Ika Family Stories
The intent is, to make this a page where we can share stories of the "good old
It has been so long for me, that it's almost like meeting new friends!
Email me with your memories, and I'll add
(Newest first except for responses to other
You can scroll down thru them, or select
from the list on the left.
I'm always looking for new ideas...
Hunting Mishap - 2 Aug 2012
Reading about the Benue River reminded me of the time we went for an
overnight on a sand bar with Cliftons, Grosses and maybe Applegates.
Esther was playing with .22 and it went off. She didn't feel anything,
but a minute later we asked her why she was bleeding! She had shot a
pellet into her cheek. Uncle Louis calmly got his pocket knife out and
pulled the pellet out and bandaged her cheek and life continued as
Sue Crowe (nee Dibble)
Yeah, I had cocked it before I handed it to her! She went to cock it and
I think it was in her chin, because I remember that for weeks we tried
to get her to laugh!
Ain't we stinkers?!
PS. Maybe this will stir some of
Esther's memories, and she can add her revenge!
Camping - 16
Planning our trip to Ika in November, kept remembering all the fantastic
times we hand up on the
River, hunting and swimming... Oh for the good old days!
remember riding down the river with Uncle Paul when another canoe,
riding upriver asked him to go down river and shoot a hippo that was
course we didn't go, but the thrill...
Music & Me - 30
Encouragement (woe) for today, I was reminded of Uncle Michael's
valiant efforts to get me to sing. Stephen A and I did sing "Thou
Didst Leave Thy Throne" for a Christmas program(?).
Well, Steve sang, I followed along!
Bonfires and Uncle Charlie - 3 June, 2012
Lois' memories reminded me of all us kids around a (seemingly) massive
fire on bonfire nights, listening to my Dad telling us of the adventures
of his Uncle Charlie. I wish I could remember those stories! Never mind
the cookies; what about your Mums' cinnamon toast? And what I wouldn't
give for some akala.. I've got the crushed chilies...
Construction Career - 28 May, 2012
remember when John, Richard and I were going to dig out an underground
house. It was between their place and ours. We got quite a few feet down
before the Health and Safety executive (grown-ups) stopped us, telling
us that it would be very dangerous. I seem to remember that we had
planned to support the roof with wooden trusses. I never went any
further with a career in construction!
Art Lessons - 18 April 2012
remember Uncle Hugh painstakingly trying to teach us to draw from the
'bird's view' and a 'worm's view'. Fun times, for we kids
Lois Wheeler (nee Dibble)
THAT'S where I learned to draw! -=john=-
That is where I learned big words like "perspective" and how to draw
Sue Crowe (nee Dibble)
Black & Blue - 18 April 2012
remember the time ______ came over to the school and showed us her black
and blue bottom where she had been spanked for misbehaviour! I went
home, painted one of my doll's bottoms black and blue and renamed her
Barefoot - 2 April
We remember you well from our few years at
Ika - we specially remember you walking around without sandals, just
like many of our Igala friends!
Swimming - 30 March 2012
can still remember Spen swimming in the storage pool in Annette and
Irene's place to rescue their kitten. To think they still used the water
for drinking, too! Though if I could swim I'd have done the same, but
I'm only good at swimming to the bottom!
So many memories - 30 March 2012
The children so excited seeing a cow slaughtered and thinking that
sausages were being removed, the wonderful times at Christmas when we
all got together.
days - 27 March 2012
remember when our mothers used to get us out of their hair Christmas
afternoon and hand us over to Uncle Eustace and he would sing 'Hold him
down the Swazi warrior' , 'Ten green bottles and do 'George and Liza'
with us. He was sure a great sport. I'm sure we were a handful.
I also remember 'Cookie' bringing our cookies for break at school every
day, How about running around the veranda playing 'Bobbie police'. Man,
Aunt Shirley had a lot of patience!!
Lois Wheeler (nee Dibble
Brolly - 25 March 2012
the way, (John) somewhere I still have that little blue covered book
with your sketches you did of me with brolly etc!! Do you remember it?
remember the brolly but not the sketches! -=john=-
- 20 March 2012
"I remember when Stephen Kirk
bit me on the arm and I went crying to his mother to show her. Before I
got up their stairs, the mark had faded so I bit my arm very hard, so I
would have something to show!
Auntie Kath was not happy, and
to my shock, she bit Stephen on his arm to show him how it felt...I have
felt guilty ever since!"
Sue Crowe (nee
Injustice - 21 March 2012
"I also remember it well! And
I wonder if Sue's feelings of guilt will outlast my sense of injustice."
Paid for - 22 March 2012
Well I do think I more than "paid" for that crime when Stephen and I
wrote our names down the inside of the spine of "Auntie" Shirley's huge
I don't know why she would check down the spine of a
dictionary, but unfortunately she saw my name and I got a huge lecture
on destroying other people's property. (I may have got my hand whacked
too, but it is the lecture I remember.)
Stephen had been smart and written his name way down the spine. I
remember feeling so proud for not turning him in too!!
Sue Crowe (nee