Sunday Sevens 2020 #16

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens; a post where I share seven or so photos from my week.

Last Friday was the 75th anniversary of VE day, but as we’re on lock down the official celebrations were scaled down dramatically and the day became one for quiet contemplation and close neighbours spending a few hours with a drink or two, sitting 2 meters from each other.

As part of my quiet contemplation I looked through the box of photographs, postcards and documents left to me when my father passed. My father was too young to sign up for military service at the very beginning of the war, but signed up during the war, once he was old enough.

 

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He joined the 64th Squadron of the RAF and saw service in Egypt as well as Europe.

 

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Although he talked about the war, he really told us very little about his experiences. His discharge papers also give little away as the writing is pretty much unreadable.

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Inside the box I also found Dancing Charlie  – made in the 1930s.

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I love the hype on the envelope and it made me think how much better previous generations were at entertaining themselves. We have so much more today and yet many people have been complaining how bored they are during lock down. Can you imagine how long today’s children would be entertained by Dancing Charlie?

For your further entertainment I thought I’d share a picture of my father as a young child….

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and one of me at a similar age…

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Just so you can see where I get my ridiculous wavy hair from.

And finally my seventh photo is bang up to date –  While most of our village hung union jack  bunting or flags outside their houses, one house had a rather creative take…

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No Where’s Harry this week, so instead I’ll ask how many pairs of knickers can you spot in my photos?

Stay Safe (And Alert!)

Until next time,

Bekki x

16 thoughts on “Sunday Sevens 2020 #16

  1. Yes, I can see the gorgeous hair is inherited! Your father looks ridiculously young in his signing up photo. But then – I guess he probably was and anyway, all young people look like they are 12 to me these days! I am no longer sure I know what the word ‘knickers’ refers to so my guess is subtitled ‘underwear’ and as that’s only seen on the washing line (a very clever and patriotic arrangement) and it’s a bit tricky to guess if the larger swathes of fabric are (ahem) larger undergarments I’ll stick with four 😀 Pats for Harry. Tell him he’s missed ❤

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    1. I guess he was ridiculously young. From what I recall he said during the war you could sign up for the RAF at 17 and the Army/Navy at 18, so he went for the RAF, so he could sign up a year earlier!
      Your guess is right. I do mean underpants, but the number is wrong – not all on the washing line – which doesn’t leave many other photos for them to be on.
      Will pass pats on to Harry and try to take a good pic of him this week. Hugs to you and Siddy xx

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      1. Well I had to come back for another look – and I’m stumped. The only thing I can guess – after a long study of all the shots – and having ascertained that both your dad and Charlie have their trousers on – is that you might have your top tucked into your undies as you are on the beach, possibly having a paddle and why wouldn’t you …….. ❤

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  2. My Dad was too young at the start of the war- he went to India and Burma in a tank devision just like Honoury Colonel Tom! The moment you shared the picture of your Dad as a little lad I could see the family resemblance. I agree with Pauline- 4 pairs of knickers, 2 red, 1 blue and 1 white. Fabulous arrangement.
    Bring back Harry!
    Stay alert. I’m just waking up, so alertness is on its way!

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    1. Mine parents did have me very late, which was why I swore I would be a young parent!
      So I guess your dad did national service?
      Everyone always said I looked like my dad.
      The clothing bunting is a fabulous arrangement and did make smile.
      You’re right about the knickers on the line, but as I said to Pauline there is a pair in another photo…
      As for stay alert – I can’t believe so much fuss has been made about a slogan. Although I agree the government should be more clear about still staying at home as much as possible and what the real changes are right now – I watched the news last night and Hugh Pimm was saying all sorts of bits of detail that Boris hadn’t. I though it was a whole lot of build up for nothing and am hoping questions in parliament and today’s briefing will give more clarity. Also hopefully they’ll tell me the garden centre is opening – it’s a long way to Wales for one 😉
      Stay Alert! xx

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      1. Dad was just 16, so he did his A levels in one year, then a degree in two joining up in uni, then officer training, finally ending up in India just in time for his 21st birthday. Finally discharged at the end of 1946!

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    1. I do 🙂
      I think it’s probably the beach below Beachy Head. We didn’t have a car, but we used to have the odd day trip on the train down to Eastbourne and used to walk along to the rock pools below Beachy Head and look for winkles.

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  3. What an angelic looking boy your Dad was but if he’s showing his knickers I can’t tell so I’m completely baffled by the missing pair.
    Your Charlie Chaplin looks in very good condition. Keep it safe, I’ve spotted one on line going for £120.

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    1. Please no! Father is not showing his knickers. Pauline is right, I am. Well what would you expect 😉
      I did have a quick look at what Charlie was worth – not that I would part with him – and found various sold ones from £20 – £100. He’s almost 100 years old, which I guess is good going for a piece of cardboard.

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  4. I got to 3 on the line and then thought yours must be showing too. Reading the comments I guess I was right 😃 The Apple didn’t fall far from the tree in your home then 😁

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