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Big Sis took these pics. The house is where our grandparents lived,
(although it has changed quite a bit since then) we spent many many
happy weeks there in our summer holidays. Near by were 'popper bushes',
we used to take great delight in stamping on them to make them pop. Big
Sis had a close friend who lived next door; the foot belongs to her
daughter, who is carrying on the tradition of popper stamping. Ta Big
Sis
23rd Oct 2007, 13:26  

looks like a fine place, where is it?

23rd Oct 2007, 13:39

FilbertFox says:

a small village near banbury, oxfordshire. where the sun always shone, the birds did sing sweetly and the donkeys did frolic in the field

23rd Oct 2007, 16:27

ah, oxfordshire, where the birds do sweetly sing and money talks loudly.

23rd Oct 2007, 16:33

Viv says:

:) looks delightful

23rd Oct 2007, 17:46

poppet says:

Ooh squishy white berries - i used to pop those too.

Let me know when you can come out and i'll arrange a night out - though warning the lab people want to come too. Yes more strange scientists to meet.

23rd Oct 2007, 18:37

FilbertFox says:

Para - yes loads a money in them there parts. But no singing in my grandparents house, rented don't ya know. Many locals forced out due to London folk buying pretty houses.

23rd Oct 2007, 21:25

Twiglet says:

They were always *poppers* to me too.

Then I had a boyfriend who had the runaway nerve to call them *Snow berries*! Bloody horticulturist weirdo..........

24th Oct 2007, 09:37

paintist says:

me too! my gran taught me how to tap and pop those berries :-)
Nice memories........

24th Oct 2007, 12:38

swamprose says:

thatched roof, wow. storybook stuff.

I had forgotten about popping snowberries. will do a few on the dogwalk.

24th Oct 2007, 12:51

Big Sis says:

I'm glad to see that 'popping' was obviously a pastime that others enjoyed too.

The house was last on the market a couple of years ago for about £450K !!!!

Pity they didn't own it, although if it had been handed down to us, we would never have sold it. Too many happy memories.

FF - are you going to mention the wasps and the washing up liquid bottles or shall I ????

24th Oct 2007, 13:42

FilbertFox says:

Wasps Bib Sis? I don't remember there being any of those pesky critters spoiling our idyllic summers......

24th Oct 2007, 17:11

Big Sis says:

I'm talking about the ones we used to exterminate !!!!!

24th Oct 2007, 17:33

FilbertFox says:

as i said, there were never any wasps

24th Oct 2007, 18:33

MaggieD says:

There are never any wasps in the rosy haze of childhood memories at your grandma's ...... :)

25th Oct 2007, 21:06

i disticntly remember getting stung by a wasp outside the pub near where gran (or ratha great gran) lived later on...however i also remember telling my uncle he was my aunt because i was a tomboy while at the same pub, ah childhood.....

26th Oct 2007, 12:43

FilbertFox says:

FBW - nope sweetie, childhood memory playing tricks on you there. You were stung outside a pub near maccelsfield when we were at a wedding.

26th Oct 2007, 17:21

was there rabbits?

26th Oct 2007, 22:17

FilbertFox says:

not that i recall

27th Oct 2007, 08:06

cant be the same memory then - i definately got stung while poking at rabbits

27th Oct 2007, 19:21

Big Sis says:

Actually FBW has a better memory than you might think. Outside the said pub I was holding FBW who was very young at the time and a bee went down the front of my dress and stung me on the b--b!!!! Everyone was very amused of course, but that's brothers and sisters for you!!!!!

30th Oct 2007, 13:54

FilbertFox says:

ah yes, the incident that doubled your cup size. I seem to remember the BroOutlaw offering to suck out the poison.


Ta FBW this edit makes a bit more sense

30th Oct 2007, 14:59

read your posts before you send them mother

3rd Nov 2007, 16:25