‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Oakwood Adventures, The Three-Wheeled Morris Minor, The Squirrel on the Bus, The Mini with No Brakes and The Girl in the Shorts.

Cars were relatively few at the end of the 50s and early sixties, but I can still remember several incidents that have stuck with me all these years. Some of … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Oakwood Adventures, The Three-Wheeled Morris Minor, The Squirrel on the Bus, The Mini with No Brakes and The Girl in the Shorts.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Learning to Work. Leeds 1960s. Weeding, newspapers and the dreaded weed!

This morning I was trying to remember when the UK introduced the decimal currency and that got me thinking about my first jobs as a child. The currency changed on … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Learning to Work. Leeds 1960s. Weeding, newspapers and the dreaded weed!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Family Tension, Christmas Parties and Summer holidays. The everyday trials of life in suburban Leeds 1950s-60s!

I was speaking with my younger brother yesterday and we were comparing notes from our childhood memories. He confirms that the Anglia was the first car after the Ford Prefect … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Family Tension, Christmas Parties and Summer holidays. The everyday trials of life in suburban Leeds 1950s-60s!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Firsts – First School – Stainbeck Preparatory School – Stainbeck Lane near Chapel Allerton. Growing up in Leeds in the 1950s-60s.

This is likely to be my last blog until the New Year as I will be busy with visitors, but we shall see. My grandchildren will be staying with me over Christmas and it … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Firsts – First School – Stainbeck Preparatory School – Stainbeck Lane near Chapel Allerton. Growing up in Leeds in the 1950s-60s.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Winter in the 1960s – Gipton Wood Crescent, Gipton Wood and Hill Sixty, Roundhay Park Leeds.

Before the days of central heating and double glazing, houses really knew when Winter had arrived. Temperatures in the bedroom would plummet and the windows would be covered in the … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Winter in the 1960s – Gipton Wood Crescent, Gipton Wood and Hill Sixty, Roundhay Park Leeds.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Winter and Christmas Parties at Harehills County Primary School in the 1960s.

The wind up to the end of term and the Christmas holidays was  something that I enjoyed and looked forward to. The teachers always seemed in a good mood in … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Winter and Christmas Parties at Harehills County Primary School in the 1960s.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – A Trip to the Seaside Part 2 – Scarborough

It seemed that for most of my early life my parents took us to the seaside on either day trips or to stay in cottages they would hire. The main … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – A Trip to the Seaside Part 2 – Scarborough

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – A trip to the dentist and other delights. Childhood in Leeds in the 1950s-60s. Not for the squeamish!

I can not say what age I was when I started to go to the dentist, but I do remember my first one well. Mr. Gosling had his surgery on … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – A trip to the dentist and other delights. Childhood in Leeds in the 1950s-60s. Not for the squeamish!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – My Grandmother’s House, Chapel Allerton – Modernisation, cellars and keeping the grandchildren busy.

I am not sure exactly when it happened, but probably very early in the 1960s, the government removed the external row of toilets at the end of Regent Terrace and … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – My Grandmother’s House, Chapel Allerton – Modernisation, cellars and keeping the grandchildren busy.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Street Play, Tinkers and Kittens , Gipton Wood Crescent.

We moved to 19 Gipton Wood Crescent when I was younger than seven. I can’t remember which year, but it was probably 1959 or 1960. The road was still cobbled … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Street Play, Tinkers and Kittens , Gipton Wood Crescent.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Adventures in Lawrence Avenue, Leeds.

Whilst still living in Lawrence Avenue my mother was pregnant with my younger brother and as this was the third it was to be a home birth. In those days, … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Adventures in Lawrence Avenue, Leeds.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Playing in the Little Wood and Gipton Wood. Wild childhood antics.

My family moved from Lawrence Avenue to Gipton Wood Crescent at a  time when my brothers and I had reached an age where playing out was what you did. When … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Playing in the Little Wood and Gipton Wood. Wild childhood antics.