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General Discussion / Re: 2017
« Last post by JSmith on January 07, 2017, 10:10:01 PM »
Brenda.    Yes there was a lot of changes. There are lots of changes everywhere these days, and as you get older you find them hard to cope with. So things are different!  England  is expensive. I wished things had stayed the same but change is inevitable, so if you did make the move you would have to be prepared for a colossal change, I think especially if you are carrying your memories around when you are there. I think lots more visits would be a good idea.   Thanks for the feed back Brenda.  You have always been a great Friend to everyone on Downham On Line and I think everyone appreciates it. God Bless.  Smiffy
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General Discussion / Re: I wonder if I am welcomed back?
« Last post by Brenda on January 07, 2017, 08:39:32 PM »
As you will already know, Smiffy (this message has only just appeared, it seems to me) you are very much welcomed back.

Time to go 'home' to England, you wonder?  That would be a touch decision to make.   Perhaps a trial run would be a good idea.

But I fully understand the pull of home.  I read somewhere once that anyone who leaves their country of birth never loses the 'heart-hunger' for it.

Bren X
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General Discussion / Re: 2017
« Last post by Brenda on January 07, 2017, 08:36:41 PM »
I'm so very sorry Pam didn't make it, Smiffy.  I don't doubt the gap her going leaves is still very raw indeed.   And then you've lost your brother too and I can imagine just how awful it would be to know you are the only one left of your birth family.   You've had a difficult few years and I hope things get better for you as time goes on.

So, England still feels like home, eh?  Did you find the changes amazing and were there things you wished had stayed the same?

Bren
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General Discussion / Re: 2017
« Last post by JSmith on January 07, 2017, 07:53:58 PM »
Hello Brenda.  Thank you for getting InTouch. Hope you and the Family are well. My lovely Bride Pam passed away in 2013, probably from the effects of the chemo on Her Heart, we miss Her very much.  In November I was 'over 'ome ' sorting out my Brothers Funeral I am the only surviving relative so I ended up at Hither Green Cemetery scattering His ashes , I am glad I did this for My Brother,other wise it would have been a stranger. Stayed in a Hotel in Bromley, enjoyed myself looking around Bromley,Downham & Catford. I am going to go back more often, it still feels like Home.  All The best.   Smiffy
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General Discussion / Re: 2017
« Last post by Brenda on January 06, 2017, 09:07:22 PM »
Smiffy!  Yes, it's been a very long time indeed so it's extra nice to see your name pop up. I hope all is well  with you and yours.  Last time you were here, your wife's health was of great concern and I can only hope she got through okay.

Life is going well for us still.  Yes, it was sad to get the news of dear Dickie. 

Do hope you'll call into the site more often now. 

Bren
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General Discussion / Re: 2017
« Last post by JSmith on January 01, 2017, 08:51:28 PM »
Happy new Year Brenda, it's been a long time, how is life down under.   I was sorry to here about Dickie.  All the best John :) :) :)
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General Discussion / I wonder if I am welcomed back?
« Last post by JSmith on January 01, 2017, 08:27:46 PM »
Hi  My name is John Smith, Brenda in Aussie may remember me I lived on Churchdown & now living in Canada.  I was very sorry to here the passing off Dickie it was always great to here from Him, He sent me a little badge of a tram once. Lost my Wife to cancer in 2013, this pass November I was staying in Bromley I had to come over to organise My Brothers Funeral.  Really enjoyed myself in Bromley at the travel Lodge Hotel on London Rd.  What is it like to live in Bromley now, I'm thinking maybe time to come Home?.  John
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General Discussion / Re: Metal house in Downderry Rd
« Last post by JSmith on January 01, 2017, 08:17:51 PM »
Just come back to the site.   Saw the bit about the metal houses on Downderry Rd. I remember them when  I lived on Churchdown and if I walked down, Downderry rd. the School is on the left hand side and the metal houses where further down on the right hand side.  John Smith
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General Discussion / 2017
« Last post by Brenda on December 31, 2016, 08:42:56 PM »
Wishing you all a Happy New Year

Bren
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General Discussion / Xmas
« Last post by Brenda on December 16, 2016, 10:21:17 PM »
Wishing everyone a lovely Xmas and a happy, healthy and safe 2017

Bren
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