It’s nearly Christmas! I am so behind with everything and all my Christmas cards will finally be in the post box tomorrow morning at 8:30 am to make the 9 am pick-up. I haven’t made a Christmas cake either. I’d be the only one eating it anyway so despite all my grand plans in November, none have come to fruition as I am exhausted physically and mentally and literally cannot wait to start my long Christmas break on the 22nd!
The one room I have, that is tidy and cosy and ready for Christmas is the sitting room, the rest I will work on during the evenings this week. I like to give the house a tidy and clean through before Christmas as it gives me a sense of peace!
PS: I shall enjoy using my wind up gramophone over Christmas and the potted plant I was given Friday night by my friend Kaytie. We used to work together and 4 or 5 months ago we started meeting up once a month or so for a chit chat over some wine which I absolutely love.
So sorry! I am a little behind so will post two leaflets today. One now, this morning and one this evening too!
We are without heating and hot water currently (24 hrs now) and expect to be for another day or two. It’s all to do with a frozen condensation pipe as our temperatures are currently at -8C (it’s done it before) which has shut down our gas boiler. Understandable given the location of the pipe (15 ft up on an exposed corner of the house). I’ve requested that the pipe gets lagged but not sure how affective that would be given the location. Anyway, as happened last time, as soon as the weather gets above freezing for a few hours, it should thaw. It may be tomorrow but if not we have warm weather for sure on Sunday!
Sorry, no time for a chit-chat today! I have just finished work and made some dinner and I have loads of chores to get done as well as wrap my sons Christmas presents, parcel them up and get them ready for pick up for tomorrow!
You can download the Ministry of Food Leaflet No. 12 Cheese HERE
Good morning! It’s snowing here!!! Finally a little light sprinkling of the white stuff! I like the smell of winter and it is good to see snow again. We are lucky to see a handful of days of snow in a whole year here in the South West of England. I miss the stunning beauty of being cut off from everyone by thick, deep snow during the winters in rural Nova Scotia. Waking up to a foot or two of snow and being completely surrounded by nature was an amazing experience made even more real after I would put on my boots, walk outside and see the animal tracks left by birds, racoons, coyotes, white-tailed deer and bear. I even saw a bob-cat once! It sometimes took us a day or two to get ploughed out so we could reach the main road (which was 1/4 of a mile down our track). I don’t miss driving on the roads during winter though!
I’m publishing a video and the original leaflet to download on my blog every day leading up to Christmas. These are the original pages from the Ministry of Food No.10 Your Children’s Food in Wartime leaflet circa 1944 during WW2.
I’m publishing a video and the original leaflet to download on my blog every day leading up to Christmas. These are the original pages from the Ministry of Food No.9 Fuel Saving Tips and Recipes leaflet circa 1944 during WW2.
Definitely a subject that is discussed by most people right now. Hope everyone is managing to keep warm without spending a fortune!
As promised, another Ministry of Food leaflet! One each day up until Christmas! There are 24 in all so I may need to double up on Christmas Eve but each and every one will be uploaded to my YouTube channel and be available to download as a PDF too.
Often the things you wait for the longest are the things you will treasure the most. I had the utter delight of owning a portable gramophone for a short while when the children were young. It broke and I’m not sure what happened to it. I’ve waited 25 years to own one again. That time has now come and I am thrilled! It’s a beautiful 1930s Maxitone Portable Wind-Up Gramophone in an unusual green (you don’t see many!)
I had forgotten how heavy old records are. I guess they needed to be robust to take the heavy stylus. My interest is in 1940s wartime music and also pre 1940s…. back to the 20s when 78’s came out. So the first 20 years of 78’s basically. I love the “noise” on the record!
I will have to find a few WW2 anthems to play on it!