September 16th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] hooloovoo_42 at 10:16pm on 16/09/2017
I have a list.  I have heaps.  I have packing cubes.  Somehow I have to combine all of these and make sure I don't forget anything.

I am going to be spending 11 days doing sailing, swimming, windsurfing, cycling and possibly stuff like yoga.  I've packed a lot of PE and swimming kit.  I have not yet packed the non PE type stuff and I'm wondering just how respectable I need to look when I'm not sailing, swimming, windsurfing or cycling.

Tomorrow I shall try and get it all into my luggage.  

I need to not forget the suncream, which is not currently on the list.

The only not so bright spot in all of this is the 5.40am departure from Gatwick.  I'm really not a morning person.  

September 14th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] hooloovoo_42 at 11:12pm on 14/09/2017
In the last few days, I have looked at getting on for 500 slides.  I've finally found the box that has me as a tiny baby in.  There are far more pics of Bro as a small and I was beginning to get a complex.  

There are probably more somewhere, but I think there are about 800 in total including the 2 boxes I've had sitting on my desk for some years.  I need to work out whether we want prints of any of them.  I also need to get them back into some better order.  I know that there are some from different sets in separate boxes, which need to be reunited with the rest of their own series.  At least cataloguing them means it's easier to resort them.

This is in addition to the approximately 1200 b&w negatives that date from about 1948 - 1968.

I recognise some people and can guess at others, but there are a few who I have no idea about - mostly university and TA related pics.  It's very interesting to see the photos of Very Small Us with Granny & Grandpa. 
September 13th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] hooloovoo_42 at 09:53pm on 13/09/2017
I've been sleeping better recently, which means I'm generally much livelier and not so grumpy during the day.  But the way the nights are drawing in means my hibernation genes are kicking in.  I got home from Jado around 8.30, ate my McDeadthings, hung up the laundry, got changed and flopped on the sofa to read email and listen to Jo Wiley.  It's not 10pm yet, but I'm ready to hit the hay.

I should be doing things like sorting travel insurance and currency, but I think I'm going to go to bed and play on my tablet for a while, then get some kip.   
September 11th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] hooloovoo_42 at 08:47pm on 11/09/2017
Another couple of days spent rooting through the stuff in Pa's house and extracting the bits worth keeping.  Yesterday Bro and I started on Pa's bedroom.  Between us, we probably put in 12-14 hrs of time.  Pa's bedroom is maybe 11' x 9, with a built in wardrobe along one of the short walls.  Apart from a rail of clothes the complete width of the room, there was a shelf full of stuff above the rail and a stack 2 to 3 high of crates and boxes all the way along underneath the clothes.  There were several references to Narnia as I disappeared inside to haul things out.  At one point I collapsed in a fit of hysterical laughter about something, probably to do with camels.

This last few weeks is the longest Bro and I have spent in each other's exclusive company for a very long time and it's been nice just to get back to our old sense of humour.  Our childhood was much influenced by the Goons and Flanders & Swann and all the assorted TV shows from the late 60s onwards and those are the things that will still crack us up.

Before we got to the wardrobe, we cleared enough space to move the bed against the wall.  Then I worked through the contents of the chest of drawers in front of one of the wardrobe doors.  

Amongst the haul from the drawers were:
  • a wallet from his student days including several letters from his room mate, his student union card, a receipt from the caterers for a hall party, a receipt for his (plain) monocle, several payslips from a holiday job and a letter from a female who was clearly less taken with him than he with her!
  • a wallet from after his student days including 2 photos of Ma, a letter from his mother dated just after we'd been to visit in 1975, several assorted business cards and a receipt from a hotel where he & Ma stayed for 3 days in February 1962 (married for more than 3 years at this point), which Bro thinks may be a significant moment in *his* existence!!!
  • An old passport of Grandpa's from 1959 onwards.
  • An old passport for Grandpa's parents dated 1929.  Both Grandpa and his father were railway agents and traveled extensively on the continent. This contains only the third photo I've ever seen of my great grandmother.
  • A bag of lead soldiers that are clearly pre-WW1 and therefore probably Grandpa's
  • A pocket watch - probably Grandpa's
  • A box of assorted cap badges and uniform badges/patches/pips etc from assorted uniforms that would have belonged to both Pa and Grandpa
  • A large quantity of assorted old coins - UK and foreign
  • A large quantity of assorted decimal coins of various ages, including 20 or more pound coins
  • A quantity of assorted UK bank notes - all now defunct but interesting for collecting.  
  • A receipt for the burial of Ma's grandfather, who was interred in Keighley cemetary on 10 September 1935.  Ma was born on 9 October.
Amongst the other things we found were
  • Grandpa's beret and forage cap as seen in assorted war time photos.
  • A photo of Grandpa's unit in Italy at Christmas 1943
  • A photo of Grandpa's cricket team either just before or just after the war
  • A 14" bayonet 
  • Pa's stamp album with a pretty darn good collection of stamps - including several with the pre-War German Chancellor and one wartime German field post stamp.
  • A copy of  "The Efficient Use of Fuel" which was awarded to Pa in 1953 for "The Headmaster's Prize for Work of Special Merit" in his last year at school.

and many other things that are equally interesting and a whole heap more things that have been earmarked for disposal.  Bro messaged me as I was driving home to say he had finally found Pa's  blues uniform, which hung in the wardrobe in my bedroom all the time I lived at home. 

I found some marbles, which were probably Bro's, but then found a large bag of marbles which were definitely Pa's.  Much hilarity ensued as we discussed whether giving him his marbles back would improve his current situation.

I have brought back another car load of stuff and am continuing to sift and sort it so it can be catalogued and shared with the cousins.


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