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Fri 7-May-10
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danast
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Honestly, I am not laughing!!!!

Reminds me of the time my brother was showing off his top of the wall walking skills, clad only in a pair of shorts.  He fell off into a large bed of nettles.  What a state he was in with his upper body and legs covered in stings, not to mention grazes and small cuts.  Poor soul was in shock.  What a day!

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Fri 7-May-10
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Danny said:

We had a Rayburn oil fired stove in our kitchen back then when. Or maybe it was coal fired originally and later converted to oil - or the other way around. I really cannot remember. But us kids used to always undress and change into our nightclothes in front of it, for heat and comfort.

One night, as I was bending over to get into my pyjama bottoms, my 8-year-old behind made contact with the fire door. I will never forget it. I was a real wuss as a kid and cried bitter tears readily.

Not to mention that day I sat on an anthill without realising what it was  . . .


How do you manage to do it, Danny - I can't stop laughing now - I tried to relate this story to hubby, and couldn't finish telling him cos I was laughing too much.

Now I shall be thinking about the sight of a little bottom getting warmer ..........

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Fri 7-May-10
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Toffeeapple said:

Ah, Shereen, that reminds me of my childhood when my Daddy used to start the fire in the morning - making knots of newspaper, laying thin sticks of wood over that then the coal on top.  We had some kind of metal object that was used like your tin-foil though I can't recall the name of it.  Meanwhile, we'd a;ll be shivering.


My Dad kept talking about the metal sheet thing his Dad had the local blacksmith make to do that job. I wish I had one, especially the day l learnt that tinfoil can go on fire.

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Sat 8-May-10
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The second house we lived in had central heating- but not central heating as we now know it. The boiler was in the kitchen, a radiator in the living room, a radiator in the dining room ( never turned on except when visitors came) and a towel rail in the bathroom. The radiators were not large, but the rooms were! No heating in the bedrooms- oh the joy of bedsocks....

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Sun 9-May-10
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Shereen said:

Toffeeapple said:

Ah, Shereen, that reminds me of my childhood when my Daddy used to start the fire in the morning - making knots of newspaper, laying thin sticks of wood over that then the coal on top.  We had some kind of metal object that was used like your tin-foil though I can't recall the name of it.  Meanwhile, we'd a;ll be shivering.


My Dad kept talking about the metal sheet thing his Dad had the local blacksmith make to do that job. I wish I had one, especially the day l learnt that tinfoil can go on fire.

Brightspark would be interested in the sheel metal if it,s ally Big_Laugh

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Mutters - I think I'll start a new fashion - that one is just 'old hat' – ---------   Big_Laugh   Big_Laugh   Big_Laugh   Big_Laugh   Big_Laugh

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Sun 9-May-10
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Toffeeapple said:

  We had some kind of metal object that was used like your tin-foil though I can't recall the name of it. 


We call it a bleezer! Cheers. We used to have one in Derbyshire for our open fire

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we lived in the middle of bedgebury woods when i was a teenager we had a well in the back garden the toilet in a shed at the bottom of a huge garden ,we had tiley lamps for lighting open fire in the tiny sitting room and a wood fired rayburn in the kitchen that boiled the water (rain water)in the tank we lived there for 2 years nice memories but never would i like to go without a proper toilet empting it was gross.Those are the things i wouldnt want to live without again.my computer would come somewhere after all of that .LaughThumbs_DownWhistle

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I share a similar memory, Fiona.

My mum's folks were farmers in County Wexford, bottom right-hand corner on the map of Ireland. I remember going there for a week during the summer holidays around 1960-ish. As a small kid, I was stunned to discover that they still had an outdoor privy. Just a small, smelly shack in the orchard, with neatly cut squares of newspaper pinned on a nail within easy reach.

But it was also my first time hearing owls as I wandered out one night at midnight, and the lonely sound of a train whistle blowing in the distance. Every cloud has a silver lining!

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Tue 11-May-10
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All you need to know about composting toilets and they don't need to be smelly

http://huussi.net/pdf/Suomalaiset_kuivakaymalat09.pdfWave

Tue 11-May-10
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Joanna, what can I say? Smile

You have ratcheted up this forum by yet another notch in the self-sufficiency stakes (I think) Roll_Eyes

But thanks anyway! Big_Hug

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Anything to help Cheers

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That reminds me of the toilet at the house I lived in when I was in Sweden, it was a 'two-holer' in the garden and Uncle Sven was the one who had to clean it.  Bless him.Eeek

I'll try that again!

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I suppose someone has to do the job.

We had our septic tank emptied last time we were in France. I imagined that the whole area would know by a typical aroma(?). But no. There was no smell, and, although it hasn't been emptied for 20 years or more, the guy told us it was in good condition, and actually didn't even need emptying. How strange is that?

Women are like tea bags. . .
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