Way back in time , when I was 19 and a mere slip of a lass (I am talking about the 1970s /early 1980s), my family moved from Devon to Hampshire.
Oh the tears that day , I remember it well!
We did not want to go!
Anyway, I quite liked Hampshire once I'd got used to it and there
were a few positives which came from the move, such as:
The rivers there are beautiful and I spent many an afternoon
walking by the River Itchen or the River Test.
I discovered a football team called Southampton!
Southampton was fab for concerts... and it was where I watched David Bowie on his Ziggy Stardust tour! Beat that! I've lived!
I fell in love with a beautiful city called Winchester (pre CK!!);
I picked up a husband in Hampshire (lost him some years later, admittedly, but that's another story! LOL!);
All in all, my Hampshire years were very happy years.
In fact, we only stayed there for about 2+ years as my family moved again...to Surrey.
But I packed in a lot during those two years in Hampshire!
And all of this took place whilst I was training to be a teacher
in Hertfordshire and so I was often not around... but when I was, I made the most of it!
And, amazingly, I absolutely loved Southern Television!
I was a huge fan of the Jack Hargreaves programme, 'Out of Town'.
Each programme began with the most beautiful piece of classical guitar music and the clip clop of the horse and cart with , of course, Jack.
Now, if you have never seen these programmes, you ought!
Country goings ons and gatherings, country crafts etc ...brilliant!
We managed to buy the whole set of Dvds a few years ago and we never tire of them.
They are truly fabulous! And I mean fabulous!
And Jack...what a character:
Southern Television was known for
Wurzel Gummidge and Aunt Sally...weren't they wonderful?!
And then there was this:
Originally shown on Southern Television but then I think it went out to other areas,
Houseparty was brilliant!
None of your 'Loose women' rubbish and all that sex stuff and innuendo! Oh no no no!
Houseparty was cooking, sewing, crafts etc etc. Decent, clean and uplifting! ;-)
''One of Southern's most famous television programmes was Houseparty, an afternoon show aimed primarily at women that was shown locally to begin with then part-networked (one programme a week). It featured the sort of items expected to be found within the covers of a "magazine for women", such as cooking, knitting, crafts, and general gossip. The studio was arranged so as to resemble a living room and the regular 'guests' rang a 'doorbell' when they arrived after the programme had started, often bringing items of interest with them. It may have been a rather 'phoney' idea but the show was popular; it only ended when Southern stopped broadcasting, though Meridian revived the show for a brief time with the daughters of some of the original cast, in 1993.''
Well..there's no footage of it as far as I know,which is a crying shame!
(Phew, I have been all around the houses to get to this bit,I know...)
A kind of Houseparty is back!
Yesterday, the doorbell went a few times and in came the guests... until finally,the very last guest arrived, accompanied by two chairs!
She needed advice!
And you can guess what we all said...
So thank you,Linda for bringing your chairs..I hope they had a very pleasant outing!!
Amanda brought plenty to 'show and tell' including this fabulous set of 50s glasses with a jug. They had beautiful coloured flowers on them and my camera did not catch these at all well.
She also brought along some embroidered bits and pieces and some vintage textiles:
And a huge thanks to Jane who very kindly baked some cupcakes.
Finally, hello to a lovely lady called Kerry, whom I have never met until yesterday!
She drove from north Cornwall, to join us!
And the morning just flew by!
The next one is Weds Oct 13th at 10.30am
Do come along!
Maybe they should film us??????
Meanwhile, I'm hopping over the county border tomorrow,via
Budleigh Salterton, Honiton and Axminster.
Destination Bridport !
See you next week when I'll be in ' Dorset' mode... plus I have a giveaway winner to announce, I think!
And maybe, I'll find just an extra little something for the person who can tell me what we used to call the 'Hants and Dorset' buses when I lived in Hampshire!
Have fun everyone...I am going to!