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    I used to wonder at the industry and effort of my mother trying to make a black thing more black. It had something to do with pride in the home, I suppose.

    My, how far we have come from cooking on an open fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by collegepudding View Post
    In our house the front room is still called the Parlour....... couldn't call it anything else.... wouldn't seem right.
    The Kitchen used to be called the Back Kitchen,and mostly still is within the family,but to outsiders it is called the Kitchen..only because some people look at you funny if you prefix with Back

    We never had the alsations but had plenty of small figures of cats won from the Fair in Newsham Park,along with plenty of goldfish carried home in those little see through plastic bags


    collegepudding
    Me and my mum still say parlour - which my husband finds highly amusing.
    .. and also because we say vestibule ! .. but we do have a vestibule - that's what it is called. The space between the front door and the door into your hallway - a vestibule !

    ps, Collegepudding, I always worried about the poor little fish in plastic bags. Very cruel,I hate to think what became of half of them. most people never knew how to look after fish properly - poor things stuck in a glass bowl.

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    Something else becoming a thing of the past.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
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    Ah yes, the days when you could say in all innocence.....nice companion set your mum's got, any chance of a poke?

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    Oh yes, I remember them !

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    And putting the echo up against the dying fire to reignite it and watching through the paper as it flared up again almost swallowing the paper which had to be quickly dragged away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    And putting the echo up against the dying fire to reignite it and watching through the paper as it flared up again almost swallowing the paper which had to be quickly dragged away.
    I remember my dad doing that.

    I used to watch him making up the fire, first of all he would rake over the old coals and ash, then he'd use the hoover to suck up surplus ash.

    One day, I thought I'd be a big help ( I was only about 7 or 8) .. and I attempted to hoover out the old ash - - only I'd switched the hoover onto 'blow' instead of suction mode --- OMG ! pandemonium ! there was a fine layer of ash all over the living room !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oudeis View Post
    I used to wonder at the industry and effort of my mother trying to make a black thing more black. It had something to do with pride in the home, I suppose.

    My, how far we have come from cooking on an open fire.
    An old saying " The devil finds work for idle hands" was often quoted at that time, maybe it's still relevant today.
    I never got used to the "stewed tea" taste, but meat/ veg cooked in the oven side was lovely and tender( and maybe added a little iron to our mealtimes).
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    We used to do toast on extended forks in front of the coal fire.
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    Is it Paganini's "The Devil's Trill"?

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    a vestibule !
    Thanks Lindy, now I know I will use it, for a laugh ! Scullery is another word I heard used in a lot Ireland !

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    Our back room had a "larder" . I remember it being called the pantry sometimes. It had a small metallic grill to keep flies out in the summer and we used this room to keep cheeses and meats fresh. It was always cool in there, probably due to it's location in the middle of the house, with the cellar running underneath and the stairs being overhead.
    Chas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasevans View Post
    Our back room had a "larder" . I remember it being called the pantry sometimes. It had a small metallic grill to keep flies out in the summer and we used this room to keep cheeses and meats fresh. It was always cool in there, probably due to it's location in the middle of the house, with the cellar running underneath and the stairs being overhead.
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    Yes, that's where ours was - under the stairs.

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    What about coal-hole, we had our coal dumped under the stairs which led from the back kitchen !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty1 View Post
    What about coal-hole, we had our coal dumped under the stairs which led from the back kitchen !
    We had a grid at the front of the house that could be lifted to dump the coal into the cellar. For some reason we sometimes used a section of our back yard for coal storing, I think it may be due to the coal man's hailing coming from the front or back.

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    The Coalman came up the hall through our Kitchen out into the back Kitchen with a bloody Sack of Coal, as he dumped it the stour of dust landed everywhere and him as black as F***.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    We used to do toast on extended forks in front of the coal fire.
    Aye, for Sunday Lunch too !

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    When we lived in one lot of tenements, there was a coal chute next to the front door and the coal was tipped into here which was basically a cupboard and accessed from inside the house, the hallway or lobby as we called it.

    In another part of Gerard Gardens we didn't have a chute but the coal was tipped directly into the cupboard which could only be accessed by the coal man actually coming into the lobby.

    We also had one of those round sieves and my dad would shovel the coal onto it and sieve the 'slack' out of it so that only the large lumps of coal - or sometimes coke was put on the fire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty1 View Post
    The Coalman came up the hall through our Kitchen out into the back Kitchen with a bloody Sack of Coal, as he dumped it the stour of dust landed everywhere and him as black as F***.

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    Aye, for Sunday Lunch too !

    Marty, happy days,

    We couldn't afford bread, so me dad would slap a piece of lard on a chunk of cardboard, if it were our birthday he,d give us a scraping of coal dust on top.
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    We couldn't afford bread, so me dad would slap a piece of lard on a chunk of cardboard, if it were our birthday he,d give us a scraping of coal dust on top.
    What's Lard Chas ? You lot sound very Posh to me

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    What's Lard Chas ?
    The stuff yer fried yer bread with.

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    Toasting forks go with rattan carpet beaters, when the rug would be hung over the washing line.

    My mistake (first?) when helping rekindle the fire was to do the shovelling of the ash from under the great.

    "I'll just tip it in this bucket mum?...No, NO!!...not from that height...too late."

    The ash made a very satisfying muffled 'krumph' sound as it hit the bucket bottom...and then billowed out all over the room.
    "You're as bad as Scouse Linda!" Could have been the cry.

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    satisfying muffled 'krumph'
    Yes Oudeis, and not a very nice taste either !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty1 View Post
    the stour of dust landed everywhere
    Here's me thinking I'm good at English ! - - but I had to look that word up ! I've never heard of the word stour http://www.yourdictionary.com/stour

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    Thought I'd look it up myself, I don't know where it came from !

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    Me and my mum still say parlour - which my husband finds highly amusing.
    .. and also because we say vestibule ! .. but we do have a vestibule - that's what it is called. The space between the front door and the door into your hallway - a vestibule !

    ps, Collegepudding, I always worried about the poor little fish in plastic bags. Very cruel,I hate to think what became of half of them. most people never knew how to look after fish properly - poor things stuck in a glass bowl.

    Hi lindy.

    would you believe it, the fair is at Newsham Park from tomorrow until Monday......probably complete with fish in bags aswell




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    My poor grandparents had cockroaches but thank goodness I never saw any!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane Louise View Post
    My poor grandparents had cockroaches but thank goodness I never saw any!
    Cockroaches?

    Such is a real sign of affluence. Domestic vermin, the tell-tale sign of plenty, would only consider living in a veritable palace of warmth and plenty.

    Silver fish, on the other hand...

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