Time Travel – A Taste of Home

It was 1965

No fancy car like Michael J Fox and Doc Brown, that magically takes you ‘Back to the Future’. Time Travel.  No hot tubs, trains nor phone booths to see you on your way.  But visit with me, just for a day, using only the Power of Grey Matter, mine.

 While shopping at a farm stall in Essex, England, amongst the vegetables,and other unusual purchases that ended up in the back of the car, was a pot of jam. Not my choice.

Black Current Jam

At breakfast next morning, I was asked to sample this black current jam. Not being a jam fan, reluctantly I spread a little on one half of my toast.

What a short memory one has sometimes.  It was 1965 again!


From that first taste I was transported back to a dining table in Pretoria, sitting opposite my mother. The way we used to sit and talk long after breakfast was over on a Saturday or Sunday morning.

Oh,the gossip! With another slice of toast … and another slice of toast.

 Black current jam was her favourite.

Gezina Home
The suburb of Gezina, Pretoria, it was our home from home.

A house with love in it, hey! and black current jam, and chocolate cake, ginger bread, short bread, fridge tarts and fluffy jelly.
A place for the best Sunday roasts in the world, with long languid afternoons spent out in the back garden in the shade before teatime. Any of the brood who weren’t there that day, well, they missed out on everything, most of all the company.

It was a place, too, that grandchildren felt at home and grew up a little spoilt.


Now, if you can believe it! All this happened to me in a split second, just because of the taste of a slice of toast and jam!

That’s Taste!

Some pictures of what Pretoria was like in 1965.

Pretoria, Church Square- 1960's   Pontiac   Family group   Austin A55 Cambridge

Jakaranda trees pretoria 2       Fashion sixties      Union Buildings      Union Buildings 2     

For more Time Travel!


About liz2you

Life just happens when you plan something else. 50 years spent in Africa and relevant stories.
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10 Responses to Time Travel – A Taste of Home

  1. Funny how a brief taste or scent or sight of something will remind you of another time in an instant! Those purple flowers are beautiful — love the way they cover the road.

  2. Erin says:

    This is a beautiful post! It’s truly amazing isn’t it that certain tastes can take us on trips down memory lane and make us feel like we’re back there experiencing it all again. I love it when that happens!
    Thanks for sharing your special memory today.

  3. artmusedog says:

    Very unique and creative post for T ~ wonderful photography and memories ~ ^_^

    ps ~ am going for a piece of toast with raspberry preserves ~ ^_^

  4. carolcovin says:

    What a beautiful way to bring back such a lovely memory.

  5. Tracy says:

    Time flies so quickly

  6. Nora says:

    Lovely *T* post – great photography & memories!

    Have a great weekend.

    Visiting from Alphabe-Thursday!

  7. It is so neat how The Taste of something can Transport you back To a Time That is full of Treasured memories…

    Thank you for sharing This Thoughtful post for the letter T…

    Terrific job!


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