to think my Dad is totally wrong to say...

(123 Posts)
Convict224 Tue 27-Nov-12 21:48:26

...he is going to Blanket Street at bedtime ?

It's Bedfordshire. Via the Wooden Hill.


Cbh1978 Tue 27-Nov-12 21:50:00

Eh? All very clear. :-)

MammaTJ Tue 27-Nov-12 21:50:49

Aw, that reminds me of my dear Grandad!!

bruffin Tue 27-Nov-12 21:51:47

No it's up the apple and pears to Bedfordshire.wink

CasperGutman Tue 27-Nov-12 21:52:25

Takes me back. My gran would always say someone was "going up Wooden Hill to Blanket Fair".

whois Tue 27-Nov-12 21:52:27

It's Bedfordshire. Via the Wooden Hill

^ This

Fakebook Tue 27-Nov-12 21:53:32

No, it's going to sleep.

juedanlil Tue 27-Nov-12 21:53:52

Up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire Xx

WorraLiberty Tue 27-Nov-12 21:54:34

OMG I can't stop laughing at the fact this thread title is right about another, so the front page reads....

"to think my Dad is totally wrong to say..."

"Help, I've lost my mooncup!"


No-one wants to hear that from their Dad grin

WorraLiberty Tue 27-Nov-12 21:54:47

*above another

MrsKwazii Tue 27-Nov-12 21:55:27

Up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire is what I've always heard.

That and holidaying in Windowsill Bay grin

DrinkFeckArseGirls Tue 27-Nov-12 21:56:45

Is it some fucking game no one knows a out apart from speshul few? <not happy today>

PortBlacksandCheeseBoard Tue 27-Nov-12 21:56:50

My Grandma used to say she'd been to 'ourgate' on her hols (i.e. nowhere)

CunningPlan Tue 27-Nov-12 21:59:00

It's Bedfordshire. As any fule know.

Where the hell is Blanket Street? Unles it's in Bedforshire?

pointythings Tue 27-Nov-12 22:01:15

Wooden hill. Bedfordshire. Every time. And I live in East Anglia, so I should know.

SantasComingFace Tue 27-Nov-12 22:03:32

If you ask my grandad where he's going he always says

'there and back to see how far it is'

I love funny old sayings grin

CheerMum Tue 27-Nov-12 22:04:54

Another vote for up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire. My mum was pretty dodgy in the maternal stakes but this phrase brings warm memories.

Blanket street? But we have duvets!

SantasComingFace Tue 27-Nov-12 22:05:18

And 'shut the door it's coming through the window'


grovel Tue 27-Nov-12 22:06:54

Retired RAF officer neighbour says he is "going to climb to three feet and level out".

PortBlacksandCheeseBoard Tue 27-Nov-12 22:07:15

Also from DGrandma ... "i can't do that ... i've got a bone in my leg" grin

JeanLouiseFinch Tue 27-Nov-12 22:07:18

Up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire.

Gooeyhead Tue 27-Nov-12 22:10:24

I always say... Up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire, down sheet lane, to blanket fair!!!!! I really don't know where I heard it first, my parents say they've never said, I just started saying it one night as a child (must have heard it somewhere!!!) smile

Apples and Pears here - no Bedfordshire (or anywhere else).

My Gran always used to say "Put t'wood in t'ole" - shut the door grin.

BitchyHen Tue 27-Nov-12 22:21:10

My Grandad used to say "Up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire, you'll be asleep in two shakes of a lamb's tail"

MikeLitoris Tue 27-Nov-12 22:24:20

Its 'up the wooden hill to bedfordshire'

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Tue 27-Nov-12 22:27:13

It is always up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire. Always.

Convict224 Tue 27-Nov-12 23:17:01

Hmm, I would guess the consensus agrees with me.

Motion carried!

(I also say wood the hole and don't be there till you're back)

kittyandthegoldenfontanelles Tue 27-Nov-12 23:35:14

Up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire defo.

Thought only my dad says this. How come all you lot know it too?

kittyandthegoldenfontanelles Tue 27-Nov-12 23:37:11

Oh yes, put wood inth 'ole. That too.

"Yer weren't made at Pilks" was said if someone was blocking your view.

thegreylady Tue 27-Nov-12 23:48:14

If you asked my Grandad what he was doing he always said "Making wigwams!"
And I agree you always go up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire where there's a place for tired bairns :-)

Earthymama Tue 27-Nov-12 23:50:19

kitty Sint Ellens?

Definitely wooden hill to Bedfordshire smile

Oh and wood in the 'ole!

My mum was always saying these smile

kittyandthegoldenfontanelles Tue 27-Nov-12 23:55:59

Ah sintelluns, earthymama indeed. A long time ago grin

Hotties, burghies etc.

Mspontipine Tue 27-Nov-12 23:57:45

Sometimes I used to tell my mum I was going to Druid's Bottom (remember Carrie's War... Anyone??)

Doinmummy Tue 27-Nov-12 23:57:53

If you ask my Dad how much he paid for something he will always say
"money and fair words"

JennyPiccolo Tue 27-Nov-12 23:58:26

'You'd make a better door than a windae' when somebody is standing in front of the telly.

Mspontipine Wed 28-Nov-12 00:02:38

Ahhh - the Gotobeds at Druid's Bottom - I'd forgotten that bit!

Sintellins is heartwarmingly unchanged kitty, I'm glad to report, Cocker.

<not being rude, honest>

Vix07 Wed 28-Nov-12 00:11:07

We never went to Bedfordshire sad. But we frequently got told we 'made a better door than a window' when standing in front of the TV confused

ChippingInLovesAutumn Wed 28-Nov-12 00:15:41

Jenny - same here! 'You make a better door than a window!'

... and 'Up the Wooden Hill' (but nothing after it) or 'Up the apples & pears'

kittyandthegoldenfontanelles Wed 28-Nov-12 00:20:08

Oh verylittlecarrot

"have yer got the time on yer, cock?"
"No but I've got it on me wrist"

Oh, happy memories...

GilmoursPillow Wed 28-Nov-12 03:53:37

Retired RAF officer neighbour says he is "going to climb to three feet and level out".

That made me chuckle smile

Jacksmania Wed 28-Nov-12 04:29:09

Oh, "going to three feet and level out" made DH and me laugh so hard!

Of course it's "up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire".

RobotLover68 Wed 28-Nov-12 06:42:40

I've been on holiday to "Stoppertham"

I've never been to Bedfordshire or Blanket Street sad

I have started telling my son that food goes 'down red lane' though, courtesy of my grandad.

trumpton Wed 28-Nov-12 06:55:56

"Je t'adore " said in a fond way by my dad meant " shut the door !"
"Born in a barn were you ? " meant the same .
Definately Up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire " confused the hell out of our 3 DC when we lived there!!
What's for dinner? " Air pie without the crust and a slide around the plate "
What's for pudding " Wait and see pudding"

And does anyo e remember " give over or I'll knock your heads together "

Yep it's wooden hill to Bedfordshire smile

HecatePropylaea Wed 28-Nov-12 07:02:30

Good god. It's like you all grew up in my house grin

Anyone else get "By, it's black at the back of Bill's mother's."

And my dad's own creation (I think. I hope!) whenever you asked where something was.

"Up your arse on the second shelf."

Charming. grin

sixlostmonkeys Wed 28-Nov-12 07:07:04

When asked what we were having for tea my Gran would say "a jump in t'cupboard and a run round t'table".

I've never come across anyone else who has heard this one. (maybe we were not only very poor but very daft too) grin

superchick Wed 28-Nov-12 07:08:08

Yes to wooden hill and bedfordshire.

Can anyone tell me what "E for B and Georgie Best" means? My dad used to say it instead of eggs but I have no idea why.

takataka Wed 28-Nov-12 07:09:55

trumpton I always tell my kids 'belt up or ill knock your heads together' ...or 'ill brain ya'.....ah, fond memories of grandma! grin

Euphemia Wed 28-Nov-12 07:09:58

What if you live in a bungalow? confused

RuleBritannia Wed 28-Nov-12 07:10:44

Trumpton Yes. But in our house, when I asked what we were having for dinner, Mother would answer, "Wait and see pie". It might be a leftover (no pun intended) from the War when no one knew what food was available. So we did have to wait and see.

I say it now to my son when he asks and he says it to his DCs.

MrsBW Wed 28-Nov-12 07:12:40

You're all wrong.

It's 'up Wooden Hill, and down Sheet Street to Bedfordshire' smile

bruffin Wed 28-Nov-12 07:19:24

"What if you live in a bungalow? "

My ML lives in a bungerlow, she still has stairs to her bedroom. She has an attic conversiongrin

MsElleTow Wed 28-Nov-12 07:27:49

Hecate my Gran used to say "it's black at the back of Bill's mother's!"

It was years before I realised she wasn't talking about a neighbour!blush

If we asked our Nan what was for tea she'd say "Dry bread and poullet(?sp)"

altinkum Wed 28-Nov-12 07:29:35

I would love to hear from my dad tbh...

When asking what's for dinner we used to get told 'Bread and pullit' grin took me a long time before I asked what pullit' was.

Yy to 'you make a better door than a window' and 'were you born in a barn?'

numbum Wed 28-Nov-12 07:36:12

'Up your arse on the second shelf' hecate that's brilliant!

We used to have chuckitupandcatchit for tea and my nan used to ask 'how's yer belly off for spots'. It took me until she died to realise she was just asking how I was!

MsElleTow Wed 28-Nov-12 07:36:38

I asked DS2 if he was born in a barn once, when he was about 5 because he kept leaving the front door open. He said "You should know, you were there!"grin

sayayetaeapie Wed 28-Nov-12 07:40:20

yy to "I've got a bone in my leg" - what was that supposed to mean? never did find out

"doon the red brae" whilst managing to get a spam sandwich down at my auntie's [vom]

Catsmamma Wed 28-Nov-12 07:42:49

we used to get "Bread and Iffit" for tea if we asked.

and "there and back to see how far it is" if we asked where we were going on a day out.

MrsChestyLaRue Wed 28-Nov-12 07:49:18

We just go to bed. [boring]

But we made better doors than windows.

We had "sugar n shite" for tea.

We spent our holidays at "hameilldaeme" (hame ill dae me)

And my grans favourite when we were in trouble

"By the holy St Dennis, you'll have your head in your hands" grin

Notafoodbabyanymore Wed 28-Nov-12 07:54:41

My dad used to say "bread and lookatit" when we asked what we could have to eat.

Shodan Wed 28-Nov-12 08:01:29

My mum used to say 'bread and scrape' - I always assumed 'scrape' was some wartime delicacy that I was fortunate enough not to have to eat, but it turns out it meant a scrape of whatever spread was available (marge, I suppose, during the war).

Lollydaydream Wed 28-Nov-12 08:12:24

really I don't know why people can't call a spade, a spade. wink

lashingsofbingeinghere Wed 28-Nov-12 08:22:00

No special phrase for bedtime but,

"Ill have your guts for garters" was a favourite threat when DB and I used to fight and annoy DF.

ProfYaffle Wed 28-Nov-12 08:22:39

My Nan used to call a spade a bloody shovel! grin

HarlettOScara Wed 28-Nov-12 08:51:10
CinnabarRed Wed 28-Nov-12 08:58:24

Those that ask don't get; those that don't ask don't want.

I'm not as green as I'm cabbage looking.

It's better than a slap round the belly with a big wet fish [which it inevitably was, no matter what I was complaining about].

<<All courtesy of my grandpa.>>

Iteotwawki Wed 28-Nov-12 09:04:09

I used to go up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire. We lived there at the time, never occurred to me that it wasn't something to do with where we lived!

When I asked where something was it was always "up in Annie's room behind the clock". Nobody was called Annie and all the clocks were downstairs. /drifts off into haze of childhood memories.

mypussyiscalledCaramel Wed 28-Nov-12 09:05:50

My Dad used to say 'In a vinegar bottle behind the clock' whenever he was asked where something was.

'Up the wooden hill to bedfordshire' is still used in my house.

My gran used to say 'iffits' or 'wait and see' when asked what's for tea.

My Dad never went swimming he went 'oggin troggin' and he watched 'the haunted fishtank' not the tv.

' Born in a barn, were we?' is another one well used in this house.

RubyGates Wed 28-Nov-12 09:10:15

Of course it's "Up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire".

Thank you in our house was "Mucky Buckets" and nibbly bits before the main course were "Horses D'oovers".

HecatePropylaea Wed 28-Nov-12 09:14:25


What time is it?

Half past me elbow, quarter past me knee.

hmm these people are weird grin

BobblyGussets Wed 28-Nov-12 09:28:15

Was this just my Dad on being asked, "What are you doing?" He would reply "Picking a que-en (sp?)"

BobblyGussets Wed 28-Nov-12 09:28:57

What's the time?

A hair past a freckle on my left wrist.

PenelopePipPop Wed 28-Nov-12 09:29:17

Hmmm DD goes up the stairs to Bedfordshire where she takes the sleepy train to Wakefield Westgate. I think DH's childhood enthusiasm for trains may be to blame.

Also the answer to 'Nighty nighty' must always be 'Pyjamas pyjamas'.

'We must stop meeting like this people will talk' whenever you bump into a family member in the sitting room.

PenelopePipPop Wed 28-Nov-12 09:30:29

Bobblygussets The answer to 'what's the time?' is surely 'Time you got a watch'?

SelfRighteousPrissyPants Wed 28-Nov-12 09:33:38

We go up the wooden hill to Bedlington but only cos that's where we live grin

My Nan used to 'visit my aunt' to go to the toilet!

HecatePropylaea Wed 28-Nov-12 09:36:31

Oh god - and "How do you spell..." anything. blossom. adversarial. abbreviate


"D. I. C. T. I. O. N. A. R. Y"


Yeah, when I've finished using it to look that up, I'll be shoving it up your arse.

And WHAT use is a dictionary anyway when you've got to know how to spell something in order to look it up? <hyperventilates>

BobblyGussets Wed 28-Nov-12 09:41:32

grin at hecate, "I'll be shoving it up your arse"

Nagoo Wed 28-Nov-12 09:42:46

My mum says 'you'd laugh to see a pudding roll'. I thought she'd made it up until I read it in a Tony Parsons Book.

yes it was 'Up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire' for us as kids in Yorkshire and now it's 'Up the wooden hill in Bedfordshire'

My mum used to use the charming phrase 'shit with sugar on it' when asked 'what is for dinner/ what is this?' which was nice hmm

DorisIsWaiting Wed 28-Nov-12 09:46:06

You're ALL wrong grin

It's " Up the wooden hill to Bedforshire, down Sheet Lane to Blanket Square.."

Tanith Wed 28-Nov-12 09:46:43

Ours was
"Up the wooden hill, along Plank Common and into Bedfordshire."

I remember Black over Bill's mother's, too, whenever bad weather was coming. I was so intrigued once that I looked it up. Who was Bill?
There's no straight answer: some claim it originated in the Midlands, but it's a saying that crops up all over the country. Others think that Bill was William Shakespeare.
Another explanation is that it refers to some sort of Parliamentary scandal or imminent war involving William Pitt the Younger: given that it's such a widely known saying, I think that's the most likely one.

littlemisspoppy Wed 28-Nov-12 09:46:55

We use were you born in a barn!

And my dad says when lights are left on that don't need to be 'it's like bloody Blackpool illuminations in here' don't think I've heard anyone else say that one?

MrsEricBana Wed 28-Nov-12 09:53:01

Blanket Street? Get with the times man and move to Duvet Drive.

(Yes up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire here too)

MrsEricBana Wed 28-Nov-12 09:55:20

Oh my dad used to say that too littlemisspoppy but he was from Southport and you could literally see said illuminations from the window so maybe that's why. I say it too and the kids look at me confused confused

Tanith Wed 28-Nov-12 09:57:50

And what about "coming around like 1 o'Clock" for something regular or inevitable?

Refers to the cannons fired at 1 o'Clock (as depicted in Mary Poppins), such as the Arsenal cannon. I think Edinburgh Castle still does this.

yep- I'm in wales and dad insists if more than one light is on its like Blackpool bloody lights, so must be well used wink

2muchxmaspud Wed 28-Nov-12 10:09:32

We always got "up the dancers" at bed time

Also "how's ya belly for spots?"
or "how ya diddling?"

Granda says "take them off and we'll all have a shite in them" if someone dares fart in front of him.

Also heard "up your arse on the second shelf" off my dad and "sugar and shit" for tea

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Wed 28-Nov-12 10:12:54

Did anyone else have 'going to visit Mrs Murphy' for going to the loo?

2muchxmaspud Wed 28-Nov-12 10:14:27

No but if we were sick my gran used to say were talking to hughey on the telephone...

Anniegetyourgun Wed 28-Nov-12 10:22:22

I saw it in a poetry book a long long time ago. A Child's Garden of Verses perhaps? R L Stevenson?

I just googled it and came across this old thread about it!

Anniegetyourgun Wed 28-Nov-12 10:23:03

Er, the "Bedfordshire" rhyme that is, not going to the loo...

RubyGates Wed 28-Nov-12 10:26:38

Ooh yes, "Black over Bill's mother's" Is one of my Mum's too. I haven't heard that in years.

ProfYaffle Wed 28-Nov-12 10:37:49

2much yy, my Mum always said 'up the jolly dancers', later shortened to 'jolly d's'.

Flimflammery Wed 28-Nov-12 11:09:31

My mum used to say, 'just clean your teeth and Bob's your uncle'. I used to wonder who Bob was.

And my Dad used to say 'toute de suite, and the tooter the sweeter'.

Ah I was looking for up the dancers to come up on this thread. My mum says this too. What does it mean though?

Pickles77 Wed 28-Nov-12 11:28:51

Up the apples and pears to see uncle ned was what my mum used to say confused

SantasComingFace Wed 28-Nov-12 14:39:54

Don't know if we've had 'off to see a man about a dog'

My grandad still uses 'run away with a black man' if I ask him where my gran is, no idea where that came from! confused heard a few people say it though.

My mum says shit with sugar on in answer to what's for tea and tbh that's often a pretty good description grin

zukiecat Wed 28-Nov-12 15:52:59

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Pickles77 Wed 28-Nov-12 15:55:18

Santa my parents say that when someone is missing. Although my nan actually did, left grandpa for a African man confused

Pickles77 Wed 28-Nov-12 15:55:36

So I assumed they made it up hmm

littlemisspoppy Wed 28-Nov-12 15:58:11

I once put on Facebook I was going to bedfordshire and people commented saying goodnight etc, then my OH text me to ask when I was going there and what for!

zukiecat Wed 28-Nov-12 15:59:58

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Frontpaw Wed 28-Nov-12 16:00:11

Beddington. Via the wooden hill.

Lollydaydream Wed 28-Nov-12 16:08:12

Some from my greatnan (who lived on Bedford):
"mother is it worth it" apropo of anything slightly challenging
"I see, I see, I see as the blind man said."
We also have lots of talk of barns and doors and there's whole days where talking to my granny is like doing a cryptic crossword.

ivanapoo Wed 28-Nov-12 16:13:18

I go to Club Bed where DJ Duvet and MC Pillow are doing an 8 hour chill out set.

zukiecat Wed 28-Nov-12 16:15:12

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x2boys Wed 28-Nov-12 17:02:47

always thought itwas up the wooden stairs to bedfordshire.I remember peopkle being asked where they went on holiday and said ,argate and back. And if i was ever cold in bed my mum used to say you will be warm in two shakes of a ducks tail my favourite was dad 'whats to drink'and he used to say corporation pop i was most dissapoited whemn i found out ot was tap water!

Calabria Wed 28-Nov-12 18:16:37

Mum used to say 'were you born in a bus' when we left the door open. Not many buses had doors when we were kids.

We went up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire too. Although I remember being very confused the first time Dad said it when I was little.

And when asked what's for supper the reply was always 'dolls eyes and hairpins' or 'wait and see'.

superchick Wed 28-Nov-12 19:34:45

Thanks harlett smile

Pickles77 Wed 28-Nov-12 19:59:48

My mum used to say we're you born in a barn to the door thing.

Erm no I was born in a lift hmm because I'm impatient blush

2muchxmaspud Wed 28-Nov-12 20:19:09

Oh god aye x2boys my granda says "if you don't want tea or coffee there's always council pop..." Water...

hoolahoolagirl Wed 28-Nov-12 20:44:28

My lovely old nan used to say 'up the wooden hill, down sheet alley to Bedfordshire .....god I miss her, it's the little things smilesad

SquishyCinnamonSwirls Wed 28-Nov-12 20:51:31

Oh this has made me miss my Nanna!
She used to say that too, "Up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire", "in two shakes of a lamb's tail:, and if you asked my Poppa (Grandad) what was for tea he'd say "dry bread and pullit".

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Wed 28-Nov-12 21:31:06

My mum used to say 'Gone for a soldier' if you asked her where anyone was. For far too many years blush I thought that 'soldier' meant a walk.

"Muuuuuuuuum, I'm just going for a quick soldier to the shop, kay?"

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Wed 28-Nov-12 21:45:44

My nan used to say 'every little helps said the old woman as she posses in the sea'.

It was quite funny cos she was was quite genteel the rest of the time.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Wed 28-Nov-12 21:47:23

No, my iPhone, she did not say posses. She said pissed. Stop autocorrecting me. You completely spoil the punch line.

Tigerbomb Wed 28-Nov-12 22:10:32

Up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire, here too.

If you were to ask my nan or my mom where they were going and they didnt want you to know or couldnt be arsed to tell you, they used to reply

"Ella ma titty
where there's neither house land or city:

and if you asked where that was they would reply;

"Three fields past China"

I have never heard anyone else use the expression and I couldn't find it on google

Shit on toast was another popular response to "What's for Tea", or sometimes it would be "Shit with sugar on"

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