Sunday, 28 July 2019

MEMORIES



Remember this?
I'm sure some  of you will have done this in the past. lol
Remember the paper catching fire and having to let it go up the chimney? hoping that it didn't catch fire.
Remember the smoke when the wind was in the wrong direction.
I do.

Thank goodness for central heating.

26 comments:

  1. I grew up in a house without central heating and many was the morning when I woke to the sounds of my father raking out the coal fire below my bedroom. Sometimes my mum rolled up sheets of newspaper very tightly. The resulting tight rolls acted like kindling.

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  2. They may have been dirty but there was nothing like sitting in front of the fire just watching the embers.

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    1. It was better than watching "Love Island" - that's for sure.

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  3. I still have a coal fire. We love it except for the dust. The day is rapidly coming when we are going to have to think about getting gas in.

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    1. I don't think many young people would do it now would they. Clean the grate every morning and lay it for the evening, lug the coal in and dust LOTS. LOL

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  4. I remember it well. We now have a wood burning stove and my son can't for the life of himself understand why we prefer lighting it to using the central heating

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    1. There's no real comfort in radiators is there, a lovely log fire is so yummy.

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  5. Thankfully, I did not have to go through any of this.

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  6. I remember my parents doing that in our stoves - one in the kitchen, one in the central room that was both our living room and our parents' bedroom. And I've done it a time or two myself. We live in an area that had extensive coal mining, so used both wood and coal. As kids we helped stack the wood in the little wood house, chop kindling, and carry in wood in the winter. And I remember the ash pile out back - Mom used to put the potato peelings in the same pile and more than once we had potato plants growing out of it :) I like a fire but my lungs don't - it sets off my asthma. I'm VERY grateful for cleaner forms of heat!

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    1. I remember my Dad bringing home as much wood as he could find to chop for kindling, I even used to chop it myself and I was quite young. Wouldn't be allowed now would it?
      What with a coal fire puffing out smoke and both my parents smoking like chimneys its a wonder I'm still here, lol

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  7. we had a wood burning barrel stove in KY, I had to take the ashes out in one of these buckets and bring coal up from the basement in that bucket. but never had a fireplace. I lived in an apartment with a fireplace, but only got to use it twice. and did not need a bucket, it had a opening out the back to take them out outside. I do remember all of it in others homes but not ours

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  8. I also remember it well. As a child we had one in the front room and one in the kitchen. Now we have central heating powered by oil. So we have a wood burner in the sitting room and i have a smaller one in my Shedudio. Central heating goes off in the winter around 7 and then its the wood burner. Saves money and heats the whole downstairs. Stove in the Shedudio is lit in the winter when I go down and quickly heats up the whole area. Ace. I dont do any cleaning of or setting up due to lung problems.

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  9. I remember scraping up the fire onto a metal dustpan and carrying it from the living room and kitchen to the front room fireplace, ready to watch the t.v. in the evening. I was probably about 12yrs old, haha. I did all of the household jobs when I was 14 yrs old as my mum was in an isolation hospital for nearly 5 months and I had to stay off school to look after my dad, two younger sisters and my grandad.I used to do my school work at home and it was collected. When mum came home, dad bought me a new winter coat.

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  10. We still have a coal fire at our home (as well as the central heating), its wonderful in the winter months.

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  11. We didn't have this when I was growing up

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  12. Have just come home from a walk and as it has turned colder I lit the wood burning stove that I cleaned and set before we went out this morning. Much prefer it to a heatpump.

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  13. I remember it well, Dad used to get up first and make the fire in the living room but if we wanted to sit in the front room we had to light the fire in there as it was so cold and the fire always had to be drawn with a sheet of newspaper, we used to roll and tie newspaper knots too to nelp make the fire, paper, then sticks, the coal and then light:)

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  14. Yes I remember this. Mum went to work early and we got ourselves up and ready for school. I had the job of doing the hoovering, my sister washed the pots, and brother cleaned out the grate and laid it for later. The house I am in now has a grate, covered in with a gas fire in front of it. I will stick with the gas.

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    1. I wouldn't want to do it now but there was something satisfying laying a fire for use later.

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  15. Open fires were grate (great ha) in the Autumn for roasting chestnuts, burning one's fingers when skinning them,and then dipping the hot sweet nut in just a little salt, oh what simple pleasures that so few know these modern days.
    Willy Wombat

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    1. I remember we had a long toasting fork and used to toast marshmallows.

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  16. We had a fireplace in my house growing up, and I once set the carpet on fire in front of it. I can't remember how, but anyway I stomped it out so there was no harm beyond a little burned spot. Still, Mom was not happy! And yes, I remember having to shovel out the ashes.

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  17. We never had a real fire when I was a child but my grandparents did. My parents never had central heating until they moved house eight years ago, it used to be freezing when we got out of bed when I was a child.

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  18. Yes I remember my Aunt doing this. I was terrified the paper would catch and burn the house down. It did catch one day and was swept up the chimney!

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  19. My mother used to tell me stories about her coal furnace when she was little and also a young bride. And I remember the oil furnace when I was a little girl. My parents had a wrench by the oil pipe in the basement and when the oil man would come, it was my assignment to go to the basement & watch the gauge as the tank filled up. When the gauge said it was a little before full, I had to take the wrench and tap several times on the oil pipe. The oil man could hear the tapping outside and would then turn off his oil spigot. Wonderful memories! Thanks for triggering them, Briony. Love, Andrea xoxo

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