A-Z: I Remember When.....Hair, , Hobbies, Houses & Halloween
I Remember When.....
Recalling Memories of My Childhood & Beyond
Pigtails to Ponytails characterised my look as a child, complete with kirby grips and
ribbons. On village gala days and on special occasions, my hair
was wound into rags overnight to hopefully create ringlets - which soon
my early teens my hair was long. It was washed and rinsed in rain
water with a final rinse in vinegar to enhance my dark brown locks - my
mother's idea of a beauty treatment - and it took ages to dry in front
of the fire. We did not have a haridryer then.
the age of 15, Mum suggested I get my hair cut professionally -
great - except we were both clueless afterwards how to style it at home,
and here I am being brave in highlighting publicly this dreadful
passport photograph, taken when I was to go on a school trip to
Germany. This was the 1960's era of the Cold War and I look like the
archetypal Russian spy.
five years, you could get a passport photograph updated, and I could
not wait to do this - only to be further mortified when, instead of
replacing the photograph, the new one was just stuck beneath - to more
family hilarity and more quizzical looks from passport control.
the late 1960's, I had succumbed to using rollers and was aiming for
the "beehive" look - not too successfully. I then moved on to perms for
my fine, limp, locks. Did you ever try home perms? Th smell was awful
and it was a fine judgement as to how long you left the curlers in.
the late 1980's grey hairs were beginning to creep in. I recall one
New Year's Day when we were due to go out in the evening. I used a home
colour shampoo to disguise the grey - but left it on too long and the
result was rather too much red. The shampoo packet said it would run
out after 6 washes, so I washed it about 6 times that day - to very
were now at the time on TV of Dallas, Dynasty and Charlie's
Angels, with big hair and shoulder pads all the rage - hence this rare
look for me taken for a work Annual Report. Less glamorously, I was
also likened to Deidre Barlow of "Coronation Street" soap opera fame. The big specs did it! This style involved too much like hard work.
I am now pleased to see natural styles are back in vogue which suits my age and rural life style!
What HOBBIESdid you enjoy as a child? Music, reading, stamp collecting, postcard collecting, dolls, scrapbooks
and crafts were my childhood hobbies and many have continued to give me
pleasure all my life. What were theHOUSES like that you lived in? How did you celebrate HALLOWEEN? Halloween was almost a non-event in both my childhood and my daughter’s, as traditions took a long time to cross the Atlantic. I
can remember, though, a popular children's game we played at Guides in
autumn - "Apple Dookin" where we had our hands tied behind our back
and had to kneel at a tub of water to try and grab an apple with our
mouths without getting wet. Turnips were used to to create lanterns as pumpkins were a rarity.
Keep following - HOLIDAYSwill come under V for VACATIONS