Memories under the stairs!


Hello! I can’t quite believe May is upon us!

If you caught my last blog you may recall me mentioning the VHS tape I came across when sifting through the cupboard under the stairs… Well, I’ve been sifting through a little more. There are several boxes waiting to be unpacked and a zipped bag of which I have no idea of the contents! Some of these boxes haven’t been opened for at least ten years!

Charlie Brook's old school radio

In one box, I came across this radio which my Mum bought me many years ago at a car boot sale. I’m going to clean it up a little and pop it on the shelf. I love the colour.

In another box… vinyl! I love vinyl – the sound of it is so distinctive and it always reminds me of my early days in radio – lining up the next track on the turntable.

Old school vinyl

Speaking of a turntable I no longer have one but I’ve just found this brilliant ION turntable on our website, which I now have my eye on. It’s really, really clever, you can stream music to other devices via Bluetooth and it lets you convert all your LPs to MP3s so you can listen to them on the go. Technology never ceases to amaze me and I wonder where it will take us in ten years’ time?

ION Digital turntable with Bluetooth on QVC UK

Finally, I came across a small photo album too. It’s me! Funnily enough tucking into an ice cream! Can you still buy the cones which you pop the rectangular block of ice cream into? and can you still buy the rectangular blocks of individually wrapped vanilla ice cream? I haven’t seen them for years.

Charlie Brook as a baby

There are more boxes to look into and that bag is waiting to be unzipped. I have a feeling it’s boring old paperwork from around 20 years ago!

I’ve a few days off at home now and I am planning a visit to the gym (it may not happen!) as well as going to enjoy some glorious walks with my Cairns.

I’m looking forward to being on air with Michael and ‘Loverocks‘ fashion jewellery this Tuesday 3rd May at 4pm when we celebrate their 2nd anniversary – followed by Birkenstock at 5pm.

Take care and see you soon…

Now what’s in that blue box in the corner..?

Charlie x
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  1. Janet Morgan April 27, 2016 at 10:36 pm -  Reply

    I haven’t seen those paper wrapped ice creams for many years but I remember them from my childhood too As I’m just a “little” older than you I can remember the three coloured ice cream that was pink white and green , the usual strawberry, vanilla and I think pistachio. Does anyone else recall it too ?

  2. Mila April 28, 2016 at 2:04 am -  Reply

    hey Charlie haven’t changed a bit, especially around the eyes and still have your sweet tooth. I haven’t seen those cones or ice cream blocks either, think it’s easier to put it into plastic boxes instead these days.

  3. Andrea April 28, 2016 at 10:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Charlie, I wonder if you have any Duran Duran vinyl in your collection. I recently converted a VHS to DVD at home, it was lovely to see some old memories. It gave me an idea, I might ask my eldest son to start his own little business as a ‘University fund’, copying VHS for other people in our village. Take care! 😀

  4. Jean Pugh April 28, 2016 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie.
    It is funny what you store away and then rediscover a few years later. Not found any hidden chocolate brownies under the stairs yet have you?

    Yes those old record turntables seem to be a thing of the past now, all mod cons now.

    Love the photograph, love the hair as well. No I don’t think you can get those blocks of ice cream any more, all in plastic containers now, round cones I have seen.

    Anyway enjoy your walks with the dogs. Hope you made it too the gym.

    Love Jean x

  5. Charlie Brook May 4, 2016 at 1:16 pm -  Reply

    Hello Janet, tri-colour and flavour ice cream sounds divine!!

    I’m hoping the ice cream van appears soon now!

    All the best


  6. Charlie Brook May 4, 2016 at 1:16 pm -  Reply

    Hello April! Such kind words. Thank you 🙂


  7. Charlie Brook May 4, 2016 at 1:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Mila, I think I’ll always have that sweet tooth! Love ice cream!!

    All the best

    Charlie 🙂

  8. Charlie Brook May 4, 2016 at 1:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Andrea, sounds like a great idea. Do you know, I think there is some Duran Duran somewhere… I’ll take a look. There are still some unopened boxes!

    All the best


  9. Charlie Brook May 4, 2016 at 1:20 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jean, all the brownies have been eaten which means I need to make an order soon!

    Thanks for liking the photo!

    All the best


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