Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Merry Christmas.

I want to wish all my friends .new and old who have become great Cuckooites and have helped us become a great website. With out your input and dedication we would not be where we are today.
Thank you have a wonderful holiday season.
Tommy @ Sue.

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Update on my opperation

Hi folks,
finally getting around to thanking those of you who wished me the best on my total knee replacement surgery that I had done last Tuesday.After some set backs and other problems they released me to come home yesterday Saturday.Sue picked me up dumped in the back seat  as I could not bend the new knee yet to get in the front.They tell me the operation was a total success and I am now the owner of a knee that will forever hold me up at the airports when going through security.If any of you out there are experiencing knee or hip  problems I urge you to see a orthopedic surgeon for advice,I myself waited far to long to get this procedure done.I will have physical therapist visiting me at home for the next four weeks to get the knee working like normal and I have a good supply of pain killers on hand.Hopefully I will be able to drive in about a month.
Thanks again you are the greatest.

Monday, 8 December 2008

Sports from around the world.


Get busy with your memories from Christamas

Come on Cuckooites,we can do better than what we have so far.Get out those pens and pencils and send us or post them on the site and tell us your best Christmas story as a kid growing up on the Estate.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Staying on subject

Hi Cuckooites,please let us try to stay on subject when posting comments.I see by some of the posts we are all over the place again.This was one of our biggest complaints from folks who where visiting the site.Please think before you post.
Thanks Tommy.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Beyond the Brent .A letter from the past

Friday, 28 March 2008

Beyond the Brent Dot Tessier

Hi Jackie,  I received the book today thank you very much.  I've scanned through it and have read most of the stories and seen the photos but what is nice is that as I have it in print I can show family/friends.  I was surprised to see my story on there as I didn't realise it had been kept.  It gave my grandaughter Ashley's age as 20 but she is only 10, but I probably did that myself.
Overall, I think the book is well presented and the photos are good, I just wish I knew more people in them.  Reading the stories has made me realise that life was hard during the 40s and 50s.  We didn't have the technology we have today and I clearly remember Mum washing clothes by hand, carrying them down two flights of stairs (in Brants Walk) to hang them out and if it rained we'd all go running to get the washing in.  Trying to get it dry in a cold flat was another chore.  If Mum had the fire going she would drape the washing on the clothes horse near the fire to dry.  Mum scrubbed the floors on her hands and knees, she planted vegetables in our garden, she had to go shopping every couple of days and so on, but what I've realised is that although life was very hard it was healthier.  People had more physical work to do and therefore didn't suffer the problems we have today with weight and health issues.  Also, no one had time to feel sorry for themselves they just got on with things.  Us kids would worry about Mum having to work so hard (she had two cleaning jobs too) but even in her 70s she walked straight and tall and wouldn't take pills of any kind.  There were many families like ours and I didn't see a TV until I was 11 as we couldn't afford it.  We were poor but like many of the others in the book, we were taught right from wrong and good manners.  We all rebelled at certain points in our lives but never hurt anyone and ended up as good decent people.  This says a lot for everyone from the estate and their parents before them.
Many thanks
Dot (Tessier)