March 4, 2012

Childhood Winter Delights!

All Day Sledding!
Diane with her sled.
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Corgyncombe's exciting news post is almost finished but we at the Corgyncombe Courant are still polishing up some details! We know that you will love it! In the meantime, since it has been snowing, the Corgyncombe Courant is posting one of Diane's Childhood Remembrances.

'Twas the days when we went outside playing and sledding until the midday meal. Then on with dry mittens and socks and out to the hills again! We would head off and not return until almost dark when we would come in with the reddest of cheeks and we would collapse on the floor and sleep by the fire. What fun we had!
I've always felt a kinship with the little girl in the movie "Prancer", dragging her sled behind her and then whizzing down hills!
We always heard tell that one of those who lived in the house before us brought the maple tree, that is to the right of my head, home as just a seedling in his lunch bucket.

Old Fashioned Terms of Sledding!
Belly Whopper, Belly Flopper, Belly Bumper, Belly Gutter...
Diane's Mum Sally Ann just loved sledding, which was sometimes called coasting!

Sally Ann

The 1903 magazine "Outing, The Illustrated Magazine of Sport Travel Adventure and Country Life" described of some of the different terms for Sally Ann and Diane's favorite style of sledding, which they called the "belly whopper". The magazine says: "Style two may be described as throwing the body prone upon the sled, with arms extended to the points. While this method was popular in all sections, hardly any two localities could agree on the names applied to it. Thus, in New England the terms used were "belly-bumper" and "belly-bunt," with an occasional "belly-gut;" Connecticut added "belly-flopper," and little old Nantucket tried to individualize itself by calling it "belly-flouncer." Eastern New York and vicinity allowed "belly-gut," but "belly-gutters" and "belly-whopper" were the favorites, and what little coasting was done in Washington, D.C., in this style was "belly-buster." Western New York advocated "belly-whack" Ohio and Indiana were divided on "belly-bumper" and belly-buster"; and "belly-smack" was heard in Pennsylvania, with "belly-guts" and "belly-whopper."

Tasha Tudor illustrated children coasting down hill in "Around the Year" and in "First Delights, A Book About the Five Senses" Tasha Tudor illustrated the little girl Sally with her sled with the beautiful mountains in the background!


1 comment:

Whiffletree Farm said...

When we went down hills in Connecticut, one piled on top of another on our bellies, we called it a belly stack! Whoa, was that fun!

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