Essex was very warm and sunny although too much time spent travelling there and back in the hot tin box. No.1 son enjoyed meeting grandma, cousins, aunts and uncles and took an interest in the possible prospects of work dahn sowf despite his dislike of the Essex accent. he thought the accents on "Towie" (don't google it or even waste a precious minute of your time looking for it as I can sum it up: "Shite") were put on and then discovered they are not. My mother produced countless photographs of me as a youngster some of which are truly awful as well as some old school reports including the final one which noted my absence... I was working and being a typical teenager I hadn't informed the school! My mother gave me various presents for my upcoming birthday but she also gave me a large box of old vinyl LP's. She offered me first refusal before dropping them off at the charity shop. I agreed although No.1 stated Mrs C. will greet the arrival of more junk with a little more than raised eyebrows. As I write this missive I have thus far played Queen, Yes and I am now playing various rock & roll compilations from the 60's and 70's. There is also a large stack of Elvis and Country & Western albums. The latter, apart from a couple of albums, will grace the local charity shops. But I am more than chuffed with this gift. As my 71 year old mother embraces the digital age (my brother transferred everything to MP players) I head backwards embracing the old and past treasured memories.
Johnny Horton and "North to Alaska"... I loved that song a kid and his other classics: "Sink the Bismarck" and "The Battle of New Orleans". I had no taste whatsoever during the 1960's... I still enjoy the 60's fat camp Batman episodes. With the C&W albums I will give them each a listen but I don't believe I will be hanging on to them. I've seen far too many episodes of Extreme Hoarders on TV and I still aim, although I often miss, for the minimalist approach to life.
As for Essex, we were only down there for a short time as my mother lives in a very small cottage & we will need to plan a longer stay in a local B & B the next time. I know Colchester reasonably well having visited the town for over twenty years but my son doesn't. So an extended visit may be required. I am still working on how to prise my mother out of her routine and visit us here in Grimsby. For tonight... more vinyl and a couple of well deserved beers as accompaniment.