Monday, 28 February 2011

Memory Lane Mondays

Thank you for all the birthday wishes you sent to me. I had a lovely day with no housework, and because my birthday fell during half term and I was running the kids here, there and everywhere, I didn't do much cleaning for the rest of the week either. My house now looks as though one of those terrifying Facebook parties has taken place in it. I've made a start, but as Joan Rivers once observed:

'The trouble with housework is, you do it and then six months later you have to do it all again'.

Here we are at another Memory Lane Monday hosted by Donna at Brynwood Needleworks and keeping on the topic of housework I present here a photo of me, taken probably somewhere around 1963:

I am standing on a chair to clean the sink in my nan and granddad's flat. Funny how kids love to clean the sink, isn't it? Equally funny how quickly they grow out of it!

Nan and Granddad were moved into the flat when the row of terraced houses where they lived was demolished. This was the 60's and the beginning of the 'stack 'em high' way of living.

I think the wallpaper was plastic or vinyl, and look at those tall taps:

No problems getting a large saucepan under those.

We cleaned the sink with Vim. I believe it's still sold but not as I remember it. It was harsh powder sold in a tube with holes in the top to shake out the powder. We used this for years until some bright spark at a marketing agency somewhere came up with the idea of 'cream cleaner' which didn't scratch ('Flash cleans baths without scratching' - who was that Scottish actress?).

I couldn't find an advert for Vim, but here's a link for a 60's one about Flash that's quite fun:

Thanks for taking a stroll with me down Memory Lane.

Andi xx


  1. Love the advert. We didn't have Flash in the US, but our old commercials are just as fun as these, it is a kick to watch them.

    Have a wonderful week.

  2. Andi:
    I love that photo of you! Even wearing your own little apron! I can't help but smile.

    Thanks for participating in Memory Lane Mondays. I hope you have a wonderful week, my friend.

    Hugs from Florida,

  3. Oooh, we had Vim in Germany as well! I remember having to help round the house when I was a little girl, and scrubbing the loo with Vim, lol. I found this old advertising poster -
    Thats pretty much how I remember it.

  4. Lovely photo of you! Yes, I remember Vim, too.

  5. That's a great photo to tresure, Vim yes we used to use, it and I still do! in fact when I started my new job, in one of the cleaning cupboards where four tubes of vim, and if the sinks get to bad out it comes. I think the tubes might just last for a couple more years lol!

  6. This is a lovely post that you did for Memory Lane Mondays. I love your picture so darling. Would love to have that faucet myself in this ole farmhouse.
    Belated Happy Birthday to you also.
    Hope you enjoyed your Birthday

  7. How wonderful is that photo! Amazing! I remember Vim but you won't believe that I bought it again last week in Wilkos - really!!!

  8. 6 months? crumbs, didn't know you had to do housework THAT often!

    I have an old stone sink in the kitchen (original oldie, not one of the cleaner/brighter modern ones) and would sell my soul for a tub of Vim or Ajax- it's still the most amazing product even if it probably does destroy everything happening in the Septic Tank!
    My last stash, found on a house clearance, is almost finished!

  9. Awww... so cute in your little apron. Didn't things seem simple then? The video was amusing--wow, she was really going to town, huh? I've cleaned like that in the past, but I've lost interest in it now that I'm an old bird. (More fun and interesting things to do nowdays.)

  10. That photo is totally priceless :0) Sorry I missed your b-day, here goes a hug and wishes for many, many more XO


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