As the years go by, I like to think that I am young at heart, and can still find pleasure in being silly, but however hard we might try to hold back the years, there are times when I know that I am (whisper it very quietly) getting older!
Things that I used to love doing in my teens, scare me silly now. For example, whenever the Fair hit town back in the 60's, I would head off with a group of friends and always look out for the Waltzers.
I used to love how they would whirl around, with us holding onto the drop down bar handle for dear life! Then, of course, the very handsome (usually wearing a very tight t-shirt, very tight drainpipe trousers and with hair slicked back with brylcreem!) fairground attendant would jump on to our waltzer and whizz us round and round, first one way and then the other. You could hardly walk when you finally dismounted from the ride. Now I look at the rides that go up in the air, sweep down and up again, twirling round all the time, and I feel quite sick!
I also used to love riding pillion on the back of motorbikes. I hasten to add that my mum and dad would have had a fit if they could have seen me because, bear in mind, we didn't even have to wear crash helmets in those days. I can still remember the bike leaning right over whilst going around a bend, and me almost touching the road. Quite frightening really when you think about it, but, again, when you're young, you just don't seem to have any fear.
This is one of the bikes I remember, which is a 1960's Matchless 650 cc.
In my days, we had the coffee bars with a jukebox and we used to put a record on the juke box, jump onto the motorbikes and head off along this stretch of straight road, which was around a mile in distance (so two miles there and back) and we had to be back in the coffee bar before the record had finished! Great fun! I certainly know that I couldn't get on the back of a roaring motor bike now. It takes me all my time to get on a 'going down' escalator these days!
This is me with my own personal jukebox, containing 100 45 rpm records, which I love. I don't always dress like this! You might remember that this photo was taken for Carol's (facing50withhumour) mini skirt competition last year. (For some reason, it has escaped me who actually won!!!!).
Sending blessings to you all my friends and I hope it's going to be a good week for you.