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Post# 981483   2/6/2018 at 06:54 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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We had a little gathering to celebrate the 60th birthday of our friend and collector Alistair, (Vacbear58) as Al`s place is currently a mudbath while building work is completed, Richard in Consett, Durham kindly offered to host. Al made a request to visit Beamish, a sprawling open air museum dedicated to telling the stories and preserving the villages, shops and coal mines of the area and beyond.

Of course a visit to Richards is like stepping back in time so what better than head for the kitchen and a "Vintage Wash", The Hotpoint 1501 Top Loader from the 1960`s.

From the left, Steve (SESteve) , Darren (Slowspin66) Richard (Ricky5050) and Alistair Birthday Boy (vacbear58)


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Post# 981485 , Reply# 1   2/6/2018 at 06:58 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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I arrived Thursday evening just in time for a fab meal and to check in to the " Hoover Room" for a good nights kip before morning.

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Post# 981486 , Reply# 2   2/6/2018 at 07:02 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Next morning we picked up Steve and then headed to Durham railway station for the arrival of Darren who was on the steam chuffer from Stackton Tressell, all arrived safely.....

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Post# 981488 , Reply# 3   2/6/2018 at 07:06 by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        
As someone who had a brithday yesterday,

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I say happy birthday to you, Alistair.

Post# 981489 , Reply# 4   2/6/2018 at 07:08 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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All In the car and a tour of the historic town and cathederal, it was time for a coffee so Richard drove us to a fab new Café Bar with working Launderette, converted from an old cinema, just up our street.

Link to City of Historic Duram, in the North East of England.


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Post# 981491 , Reply# 5   2/6/2018 at 07:13 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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All the machines are named after all the filmstars of the era, such as Cary Grant, Clark Gable, its used as a music venue as it very popular,

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Post# 981493 , Reply# 6   2/6/2018 at 07:15 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Time for a Coffee while the washing is doing !!

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Post# 981494 , Reply# 7   2/6/2018 at 07:16 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Speed Queen and Continental Girbau dryers..

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Post# 981496 , Reply# 8   2/6/2018 at 07:19 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Bench seating and fur lined sofas to relax while your laundry is doing, Fab place....

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Post# 981497 , Reply# 9   2/6/2018 at 07:22 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Even a Chinese Laundry Blues piano , moi vamping !!

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Post# 981499 , Reply# 10   2/6/2018 at 07:24 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Into the late afternoon and Alistair arrives so its time for tea, fizz and the evening catching up ...

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Post# 981503 , Reply# 11   2/6/2018 at 07:36 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Richard gets to grips with the drinks.....

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Post# 981504 , Reply# 12   2/6/2018 at 07:40 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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While Alistair peruses some reading material of his birth day era lol.

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Post# 981505 , Reply# 13   2/6/2018 at 07:42 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Meanwhile I`m baking pizza in Richards vintage New World gas cooker, hotter at the top "Keep rotating those shelves" ha ha

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Post# 981509 , Reply# 14   2/6/2018 at 07:51 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Well as its Alistairs birthday its "Time for Cake" , Its Richards birthday later this week so Al suggested a "Hoover Twosome" cake, so its the Hoover Spin a Rinse and Single tub washer, compete with water splatt !!

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Post# 981510 , Reply# 15   2/6/2018 at 07:57 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And a "Happy 60th Birthday" to Alistair, Thank You for all you have done and doing in bringing us all together, we all look forward to the new appliance space and your home refurbishments and more meets.

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Post# 981512 , Reply# 16   2/6/2018 at 08:00 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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After all that cake a crisps everywhere its a ...

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Post# 981514 , Reply# 17   2/6/2018 at 08:04 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Post# 981515 , Reply# 18   2/6/2018 at 08:06 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

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Happy Birthday!

(Ah - Battenberg Cake!) Lol


Post# 981517 , Reply# 19   2/6/2018 at 08:09 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Before we commenced reading the vintage material lol.

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Post# 981518 , Reply# 20   2/6/2018 at 08:16 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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A grand night had by all and we where all "Up before our breakfast" to get ready for the day out to Beamish Open Air museum, the snow had missed us according to the forcast, it was a tad parky and all needed the hot chocolate at end of day......"Are We There Yet Dad ? "....

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Post# 981519 , Reply# 21   2/6/2018 at 08:18 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Waiting under cover at the tram stop...

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Post# 981521 , Reply# 22   2/6/2018 at 08:19 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And also a bus to catch...

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Post# 981522 , Reply# 23   2/6/2018 at 08:20 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Heres our tram..Yay !!

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Post# 981523 , Reply# 24   2/6/2018 at 08:22 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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All Aboard, sit tight and enjoy the ride !!

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Post# 981524 , Reply# 25   2/6/2018 at 08:23 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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First Stop and its a morning coffee and hot chocolate to Warm Up for the day !!

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Post# 981525 , Reply# 26   2/6/2018 at 08:25 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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The view from the tearoom bridge, row of workers cottages, dentist and doctors...

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Post# 981526 , Reply# 27   2/6/2018 at 08:28 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Post# 981528 , Reply# 28   2/6/2018 at 08:34 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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First port of call was the Co-Operative CWS shop, a society opened in Rochdale North of England in 1844, you would have had a dividend number (Divi Nu) and you would have selected your goods or asked the shopkeeper to get them for you....

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Post# 981530 , Reply# 29   2/6/2018 at 08:38 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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In the window was a "Laundry Day" Special, must have known we where coming !!

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Post# 981535 , Reply# 30   2/6/2018 at 08:44 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Here Mr Shopkeeper runs a tight ship and once your good have been totted up, from Laundry appliances, lawnmowers, Lino and fires even, he sents your cash and slip up to the cash office.

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Post# 981536 , Reply# 31   2/6/2018 at 08:45 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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The carbolic soap stand, cut off the block how much you want !!

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Post# 981537 , Reply# 32   2/6/2018 at 08:46 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        
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That street scene looks very appealing!

There was a time when streets were in good repair, and folk took a bit of pride in 'doing their bit' to keep their property in reasonable condition. And the Municipal/Civic Councils planted shrubs and flowers in the parks.

Changed days, and not for the better!


Post# 981538 , Reply# 33   2/6/2018 at 08:48 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Lovely display cases, all from the original shops, brought to Beamish and re-assembled.

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Post# 981539 , Reply# 34   2/6/2018 at 08:51 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And here is the cash and payment slip pod that went on a pulley system up to the cash office to be verified.

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Post# 981540 , Reply# 35   2/6/2018 at 08:54 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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On the way out was a display case of biscuits, Al stopped us and was taken back to seeing a display like this in his grandfathers shop.

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Post# 981541 , Reply# 36   2/6/2018 at 08:56 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Next Stop - Haberdashary, "Going Up"...

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Post# 981542 , Reply# 37   2/6/2018 at 08:58 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And then into the garage for some motor oil...

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Post# 981543 , Reply# 38   2/6/2018 at 08:59 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And to look at the latest transportation objects...

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Post# 981545 , Reply# 39   2/6/2018 at 09:00 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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The Yellow Peril.....

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Post# 981546 , Reply# 40   2/6/2018 at 09:03 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And Red Avenger...

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Post# 981547 , Reply# 41   2/6/2018 at 09:05 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And into the Chemists for some Arnica...

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Post# 981549 , Reply# 42   2/6/2018 at 09:08 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And over the road to the bank and Masonic Lodge, watching out for the trams...

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Post# 981551 , Reply# 43   2/6/2018 at 09:11 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
"Happy Birthday", and

thank's for bringing an unfamiliar place to life her for all to see.

Post# 981552 , Reply# 44   2/6/2018 at 09:13 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Just about anything available

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Post# 981554 , Reply# 45   2/6/2018 at 09:13 by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        
Happy 60th Al

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Looks like a good time was had by all :)

See you sometime

Austin


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The latest in Gas Radiant Heating !!

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Post# 981556 , Reply# 47   2/6/2018 at 09:16 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Pots n Pans anyone !!

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Post# 981557 , Reply# 48   2/6/2018 at 09:18 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Finally before a late lunch, papers and cakes...

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Post# 981559 , Reply# 49   2/6/2018 at 09:21 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Beamish prides itself on a local Fish & Chip shop with a communal hall for eating them, Prepared fresh for you, cooked in beef dripping and the ranges and cooking pans are heated by COAL....

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Open and Waiting for us...

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Post# 981563 , Reply# 51   2/6/2018 at 09:24 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Fish and Chip pans...

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Post# 981564 , Reply# 52   2/6/2018 at 09:26 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Now at this point Steve and myself where busy looking at the coal fired ranges and where behind Al & gang so didn't see that they had ordered " Dab n Chips" which was half a fish....So we ordered "Fish and Chips ha ha...more like Whale n Chips but was YUM !!

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Post# 981565 , Reply# 53   2/6/2018 at 09:28 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Delicious Fish & Chips, cooked in beef dripping and wrapped in newspaper.

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Post# 981566 , Reply# 54   2/6/2018 at 09:29 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Outside the smoke called everyone to dinner...

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Post# 981568 , Reply# 55   2/6/2018 at 09:30 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And if you needed the Loo, then ya just checked which stall was free...."Feet under the door, In Use".

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Post# 981570 , Reply# 56   2/6/2018 at 09:34 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Next Stop, the workers cottages, Al polishes the mirrors.

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The Dentist if required....

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Post# 981573 , Reply# 58   2/6/2018 at 09:37 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And denture making room, notice the in line gas water heater over the sink, and denture moulds on the worktop.

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Post# 981574 , Reply# 59   2/6/2018 at 09:38 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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The nursery complete with wax dolls...

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Post# 981575 , Reply# 60   2/6/2018 at 09:40 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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The bathroom complete with shower over the bath with pumped jets in the half enclosure.

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Post# 981576 , Reply# 61   2/6/2018 at 09:43 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Downstairs the kitchen range was burning and a cake was being baked.

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Post# 981578 , Reply# 62   2/6/2018 at 09:44 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Next door the bookkeeper totted up his columns.

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Post# 981580 , Reply# 63   2/6/2018 at 09:47 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And finally "The Parlour" or best room...

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Post# 981581 , Reply# 64   2/6/2018 at 09:51 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Next stop was the Masonic Hall and our guide was Dan who is a friend of Richards, this young man lives his life as his work, writing with a quill pen and uses a dolly tub and posser for washing. His dad works in the chippy.

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Post# 981584 , Reply# 66   2/6/2018 at 09:54 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And the List of "Lodges"

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Post# 981585 , Reply# 67   2/6/2018 at 10:07 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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And the main hall taken from the balcony above.

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Post# 981586 , Reply# 68   2/6/2018 at 10:10 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Walking in the passageway or ginnal we see the communal ovens set into a wall, local residents could use the bakery oven to cook their dinners.

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Post# 981587 , Reply# 69   2/6/2018 at 10:11 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And the outside toilet, Loo, Privy or thunderbox!!

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Post# 981588 , Reply# 70   2/6/2018 at 10:13 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And if caught short.....not forgetting the sheets of newspaper !!

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Post# 981589 , Reply# 71   2/6/2018 at 10:17 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Taking in the signage whilst walking up to the Bandroom...

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The Hetton Brass Band music room and hall. Well its 20yrs since Steve picked up the euphonium but with a little persuasion he gave us a blast from his past !!

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And Al kept the fires burning whilst we all listened...

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Post# 981593 , Reply# 74   2/6/2018 at 10:30 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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A tram and a walk around the corner took us to the "Warehouse of Hidden Treasures" all stored in linear racking, "Wheel it out Everard"...

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Post# 981594 , Reply# 75   2/6/2018 at 10:33 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Post# 981595 , Reply# 76   2/6/2018 at 10:35 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And the hall of Domestic Pleasures...

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Post# 981596 , Reply# 77   2/6/2018 at 10:40 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Parkinson Cowan and Jackson gas & electric cookers...

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Post# 981597 , Reply# 78   2/6/2018 at 10:47 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Bendix Fridge and Servis Quartz worlds first computer controlled washing machine from 1981.

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Post# 981598 , Reply# 79   2/6/2018 at 10:48 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Hey Steve, we all could have played along with ya !!

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Post# 981599 , Reply# 80   2/6/2018 at 10:50 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Iron Lung and medical appliances.

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Post# 981600 , Reply# 81   2/6/2018 at 10:53 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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More signage....

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Post# 981601 , Reply# 82   2/6/2018 at 10:55 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And finally a Hair Perming machine using electricity, imagine being sat under that and plugged in....

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Post# 981602 , Reply# 83   2/6/2018 at 10:58 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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The boys decided against the electric permer and popped along to "Maison Beryl`s" hair parlour ready for the party later lol...

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Post# 981603 , Reply# 84   2/6/2018 at 11:02 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Back home and Darren rustles up a Lemon meringue pie.

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Post# 981604 , Reply# 85   2/6/2018 at 11:04 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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The after party was so raucous that pics have been deleted ....Ohhhh missus !!

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Post# 981605 , Reply# 86   2/6/2018 at 11:06 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Last jobs is to Flash the kitchen floor and load the dishwasher for the umpteenth time !!

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Post# 981606 , Reply# 87   2/6/2018 at 11:08 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Next and last day was to fire up the washers with all the bedding and towels...

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Post# 981607 , Reply# 88   2/6/2018 at 11:10 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Whilst prepping breakfast...

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Post# 981608 , Reply# 89   2/6/2018 at 11:11 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Toast under the New World MK44 gas grill...

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Post# 981609 , Reply# 90   2/6/2018 at 11:12 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Meanwhile, just in case....

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Post# 981610 , Reply# 91   2/6/2018 at 11:14 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Darren wheels out the Hoover twinny...and new * old powders ready for testing !!

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Post# 981611 , Reply# 92   2/6/2018 at 11:16 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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We are testing new Ariel Purclean laundry detergent along with Ecover and Bio-D which we are loving !

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Post# 981613 , Reply# 93   2/6/2018 at 11:19 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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The Bio-D range of washing powder and fabric conditioner.

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Post# 981614 , Reply# 94   2/6/2018 at 11:20 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And the old and new Ariel, including new Ariel Purclean....

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Post# 981615 , Reply# 95   2/6/2018 at 11:22 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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First load into the Hoovermatic and then into the English Electric tumble dryer...

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Post# 981616 , Reply# 96   2/6/2018 at 11:24 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Smell test....

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Post# 981617 , Reply# 97   2/6/2018 at 11:26 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Is it clean ? ...

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Post# 981618 , Reply# 98   2/6/2018 at 11:28 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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One was "Not Amused" with the aroma ....ha ha

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Post# 981619 , Reply# 99   2/6/2018 at 11:31 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And then the wheels came off, along with the back, belt and hoses....sump hose had cracked, so drain down only to find the bucket leaked - one of those days but still fun !!

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Post# 981620 , Reply# 100   2/6/2018 at 11:33 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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A big blow required to clear the water ...

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Post# 981621 , Reply# 101   2/6/2018 at 11:35 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Before tipping up and taking off the sump hose for renewal..

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Post# 981622 , Reply# 102   2/6/2018 at 11:37 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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So with all washing done for today Richard whips up the batter for Yorkshire pudds....

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Post# 981625 , Reply# 103   2/6/2018 at 11:40 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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Mikes making the gravy using Mathews recipe with the veg water !!

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Post# 981626 , Reply# 104   2/6/2018 at 11:43 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Meats sliced, gravy done, waiting on the rising Yorkshires...

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Post# 981627 , Reply# 105   2/6/2018 at 11:45 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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And the host with our sunday roast dinner ...YUM !!

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Post# 981629 , Reply# 106   2/6/2018 at 11:46 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Tuck in everyone....

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Post# 981631 , Reply# 107   2/6/2018 at 11:51 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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With that slap up meal we all departed for home having had another fab weekend and celebrating Alistairs big birthday, big thanks out to Richard for hosting and his hospitality,
Looking forward to the next one - in the warmth ha ha...

Heres my last pic, half way home, the snow on the hills and the reflections at Killington Lake pit stop....Thanks for watching !!


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Post# 981634 , Reply# 108   2/6/2018 at 12:46 by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        
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It truely was a wonderful weekend, Thanks to Richard for hosting us all in his beautiful home (the photos do not begin to do it justice) and to Mike for all his hard work preparing a magnificent spread on Sunday.

But special thanks to all who were able to make it, I could not have asked for a more enjoyable way to spend "a big birthday" - open hearts, open minds, sharing experiences and always willing to learn from others. Much joy, laughter and love all round - and although there were a few who were not able to make it, its seemed like they were in spirit too.

Al


Post# 981635 , Reply# 109   2/6/2018 at 12:47 by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        
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And an additional thank you to Mike for spending amost 5 hours creating this wonderful memoir of the weekend for me to treasure and others to share

A


Post# 981637 , Reply# 110   2/6/2018 at 13:15 by Ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
Hear hear !

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It was great to see everyone! I had a brilliant weekend !!

Richard


Post# 981646 , Reply# 111   2/6/2018 at 14:37 by bradross (New Westminster, BC., Canada)        
Looks like a fantastic time!

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Thanks for sharing photos of the event! Would love to get to Beamish one day.


Post# 981651 , Reply# 112   2/6/2018 at 15:15 by triumphdolomite (Staffs(UK))        

Happy Birthday Al, it looks like you've had a great weekend. I've just said to Darren the pic in reply 75 looks like it should be a prog rock album cover!
What's the machine on the second tier of the racking that's side on at the opposite end to the Rolls?
And can I have four yards of that green lino please?
Ian


Post# 981659 , Reply# 113   2/6/2018 at 16:16 by Vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        
Machine and lino

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Thanks Ian
The machine at the opposite end of the Rolls is a 1980s Electrolux undercounted freezer.

Those racks were amazing as they were in rails and could be moved across - rather like large document archive stores


Post# 981663 , Reply# 114   2/6/2018 at 16:24 by triumphdolomite (Staffs(UK))        

Thanks Al, now you say that I can seen the door handle.
Ian


Post# 981664 , Reply# 115   2/6/2018 at 16:36 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Darrens just sent this over of the schoolroom ha ha...." Keep Quiet and repeat after me !!

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Post# 981668 , Reply# 116   2/6/2018 at 17:13 by earthling177 (Boston, MA)        

Happy Birthday, Alistair and Richard!!!


Post# 981674 , Reply# 117   2/6/2018 at 18:09 by appnut (TX)        

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A belated happy birthday Alistair and Richard!! 


Post# 981690 , Reply# 118   2/6/2018 at 22:57 by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Thanks for the pics and great story of the weekend.  Happy birthday to the guys, what a great celebration.


Post# 981697 , Reply# 119   2/7/2018 at 01:39 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Belated Happy Birthday Al.

And another fabulous photoplay there Mike.

I'd love to have gone to Beamish.. I was just googling it for more pictures.. looks like they have a whole bunch of different trams.

My paternal granny a Cowins and the Lisgo's were from near there, Pelton Fell , they all lived in that area .


Post# 981698 , Reply# 120   2/7/2018 at 01:39 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Telepathy, Clairvoyance

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Hi Mike,

Woke up to this major work this morning while it was in progress. What a splendid, satisfying morning read!
Just last night I watched a BBC show on PBS about English countryside villages featuring cool old quaint cottages and
small factories where they raised sheep and spun wool. So much like the village in your photo essay. Is that synchronicity
or serendipity? Everything in your pix is so perfectly preserved, even the Crapper! Loved it all.

You know Mike someone did you grand justice by taking your photo in the haberdashery--paying it forward for your signature
generosity to us all. It is a great picture of you, and a magnificent photo! Tell the lads I'm in my 60's, too. Not a bad age to be,
despite what you may hear to the contrary ;'D


Post# 981703 , Reply# 121   2/7/2018 at 05:46 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
I don't know where to start.

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First and foremost Happy, Happy Birthday Vacbear58! And many returns on the day.

Next must say that whenever these wonderful threads appear am put in mind of "Last of the Summer Wine". All lads together having fun and getting up to all sorts in the beautiful English countryside. Leave you all to work out who is "Compo, Norman,Herbert 'Truly', Howard, Nora, Ivy, Edie and of course Marina! *LOL*

Just something wonderful about a group of old friends coming together in order to mark special occasions. And you lot always seem to have such a great time.




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Post# 981706 , Reply# 122   2/7/2018 at 06:44 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Happy belated birthday, Alistair and thanks for sharing all the wonderful photos of your adventures. A real treat to look through them. We love our UK members!

Post# 981709 , Reply# 123   2/7/2018 at 07:54 by Slowspin66 (lincoln uk)        
What a weekend

Well what a great time we all had . Richard is such a good host and so generous . This thread really captures the essence of a great time !! Richard is such a great chap and so patient even when we trash his house flood the kitchen and snap the drive belts on his tumble dryer !!!! ( I still don’t think that English electric dryer looks right in your kitchen but I know a man who can re home it for you !!!!!) the trip to Beamish was great and such fun . The inclement weather never seems to dampen the fun and laughter !!!
Those hair dryers and the beauties that where sat under them where very “Are you being served” Mrs slocombe was in there I’m sure !!!
A great time and thanks to everyone and Richard for hosting the weekend !! brilliant thread Mike as always
Darren



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Post# 981710 , Reply# 124   2/7/2018 at 08:08 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Borax was the miracle substance of late 1800's through Edwardian period and beyond.

It was used to soften water for laundry or cleaning due to it being less aggressive/alkaline than (washing) soda. Thus you could use or were advised to use borax for say nursery laundry, laces, and other "nice things" because it won't or wouldn't injure.

Due to its properties of releasing oxygen in water borax was also used as a mild bleach (laundry), and or thought to have disinfecting properties (house cleaning). It did help with odors and so forth in days before Lysol type cleaners, though one could use carbolic soap for that purpose.

Borax was also used both in homemade and store bought cosmetics such as creams.
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Post# 981713 , Reply# 125   2/7/2018 at 08:47 by Jetcone (Schenectady-Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Mike thank you for posting

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It was so vivid I feel like I can taste the roast dinner. Beamish looks like a fun day out!! Gotta put that on the list - I do !

Love how compact yet useful Darren’s kitchen looks!

The modern version of Beamish for sure!

Happy Belated Birthdays !



Post# 981717 , Reply# 126   2/7/2018 at 09:25 by sesteve (London, UK)        

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It was a fantastic weekend and thanks to all for making it such fun. Great thread as always Mike.

Now I'm sure its in here somewhere ...........


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Post# 981735 , Reply# 127   2/7/2018 at 11:33 by golittlesport (California)        
Thank you!

Thanks for the great coverage of the birthday celebration, Mike! Loved all the photos and comments. It was almost like being there! Most enjoyable thread. Cheers!

Post# 981750 , Reply# 128   2/7/2018 at 13:22 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Happy Birthday Vacbear.

What a detailed fun documentary of your outing.

Thank You for posting and sharing.


Post# 981765 , Reply# 129   2/7/2018 at 14:08 by Keymatic (Surrey.U.K)        

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Hi Al,
Happy belated Birthday Wishes, looks lke a good time was had by all :)
Maybe 2018 will be the year when i make it to a “Wash-in”
Cheers
Keith


Post# 981769 , Reply# 130   2/7/2018 at 14:22 by Ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
Darren !

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Don't be daft you haven't trashed my house ! All good. It's a pleasure to hear laughter and see so many smiles in my home. You're always welcome!!

Keith if you're ever up north near Durham or Newcastle you're always welcome ( I know it's a hike !)

Cheers Richard


Post# 981795 , Reply# 131   2/7/2018 at 16:36 by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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That's a great way to celebrate such a special occasion. Happy Birthday Alistair!

Post# 981990 , Reply# 132   2/9/2018 at 05:22 by keymatic (Surrey.U.K)        

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Morning Richard,

Thankyou - Often in Leeds & Newcastle for work so must arrange a meet up

Cheers
Keith


Post# 981997 , Reply# 133   2/9/2018 at 07:33 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
What A Great Birthday Celebration

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And a great photo essay Mike, I feel like have taken another fun trip to the UK, I still relish the fun time I had there last June, can't wait to visit again.

 

Mike the next time we do an event here we are going to fly you in to photograph and document the event, you really captured the birthday event and trip to Blemish well.

 

Hi Alister it looks like you had a great birthday, my partner Ken just turned 60 as well, I feel that this is a great age to be, I would love to see pictures of how your remolding is going.

 

John L.


Post# 981998 , Reply# 134   2/9/2018 at 07:53 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        
Belated birthday wishes!

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Al, I missed this thread somehow (I must be blind...) - happy belated birthday!!

 

Looks like you all had a great time - thanks for documenting your events so well, Mike.  


Post# 982023 , Reply# 135   2/9/2018 at 11:52 by keymatic3203 (Cardiff UK)        
What a weekend was had by all

Al what a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday, and at the start of what will be a great year, once you'll be able to set out your new appliance spaces. Brings back memories of our trip to Beamish some 10 years ago now, but to think of sharing that day with you all would be heaven indeed, I know the humour and friendship was abundant despite the cold.

Laundress I know what you mean about the last of the summer wine comparison, but of course were all so much younger. But whilst I won't cast any of our friends as particular characters, I do feel I'd be Wesley, in the garage, overalls, grease etc, just ready to step onto the newspaper laid onto the kitchen floor.

But these precious times together are where I see our friendships growing, building on our time enjoying the appliances, then to getting out and about and seeing what all our parts of the country has to offer. Most of us enjoy the industrial and social history as well as getting out and about, I mustn't miss next time.

Just love that chip cutting press at Davys chip shop, would be fun but not practical to have one at the end of the kitchen worktop lol

Mathew


Post# 982164 , Reply# 136   2/10/2018 at 14:47 by virabhadrasana (France / Italy)        
Happy Birthday

Happy-B-day (a little bit late) from me, too.
Very nice pics for your birthday!
I'm always happy to meet an Aquarius! I turned 50 on Feb. 7th ;-))


Post# 982441 , Reply# 137   2/12/2018 at 05:47 by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        
60!

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Thanks to all for your good wishes - I actually got my first "Senior" concession at Beamish - £5 reduction for over 60, I am not sure I would rather have paid the extra £5 but hey ho, nothing I can do about getting older.

I certainly enjoyed the trip to Beamish and hope we can visit again later in the year when the the weather might be a bit warmer, the tickets are good for 12 months. Its about 2 1/2 hour drive from my home in the East Midlands.

The extension to my home will hopefully be done by around Easter so it will be "open for business" some time after that - it has taken then far longer than they expected do to extensive drainage works (they were not unexpected, it was the nature of the soil, almost 100% clay, which cased the delay) and of course the weather has not helped either. The exhibition space should be doubled although I suspect it will still not be enough ..... But there will be a thread on that later, when it has all come together. I have been fortunate to have a builder who is pleasant, conscientious and easy on they eye, so no complaints. The client is not bad either although how easy on the eye is a matter of opinion LOLOLOLOL

Al


Post# 982488 , Reply# 138   2/12/2018 at 14:46 by Lavamat_jon (-)        

Happy birthday Al! Looks like a fantastic time was had by all.

Nice to see Beamish is still exactly as I remember when our family visited when I was 5/6. I remember sitting in that classroom and the dentist as if it was yesterday.

Look forward to catching up with you all soon!

Jon xx


Post# 982489 , Reply# 139   2/12/2018 at 14:55 by Lavamat_jon (-)        

And of course happy birthday to you too, Richard! Your kitchen looks fabulous, I love the blue. The hotpoint toploader fits oh so perfectly!

Jon xx


Post# 982545 , Reply# 140   2/12/2018 at 22:00 by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        

Happy birthday! I love Durham! I was visiting a friend who lives in Newcastle. We took the train to Durham, stopped in at the Cathedral and then took a tour through Harrison and Harrison Pipe Organs. Mrs Venning was most gracious. We walked by the river and by the cottages too. Mr. Lancelot is the music director at Durham Cathedral but they were not at home when we visited. I love England. Gary




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