Door 1 on the Advent Calendar

30 nov

So, here we are, December the 1st, and the first door on the advent calendar. It’s so exciting isn’t it, I bet you can’t wait to see which door this is,

Drumroll …………………….



01 DecemberThe door for December 1st is the front door to 38 Blaker Street, Brighton. The picture above shows Gordon, Jack and Nancy standing outside their family home. The photograph was taken in 1978.

I really like this photograph, it’s all about my Dad, his brothers and sister and his childhood. It’s where he grew up, the family moved around a lot but from what I can make out the Dinnis family moved here around the mid – late 1930s.

At first sight you might think the camera is being held at an angle, but actually it’s one of the steepest streets I’ve known! And at number 38 I don’t know how my grandmother coped with carrying her shopping home up that hill.

My memories of this house are formed from being taken every Sunday, after I’d been to Sunday school by my dad. We would get the bus, visit Nannie and Uncle Jack and go home to meet mum, who had been to church and was preparing our Sunday dinner.

Dad had a key, he would open the front door and in we would go. Through the hall way, past the door to the front room, and into the back room. Which was where the family lived. It seemed like everyone kept a ‘front room’ for best. What a waste of a room, but it seemed to be what everyone did back then.

Some other main memories of Blaker Street are of always being given a glass of Tizer and a kit-kat.









Here is the door we will be opening tomorrow:

01 dec

About Jackie Dinnis

Welcome to my blog where I am enjoying meeting my family - past and present - one at a time. Join me as I learn who my ancestors were, where they lived, what their occupations were and what everyday life was like for them.
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5 Responses to Door 1 on the Advent Calendar

  1. Sue Woodland says:

    Happy memories, but oh that hill! How I hated it. I remember the house so well, just as you have described it, and recognised it as soon as the picture of the door was posted yesterday. I also remember the outside toilet. I hated that too!

    • I don’t know how Nannie managed in the winter, with ice and snow? And yes, that outside toilet was something I hated! I expect you will remember most of my Advent Doors, since they are mostly your photos! Thank you xxx

  2. Luanne @ TFK says:

    What a cute idea, Jackie! I got your mail!!!! So beautiful! Thank you so much. It felt so special. xo

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