Sunday, 4 March 2018

Week Nine 2018

SNOW

Taken 7,30 am 2nd March 2018
Nothing much happened this week, except after watching the lunchtime news, we decided to do a top-up shop Monday afternoon, intuition said buy two large bottles of milk, glad we did, we also dug out a flask to fill with hot water in case the power went off.  We certainly did not go overboard with the shopping just essentials.

I am old enough to remember the winter of 1962/1963, the winter they covered recently in the BBC series "Call the Midwife" recently.

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It lasted from Boxing Day, to my birthday which fell at Easter. 
I always remember walking to the corner of the road to look for my grandparents who were due to visit travelling from Chingford London, to Southend, that Boxing Day and not having a house phone - no mobiles then!  They did eventually turn up but stayed a bit longer than they had planned to. 

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I don't remember them closing the schools in my area, but I do remember drinking yukky warm milk which the teachers thought was a good idea to warm on the radiators in the little third of a pint bottles. 

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My husband tells a story of how he used to help his dad with delivering the milk leaving full crates on the side of the road to make the electric milk float easier to drive and going back to find they had become covered in snow and had to be dug out.

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9 comments:

  1. I'm sure we carried on walking backwards and forwards to school - half a mile each way. And the Big Boys made huge long icy slides in the playground and no one got hurt or complained!

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  2. I remember school milk with a shudder, really not a milk drinker. Not much snow here in East Yorkshire, just very cold xx

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  3. My Mum's spoken about that long winter to me. We were in Cheshire last week, but just made sensible precautions and took a spade just in case!
    Arilx

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  4. My Hubby remembers the snowstorms of '62/'63 & has been talking about them too, when we see the snowy scenes on his FB page. I think some of them are amazing. Warm milk!!!! Here in Oz, our school milk was always warm or even sour occasionally in summer. No refrigeration at school in those days & they came in 1/3 pint bottles, which I remember well, as they are quite collectible these days. We also walked to school in all weathers, though I grew up in Sydney, where we didn't get snow, but extreme heat in summer. Take care & stay cosy.

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  5. I get so annoyed with all this scare mongering about the snow. As you said Julie we remember the past and how we all managed to get to work and nobody cleared the shops of bread and milk. During the 60's my Mum and I literally clambered through the snow to get to my Nans, it was almost over the top of our wellies. lol
    Briony
    x

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  6. I was born July 1963, mum said she didn't relish the bad weather that winter.

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  7. I enjoy this trip down a rather chilly memory lane. I'm almost embarrassed to report that our winter, such as it was, is almost a thing of the past, it is quite sunny and hot here. Also - I love "Call the Midwife"!
    Amalia
    xo

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  8. I used to love School milk! Nowadays our kids get it in plastic cartons, but I loved the bottles!

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  9. Urgh, I remember the same with the milk. All congealed round the rim. Thank you Love Lane Junior and Infants School, Pontefract!

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