Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - MEMORIES -

The head­ing at the top of the page says Ivor Jones and Friends MEM­O­RIES, so I guess it is only right that the mem­o­ries I share are not only mine but those of my friends.

Fol­low­ing on from my com­ment in the pre­vi­ous is­sue of our youngest when play­ing “I Spy” (say­ing some­thing be­gin­ning with F, which turned out to be Thongs (Fongs), I thought that I would ask some friends about what their kids, grand­kids or sib­lings etc have said which caused mer­ri­ment, con­fu­sion or em­bar­rass­ment . These were just some of the sto­ries or com­ments that were told. To avoid em­bar­rass­ment I have not shown the full names here.

From Fiona “My nan asked some of the grand­kids to go find some ‘bark & sticks’ to start the fire with. Af­ter some time, one of the boys re­turned cry­ing that he could find “no bark­ing sticks”.

Another one from He­len - “I used to teach newly-ar­rived chil­dren from many coun­tries so they said some funny things. One boy was telling me about the meat pies (mag­pies) that were in the park. Another told me he’d been to the fish’ n’ chips (Cit­i­zen­ship) cer­e­mony on Sunday. Kylie yelled out “fire!”- a fly had landed on the ta­ble and there were lots more like this. They will all be flu­ent English -speak­ing adults now.

Mere­lyn says “When my daugh­ter was 4 she saw a man with one leg walk­ing his dog who only had 3 legs (this is true). I could see the hu­mour in this but she stated it was not the man and dogs fault if God had run out of legs for them.”

From Doreen comes this lit­tle gem “While wait­ing for a bus my daugh­ter, aged 8, no­ticed a “No Stand­ing” traf­fic sign. She wanted to know why a seat wasn’t pro­vided if we weren’t al­lowed to stand.

Lor­raine pro­vided this ex­am­ple “My daugh­ter was 6 years old and play­ing eye spy her turn came around and said start­ing with BS af­ter we had ex­hausted ev­ery likely an­swer she said “bald spot” she was sit­ting be­hind her step­dad in the car.”

One from Julie “I heard one about my hus­band’s cousin in the 60s - he was a young child, kept ev­ery­one guess­ing about some­thing start­ing with L......turned out to be lec­tric light”

Pauline of Pen­rith pro­vided this one. “Our beau­ti­ful grand­daugh­ter was walk­ing past the TV as they men­tioned a story about a se­rial killer.” Her in­no­cent re­ply.... “I did not know you could die from eating too much ce­real.”

This one was re­lated by Vicki. “My sis­ter saw a road side sign say­ing ‘Soft Edges’ & she asked Dad why peo­ple would be sell­ing soft eggs.”

Here is one from mate, Robert who tells this story. “In the late 90s trav­el­ling on the Great West­ern High­way through the Blue Moun­tains with my then aged 8 or 9 year old daugh­ter. There was a road side store sell­ing UGG boots and coun­try style ar­ti­cles. She sat bolt up­right as we passed the store and yelled out “Cow Jack­ets!!!!” point­ing at the cow hides hang­ing on the ve­ran­dah on dis­play”

Lanni from the Hawkes­bury pro­vided this one. “We used to play I spy when my youngest was 3 and 4 years old. He couldn’t read. So on his turn he would say “I spy with my lit­tle eye some­thing be­gin­ning with......H!” We’d list ev­ery­thing we could see be­gin­ning with H and noth­ing matched. Giv­ing up we’d ask him the an­swer. Some­times it was chair, some­times it was light....could be any­thing be­cause he couldn’t spell”

Now a cou­ple of more from our fam­ily. Our el­dest who had not long started at preschool was asked “How was school to­day?” Her re­sponse was “I got in trou­ble be­cause I knocked over the beads” Mum asked “Did you spill them on pur­pose?” “No” came back the an­swer “I spilt them on the rug”.

A former son-in-law came in one day, whilst a news story about the visit of Pres­i­dent George Bush Snr stop­ping traf­fic on the Har­bour Bridge. He caught the name “Bush” and said “What Bush?”

Another fam­ily mem­ber was about to start school, when a neigh­bour asked “Do you know your ta­bles?” “Yes” was the re­ply, “we have a cof­fee ta­ble, kitchen ta­ble and a din­ing ta­ble”.

My wife’s favourite story is of our grand­son Cory. Aged about 3, he was asleep in his car seat when we stopped at lights near a McDon­alds. He roused, saw the Yel­low Arches and mum­bled “Ah, Don­alds, EI E I O” and fell back asleep.

Another anec­dote came from a grand­mother putting on her make-up and used a tis­sue to blot her lip­stick. Watch­ing grand­daugh­ter asked “Why are you kiss­ing the tis­sue good-bye”.

I hope that you en­joyed those lit­tle tit-bits and feel free to write in some of your ex­am­ples of what the kids have said that made you laugh.


You can write about child­hood mem­o­ries of where you may have grown up or mov­ing into the area. Tell us about your school days. Where you worked, played or went on hol­i­days; your first car; that first date, get­ting mar­ried or maybe the his­tory of your fam­ily, group or or­gan­i­sa­tion in the dis­trict. This page is about mem­o­ries so tell us yours.

If you have some great mem­o­ries, or per­haps you be­long to a lo­cal com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion and would like to share your or­gan­i­sa­tion’s his­tory or story with us then feel free to share your mem­o­ries or ex­pe­ri­ences by writ­ing to 17 Rose St., Baulkham Hills NSW 2153 or email to ivor.jones@hill­sto­hawkes­bury. You can also share mem­o­ries on any of my Facebook mem­o­ries groups in­clud­ing Hills Dis­trict Mem­o­ries which you will find at Hills.mem­o­ries/ or Hawkes­bury Hap­pen­ings & Mem­o­ries which you will find at https://www.facebook. com/groups/Hawkesmem­o­ries/

Lo­cal Artist Ann-Ma­ree Ager of Kel­lyville was re­cently awarded the In­di­vid­ual Achieve­ment Award for con­tri­bu­tion to Arts and Cul­ture dur­ing the Or­ange Blos­som Fes­ti­val. (Pic­tured right Clr Yvonne Keane ( Mayor) and Ann-Ma­ree Ager.

Ann-Ma­ree com­pleted a Bach­e­lor of Art Ed­u­ca­tion de­gree at the Col­lege of Fine Arts Univer­sity of NSW, she then com­menced her ca­reer in Pub­lic Ed­u­ca­tion work­ing as Head Teacher of Visual Arts at Boss­ley Park High School which she is still ded­i­cated to to­day in her role as Deputy Principal. Dur­ing her ca­reer Ann-Ma­ree has con­tin­ued her Visual Arts ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing by do­ing nu­mer­ous short cour­ses at the Na­tional Art School Syd­ney and by spend­ing a 6mth sab­bat­i­cal with an Artist in Hous­ton Texas were she learnt the fine art and honed her craft in work­ing with leather. She has since be­come a mul­ti­ple award win­ning in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised Artist and Ed­u­ca­tor.

The Hills res­i­dent was awarded the Most Suc­cess­ful Ex­hibitor at the Syd­ney Royal Easter show 2016 for Leather­craft ear­lier this year, col­lect­ing 1 x Stan­dard of Ex­cel­lence, 3 x First place, 1 x Sec­ond place, 1 x Third place, 1 x Highly Com­mended.

She was also recog­nised for her work with stu­dents and was Awarded the Sir Wil­liam Do­bell Foun­da­tion Award for Ded­i­ca­tion to ArtEx­press at the Art Gallery of NSW 2016 (Pic­tured Right, Principal Vera Chev­ell, Deputy Ann-Ma­ree Ager, Head Teacher Me­lanie Duff, Michelle Bel­giorno-Net­tis from the Sir Wil­liam Do­bell Foun­da­tion).

“It was an hon­our to be recog­nised pub­li­cally for our work with stu­dents, we re­ceived the most nom­i­na­tions in South West Syd­ney and it was an enor­mous team ef­fort. It was a great way to fin­ish my role as Head Teacher be­fore mov­ing on to be­come Deputy Principal.” Ager.

This recog­ni­tion fol­lowed a year of suc­cess as a prac­tic­ing Artist where Ann-Ma­ree was in­cluded in the fol­low­ing ex­hi­bi­tions across Aus­tralia. Fi­nal­ist in the Craft NSW Emerg­ing Artist Award 2015 Fi­nal­ist in the Hornsby Art Prize 2015 Ex­hib­ited in ‘Af­ter Hours’ West­ern Syd­ney Univer­sity 2015 Awarded the De­sign and Crafts­man­ship Award Art­fest 2015- Win­malee NSW 1st Place Di­men­sions in Leather – Leather­crafters As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land Ann-Ma­ree Ager’s suc­cess as an Aus­tralian Artist has in large part been due to the sup­port of the Hills com­mu­nity in which she lives, her art­works are in­spired by and show­cases the beau­ti­ful flora and fauna out­side her Kel­lyville home on the Cat­tai Creek Re­serve.

“The Visual Arts are the qui­etest of the creative and per­form­ing Arts and some­times struggle to gain much at­ten­tion de­spite there be­ing so many tal­ented Artists liv­ing in the Hills and Hawkes­bury area, so any me­dia or pub­lic­ity I can at­tract to the Visual Arts I be­lieve will ben­e­fit the whole com­mu­nity”

Ann-Ma­ree has re­cently sub­mit­ted Art­works for both the Hornsby and Black­town City Art Prizes and is await­ing se­lec­tion no­ti­fi­ca­tions. “I have cre­ated some new leather sculp­tures which I hope will be ex­hib­ited soon, Flut­ter by Day and Flow­er­ing by Day (pic­tured be­low) are both leather sculp­tures made from Ex­otics in­clud­ing Stingray, os­trich, goat, cow, snake, frog and al­li­ga­tor leathers sourced from all over the world. They are whimis­cal sur­real worlds de­signed to stim­u­late fond child­hood mem­o­ries of sto­ries and fa­bles in busy adults.”

“We are so caught up in our busy adult lives, I thought it would be nice to take time out and re­flect on the in­no­cence and beauty of child­hood.” Ann-Ma­ree also claims that they are also in­spired by her very sup­port­ive fam­ily, “if my hus­band and two young chil­dren like a piece I know I’ve got a win­ner, they are bru­tally hon­est when giv­ing me feed­back about the qual­ity of my work, which both in­spires me and en­cour­ages me to do bet­ter.”

Pic­tured be­low are ex­clu­sive pre­view photos of Ann-Ma­ree’s lat­est Art­works.

Flow­er­ing By Day

Flut­ter By Day

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