My Sunday Photo – July 6th 2018

The Twisted Tree


Just like this tree, sometimes I think I have many stories to tell, with lots of twists and turns. If I wrote a book about my life I’d probably have to write three volumes!

A long time ago, when I was a teenager, my brother and his wife would take me out to pubs with their three young children. I would see it as a real treat, but I guess they saw it as someone to look after the three little ones outside while they could have a drink in peace. They would even sneak me a drink sometimes, Snowballs were my favourite, or maybe a Babycham. To me it was the best of both worlds, a scamper around the woods or park playing with the kids and a very grown up drink! Oh to be 14 again!

Hopwood House

One of the places they would take me too was a lovely pub next to a canal. Outside was a wooden area and a park with swings and a roundabout. It was really lovely there outside, one of my favourite places to go.

The canal is actually the one that runs alongside my current home and the pub is just a few miles down the road….but, I haven’t been there for many years, very many years.

We wanted to go to a pub for lunch and as the kids were off school on an inset day, we wanted it to be somewhere for them to play outside. I remembered this childhood venue and I was sure the kids would like it. We have our very own (almost) teenager so we knew they would be able to play outside, but Graham still kept popping out to see how they were getting on.

One thing I’d only vaguely remembered were all the steps to this pub. There was wheelchair access but I wanted to use my sticks. I’m glad I did, because the ramps went such a long way around and once inside you had to go up in one of those tiny open lifts that are just big enough for a wheelchair. There is nothing wrong with all this of course, I appreciate that they are there. But sometimes I just like to be a little more ‘invisible.’

So, once inside I was kind of glued to my seat while the kids and their Dad where coming and going. I’d have loved to have roamed about outside, see if any memories came flooding back to me, but it wasn’t to be. Those days are history now. But, it’s still nice that my kids can enjoy themselves like I once did.

They came in for food and regaled me with stories of broken picnic tables and fallen trees. They had made believe that there had been a hurricane and they were there to see if there were any survivors in the rubble. (I’m sure it wasn’t that bad, but it was enough to awaken their imaginations.)

The food was pretty nice too and I was so proud of my kids for ignoring the chips on offer and going for more healthier options. All washed down with milk and squash. I think it will be a long time before Star gets interested in alcohol.

Now we have rediscovered this place, I’m sure we will be visiting again. Do you have any childhood places you like to take your kids?




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  1. July 8, 2018 / 7:58 am

    Lovely to visit and share your childhood adventures with your children #MySundayPhoto

  2. July 8, 2018 / 8:39 am

    Going back to childhood haunts is always a bit of a trip down memory lane. It looks a lovely old park for the kids to enjoy. I hope the pub meal was good too.

  3. July 8, 2018 / 8:57 am

    Hi Anne, this is where your post went! I clicked on it ver on Bloglovin’ yesterday, but it wasn’t there… Babycham? I’ve not thought of that drink for years, do they still even make it?… Babycham was the drink we were allowed too, just one at Christmas… The pub garden looks a lovely place for children to explore and stay entertained. Rough and ready, just enough to spark young imaginations… It’s a shame you couldn’t get out to it to see what it’s like now, but sometimes that’s not such a bad thing, memories get better with the years and reliving them can often take the fizz out of them… I love that they serve milk to drink. That would probably be the drink of choice, and I would definitely have gone for the chips!

    Living here taking my children to my childhood haunts didn’t happen. We rarely get back to the UK, but one time I was all excited to take my two to the Royal Albert Museum in Exeter ( a favourite place of mine as a child) and it was closed for renovations! I couldn’t believe it!


    • July 8, 2018 / 9:06 am

      ah Deb, you caught me! I made a scheduling error and I’d put my Sunday post to go live on Saturday and Saturday one to go live on Sunday! I thought I’d noticed soon enough to swap them over, but do realise that this one went live for a few hours yesterday. What a shame the Royal Albert Museum was closed when you went, how disappointing. Personally, I’ve never moved away from Birmingham, so all my childhood haunts are (mostly) still there. I am a creature of habit too and often holiday in the same place so I can take my children back to my favourite holiday haunts too 🙂 Maybe, I’m just not very adventurous but that’s my way, my Mum was the same (although my Dad travelled the world in the army before he met her!) I do encourage my children to be more adventurous and all those over the age of 12 have already travelled further than me!

  4. July 8, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Love taking trips like this, reliving those memories and sharing them.

    Have a good Sunday and thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

  5. July 8, 2018 / 10:51 am

    How lovely to go back there and remember your own teenage years. I live in the same road I grew up in, so nearly everywhere we go are the same places I went myself as a child and a teenager!
    There was Babycham as a prize in a raffle yesterday. I had a feeling that someone had donated it after winning it in a previous raffle!

  6. Tracey Abrahams
    July 8, 2018 / 12:04 pm

    The woods look like the perfect place to explore om a hot day, lots of shade. I love how kids imagination can make broken tables into something exciting.

  7. July 8, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    Ahh I do love my childhood places – and it really does bring back so may memories doesn’t it? I used to absolutely hate being dragged to Blackpool as a child. I found it really cheesy and a bit down trodden but I just love all that same cheese as an adult and now drag my own kids there to show them where my parents took us. I guess its like stepping back in time for a little bit that I love the most x

  8. July 8, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    It sounds like you had a lovely day out and a fantastic trip down memory lane….
    What a fab place to visit x

  9. July 8, 2018 / 2:36 pm

    a lovely old tree there, looks liek you had a nice time visiting childhood favourites is always fun

  10. July 8, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    I always went on holiday with my Aunt and her family for the same reasons. I’d love to take the kids to the hotel in Ibiza we frequented – maybe one day. I take them to the park I basically grew up in all the time though. #MySundayPhoto

  11. July 8, 2018 / 9:51 pm

    What a great thing to do. It is always a bonus rediscovering a place you loved and showing it to your children. I love that tree too. #MySundayPhoto

  12. Love this post! I have some lovely childhood memories of places we would go, and I’d love to revisit with my own family. Thanks for sharing your day out. #MMBC

  13. July 13, 2018 / 1:47 pm

    I think it’s lovely to revisit places and also make new memories #MySundayPhoto

  14. July 13, 2018 / 6:07 pm

    What imaginations! Being outdoors is the best place for creative play. There’s no need for props just look around.

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