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deborah eade

I'm a 'clipper' too but at least have sorted recipes into Winter and Summer, which is progress. A box of knick-knacks that can be safely turfed out on our demise is a good idea, but children can be attached to the strangest things - as I found when I cleared my mother's home. A teak bread board they had as a wedding gift, whisky tumblers (I don't drink), Dad's walking stick (I don't need one!), a Portmeirion mug (now my daughter's favourite), a rose bowl ... all things she would have turfed out.

   
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fayechild1

Ah Deborah Eade same here. We still have Grandma's walking stick which none of us need yet (although we always joked about her Irish temper), my favourite mug from her collection which I always choose first out of the cupboard, still wrestling with my sister over the very basic but invaluable Be-Ro cookbook from the 1950's, also still don't know what to do with the certificates beloning to my Dad. He took evening classes to gain his teaching qualifications after 7 years apprenticship as a carpenter. All done for his family, I can't bear to throw them away.


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Little Jem

Ah, Faye ! The Be-Ro cookbook - still have my mother's copy .... I also have her early 1950s Hoover, with the cloth bag !! I'm thinking of donating that to our local museum. I recently donated her 1947 Singer sewing machine to a lady on Freecycle who particulary requested a 'manual' machine as her ancient one had given up at last. I really do need to go through the clutter I brought back from my parents' house, in addition to our own. And then there are the boxes of stuff we kept from our daughters' schooldays ... Much of it can go - but it needs sorting through first, and finding the time to do that is the issue.

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