Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Puffin Island

Puffin Island from Penmon Point 
on the Isle of Anglesey

Last week Partner-who-loves-tea and I took a trip to Anglesey and went on a short wildlife cruise around Puffin Island,     The weather was glorious and a most pleasant hour and a half was spent with Sea Coast Safaris.







Atlantic Grey Seals

Seal pup

Saturday, 7 July 2018


"Shells from the Sands of Time".  Isn't that a wonderful title.  Published in 1876 it was a selection of non-fiction essays and a couple of ghost stories by the wife of Bulwer Lytton.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

1950s adverts

At the 1950s Museum near Denbigh there were various adverts from that era.  A few of them would not get past the Advertising Standards Agency today, like this one for the Kenwood Chef:-

Cigarette advertising is now completely banned but even before that ban came in this advert would have been considered inappropriate:-

My grandmother smoked un-tipped Woodbines from her twenties into her nineties.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Back to the 1950s.

Partner-who-loves-tea and I went to the 1950s Museum near Denbigh the other day.  It was a most enjoyable trip back in time.

"Oh, look!  We had one of those".
"So did we, only ours was blue..."

"We", in that context, referred to our parents' homes.

But there were also things that P-w-l-t and I had at one time or another.

"I wonder what became of our...?"
"Have we still got our...?"

And so the conversations continued as we wandered back and forth through the living room, the kitchen, the 1950s shop and so on.

Did Mum's teapot like this one end up in the loft or does GB have it or has it gone to a charity shop at some time.

Mum's first phone was similar to this one - it had a dial with letters and numbers.  Later ones only had numbers when exchanges like "Stoneycroft" became "228".

We still have, and use, the juicer shown in this photo but I'm not sure if the sugar pourer is still around.

This museum could solve some of the problems about what to do with items in the loft that we no longer want/need but which are in too poor a condition to give to a charity shop.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Guess the car...

Partner-who-loves-tea has been a car enthusiast ever since she got her first car at the age of 17 - or probably even earlier.  That car was a 1953 Ford Anglia.  There were not many Anglias around at the time - Ford Populars and Prefects were much more common.

Yesterday we went to the Cae Dai Trust's 1950s Museum near Denbigh and guess what was there - a 1953 Ford Anglia. 

On our way to Denbigh we had followed this car for quite a few miles, trying to work out what make it was. 

It turned off at a roundabout into a petrol station / shop and so P-w-l-t drove around the roundabout and parked next to it.

Upon investigation it turned out to be an Alvis.  The Alvis Three Litre series IV, TF21, was an updated version of the 1963 TE21, and was the last car produced by Alvis cars, having been announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1966 it remained in production until 1967.  A total of 106 cars of this model were produced.

We had a chat to the owner and this Alvis TF21 is one of only 27 that survive.  It's hardly surprising we failed to recognise it. 

Back at Cae Dai there were a number of other vehicles which I'll blog about another time but for the moment here is a taster...

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