I never enjoyed or played team sports, preferring outdoor stuff, like my bike, later we got a one man campari inflatable to use when away in caravan, built a kayak in woodwork aged 16, started fell walking and climbing aged 14. My Dad was a keen cyclist, used to do time trials, so we often went away with tent or later caravan while he did his stuff.
NB Bittern's Boom, 32ft Narrowboat reg'd 1968, moored on the highest mooring on the network.
GAT pistol, diecast catapult (can't remember the make) Dutch Arrows (long throwing arrow propelled by a length of string to act as a woomera. Throwing spear with wood woomera. (actually the Dutch Arrow was a lethal though not particularly accurate missile. I was nowhere near the champion at school but I could throw one the best part of a football pitch. and like Jim homemade "banger gun" but ours were made from copper pipe. War rafts on the Wey Arun canal (small section still in water) ...... thinking back, I was a bit of a warlike little bugger
the biggest disadvantage of age .... is that you can't outgrow it
Evil twin would always push the train over (grrrr....). 10 years of setting up the perfect setup along with every christmas and birthday present and paper round money to achieve it, all came crashing down when the 'beams' in the lean to decided to give up under the weight...
I used to play with those ball inserts you put in doors to hold them closed as spinning tops. When really spinning they'll knock out anything including fingers!
Serious little buggers.
As for weapons I had gat gun, BSA meteor (still have that one), bows and arrows and black widow catapult. All good really. Did not kill much but had a few rabbits and of course the robin. Never forget the robin I shot with my Meteor from about 6 inches.
"God save the ancient mariner, from the fiends that plague thee thus! Why lookst though so? With my cross bow I shot the Albatross".
Eta the door catches were these ones.
Get that spinning on the ball and I promise you do NOT want to be near it
Was good with things like our ivory chess pieces and the Swiss game people.
And lego workmen.
Don't know if anyone else ever tried it but it's bloody good ! I think I'm going to get a couple of them and rewind the clock again actually.
We had an old brick with chalk made from cheap fairground ornaments that we used to draw on. When we got bored we used to chuck em at each other, we called them duckers. If me mam had any spare cash we sometimes shared a whip and top, between 7 of us, which we put a foil milk bottle top in wiv a drawing pin. We also used the 'chalk' for hopscotch. Sometimes we would scavenge for old pram wheels and wood and make a bogey! Happy Days😃
how many 8 year-old boys spent much of the wet summer holidays at home, by themselves, playing with their winkie all day, and not feeling ashamed when Mummy came home?
my parents were very inventive with pets' names. The border collie was called Collie, the rabbits were Bunjie and Munjie. How embarrassing is that?
My brother and I didn't bother about names, we had a huge builder's water tank set up at an angle - it had a pond, a beach and a dry rocky bit with all sorts of plants growing in it. The wildlife included slow-worms, toads, frogs, newts, lizards and at one time a grass snake, all caught by me and my bruv in the surrounding countryside. No endangered species or controls in those days. Dad used to do an animal count once a week and the limit was ten, so we had to release some if necessary to keep the numbers down, but of course while the snake was resident that wasn't a problem.
Well the Darda cars are excellent and I discovered that one can re-invigorate apparently nackered motors with WD40. Which was good to find out.
Obviously WD40 leaves behind some residue so it could be a faux ami but the cars and track are seriously good fun. I played with them for hours. Even the kids had a go and the older one who just turned 11 asked me "do you prefer the Darda cars to us" I said "of course I do!!"
She got a bit grumpy about this as initially she thought I was joking.
Great cars those Darda. I'm going to set up a track on Dulcinea for those times when I can't be arsed to go out in the floating electric beer drinking platform, and winter.