Vintage Childhood #3 – Teddy Bears and Storybooks

I can remember as a very small child, long before my schooldays, sitting curled up on my mother’s knee as she read to me. “Read some more, read some more!” I would say as the final page was turned and she would smile and open another book and continue reading until it really was time…

Vintage Childhood #2 – Dinkys, Corgis & Lesneys

A small homage to the vintage childhood when imagination was more valued than the microchip. Once long ago , before the invention of iPods and iPads and SuperMario Game Boys and Nintendos, my younger brother received for his birthday a very fine model garage.  It’s most distinguished attribute was a state of the art toy…

Chopin, Nocturnes,Sheet Music Part 2 – The Power of Memory

In which we pursue our dream of mastering the piano without the aid of the Brownies and without a piano Family legend has it that one of my great uncles – inevitably on my father’s side, for it was my paternal grandmother who boasted the mad inventor father and 13 siblings – was so talented a…

Vintage Childhood #1 – Monopoly

PLAYING Games My family ancestors have always been a rather competitive bunch even when at play.  My mother relates wonderful stories of Friday evenings spent with my father’s family in the 1950’s  surrounded by the numerous aunts and uncles (all 13 of them plus assorted spouses)  engaged in the serious business of a game of…