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Author:  Jack Sparrow [ Mon Aug 09, 2010 8:01 am ]
Post subject:  Sparking Clogs

OK, who wore clogs when they were a kid ?

I did. Black ones with irons on the bottom. It was great fun to run along the street making them spark. But alas, this only lasted a couple of weeks before they were taken into the cloggers . The irons were removed and rubber ones were put on. :| Spoil sports !

Author:  spacer [ Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Sparking Clogs

I did and I have still got them. They are hanging up in my living room. They were made to measure at one of the two cloggers at Harle Syke, the one which was on the left as you go down the main road towards Burnley. I was most disappointed when I got them at the age of 4 because they were not shod with iron but rubber for I wanted to clatter them, evenso, I loved them. They were, and still are, fastened with a metal stud.

Author:  Glenys [ Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:17 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sparking Clogs

I remember my Grandparents had a pair at home by the hearth and as a child being quite struck by how they were so obviously hand made. Wish I could have them now ...goodness only knows where they ended up.

Author:  suzycue44 [ Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Sparking Clogs

My grandfather wore them daily....it sounded so very cool when the mill got out at dinner time and the clatter of clogs heralded the men and women heading home for their middle-of-the-day meal!
And at the end of the day.....not quite so chipper, but just as magical for me as a kid.....my beloved grandfather (James Halstead, 31 Granville Street, Harle Syke) was home for the evening!
By the way, Glenys.....I love that quote at the end of your post. Where is it from, if I may ask?

Author:  rexwatson [ Tue Jan 18, 2011 7:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Sparking Clogs

I'm as old as most of you, I reckon, but didn't wear clogs. I didn't realise it at the time, but I think we were posh ! My Dad worked in a bank (remember Martins ?).

My father did tell a tale, or rather my aunt did, that as a boy (c.1912 say) he came in the house one day and kicked off his clogs as usual, but with a little extra vigour. One flew up and straight through the glass frontage of a picture, or maybe a mirror.

It doesn't work with soft slippers, I've tried.

Rex

Author:  Glenys [ Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:45 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sparking Clogs

Hi Suzy,
lots of people ask me about the quote, you are welcome to ask.
It's the last lines of a book titled 'Fair and tender ladies' by Lee Smith
Lee Smith lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
She has written numerous books but this one is by far my favourite book of all time

Rex, the pair of aforementioned clogs (that had belonged to my Grandfather as a lad) were far heavier than any shoe I had previously laid my hands on. I think that was part of the fascination.

Glenys

Author:  suzycue44 [ Wed Jan 26, 2011 3:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Sparking Clogs

Glenys..thanks! Of course...Lee Smith! Seems to me that a couple of years ago we, on this site, started a "good historical (or otherwise) books to read"...and I know Lee Smith was recommended then. I did find and read several Lee Smith novels - and thoroughly enjoyed them.
I'm going to have a sken in a minute to see if that thread still exists here....I have recently read some really good novels with excellently researched historical backgrounds....myfavourite genre....which I will list.
Open, always, to recommendations of really good reads. As I sit here in South Texas, basking in the sun, I have all the time in the world to read...and read...and read...Aaahhh!

Author:  Glenys [ Sat Jan 29, 2011 7:06 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sparking Clogs

LOL Suzy

I just finished a great book 'The Monk downstairs' by Tim Farrington
Another favourite is 'The distant land of my father' by Bo Caldwell. Books I love I tend to hold onto and read once every year from then on. I think I may have owned a bookstore in a past life ... :D Have you read Ex Libris?
Glenys

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