a year on and there are still 6 geese a laying

Gitika Partington

My Dad used to live next to a bit of common land where a gorgeous flock of white geese used to hang out. The day before half of them were slaughtered for christmas tables, they all went really really spookily quiet. They stopped cackling all day and just stood stock still…they knew their fate before it happened. Poor old geese.

This post is dedicated to all the teachers who have just finished term. Have a lovely break…And for all those people who wish they had the same holidays as teachers…..think again! It is no holiday as most teachers by now are completely burned out and will need a week sitting in a dark room under a duvet to get some strength back from all the giving out they have done. Sadly the chances of doing that are far removed at christmas…so my heart goes out, with my six geese to…

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The Partington Family Singers – Go Tell Aunt Rhody

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Another groovy old find from a cassette. Much earlier that the one yesterday. I am 6 my sister 5 and my brother 3. It was recorded on a reel to reel by a man who hung a microphone in the middle of our dinning room. Mum and Dad were recording a few songs to make a record for charity and thought it would be nice for us to sing on one.  I sang verse one, sister verse 2 and brother verse 3 (quite a feat at the age of 3!). The reel to reel is long gone, and I found the cassette which has always had a little edit on it as I think we did a few takes, and brother had much more interesting things to do than sing ….I mean when your three. there are toys to play with! I had another go at editing it (only my family will notice)

This photo is the only photo we have of us pre-performance. We once  did a big concert in Wigan  -Mum and Dad’s hometown ( probably about the time we sang  yesterday’s rendition of Deck the Halls). I think that might have been our swan song gig too!

Once again, a link for those with fancy ipaddy things….

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The Partington Family Singers -Deck the Halls

I think this may have been a couple of christmases before the recording. That's me in the middle.

I think this may have been a couple of christmases before the recording. That’s me in the middle.

Oh my! It is nostalgia time. I blame radio 6 and the chat over a ginger beer in the pub last night. I have trillions of old cassettes and found this gem….my family all singing ‘Deck the Halls’ together in the early 1970’s. I think I remember us singing it at a little concert and someone had an old cassette recorder. Watch out for the nasty hissy stuff….can’t believe the cassette still works! I am sure I might be able to clean it up and get rid of all the nasty hiss, but as a piece of history, well you cannot beat it. That’s my little brother with the cut glass soprano voice at the top. with me and sis in the middle, mum on tenor and our very patient Dad on bass. Ah memories. I think we spent as much time fighting as singing, near the end of our singing career as a family…. but I think we sounded rather fine.

More to come..so brace yourselves.

Merry Christmas ho ho ho.


Weird just tried to listen to this on someone’s fancy shmancy iPad and the soundcloud link did not come up. so if you are loved up with an iPad you might have to go to my soundcloud page until I sort out what the problem is…..curious xlink here