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    We have a light fitting that we have had for 30+ yrs which has come with us to,and been fitted in, every house we have lived in, including the four previous here in France, the electrician fitted it in this house yesterday, now, despite the tatty walls, it feels like home!

    have you got something that goes with you everywhere that makes it home?

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    Anne! :good:

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    Awwwww  :heart:

    Brilliant answer Bald Eagle, love it  :good:

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    My dogs 🐶 ,and of course my Husband.❤️As for things,possibly a weeping fig that has grown from a 6 inch bare twig,to a 5 feet high beauty.I have felt at home in every house/ flat that I’ve lived in. Six  flats and five houses,felt happy in all of them,thankfully.🏠🏘🏡

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    I have a lantern. It no longer works, but it was  working when it was bought for me when I was a long term rough sleeper in the UK and it stays with me to remind me.

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    I like that answer Jayne, it’s the sort of thing I meant and I can understand your feelings about your lantern.

    It goes without saying that Mr. F, and dogs past and present have always made our homes what they were and are, it was just when the light went up yesterday we both felt pleased that it was ‘home’.

    Britchick we have always made every house we’ve lived in a home and have been very happy in all of them because we have made them our home together. I didn’t quite mean felt ‘at home’ perhaps I didn’t explain very well. Congratulations on your success with your weeping fig, it sounds a beauty.

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    I’ve only ever moved house once and that was here to France.

    Sadly, I didn’t want any of my reminders from there (too painful, our family home for 23 yrs, bringing up the children etc.) Divorce ended that  :-(

    So started with everything new here.

    Sorry, didn’t really answer your question fruitcake!

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    Perhaps you’ll be attached to something in this house that will always be special Pumpkin if you feel the need to move.

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    I’m sure I will fruitcake  :rose:

    I do however, ( like I used to do in my previous house), light my red candles and incense sticks, in the winter evenings (not the same ones obviously  ;-) ), but maybe some ‘little something’ I took with me? If you get my meaning.

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    I have a photo of Dad, Ann (sister), Alan (older brother) and myself about 5 years old in Whitby harbour with the Abbey up behind us. Now  out in PduF.

    Also just remembered that I have a photo frame made by my Dad. It still has the WWII standard of glass in it. Goes from home to home with us.

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    We’ve got a stone hedgehog, he’s been used as a doorstop and to keep the garden gate open, must have had him for about 35 years in five houses.

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    As I,m getting older I’m becoming increasingly loath to part with things.
    Our Sofa….scratched by the cats…came from a now dead friend..she loved it..I can’t bring myself to change it.
    There’s an old chaise long on the mezzanine..covered in …wait for it…pink velvet..my parents upholstered it at an evening class..sometimes my mother would wait until my father was asleep to remove his less than perfect work and redo it…he never noticed!
    Biggest weakness is China..I remember where every piece came from…every chip…
    An egg cup with a chicken that my sister bought to the hospital when I had my tonsils out!
    Today I watched the people of Paradise who left their homes as the fires came…they took their kids and pets…my heart went out to them.
    People in countries torn apart by war…they leave with the clothes they stand up in..
    So I suppose the answer is..my husband ..my pets
    The people I want to grow old with..the rest is in your heart.

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    Very touching marmite  :heart:

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    I have a mouse that came out one of those 60’s things huge brandy bowl and a mouse inside, anyone remember that ?? when we have guests I put it on the cheese board, sadly Nana smashed the huge bowl but I still have the Mouse !!

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    I too have a ceiling light very similar to Fruits, that moved house 4 times in France and twice here in the UK . I am very fond of it as my husband bought it for me,

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    @rusty – still got mine!

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    I remember those glass bowls with the cat and mouse, my Aunt had one.  There’s one exactly like yours Virago on  Gumtree.com for sale, only £10.00, I would have thought they’d be worth more than that, especially if in good condition.

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    When I posted a photo of our dresser on FB my daughter said: “I can’t believe you still have my O level pottery burger and chips on display!”

    I’m enjoying hearing all about your keepsakes but it goes without saying marmite, as you say, nothing is as important as our loved ones.

    Pottery burger and chips!

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    I think our family’s brandy glass with cat and mouse was blue! You would think they’d have more value today tigre as you say!

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    Love it Burger & Chips!  Plus their Crinkle chips!   Well done Fruits daughter! Fame at last!

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    That’s very good, Fruitcake, I take it your daughter passed that O level?

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    Yes she did tigre, not that it’s been of any use to her whatsoever! Still, she can boast of having gained it!

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    i like practical things and have a few of e’s late mum’s cooking utensils, a griddle, old wooden hand-carved spoons for eating cawl (which i use for stirring stuff) and her recipe book with bara brith, welsh cakes etc. i enjoy these and always remember her when using them. house wise as long as there’s a fire of some sort and a garden i’m happy  :yes:

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    I have my mum’s old receipe book koat, quite old!   :heart:

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    Love this thread @barjan :rose:

    This is Fred sitting in the bookcase with my Dadf’s childhood Beatrix Potter books. Fred was given to me by my Grandparents and he is a well travelled bear, he lived in Sri Lanka with me.

    The other is my Nanny’s tea caddy which my Mum finds hilarious, I used it for years for tea bags but eventually had to give up as it is a tad rusty inside, I use it for teabags that are infividually sealed now.

    Both Fred and the tea caddy are the first things unpacked when I move, home is not home without them :heart:

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    Ah Fred looks lovely! As are the books!

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    @rusty and @virago I am sure my Mum had one of those, possibly a red one? Well done for keeping it preserved all this time!

    @passingangel, that must be a huge reminder of strength to keep hold of :rose:

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    Seriously fruitcake, your daughters pottery…burger, crinkle chips, fried egg and mushrooms on a plate are brilliant. You can tell her that from me. I am very impressed  :good:

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    What a lot of old(young) softies we are!
    So now we know ..it’s the memories evoked that count and that last.
    Pumpkin…you are making new memories..I hope they will be very happy ones!

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    I’ll pass on to my daughter the compliments about the burger and chips thank you.

    I love Fred WP and those books look wonderful!

    I too have Mum’s old McDougal’s flour recipe book

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