Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday afternoon genealogy fun – When I was young part 2

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun.  Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun.  This week is a continuation from last week:

1)  Geneablogger Alona Tester has devised a new meme called the “When I Was Young” genea-meme on her blog, LoneTester HQ.

2)  Since the genea-meme is 25 questions, let’s do the rest 10 at a time.  This week, answer questions 6 to 15.

3)  Share your answers on your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a Facebook post or a Google+ post.

Here’s mine:

Q6:   When you were young, do you remember what it was that you wanted to grow up to be?

All through school I wanted to be a Primary School teacher, and I did the first year of the Diploma of Education – Primary.  However, it turned out I wasn’t suited to teaching.

Q7. Did you have a favourite teacher at school?

My favourite teacher at school would have been for sixth grade, Mr Wheeler (his first name was Paul).

Q8. How did you get to school?

We always walked to school – the kindergarten, Primary School and High School were all about 10 minutes-walk from home.

Q9 What games did playtime involve?

We played many games. There were card games for wet weather – Snap, Five hundred, rummy, gin rummy.

We used to play countries – we would take some chalk and draw countries on the road or footpath – fortunately we lived on a no through road, so there weren’t many cars.

We had billy carts that dad made, we had skipping ropes, and we had a swing in the back yard.  At school there were monkey bars, and at Primary school we even had a long beam – like a balance beam used in gymnastics, only much longer and it wasn’t straight, it had a couple of bends.

We sometimes played netball or football (Australian Rules).

Q10 Did you have a cubby house?

We didn’t have a cubby house, although there was an oven in the back yard (mum and dad threw it out because it didn’t work anymore), so we used to pretend to cook on that.

Q11.  What was something you remember from an early family holiday?

Probably the first family holiday I can remember was camping out at my great aunt Annie Lade’s farm at Baxter.  I don’t remember much from that holiday, but mainly remember the verandah that ran around the house.  After that there was a holiday at Indented Head, where there was a shipwreck.  I remember trying to swim out to it, but it was too far out to get to. Just about all of our summer holidays were at Kilcunda – dad’s mum had grown up on the farm at Woolamai, and her brother and sister still lived there, so we used to visit them on the farm.  I have many happy memories of those holidays – swimming at the beach, collecting sea shells, playing in the sheep pens on the farm, and riding the old pony Snowy, playing card games and puzzles at night and when it was raining.

Q12.  What is a memory from one of your childhood birthday’s or Christmas?

I remember my twelfth birthday best, because it was the only one where I was able to invite friends to my party.  With 7 girls, mum and dad usually couldn’t afford to have more than the family.

Q13. What childhood injuries do you remember?

This was actually my first memory from last week – the time I broke my arm when I fell off the monkey bars.  About the only other injuries I remember were falling of my sister’s bike, and grazing my knees – I remember the fun of waiting for the scab to form, and then picking it off.  I remember in High School getting a sprained ankle in the school sports – I remember the ankle had a lovely black and blue bruise afterwards.

Q14. What was your first pet?

I can’t remember which was our first pet, but when I was young we had chickens – although they weren’t really pets, we had them for the eggs.  We also had a few budgerigars and rabbits.  Unfortunately, the neighbor’s dog kept getting at the rabbits.

Q15.  Did your grandparents, or older relatives tell you stories of “when I was young ..?”

My grandparents had all died by the time I was born, and I don’t remember any of the other older relatives telling me stories of “when I was young”.

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