Throwback Thursday #11 – Toys and Pastimes

Maggie, who alternates with Lauren, is our hostess for the Throwback Thursday series.
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This week’s prompt is: Toys and Pastimes

I suppose I was luckier than a lot of kids as I had quite a few dollies, a dolls pram, and a three wheeler bicycle. I also had a toy piano (only the white keys worked) which I am ashamed to say I defaced with my name using a pair of compasses and always regretted it.
I’d always wanted a Bride Doll and Bro and his first wife bought me one. It was so lovely, I didn’t play with it, but she sat on my dressing table in all her finery.
My favourite toy was my teddy bear. He was my best friend and a keeper of all my secrets.
He was not my first bear though, as that was stolen off my pram when I was a few weeks old. Poor bear, he had an identity crisis for years as he wore a purple net petticoat tutu, though was no ballerina! I call him Grandad now as he was the oldest bear in our Hug, sadly most of which were given to charity in 2014 when we downsized and ended up on the boat.

The above are all that are left and Grandad is the one sporting the checkered pants as made for him by my great grandmother on one of her Summer visits. She made my sister and I dresses, and outfits for our dolls from the remnants. We had the best dressed dollies in the neighbourhood.
Hubby lovingly repaired Grandad’s paws and feet which you can read about here

I always wanted a typewriter and got very excited one Christmas when my present was the right shape. I was disappointed though as it was a piano accordion. I was musically minded and taught myself to play, and would often take it to school when we had music lessons. As I got older though I lost interest and concentrated on the piano, so asked my parents permission to sell it.

I did save my money for something special though, but it wasn’t a toy.  I was about 13 and my friend had had a new record player for her birthday. I asked my parents if I could have one too and my Dad said I could have anything I wanted, provided I saved for it. So I did.
It cost me £17/10s and I’d paid off so much a week until it was paid for, then brought it home on the bus. We didn’t have the right fuse though, so I had to wait until the following day when Dad could get one for me. I started buying a lot of records after that.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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20 Responses to Throwback Thursday #11 – Toys and Pastimes

  1. Thanks for joining in Di. My record player from bio-dad was a glorious gift. I was able to hide in my room and listen to my records. I get that.

  2. Maggie says:

    I always love reading about Grandad, Di! I love his checkered pants. I can imagine how excited you must have been to have your own record player! (Did you ever get that typewriter?) Thanks for participating again this week.

  3. Sadje says:

    Love your teddy bear collection.

  4. What a lovely post and so many beautiful memories. I too enjoy the “Tales of Granddad”, he is so smart in his trousers, and his eyes just snap! What a cutie pie! I’m glad all your ‘Hug” didn’t get given away. Some things cannot be replaced. ❤ Wonderful post and now I'm off to do some fibbin'. 😉

  5. murisopsis says:

    It is a great story – of saving for and purchasing your very own record player! And the brae collection is priceless – at least Granddad is!!

    • Wise words from my Dad and I have never forgotten them. years later I wanted to upgrade to a stereo system and saw exactly the one I wanted so started saving. By the time I had enough they were a discontinued line, so I got it for half price! I bought a couple of LPs and put the rest to one side for the next thing I might want.

  6. murisopsis says:

    bear! I got ahead of myself!!

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