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Living Arrows 2015: 5/52


Somewhere within my children’s collection of toys, under the bits and bobs from sewing kits, the inside of kinder eggs and any number of small miscellaneous bits of plastic, are the toys which I will keep.

I don’t yet know which ones   they will be, but somewhere along the line when all my children are grown up and it comes to the moment of handing on their baby and infant toys my hand will pause over the ones that are deeply sentimental, the ones that are just really great toys and the ones that I just can’t bear to part with, and I’ll pop them in a box and into the cupboard.

I know I’ll do it because it’s what my Mum did with our toys. She used to pull the box down for all visiting little ones and out would come all our old favourites ready to be enjoyed for another afternoon.

I don’t know whether she was originally planning on them being saved for “the grandchildren” but every time either of us girls and our families go down home, there is the box just waiting to be explored.

And so this last weekend, with all of us home to celebrate Dad’s birthday I watched my girls and their cousin as they carried the favourite stories off to Grandpa who once again found himself reading Aflie Goes First, Sally’s Secrets and Pip Squeak with a little girl balanced on each knee. Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

We played trains with the Chuffer Engine and its carriages, while the giant tortoise and its baby meandered laboriously across the carpet. And when the little play people had reached the end of their journey they tried out planes, trikes or just took the coach.Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

(That’s a little plastic me in the front seat – the blonde behind me in the red dress is my sister!)

One little box of special treasures had them hooked all weekend, and it was rather fun to play with them again myself; they were great toys in the 80’s and they’ve stood the test of time – especially this:

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Did anyone else have one?

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  • juie 02/02/2015 at 9:51 am

    sallys secret was one of my favourite stories , sadly none of my toys were kept apart from a couple of very small dolls I managed to keep and my little girl has now . I have already got thoughts on the toys I will keep from my kids collections for granny toys or to pass back to there kids. I also have in a keep sake box a lala from tellytubbies plastic toy that my now 10 year old carried everywhere and when it was no longer wanted I put it away . I loved your pictures they brought back memories.

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 8:27 pm

      Oh that’s lovely that you’ve kept your 10 year old’s favourite snuggly toy – there’s be a day when it’s rediscovered with huge affection!

  • Fiona 02/02/2015 at 11:00 am

    I had those little people, they were my absolute favourite! Actually, I say had, my parents kept them too (along with everything else… they might be hoarders) so we have now reinherited them for ebony to play with, which is lovely x

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 8:26 pm

      Oh how lovely – I must have played with them loads as a child because I remember them so strongly – especially the little Carie person who had a blue rocking horse on wheels to ride around in when not driving the coach!

  • Kim 02/02/2015 at 11:30 am

    My parents are currently cleaning out my childhood home, getting ready to move into smaller quarters in the next few years. It seems you and I had a lot of the same toys, because yes my mom had a few boxes that she kept. A few of them came home with my little man, a few went to my brother’s home to my nephew and nieces, and the rest went on to other homes, sharing a bit of history with others.

    I know I will hang onto a few of little mans toys, but most will get passed on. With little storage in our small home, and my tendency to not collect too much stuff, the toys will find new homes as he outgrows them.

    And yes, my parents found a record player just like the one in your photo 🙂

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 8:24 pm

      Oh I’m glad they kept the record player – it’s one of those toys that will never age. We don’t have masses of space either so I know I won’t be able to keep everything but I’m sure there will be room for the really special bits and bobs somewhere!

  • Karen 02/02/2015 at 12:17 pm

    I remember all of these especially the little record player – I used to love mine. What a lovely feel good post x

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 8:23 pm

      It was definitely a popular toy for a reason – I remember all the tunes and the sound of it cranking up – I think it’s one of those toys that we kept out long after my sister and I were a bit too old for it!

  • Kara 02/02/2015 at 12:33 pm

    I so wish my Mom had kept toys for this reason, they would have been much more special for our kids to play with than the new ones, my stepmum did and she constantly says it brings such happiness to her x

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 8:21 pm

      I love that Mum kept a few – though she had nothing on my MIL who has an entire attic full of all the classic 80’s toys that her three loved!

  • Nikki Thomas 02/02/2015 at 2:02 pm

    Oh my goodness, that was a real walk down memory lane! My grandparents had a box of toys that I used to love as a child and it had all sorts of strange and wonderful things that I found fascinating. My best friend at primary school had one of those record players and I loved it. I never managed to get one myself but I have fond memories of playing with hers. I wonder if today’s children will have such fond memories of toys as they all have so much.

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 8:18 pm

      I hope there are things that our children will remember just as fondly – it’s just a question of working out what and then remembering to keep it!!

  • Donna 02/02/2015 at 4:44 pm

    I am sure I had that record player as a child. So wonderfully retro! x

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 8:17 pm

      It is isn’t it – and we’ve still got all the records and it still works – the girls thought it was brilliant!

  • Charlotte | Baking Betsy 02/02/2015 at 5:11 pm

    I always wanted the record player!

    I don’t think any of my old toys survive, apart from the very first toy given to me after I was born (a little bean bag dog) and my absolute soulmate toys, Richard and Noki who were a lion and a bearded monkey with velcro hands. They still reside in my folks’ attic and I really should dig them out for my two.

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 8:16 pm

      Oh do – it’s so much fun watching your children play with the things you loved as kids!

  • You Baby Me Mummy 02/02/2015 at 6:04 pm

    Blast from the past, what fabulous toys! x

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 8:16 pm

      they really are great and it’s such fun seeing the girls play with them!

  • Jenny 02/02/2015 at 9:01 pm

    Ahhh carie what a lovely post. Memory lane is the best. I think my kids play with my old toys at my parents house still but I don’t save anything it all goes to charity from my two in our house. lol Bless. #livingarrows

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 9:42 pm

      thank you – it’s been so much fun and I think it makes them all the more excited to go to Grandpa’s house!

  • Vickie 02/02/2015 at 9:59 pm

    Oh my goodness! I used to have the Fisher Price record player and I loved it. I’ve been wanting to find something similar for Bubs but I don’t think they make them any more.

    I really do enjoy reading your Living Arrows posts Carie. You particular take on the idea is just wonderful. You have such a lovely way with words, they really bring the images to life.

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 10:06 pm

      Aww thank you – I’m so glad you enjoy them. And also I think Fisher Price have re-released them!

  • Louise 02/02/2015 at 11:02 pm

    Oh this post has just brought me right back to my childhood – I had that record player and loved it and I still have some of the little people in my dolls house (currently in the loft awaiting refurbishment so that the girls can have it). How lovely that your parents have kept some of your childhood toys for your children to play with 🙂

    • Carie 04/02/2015 at 3:02 pm

      Oh that’s so sweet that you have the little people ready to go into a dolls house – we had a doors house, or rather my sister did – my Dad made it and Mum decorated, complete with carpet offcuts from our bedroom and working electric lights in each room!

  • sustainablemum 03/02/2015 at 2:01 pm

    What a lovely trip down memory lane, we had such similar toys. They have been well played with by two generations now and are looking a little battered and tired, wonder if they will make it to three?

    • Carie 04/02/2015 at 3:00 pm

      if they’re Fisher Price they probably will – those things wear like iron it seems!

  • Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog 03/02/2015 at 4:46 pm

    I love finding toys from when i was little. I especially love it when my girls play with barbies or play shops, mummys kitchen and libraries! i use to love this!!! Love the plastic you in the front seat!! x

    • Carie 04/02/2015 at 2:58 pm

      It’s so great o see them playing with the things we loved because I remember them so clearly – I’d love to know what games they’re making up in their heads to go with them too – somehow i don’t think they think that’s Mummy!

  • Sian 03/02/2015 at 9:53 pm

    Oh my word I’d forgotten about that record player – we had one! What fun!

    • Carie 04/02/2015 at 2:49 pm

      Weren’t they brilliant! The girls have a CD player but they’re always leaving it turned on and it runs out of batteries – the record player was so much better!

  • carlin 04/02/2015 at 4:46 am

    Oh my gosh, I had all of these! My 8 year olds still drag out the barn from time to time. Such great toys!

    • Carie 04/02/2015 at 2:48 pm

      Aren’t they just – and yay for your 8 year olds still enjoying them – it suggests Dad’s box of toys has a lot of years left in it!

  • sally 21/02/2015 at 5:07 pm

    How lovely, we have a few bits from my childhood but not many. And I feel slightly old because I think those toys might be just a teeny bit after my time 🙁