‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Home Brewing and Wine Making! The Hobby that Delivers the Morning After!

As a teenager, my first introduction to home brewing and winemaking came from the parents of some of my friends. When I was around at their houses there would be … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Home Brewing and Wine Making! The Hobby that Delivers the Morning After!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Amusement Arcades, Competitions, Cards, Horses and the Football Pools. The Grand National and the Melbourne Cup!

I have never been one to waste my money and that has had real benefits for my wife and me over the years. This was probably the Scottish side of … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Amusement Arcades, Competitions, Cards, Horses and the Football Pools. The Grand National and the Melbourne Cup!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Yorkshire Dales, Getting Out and About, Camping and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

One of the great joys of living in Yorkshire is how close you are to some of the most spectacular and varied countryside in the world. Leeds is little more … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Yorkshire Dales, Getting Out and About, Camping and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Final Year at High School, Leaving Home, Going to College and Growing Older if Not Wiser.

I have spoken in a previous tale about taking A Levels and I must admit that at the time, I had no idea what I wanted to be, or do … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Final Year at High School, Leaving Home, Going to College and Growing Older if Not Wiser.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ –The Serious End of High School, the Lower and Upper Sixth Forms, Going Co-Ed, a Shock for the Teachers and for Us. We were so Bad!

There appeared to be two types of people at Roundhay School and they can be split into those who would cause their parents concern and those who wouldn’t. When adolescence … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ –The Serious End of High School, the Lower and Upper Sixth Forms, Going Co-Ed, a Shock for the Teachers and for Us. We were so Bad!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – That Time of Year Again and Still Dreaming of a White Christmas. Are Your Memories of Family Madness, Like Mine?

This has been the most globally traumatic year that I have ever experienced and I suppose it is a reminder of how fragile peace and tranquility is. For some reason … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – That Time of Year Again and Still Dreaming of a White Christmas. Are Your Memories of Family Madness, Like Mine?

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – On With the Improvements – Bringing a Pre-War Semi-Detached House into the 1960s and 70s! Coin slot TVs, Fitted Carpets, Central Heating. How Thoroughly Modern!

With the windows replaced, my father was starting to get into the swing of bringing the house on Gipton Wood Crescent up to scratch and this meant attacking the heating. … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – On With the Improvements – Bringing a Pre-War Semi-Detached House into the 1960s and 70s! Coin slot TVs, Fitted Carpets, Central Heating. How Thoroughly Modern!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Ch,Ch,Ch,Changes, Heating, Bath Time, Laundry and the Coming of Mod Cons in the late 1950s! My Grandma’s in Chapel Allerton.

A few weeks ago I was remembering how my father had modernised our house and so many other aspects of our lives have changed during my lifetime. My Grandma’s house, … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Ch,Ch,Ch,Changes, Heating, Bath Time, Laundry and the Coming of Mod Cons in the late 1950s! My Grandma’s in Chapel Allerton.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Scarborough- More than Just the Beach and the Front. History, Culture and Punch and Judy!

Scarborough has a firm place in my heart as the town has made me welcome at various stages of my life. As the largest of the Yorkshire resorts it was … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Scarborough- More than Just the Beach and the Front. History, Culture and Punch and Judy!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Roundhay Park, Leeds – Part of My History and a Glorious Gem of a Place!

I am never sure what I am going to write about until I have actually started and often the tale ends up very different from the one that I intended. … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Roundhay Park, Leeds – Part of My History and a Glorious Gem of a Place!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Harehills CP School Trips, York, Fountains Abbey and, Oh Yes It Was the Pantomime, OH NO It Wasn’t!

I don’t think that schoolchildren in the 1950s and 60s went on the number of school visits that they do nowadays and when we did go they were quite memorable … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Harehills CP School Trips, York, Fountains Abbey and, Oh Yes It Was the Pantomime, OH NO It Wasn’t!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Eating Out – Bryan’s, Nash’s, Harry Ramsden’s, The Acorn, the Flying Pizza and Indian Restaurants.

When I was little in the late 1950s and 60s eating out was a very rare treat. The usual locations were fish and chips shops when on holiday at Bridlington, … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Eating Out – Bryan’s, Nash’s, Harry Ramsden’s, The Acorn, the Flying Pizza and Indian Restaurants.