Category Archives: Childhood

On This Day – Searching For Dwarfs

So here were are, 2021 and no travel plans so I continue to look back at some of my old posts. On 7th January 2014 I was on a post Christmas break to the Polish City of Wroclaw

On a visit to Iceland we learnt about the elves and trolls that live there.  We didn’t see any because they are invisible but in Wroclaw in Poland we very soon came across the dwarfs because they are not nearly so shy and can be found posing outside buildings and along the footpaths all over the city .

This afternoon we bought a dwarf map of Wroclaw and went looking for them.

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Travel Plans For 2021

The Christmas Tree

“Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all thirty feet tall.” Larry Wilde

This is Christmas 1960 at my grandparents home in Catford, South London and my sister Lindsay and I are clearly in awe of this magnificent lifelike specimen.

Travel Challenge – Day 3

I was nominated by my friend  Derrick Knight to post one favourite travel picture a day for ten days without explanation, then to nominate someone else to participate. That’s 10 days, 10 travel pictures, and 10 nominations. I may not make it to the end of ten days, but for now I nominate my friend Margaret – From Pyrenees to Pennines

Please link to me so I know you have participated. If you are not interested, no problem.

Nowhere in the rules does it say you can’t guess where the photo was taken.

Hint – England’s Finest County

Travel Challenge – Day 1

I was nominated by my friend  Derrick Knight to post one favourite travel picture a day for ten days without explanation, then to nominate someone else to participate. That’s 10 days, 10 travel pictures, and 10 nominations. I may not make it to the end of ten days, but for now I nominate my friends Phil and Michaela.

Please link to me so I know you have participated. If you are not interested, no problem.

Nowhere in the rules does it say you can’t guess where the photo was taken.

Hint – Little trains of Wales.

Memory Posts – The Boy Scouts

Memories are flooding back now. I started with swimming lessons and moved on to certificates and now I am reminded of being in the Boy Scouts…

I joined the Wolf Cubs when I was seven years old and after I had passed all the tests, had a sleeve full of badges and received my Leaping Wolf Certificate moved up to the Scouts on 25th May 1965 when I was eleven. At first I was in the Paddox Troop but later transferred to the Hillmorton, which was good for me because dad was the Scoutmaster, which gave me a bit of an advantage when it came to passing tests and getting more badges.

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Memory Posts – Tests and Certificates

Yesterday I recalled swimming lessons which led me to remember another old post from 2013 about tests and certificates…

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Memory Posts – Swimming Lessons

In my previous post I recalled my visit to Budapest in 2014 and specifically the Hotel Gellért swimming pool and spa. This reminded me of a post that I wrote in 2013 about swimming pools and lessons when I was a young boy.

The Regent Street Baths were a functional brick built building that had been built in the early 1930s and opened in 1932. Public baths in the 1930s were built for sanitation and public health and hygiene so they weren’t the sort of place that you would go to enjoy yourself as you would today.

There was always a sign up which made some preposterously exaggerated claim about the temperature of the water but I swear it was hardly ever a degree or two above freezing.

Just like taking a dip in the North Sea about 1958 or so…

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A Mystery Story for Halloween – The Single Footprint

I was rather perplexed by this bizarre mystery that I came across in Malta just recently. Here is a slab of concrete measuring roughly six foot by three and right in the middle of it is a single footprint. Nothing before and nothing after and nothing to either side and almost impossible to leap into the middle and back out again without losing balance unless you are a World Champion Hopper…

Intrigued?

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What A View – Lake Bala, Wales

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