to tell us about it?

21 thoughts on “Rolling back the years….”

    1. I’m with you on the ‘refusing’ to die bit Ramana. The alternative doesn’t appeal to me at all!
      My mother had hair all the colours of the rainbow until she decided to leave it be a. She ended up with a glorious head of silver coloured hair.
      Mine won’t end up like that tho’ – mousy brown with grey highlights is what I sport 😊

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  1. Our generation have the advantage of being able to go back in time via the medium of tv, film and photos. Amazing to see how things have changed.

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    1. You’re right Freda – some good changes, some not so good. But then I suppose those things are defined by who’s eyes are seeing them. I for one (as nice and cozy and warming the effect may be) am glad not to have to clean a fire grate and then set a fire each day. Gas heating for me 😊

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  2. Back in blighty we still have a daily milkman, a fish man who brings round fish, a coalman, a log man, a tea man, prescription medicines for the housebound, and of course on line shopping. Small villages have gone back to post offices in sitting rooms or the pub just to keep them going. Your friend might still recognise life here.

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    1. lol Cathy, we asked her if she’d go back now. No way, she laughed, I’d never last a winter in a cold draughty cottage. And who wants nosy neighbours!
      It’s good to see some things haven’t changed- glad to see the Coalman still delivers. Not sure I’d want to pick up my own coal! Would many places still have coal fires?

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  3. That took me back years!
    Mark you, shops here in Costa Rica will deliver…usually a young man box on his motorbike…and the fruit and veg men come door to door…milk straight from the cow brought down by a little girl on a big horse….so perhaps those time machines work after all…

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    1. Supermarkets used to deliver Helen but as they all have online ‘shops’ they now say – order online! Makes it hard for some of the elderly without internet who are unable to carry their groceries home yet have found a taxi fare is far more than the old delivery charge used to be. Plus they like to pick and choose their own purchases in person so now rely on family or friends (or council services) to get them there and back.

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      1. I order my mother’s shopping online..I am in Costa Rica she is in Engand. She gives me her list and I put it online. She says she is very happy with the service but when I visit she far prefers to go out and look for herself…
        She could do this without me…but will not pay the fee for someone to go with her and drive her…though does not begrudge paying her hairdresser!

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    1. Like I said earlier Andrew, I certainly don’t miss cleaning out the fire grate and setting it up to be lit again.
      I’m glad I didn’t have to rely on the ‘ice man’ – he was a thing of the past before I arrived.

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  4. there are many things I miss from my younger days, but then again many I don’t…

    I shop online for groceries and up until this latest shop the fresh goods not so easy – so am going to try and find another that delivers fresh fruit/veg that cares.

    I had thought I had sussed another supermarket chain that delivers to here, but it wanted me to use my smart phone + app! That’s not going to happen for sure with me…

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    1. Fruit and Veg/ fresh goods would be the worry for me Cathy. I read your experiences on the blog and I’d be annoyed at non delivery of what I requested or differing sizes or products even. Don’t think I’ll be going down that path any day soon

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  5. Like Linda, I am jealous of the coffee gathering. I see many groups of men who meet at our restaurant every morning and wonder why the gals don’t do that. I think I am going to start something.

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  6. Going back in time does sound lovely. But I do think we tend to look back with rose coloured glasses
    Although there were lots of positives, there would bound to be negatives as well
    Fortunately most don’t remember them and that’s why it’s always about the good old days
    Once day our children and grandchildren will class these days as simpler and easier, but as we all know, they aren’t really

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