E.M.’s Sunday Ramble #24

Childhood Memories

What is your first good memory from your childhood? (If this is a trigger question for you, tell me how your day is and what the best thing is about today.)

Me aged around 4 yrs

I have two early memories that I think are special. The first one is my earliest memory of any event. I was about two years old. I am looking over a railway bridge to see trains. This is just half a memory; I didn’t remember how I was able to see over the bridge. Mum told me that my grandfather used to hold me up to see them. The other memory is from when I turned four. A sunny day (rare in the UK), mum had washed my hair and my sister and I were sitting on the top of the stairs that lead down to the garden. (We lived in an upstairs flat). Mum was making my birthday cake in the kitchen. I felt happy.

Name 3 things that you loved when you were just a youngster?

  • Going to my grandparent’s house in Clacton for summer holidays.
  • Donkeys on the beach in Clacton.
  • Playing with my electric train set.
Clacton on Sea UK

What did you dislike, or even hate, when you were growing up?

  • School
  • wearing a particular straw bonnet that mum had bought for each of us.
  • boiled cabbage, still don’t like it.

If you could go give your younger self one piece of advice, what would you tell them?

Don’t be scared of what people will think of you.

What kind of celebrations did you enjoy when you were little, and do you still like those celebrations now that you are grown?

Birthdays and Christmas. I still love to celebrate both.

Bonus QuestionWhat commercial did you always wait for to come on television as a child? (If you didn’t like commercials or television, what event did you wait for to come about when you were a kid?

When I was really young, I remember that there was one for frozen peas that I liked. There were some tiny peas calling a larger pea “Cannonball”. Now I think about it that was rather mean of them. Peas being discriminatory. Later, when I was a bit older there were many commercials, we would laugh at or sing along with like “Louie the Fly”



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. I love all the pictures, and I always like how you do your rambles. My mother did not take care of photographs of me when I was younger, but my sister and father did. I am also with you on boiled cabbage! Thanks for joining in on the ramble, Taswegian 🙂

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