Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

My Life in Linoleum


As my brothers and I peeled back the layers of the family home of 48 years  swatches of decades gone by, started to reappear.

I remember this linoleum in my parents room in the early 1960’s (Kath Kidston, eat your heart out).

1950's lino_ 

And this fern fronded pattern in the bathroom (it comes with later paint speckles)


1950's lino 2-2

Wall paper in the bottom of drawers and the backs of cupboards all arc straight back to my childhood (hands up, who ‘backed’ their school books in the following papers? I don’t think there were many designs to choose from, were there?)

1970's wallpaper_

We found a tin of watches that time forgot

where time stood still

I don’t remember us being much of a ‘game playing’ family, my brothers are older than me by a good measure, I’m sure as a little sister I would have been a bit of a nuisance, impatient for my turn.  But we must have done at some time.

broken beads and games

Another moment captured in time, a lone Christmas peanut, lurking in the box


Is that a box of pins from my Spirograph? Oh look, what fun, you can play on line!

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

11 thoughts on “My Life in Linoleum

  1. When I undertook similar task with my Mother’s possessions, I promised myself I would eschew such a quantity of possessions, easy for a bachelor to say!

    • The whole question of what we value and why is fascinating; what we keep and what we discard. The enemy of minimal possessions is the phrase ‘maybe it will come in useful’. If you have a barn as we do, it gets even harder, so much space for our stuff, and that of others too!

  2. The spirograph brings back happy memories. In later years I used to teach children to use LOGO on a BBC computer to make similar patterns.

  3. I love all of this, such wonderful treasures and the rose linoleum!!! I kinda love going down memory lane. It’s hard to discard, isn’t it?

  4. We made similar discoveries in the layers of wallpaper in m grandmother’s home. The eras were quite obvious in the styles of the paper. I love the game pieces that you found.

  5. I see the same things in a friend’s house that hasn’t been decorated, and hardly changed, in the 50+ years that I’ve been visiting. xx

  6. Oh yes, I know that drawer lining – I had it in mauve on my bedroom wall in about 1972!

  7. What a wonderful draw full of memories. Covering school books, I had forgotten about that….and now you just buy a design off the shelf!

  8. I love old things, because they tell interesting stories

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