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Brenda

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« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2008, 09:17:10 PM »





Very interesting Pauline.  The present day Woolworths reminds me of K-mart.  Yes?

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Yes it does, but without the comfort.  I really hate K-mart, especially at this time of the year.

But I remember I had to go to Fords to get Esso Blue (or was it Pink) Paraffin, it was so heavy.  We had one of those dreadful heaters that were like a semi circle with the flame in the middle, so many accidents with those, but Mum was careful with it, and they did nicely heat our cold old house in the winter.

I loathe K-Mart and Target.  Come to that , I probably loathe most shops.  Target is so, so hard to work out what is where these days. It's like a maze and all those garish colours.  Ugh.  And both stores are so noisy.  Come to that, all stores are noisy these days with terrible 'music' blaring. I have been known to write to various managers to complain about the volume!  Oh dear yes, sounds as if I've turned into a grumpy old woman, doesn't it?

I remember the paraffin heaters well.  In fact, I think there might be one of those stored up in our barn although why we've still got it, I can't imagine.  I was always a little afraid of them when I was a child (come to think of it, what wasn't I afraid of) but they certainly took the nip out of the air in the kitchen.   God, those houses were cold, weren't they?  Still, it was the norm and we didn't know any different. 

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« Reply #16 on: December 17, 2008, 07:20:56 AM »
Pauline - have to say I remember my mum's number too.

Yes - me too! Isn't that funny.  Was it that the Co-op played such an important part in our lives.  I must admit I dreaded going in with the shopping list because the ladies behind the counter always served adults first despite it meaning their pushing in front of me.  I was never assertive enough to insist on my rightful place in the queue.  Then, of course, Mum would tell me to make sure I got the correct weight of cheese or whatever "and make sure they don't try and palm you off with buying extra'. That, then, was an extra worry because if the assistant said, "It's a bit over, alright?" I'd say "Yes" and then have to worry what Mum would say when I got home. I'm afraid my child's mind blew all these things up out of proportion because I'm sure I never got ticked off when I got home. 

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I remember Mum getting cross when I came home with potatoes with chunks of mud all over them. Paying whatever it was a pound for mud.
Taught me to complain when later I went shopping for myself, and made them scrape all the mud off.
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« Reply #17 on: December 18, 2008, 08:58:38 PM »
went to Bexleyheath today and my last look around Woolies. Yes Dickie I didnt notice any bargains, I dont know where 50% came from.  I remember my Uncle Percy Goldsmith talking about a jockey in the family. Have just come back from a week in Spain (sisters 83rd birthday treat) . Everything was so expensive, and it rained for 3 days .  Bel

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« Reply #18 on: December 18, 2008, 10:07:00 PM »

 

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I remember Mum getting cross when I came home with potatoes with chunks of mud all over them. Paying whatever it was a pound for mud.
Taught me to complain when later I went shopping for myself, and made them scrape all the mud off.
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Gosh yes.  I also dreaded having to take anything back e.g. a rotten potato or a bad egg and having to face the shopkeeper and saying, 'Mum bought this here and ... " 
They were never too pleased, were they?  It took years before I was comfortable taking anything back to a shop.

What a woossy I was.

Bren

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« Reply #19 on: December 18, 2008, 11:40:49 PM »

 

Bren

I remember Mum getting cross when I came home with potatoes with chunks of mud all over them. Paying whatever it was a pound for mud.
Taught me to complain when later I went shopping for myself, and made them scrape all the mud off.
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Gosh yes.  I also dreaded having to take anything back e.g. a rotten potato or a bad egg and having to face the shopkeeper and saying, 'Mum bought this here and ... " 
They were never too pleased, were they?  It took years before I was comfortable taking anything back to a shop.

What a woossy I was.

Bren
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Oh Yes! What a good lesson for the future we learned there.  I recall whenever I took something back, or complained my two children would choose not to come into the shop, or just run when the heated exchange began. After first advising me not to drag the assistant over the counter by the scruff of their neck.  But they must have learnt something because they are now the same.
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« Reply #20 on: December 27, 2008, 10:12:40 AM »
And here it is - with just 5 days left...

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« Reply #21 on: October 30, 2009, 05:23:08 PM »
Well, now Woolworths are closing down... I have very fond memories of the one situated in Downham.  I remember it opening about 60 odd years ago, and I used to work there as a Saturday girl. :o Belx

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« Reply #22 on: October 30, 2009, 05:32:33 PM »
I remember Woolies just after the war .. we moved to valeswood in 1945/46 .. They sold everything from pots and pans to trays of plants in the spring. I well remember the boarded wooden floor sprinkled with sawdust.

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« Reply #23 on: November 05, 2009, 03:05:45 AM »
Well, now Woolworths are closing down... I have very fond memories of the one situated in Downham.  I remember it opening about 60 odd years ago, and I used to work there as a Saturday girl. :o Belx
My mother also worked their, I think full time (Doll or Dolly Real name Dorothy Hutchison)
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« Reply #24 on: November 10, 2009, 02:57:10 AM »
I remember a green grocer next door to Grove Park Station.  They also sold flowers, and I would buy my Mum a bunch of flowers every other Friday.  Not every Friday because the chrysanthemum blooms would last so long.
I miss those huge chrysanthemums, we don't get any flowers like that here in the West.  it's only 'garage' flowers or you buy an arrangement from a florist that will cost an arm and a leg.
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« Reply #25 on: November 10, 2009, 10:00:31 PM »
I remember that shop, Pauline.  I didn't buy my mother flowers but often went into that other shop that sold 'posh' chocolates and would buy her half a dozen.  Last of the big spenders!  Seriously though, they were quite expensive really.  Do you remember that shop?

As for the chrysanthemums: I remember your telling us how your father grew them.  I'm busy with mine at the moment.  Trying to help them survive this awful heatwave we're having, for starters.  Bought another 18 varieties this year.  Of course, there are always casualties and one of my very favourite cultivars came to a sticky end courtesy of something horrid in the wee beastie line.    Got a greenhouse full of cuttings ready to go in but no room! 

Wish I could send you some but we'd probably both end up in the clink for breaking quarantine laws.

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« Reply #26 on: November 11, 2009, 07:36:03 AM »
I remember a green grocer next door to Grove Park Station.  They also sold flowers, and I would buy my Mum a bunch of flowers every other Friday.  Not every Friday because the chrysanthemum blooms would last so long.
I miss those huge chrysanthemums, we don't get any flowers like that here in the West.  it's only 'garage' flowers or you buy an arrangement from a florist that will cost an arm and a leg.
I think from memory that the Hogg Family had the flowers at Grove Park, they were also at Lewisham markets, Rose was at that shop most days, I was in the same class as her sister, Jean. All the family was in that line of work (Barrow Boys, oops! Girls) The girls were all "blonds" very popular with the boys.
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« Reply #27 on: November 13, 2009, 02:35:25 AM »
I remember a green grocer next door to Grove Park Station.  They also sold flowers, and I would buy my Mum a bunch of flowers every other Friday.  Not every Friday because the chrysanthemum blooms would last so long.
I miss those huge chrysanthemums, we don't get any flowers like that here in the West.  it's only 'garage' flowers or you buy an arrangement from a florist that will cost an arm and a leg.
I think from memory that the Hogg Family had the flowers at Grove Park, they were also at Lewisham markets, Rose was at that shop most days, I was in the same class as her sister, Jean. All the family was in that line of work (Barrow Boys, oops! Girls) The girls were all "blonds" very popular with the boys.
I think the shop was called Waltons.  And yes Brenda next door was a sweetshop, and then a jewellers.  After that ws the railway sidings, although I believe they are now called Mews, and have some sort of YUPPIE apartments there. Further up I remember a wool shop, which I believe became a bakers. Where have all the wool shops gone, although I don't have anyone who wants me to knit them anything these days.
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« Reply #28 on: November 13, 2009, 07:54:38 AM »
The Goldsmiths Company hold a copy of 'The Centre News Sheet', published by the Downham Community Association (Valeswood Road) in May 1936, Vol 3, No 3. I copy here the notes I took yesterday from advertisements, including their mottos, I wondered whether anyone remembers these?

C Donovan of 650 Downham Way. Newsagent, lending library.
Pearks Stores, 440 Downham Way. Grocer. Holiday and Xmas Club. 'The firm that never sells a bad egg'. Try our Goldtips specialities (apparently there were coupons in them).
Clark Bros, 408 and 439 Downham Way. Greengrocer. 'A Good Potato'.
F A W Carver, 448 and 457 Downham Way. 'The Tender Butcher'.
H E Hills & Son, 481 Bromley Road. 'The Cycle Specialist'.
South Suburban Co-operative, 426 Downham Way.
Gayne's Cycles, 646 Downham Way. Cycles, Prams & Battery Service. 'You Gain at Gayne's'.

In addition the South Suburban Gas Company offered the Electrolux Gas Fridge LDB at 2/6 per week.

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« Reply #29 on: November 13, 2009, 02:14:27 PM »
H.E. Hills & Son was were I brought my first push bike, a yellow racing bike which took me all over the place, took me a while to pay it off.
Born 1942 at Farnbrough Hospital Kent now living in Rockingham WA been in OZ since 1968. Ex Durham Hill School left 1957 lived at 84 Keedonwood Road 1948-1960