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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 5th March, 2024)

Mr Chiggy Wiggs's House

Mr Chiggy Wiggs's House
50 years ago I used to to tell my son a bedtime story about Mr Chiggy Wigg living in a tree.
Don’t think he really believed it until he came across his house in Borsdane Wood.

Photo: Colin Traynor  (iPhone)
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Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 5th March 2024 at 05:23

Colin you certainly get about that’s at the Aspull end of Borsdane wood isn’t it,so magical for our youngsters.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 5th March 2024 at 05:42

I think these have been made by Becca at 'Bowen Rocks,' X

Comment by: Elizabeth on 5th March 2024 at 05:46

Should have mentioned they have a Community play area,the 'Play Patch' at the top of Platt Lane,Hindley.x

Comment by: Garry on 5th March 2024 at 06:55

Brilliant photo, Colin.
Borsdane Wood is a great relaxing walk that's parallel with the stream, the woods, the sounds of water and the birds singing, what more do we want.

Comment by: Sandra on 5th March 2024 at 07:05

That's really nice and well made. Kids will love it and encourage them to walk through the woods with mum and dad.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 5th March 2024 at 07:20

That is so sweet, it's good to know there are some people who believe in he little folk ! Even better to know that little things like this are left alone. There is another little house like this in Sandringham woods.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 5th March 2024 at 07:42

I haven't been to Borsdane Wood for many years but I have heard about these little doors. The photo reminds me of a poem I learned in the Reception Class, (which we used to call "The Babies' Class back in the 1950s), when I was five years old....."Someone came a-knocking on my wee, small door".....I can still recite it. I love the little washing-line but Mr. Chiggy-Wigg could do with nipping to Hindley Tesco for some Persil for his towels!

Comment by: Julie on 5th March 2024 at 09:04

It is a wood,a lovely one too,and things get grubby ! Do us a favour and stop making it negative.

Comment by: Bolton Roader on 5th March 2024 at 09:15

Photo-a-Day (Wednesday, 30th March, 2022)
Little Tree House, it did have a red wheelie bin 2 years ago.

Comment by: Cyril on 5th March 2024 at 09:31

Good photo Colin, John is right with you getting about.

Do they not sell 'Fairy Snow' washing powder at Tesco Irene, I remember they said that would wash whiter than white, whatever that meant, the magic of those early TV adverts and they could claim their products could do anything.

Comment by: Arthur on 5th March 2024 at 09:35

A lovely Spring photo to start the day. Nature at its best and Borsdane Wood is full of wild life.

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 5th March 2024 at 09:52

Julie I think we all know Irene isn’t making a bad comment just stating a fact.
Please be kind to people if you can.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 5th March 2024 at 09:58

It was meant as a JOKE , Julie.... I have known Borsdane Wood since I was a small child and I KNOW it is a lovely wood and I KNOW that the wind and weather is the cause of the "grubby towels". I had hoped the idea of Mr Chiggy-Wigg nipping out for some Persil would bring a bit of fun and a smile to people's faces. I won't bother in future.

Comment by: Maureen on 5th March 2024 at 11:01

I should imagine any child would be thrilled to bits seeing this tree house ..or any adult for that matter.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 5th March 2024 at 11:30

Cyril / John, credit for the photo goes to my son who was out walking with my wife.
The picture though really took him back to those story's I used to tell, giving us both good memories. It's good to see that some people like to do things like this and bring a bit of joy to folk walking by.
Bolton Roader, I have only recently started to view and post pictures so clearly missed the previous posting. Regarding the Wheelie Bin, its probably in the stream with some Tesco Trolley's!

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 5th March 2024 at 11:38

Cyril / Irene, that got me thinking of Omo, Daz, Acdo and Dolly Blue!
Not quite sure what Dolly Blue was supposed to do but remember my mother having them and dropping them in the gas boiler with a mangle attached for washing clothes, they where wrapped in paper with a dolly stick in the middles.
When I was about five I once got my fingers rolled into the mangle and went hysterical, my mother thought it very funny!

Comment by: Cyril on 5th March 2024 at 12:34

Don't bother about it Irene, because regular readers would know what you meant, I certainly did, and also that you never post negative comments.

I'm sure I've seen Dolly Blue for sale somewhere Colin, it was something to do with giving the washing a slight blue tint and optically made the whites look whiter, Fairy Snow and other brands had blue granules in to give the wash the same optical illusion. Did the mangle have the wooden rollers or the rubber ones, both would give a nasty nip, but the wooden ones more crushingly so.

this somewhat explains it, I forgotten about Reckitt's rag blue too

wonder if Pepsodent made your teeth slightly blue too?

Comment by: another dave on 5th March 2024 at 12:59

A Dolly stick , carpet beater and some donkey stones would make great wedding gifts today !

Comment by: Pat McC on 5th March 2024 at 13:28

You have a lovely sense of humour Irene. Humour is very cheering when there's so much bad news in today's world. Keep it up please!!

Comment by: Veronica on 5th March 2024 at 14:59

I bet it would be difficult to move on from here on a walk with a child.
I don’t see anything at all negative in any comments least of all Irene’s. It’s a very cute photo. Pinched from a fairytale book I daresay. I remember pictures in story books like this one.

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 5th March 2024 at 15:18

“it did have a red wheelie bin 2 years ago.”

Does that mean it’s on the Westhoughton side of the brook, in Bolton?

Comment by: Colin Trayy on 5th March 2024 at 15:28

Irene, I prefect think that Julie’s comments where taken out of context and directed at your very nice comments.
If I am wrong, she (or he, you never know these days) is in quite a sad person.

Comment by: Tom on 5th March 2024 at 15:39

You would have thought there would be more deterioration of this fairy house, saying its been out there being battered by alsort of weather from when the first photo was on PAD in 22. until now.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 5th March 2024 at 16:08

Thankyou everyone for your support. How on earth anyone could take my remarks about the "grubby towels" seriously beggars belief! .....that tiny washing line is absolutely charming and made my day.
Yes, I remember dolly blues....my Mam washed by hand until she was 60 years old and used a dolly tub and a huge mangle. When I worked at The Platt Bridge Inn , the tap room lads were actually up to fighting one afternoon over the height of a dolly-tub! Someone eventually went out and measured one for proof. (it is 19 inches if you're interested...LOL!). I remember Persil, Acdo, Fairy Snow, Daz, Tide, Omo, Dreft, and Lux Soap Flakes. Anyway, I really appreciate your kind words, everyone, and I hope Mr. Chiggywig and his house and his washing line continue to bring a little magic to the children in Borsdane Wood for a long time to come. Thankyou. xx

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 5th March 2024 at 18:05

George (Hindley)you couldn’t possibly be the same George I was talking to in Italy September 2019.

Comment by: e on 5th March 2024 at 18:22

I wasn’t a happy child
I built my walls around me
higher did I build
to keep the pilgrims out
Each day they would approach me
and challenge truth I thought
would be for ever lasting
but against what I was taught
I built my walls much higher
and added bricks with fear
and every day I’d do the same
to stop the coming near
What was I afraid of
as I made a skylark mine
I watched it in its purpose
against the truth I climb ..

Comment by: Veronica on 5th March 2024 at 18:33

Wasn’t there a soap powder called Surf or am I dreaming?. Also Oxydol? I think the box was orange with a navy blue stripe. I used to play with the empty boxes. I also tried to make doll’s houses from shoe boxes! I didn’t have many toys… apart from dolls. Even then one got left outside in the rain and it went soft ending up with a grotesque face. Aw…

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 5th March 2024 at 18:58

Yes there was Surf Veronica I used it to wash my Rale Brook Toplane shirts you didn’t need to Iron,spelling maybe wrong but sure you’ve heard of those shirts.

Comment by: DTease on 5th March 2024 at 19:11

If Mrs Wigg had lived in our street her would never of geet away wi weshin’ like that theer. Tother wimmin int street would o shamed her deeuth.
“What dust think tha dooin” they would have said“ “purrin dirty weshin like that out ont front street, tha showin us awe up”. Owd Maggie Wigg would have turned ore in her grave if her could see that theer.
Mind yo, her sister wer no better, her husbund’s Pit Drawers wer nowt write wom about I con tell thi.
Any road, ast affert goo, if a don’t get wom un feed his Whippet there’ll be hell ter play.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 5th March 2024 at 19:15

Yes, Veronica, there WAS Surf and Oxydol.....I'd forgotten those! I have read somewhere that ladies who had an "extra-marital gentleman friend" would display an OMO washing powder box in their window to let their paramour know that their husband was out...."OMO" meaning "Old Man Out"! I'm sure it's just a myth but you never know!

Comment by: . Ozy . on 5th March 2024 at 19:40

e … I hesitate to say this pal … but have you ever considered taking counselling ?

Comment by: Cyril on 5th March 2024 at 19:41

There was Surf and Oxydol Veronica, and apparently Oxydol is still sold in America, and is said to contain a peroxide bleaching powder.

Irene, talking of the height of a dolly tub, my mother once bet me that put together my two feet would be taller than a dolly tub, but I couldn't believe it, however with two of my shoes, size 10 1/2, one atop the other - they was actually taller.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 5th March 2024 at 20:51

DTease, ah remember Mrs. Wigg. Her nets were as black as a crow. She were walkin' out wi' yon mon from t'bacon counter at T'Cworp....'im wi' a bawd yed...... Lived deawnt T'cut bank. Their Alice married a Yank; their Wally were ne'er out o'jail. Still, ah'm not one fert speak ill.......

Comment by: DTease on 5th March 2024 at 22:09

Don’t lose your sense of humour Irene.
It’s awe wiv geet left.

Comment by: Edna on 5th March 2024 at 22:49

Everyone on here Irene knew you were joking. Some people have no sense of humour whatsoever. It's a good job we've got you, Veronica Tease & Ozy. Lovely photo Colin. Magical for children.

Comment by: PaulP on 5th March 2024 at 23:04

Although some brands contained blue additives to create a brighter than white optical illusion some others contained grey additives which were released in the water to create a grey effect. The washer person would then be fooled into thinking that particular brand was more efficient and had removed all that dirt from the clothes.

Comment by: Veronica on 5th March 2024 at 23:08

I do remember Rael Brook Toplin the shirt you don’t iron….because they were just hung up to drip dry John. There’s still Surf but it’s in liquid form Cyril. At least Ozy doesn’t need to wash nets fot shelter. All this talk from the tree house with the dirty washing…who’d have thought it.
Steps not been donkey stoned either and windows have never seen a drop o’windoline.
It’s ‘ home sweet home’ though. I always thought Omo was something else Irene. Nice photo Colin despite the controversy that seems to crop up every time you post a photo.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 6th March 2024 at 08:13

You could be right, Veronica, but whatever the OMO stood for, it was to let the "gentleman friend" know the lady was alone. What an interesting thread this has been , ending with us all having a few laughs and reminiscing about washing powder!

Comment by: Veronica on 6th March 2024 at 21:50

Or was it poplin not toplin John?

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