Many years ago in the early 70s when I was about 5 yrs old, one of my Christmas presents was an LP Album entitled “Top of the Tots ”
I loved that album and the house filled with the cheerful songs like “chirpy chirpy cheep cheep ” and the “pushbike song ” not forgetting wonderful lyrics like, “Dick -a -Dum Dum” . One of my all time favourites of the early seventies was by Marmade, the unforgettable, “Ob-la-di Ob-la-da “.
Well, many decades later, I did almost forgot it until this short trip to Sibiu, Transylvania
Low and behold my partner and I were enjoying out evening meal, accompanied by a three piece set of musicians, when they started to play “Ob-la-di Ob-la-da”
Well, I never expected that ☺
Yesterday was the hottest bank holiday weekend on record, it felt like the whole population of Birmingham were out to enjoy it
And I know exactly where they all went, it was where I choose to meet my sisters who travelled up from Watford to meet their new born niece
“Where is this ? ” I hear you ask
The answer is Birmingham conservation ctr, formally known as the nature ctr and also cannon hill park.
The queue into the car park alone was nearly an hour and then their was the queue for entrance and as for the queues for ice-cream. …….I have never seen queues like them
Old, young and people in between ,all desperately trying to enjoy the hot weather, in droves they came queued and tried to have fun and make the most of the good weather. Amd there we were amongst them all. …
I have lost hours and hours of time again. Whenever I do this time instantly vanishes
“Well, stop it” , I can hear you say
But the problem is, I just love doing it. It’s a joy and means the world to me
“What on earth can you mean “, you reply
It’s looking through my past, the years that have gone. The holidays, the happiness, my children when they were young, yes I dug my photos out, and joyous time flew by
Every picture tells a tale. .well what does this one tell?
It was me. .back when I was just 21 yrs old , holding both my new born son and my sister
Yes, that’s right my sister! Both my mother and I were pregnant at the same time. Her with her last child and me with my first
Yesterday I transported back in time to the summer of 1977 when I was 10
This happened quickly and in a very surpringly location. ..the underground car park in Asda, Shirley.
I was walking from my car to the entrance of the shop when travelled back in time, blasting out from a parked car came the voice of David Soul singing, “Silver Lady. ” I used to love that song, back then most young girls did. All the warm feelings of childhood and 1977 were awoken with the tune, I smiled.
My bedroom wall had a paper poster stuck to it (from a pop magazine) of David Soul amongst the other idols of the day.
The song finished and I carried on to do shopping
Today the weather has been glum. Cloudy and with drizzle and I have loved it
It’s feels like it’s been ages since we have had this typical miserable British weather that we are known the world over for
It brings back happy childhood memories of being stuck inside the house. No, I wasnt a child that never went out…what I did love was the activity box I owned aptly called, “things to do on a rainy day ” and the only time I would allow myself to do them was. .That’s right on a rainy day.
4 years ago today, I visited India for the first time. I spent a week in Delhi and a week doing a trek up the Hymalias.
Was it a shock arriving in the chaotic colourful city of Delhi ?. .not at all. I loved it.
The noise, people, animals in the roads, the people living on the streets , the pollution, the constant hum of life. .it was alive
I was born in Watford High St in 1966 as a baby I went to sleep with alarms going off and people leaving the pubs, we had homeless people, pollution, stray dogs and rats. ..is it really so different? It too was alive
I am a therapist and spend my days helping people either on a one to one basis or in group workshops
In a previous life. ..oh ok, not literally, when I was in my 20s I was a sales rep and then went on to have my own sales and marketing company
My mum always used to say, “I could sell snow to an Eskimo ” not politically correct nowadays but she believed I could sell anything.
Back to the now…..I also sometimes do life coaching, as was the case today, when I helped someone who wanted support to learn how to be successfull at door to door appointment making for his promotional offer, with on the job training…. .I know this is a lot of people’s nightmare job, but when I was out there knocking doors with him it was a flash back to my youth and I hate to say it…but…I still have the knack 😉😉
“What did you do? “I hear you ask
OK. ..wait for it. ..Yes, that’s right, I changed my name on Facebook!
I was given the name debra jane aldous , when I was born. I never really liked it, it didn’t seem to fit me.
In school, I played around with asking friends to call me cool (well, I thought so at 5!) Names like DJ or just my middle name Jane, they all lasted about 3 hours
Fast forward many many many many years, numerous surname changes due to marriages and divorces. My first name is still the same, until last year my youngest daughter suddenly said, “mum, you don’t look like a Debbie “, “What do I look like? “I asked, she thought for a moment, “Autumn ” she replied.
I loved it and why not. Over the last year I have played around with the name, spoke to various people including my mum and she wasnt surprised. But then again she has always said nothing I do shocks her anymore. ..
So the biggest, boldest move so far. .a change on Facebook has been made.
Way, way back in the ancient history of time. Well, ok the late 60s a little girl was born.
She didn’t have any brothers or sisters, but she did have a younger cousin who acted like her sister
Sometimes they got on, sometimes this younger cousins made the little girl cross and being a little girl she wasn’t always nice to the younger girl but they always made up in the end
They made plans and pacts to always be there for each other. ..but life happened and pulled them apart. But thanks to Facebook they never totally lost contact and they both remember the pact they made when they were just two little girls