Childhood Memories

Smells and childhood memories

July 1, 2011 Childhood memories
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Tweet Sometimes a childhood memory comes flashing in and you wonder why. Then the cause becomes apparent, a familiar and unmistakable smell pervading your surroundings and, this time, not immediately associated with the distant event. With the smell of chopped parsley, I recall standing in the kitchen, aged maybe four or five, nose against the […]

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June 22, 2011 Childhood memories
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Tweet During WWII, it was so difficult to find wool that knitters had to be quite inventive, both in finding a source of it and also in using every scrap available. Mother, with three toddlers, always had a garment on the go. She used to hunt around for old discarded pullovers or cardigans and laboriously […]

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Bleuette – my mother’s china doll

March 31, 2011 Childhood memories
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Tweet WWII was over and family units were gradually reconstituted, men folk missing or back from the war in an appalling state, women exhausted by the burden of running family and work together in great hardship. Now was the time for my parents to lick their wounds and face a new life. As soon as […]

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Grand-père’s garden

March 17, 2011 Childhood memories
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Tweet During the 1930s and 1940s, my grand-parents were living in a big rambling house in Boyardville, on the island of Oléron. This is where I was born and where I spent many holidays after the war years. I even spent a whole year there while doctors and surgeons were trying to put my parents […]

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Grandpère’s Solex

February 17, 2011 Childhood memories
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Tweet In the late 1940s, France was licking its wounds, still reeling from the war years, and there were great shortages of practically everything. For most, life was a great struggle since so many men had disappeared or been disabled. Yet, in 1946, an astounding new machine was created that would revolutionise the way French […]

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