This is the first time I've been tagged in the blogging world and given an award. Preseli Maggs is to blame, but she wrote such an evocative memory in her Meme memory and an award I thought I'd give it a go myself. The meme is to reveal a memory - this is harder than I first imagined. I can hardly remember what I was doing yesterday and whatever it was it was probably not worth writing about.
The fog of thought..., then the flood gates open.
I was bullied at secondary school. I remember that.
I remember my brother pushing me off the pouffe when I was doing an earnest recital.
I remember a white house with a black border at the bottom, backing onto a working farm. Getting our wellies stuck in the mud and really being frightened about how on earth we would be able to extricate ourselves. The partner in crime was my brother.
Covering my Dad's boss's farm machinery with thick gunk - something with the consistency of petroleum jelly. My brother and I had hours of fun, not so sure much fun was had by Dad afterwards.
I remember my lovely Granddad rubbing his bristles on my cheeks.
I vividly remember my 'invisible friend'. Technically it was an animal, more like a horse but with doggy traits too. Together we would ride the wind and be as free as a bird. We often played in the street then - and I'd gallop around and neigh up and down the road to my heart's content.
Listening to the top 40 in the bath on a Sunday afternoon.
I remember long hot lazy summers that seemed to go on forever.
I remember dib dib dibbing and dob dob dobbing, promising to do my best. I remember camping, the midnight feasts and washing up in cold water.
I remember my first school trip abroad, I didn't want to go. But it was the best trip ever and I made friends that if not still here in this world or living close by are with me in spirit always.
I remember the whole family getting together for Gran and Grandad's 50th wedding anniversary. We made a tape to be sent to Australia (all the children did a party piece). We heard a request for them on the radio and felt famous by association.
I remember Queen, 10cc, Donny Osmond, The Clangers, Bill and Ben, Swap Shop, Jacky and The Famous Five.
Now it's time for me to tag. I'm new at this so only following four... you can all ignore if you have already done or if you are too busy to do.
Smallholding in Wales
.... to be continued
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