Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Back to Childhood


I am revisiting my childhood in my teabreak this morning! And who better to share 'Teapot' time with than good old Windy Miller from Camberwick Green. Here's a little bit about him just to remind you (if you're old enough to be reminded!) - from the website linked above:

"Windy lives at Colley's Mill, which is just outside Camberwick Green. The railway runs nearby. Windy makes home brew cider, and whittles wood. When going into or out of his windmill he amazingly always manages to miss the sails. Windy is rather old fashioned and very superstitious - he believes in whistling for the wind, and touching a sweep's collar for luck. He keeps a cow for milk, and free range chickens for eggs. He is referred to as 'Mr. Miller' on several occasions.

Windy Miller, Windy Miller sharper than a thorn,
Like a mouse he's spry and nimble when he grinds the corn.
Like a bird he'll watch the wind and listen for the sound,
Which says he has the wind he needs to make the sails go round."

In Camberwick Green the 'star' of the day's programme would gradually emerge from the music box (well I think it was a music box?) - what suspense and guesswork, wondering who it would be today! My favourite had to be Windy (in fact he's the only one I really remember).
Not that long ago I spent a merry and insane half hour or so with a friend (yes, another adult) debating what noise Windy's windmill had made - would have been a rather bizarre conversation for someone to overhear! In case you are by any chance interested in knowing, then use the link to go and listen.

And then, of course, there was Trumpton with its wonderful fire service of PUGH, PUGH, BARNEY McGREW, CUTHBERT, DIBBLE AND GRUB! What seemed like top class animation when I was 5 is now rather basic and dated - but you still can't beat it (well perhaps Postman Pat is a contender?). Anyway, enjoy a little reminisce with your cuppa this morning. What other favourites do you look back at fondly... Andy Pandy? Bagpuss? The Clangers? Ivor the Engine?


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