Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: Memory Lane

Friday, 7 November 2014

Memory Lane

You can't beat a bit of nostalgia.

Maybe it's my age but there's just nothing I love more than reminding myself of years gone by....whether it's listening to Martika songs or trying to remember the dance routine's I made up to Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" or re-watching Scott & Charlene's wedding on YouTube for the millionth just makes me happy to remember all the things I used to love in my childhood!

And yes...I'm aware those things make me sound very old indeed!

Well....I guess I am!! When I was a got 20 sweets in your 20 Pence Mix, Computer games came on a cassette and took 20 minutes to load (ahhh the Commodore 64!), Gary Barlow was the one NOBODY admitted to fancying in Take That, Ariel was the Elsa of our generation and Blue Peter was the worlds most boring TV show (well I guess some things never change!).

Yes I am a child of the 80s!

Last week, while visiting home, my mum opened the Cupboard Of Wonders under the stairs where all of our childhood toys still live happily....Tyne had a grand old time playing with such 80s delights as The Big Yellow Teapot....

And the Chimney Pot House!

Seeing these old toys again and playing with them with him really brought back memories, and made me realise just how COOL the toys from my childhood were!!

I often think that so much emphasis these days is put on wooden toys and how long they last, and while I do think they can be beautiful and appreciate that they can last a long can be bloody incredible how long and well plastic toys can last too!

I still own all of the toys I am about to mention below, and they are still in perfect working order after between 25-30 years of being played with! Pretty impressive for plastic, right?!

So...join me in a little trip down memory lane...did you have any of these too?!

Major Morgan - this musical little soldier was one of my all time favourite toys!!!!

The Matchbox Play Boot Shoe House!

She'Ra's Castle - I used to play with this for hours with my favourite She-ra figure...Elektra!

The Oh Penny House - I had loads of different Oh Penny sets, I remember the farm so well too but the house was my favourite!

Matchbox Yellow Teddy - This was meant as an activity toy for on a babys cot but we always had it out to play with on the floor, and its still in perfect working order!

The Sindy Dream House - this had pride of place in my bedroom for YEARS, I played with it from before I could reach the top level and it stayed in my room until I grudgingly let it be put up in the loft when I was about 14!!!! I still have all the furniture too!

Lights Alive - simply a little light board but OMG I had hours of fun with this!

I just don't think they make toys like they used to anymore!!!

Which of these did you love as a kid and are there any that i`m missing from my list?! Let me know!

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  1. Awh how lovely seeing the classic toys and your little guy playing with them like you once did! I kept all my Barbies and cuddly toys for my children... then my parents cellar flooded one Christmas and EVERYTHING got ruined, I was so sad :( Toys and games will never be as cool as they were back in the day, I was a 90's child :)

  2. Although my mum threw all of my old toys out as soon as she got the chance to, I'm always seeing posts online of the toys I grew up with (I was a 90s kid) and you really don't see anything like it any more! My dad still has a toy from when he was a kid (he was born in 1950) and it is literally just a metal rod with a big washer type thing on it and two wooden beads either end to keep the washer on. He would just spin this washer and move it up and down the rod for fun!

  3. I loved my sindy house too. There were the treetots tree house, big red fun bus, Simon, Trick stick, big trak, stay alive board game.........and mr Frosty. I always wanted one of those lol.

  4. oh oh, and Gem dolls...remember those? I had loads of them :)

  5. Fab! Loved seeing these. That Sindy house ... oh my goodness I wish I'd kept my Sindy house! What I am very pleased still to have is a complete set of Ladybird 'well-loved tales' books! :)

  6. Oooo, I used to have the Matchbox Play Boot Shoe House! Loved it :)

    Don't think my mum ever kept any of my toys, pretty sure if she did they would have been destroyed by my younger brothers as they grew up!

    Chloe @

  7. I want to get a big yellow teapot for Oscar, I'm hoping mines still up in the loft! I always wanted a major minor but never got one, same with Mr Frosty. I had a toy post office in a red suitcase which I loved though.

  8. Ah I remember some of these things. How lovely it must have been for you to sit down and play with your old toys with Tyne :') xx

  9. I love this post! I had so many of the toys listed, they were brilliant!

  10. OMG You have brought back so many childhood memories of mine! I too had a Chimney Pot House, Major Organ, a Matchbox Play Boot Shoe House, a Matchbox Yellow Teddy and a Sindy dream House! I wished my mum had kept some of my toys, but they had a huge clear out one year and gave many to charity! They did keep my set of My Little Ponies and my My Little Pony Show Stable though - which my two girls play with!

  11. Thats amazing you still have these! I rember having the yellow teapot house, the yellow matchbox teddy and my most prized possession when I was little was my She-Ras castle. Ahhhhh...memories!

  12. Pam Francis Gregory10 November 2014 at 12:53

    There is some classics in there!

  13. oooo i remember all these toys 80's child x x x

  14. I can remember buying the Matchbox Yellow Teddy when I was pregnant for my first baby, he's 30 now with a little boy of his own

  15. Good toys... i liked the wooden dog that you pulled along

  16. eeek lights alive! I used to love this

  17. the sindys dream house was my fav xx

  18. A 3D view master! I also had these toys. I loved the Major Morgan. (@FCWedding on Twitter).

  19. I recognise all of these! The teapot house thing was a favourite in our house.

  20. aawww so cute looking at the retro toys, i use to love my big yellow teapot :)

  21. I loved lights alive and the tree house!! Mind you I also enjoyed Major Morgan

  22. Wow these toys sent me down memory lane too!!


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