Little vintage girls’ dresses, and look at the finger waves! I think I spotted the last one and could not resist doing a tiny sartorial post for the potential expansion of the Turner family (and because vintage fashion is quite fun, I suppose). The top three are 1950s, and the bottom one is contemporary, but the cut feels quite 60s… Well, I guess little girls’ dresses are usually empire-lined anyway, and again, Shelagh and Patrick seem to lean the nostalgic way (IMO)…
Clothing for little girls aside, this article about minding your conversation topic when talking to young children, girls in particular, is worth a read. Have an extract:
But I didn’t. I squelched myself. As I always bite my tongue when I meet little girls, restraining myself from my first impulse, which is to tell them how darn cute/ pretty/ beautiful/ well-dressed/ well-manicured/ well-coiffed they are.
What’s wrong with that? It’s our culture’s standard talking-to-little-girls icebreaker, isn’t it? And why not give them a sincere compliment to boost their self-esteem? Because they are so darling I just want to burst when I meet them, honestly.
“Now, they said there would be gold, and there would be silver, and I should never have cause to wor- … Shouldn’t you be with your mother?”
“I’m here with you, just as I should be.”
Support, friendship, and kindness.
At the table.
Something to really get nostalgic about, especially for somebody who confesses to lunching al-desko and dining with reading material statistically… too often. Although it does make me appreciate long/round-table meals with friends and family more.
I automatically love any scene that happens at, around, and next to this table. For one, it is a lovely table (and chairs, and china, and food). For another, because I think every single member of cast have spoken fondly of the company scenes. And for a third, because I enjoy group dynamics, especially when they come from the pen of HTMG.
While we’re at it though, let’s have a short lesson on some good ol’ 1950s etiquette. Starting with, if you remember from the other day, ‘no radio at Sunday lunch’…
1. When any adult, excepting your Parents, entered the Room, you would stand up. If you didn’t you’d get ticked off for sure.
2. You would always vacate a Bus or Train seat for a Woman or someone in senior years. You would also offer them your place in a Queue when alighting a Bus
3. You would never leave the Table without seeking permission first. In fact, you would usually not even bother asking, in the 50’s most would eat as a family and leave the Table together.
4. “Please” and “Thank you” were compulsory and unlike nowadays, if you didn’t say it, it wasn’t a case of the Adult saying what an impolite young child you were after you’d left, they would tell you face to face.
5. At School, every Teacher was referred to as ‘Sir’ or ‘Madam’ and upon entry into the Classroom, everyone would stand and unanimously say “Good morning Sir”
6. If you wore a Hat, you would never wear it indoors, Home or Shop. You would take it off if you met or you were talking to a Lady.
7. “I want” were two ‘no no’ words, it was always “I would like” or “may I have” (followed by the mandatory Please and Thank you of course.
8. You would always open a door for someone, a woman or adult and allow them entry or exit before you.
9. ‘Speak when you’re spoken to’, another expression us oldens often say. You would not normally make the first comment other than to ask how a person was, you would sit politely when you had Guests and wait for the question - and that was usually based around your Schooling!
10. Going back to Buses and Trains and even walking down the Street, if you saw a Lady struggling with her Shopping, you would offer to help, even if that meant going out of your way to take them to her home.
Yes, these are for children, but they seemed more fun anyway. “Children should be seen and not heard”, and all that jazz.
Call the Midwife: S02 | E07
It’s all about weight distribution and speed. Too slow and it’ll collapse on you, dump you like a sack of spuds. Too fast and you fly over the top like a human cannonball.
villettess said: As always, this is such a good nostalgic post from you (though I am not sure what Patrick would say to the one on the second row, right :P).
JO WHY MUST YOU ATTACK ME WITH FEELS IN THIS MANNER
I don’t know. I wasn’t very happy with the text - it was sat in drafts for ages - but decided to go with “what the heck”, and post it anyway.
The menswear! Hehe, I came across that picture whilst looking for something else, and thought it to be the right blend of amusing and handsome for Patrick*cough*Stephen*cough*…
Miranda was on Steve Wright in the Afternoon today. She was (is), what I call, lovely. Steve is Steve (make of that what you will).
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