Thursday, May 11, 2017

Not gardening, but school days

A couple of things this morning...

I meant to say thank you to Richard Piper for following my blog. Thank you Richard!


and...yesterday after a few folks had read my post, I noticed that I had spelled heel, hill, when talking about Madison's wedge heel shoes. It was funny because of the memories that brought back.

It was 1960 and my friends, Mary, Audrey, Loretta, Hilda, and I were bumping along in the school bus on those back country roads, headed home after school. None of us lived really close to each other.


Audrey, Hilda


Mary, Audrey, Loretta




We were all seniors and excited over our upcoming trip to Washington DC. The long ride home gave us a chance to make a list of things to pack for the trip. As we each finished our list we passed it to the the others to read. Well, the girls started laughing at my list! Why? Because I had written down "hills". I meant heels. So, after all these years, I've done it again. :)




That's me on the right with a pretty dumb look. If I remember correctly, I was trying to look sexy. I wanted to be a movie star, you know. :) Mary and I were climbing the stairs in the Washington monument.

I just read on line that there are 897 steps to the Washington monument and that the steps were closed for walking up in 1971. Humm, guess I was lucky.

This was going to be a gardening post but it can wait until tomorrow. I've been in the garden this morning and it is hot and humid. We may get thunderstorms later...

Love,
Henny









24 comments:

  1. Hi Henny, love the photos and what a great story!
    Looking forward to your gardening post!
    Robin

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  2. What great memories, Henny! And you did look like a movie star!! :)

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  3. Aww that is a great memory. It is cool that you got to go to Washington DC for a senior trip. I think you have always looked like a movie star and you still do. You are beautiful! Love you bunches.

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  4. I could have sworn that was Natalie Wood. ;-)

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  5. I loved this post, Henny! You and I had the same aspirations in life...you know...wanting to be a movie star. :)

    It was so nice to see pictures from your past.

    xx

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  6. I like the picture of you as a teenager! I was thinking just this morning whether I'd ever want to go back to that long ago era. I didn't come to any conclusion.

    It's pouring rain here today so I'm indoors, baking mostly. Later my GD is coming to cut my hair and visit too. Knowing how you feel about thunder storms, I hope they didn't materialize.

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  7. I bet those dresses were worn over nylon net petticoats. :) They sure look like some of my teenage dresses.

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  8. It's funny how one little word can bring back so many wonderful memories. I also remember "bumping along in the school bus on those back country roads." What fun!!! And, what great old photos. You were a real cutie!

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  9. You're funny, Henny! Your outfits were so pretty and feminine. (And YOU are a cutie pie in that photo!)

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  10. So good to see this post. I often spell one word for another...seems like I get worse with age...and I see others do it, too.

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  11. You were very beautiful back then.

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  12. Great memories. Good times!

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  13. I recognize those full skirted dresses in your photos. I graduated high school in 1962. That's what all the girls were wearing in the spring those days.

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  14. My teenage photos are mostly embarrassing, the clothes and hair and the oh so pretentious posing. I do love the full skirts from yours though. We finally have some rain, very gentle overnight that has done a great deal of good to the garden. I have some hedging to plant later, some Blackthorn which produce the Sloe, a very bitter fruit that is used with sugar and Gin or other spirit to make a liqueur. On shoots in the UK if one of the guns took 2 Partridge down consecutively they would receive Sloe Gin as a reward. English Partridge are notoriously difficult to shoot. I have used them to make a Brandy liqueur that rivals Cherry Brandy for gifts at Christmas.

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  15. Precious old pictures!!!! And a lovely young lady, you were.

    I recognize the dresses. I was in HS and college, in the 50's. But the full skirts had not "left," into the 60's. :-)

    And did you wear "cinch belts"?

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  16. Do you know that in spite of being a teacher for twenty years, having a Masters in English, and ordinarily a real gift for spelling, there are some words that I always, always spell wrong.
    And my first glimpse of that photo of you made Elizabeth Taylor immediately pop into my head.

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  17. Funny about the 'hills'. I remember walking up all those steps. : ) My Senior class visited DC too.
    The pictures are lovely and your are looking so cute in that picture. : )

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  18. You did look pretty and sweet, but I don't think you made the sexy list. The fact you were even breathing after all those steps says something for you.

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  19. Like Marty, the first glimpse of your photo reminded me of Elizabeth Taylor. You are a real looker, my friend! I bet you haven't changed a bit other than getting prettier. I remember my senior trip to Washington DC. My aspiration was to one day live there! The closest I got was Baltimore.

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  20. It sounds like you have some wonderful memories with the girls, I love the photos. Have a nice weekend.

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  21. Well Henny, you may mess up your spelling from time to time, but your sewing skills are superb! I am fairly new to your blog and when visiting recently, I saw your adorable aprons for sale. The one that really caught my eye was the Christmas apron with the red cardinals. I couldn't believe it was still available. So, I promptly bought it and it is truly a beautiful apron! The price is very reasonable and shipping is included. Im just not sure I will be able to wait til Christmas to wear it :)

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    1. Thank you Sue. I'm so glad you like the apron. I think you should go ahead and wear it. Our yard is full of Cardinals this time of the year. :)

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  22. Fun high school memories! I have trouble with some words too and mess them up over and over again. What fun to go to Washington DC for your senior trip. Our class went to NYC and that was very exciting. We didn't go to the places I really wanted to go to like the Empire State Building or the State of Liberty. I did that a few years later. Your comment about the Washington Monument reminded me about climbing to the crown of the State of Liberty. I don't know how many steps it was but I swore I'd never do it again!

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  23. I love your movie star look! What a pretty young girl you were. How exciting it must have been to go on a trip to Washington with your friends. All my trips were with my parents until I grew up but I would have loved to go with friends at that age.

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