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Registered: February 2009
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Although I was born a Cockney, from the age of 3 weeks old my father (born and bred a countryman) took me and the rest of the family (2 older and 2 yet to come) away for about 30 weekends of every year. To begin with (not long after WWII) we traveled by pony and trap (2 wheeled cart) to places just outside London which then were still countryside and we would camp in ex-army bivouacs. We would ride (I learned to ride before I could walk) but the main focus of our stays was water - always we camped somewhere near a river or stream and of course we all learned to swim from about 6 months old too. Later on we cycled and then drove to permanently erected heavy tents and then permanently sited caravans at Chertsey on the Thames and West Molesey on the Mole and Ember. When I married at 20 and had 2 kids by 22 we carried on doing the same and always near a river like that in the picture. In London our playgrounds had been the many bomb sites (yes I was that scruffy urchin you see in the old B+W films), and local commons but I always felt the countryside was where I belonged and I lived only for the weekends. My children realised how lucky they had been later in life when they came to realise that while they might have missed out on TV, their youth was so different and more carefree than most of their contemporaries.
I guess most real "country kids" had a similar carefree upbringing where they were allowed to run wild in a way that town bred children - especially nowadays - are not. I suspect (and hope) that in less populated areas of the USA life still goes on this way for kids at least.
It gladdened my heart and took me back in time to see these youngsters having carefree fun.
· Date: Sat February 8, 2014 · Views: 332 ·
Keywords: The way it used to be .....
Camera Make / Model: Nikon D70
Lens Make / Model: Nikon 18-70mm @ 62mm, 1/125 @ f6.3, ISO 200, - 1ev
State / County / Area Image Taken: Maiden Newton, Dorset
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United Kingdom
Processing Software Applications Used
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Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,707
Sun February 9, 2014 12:13am

In a more rural location such as the Manitoba countryside (or for that matter any rural location in Canada) there are likely many children who experience what these young guys are doing and many others through the range of the seasons. Unfortunately there are many city kids who never get to experience this kind of life and I'm always grateful for the first 8 years of my life living in a rural community more than 100 miles from the American border where 76% of the population of Canada now lives... I wish it would have been more but my parents thought it best I grow up in a city rather than a small community where my brother and sister grew up... I would argue against that nowadays.


Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,497
Sun February 9, 2014 4:08pm

I love your notes - brings back many memories of the same type of environment for me and my Dear Brother. We used to travel to New Hampshire to spend the summer months at a big lake (no TV for us either - just honest to goodness adventure type fun). Your photo immediately brings to mind thew adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. Good memories that gave a wonderful lesson in life in how to respectfully conduct yourself - very good stuff.

Registered: April 2009
Posts: 1,415
Sun February 9, 2014 8:33pm

Ahh them were the days....
I grew up in a mining village in south yorkshire, my playground was the local woods found between the slag heaps from the mines and on friend of the families farm.
My friends and I went camping as kids to the woods, the local scout group took me further afield and I suppose that's when my liking of doors took hold.

Our kids have enjoyed many walking and outdoor holidays ( not always appreciated at the time) and what is gratifying is that they now want to take their partners to do the same things.
Anyway the picture brings back memories of a more carefree time.
Best wishes

Registered: January 2010
Posts: 445
Sun February 9, 2014 8:36pm

Wonderful to see this kind of fun which is the kind I grew up with in the small town rural American Midwest in the 50s & 60s. Many happy days of exploring the the countryside.

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 59
Tue February 11, 2014 1:27pm

I remember those days well, I spent a lot of time in the sandbox with cars, trucks and tractors.

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