Thursday, 17 March 2011

Days 4, 5, 6 and 7 on the 'Home Front'

Day 4
Fenton asked for Marmite on toast for breakfast this morning....not sure that Marmite was available during the war but hey ho! Couldn't believe that he left most of starting to look at left overs with a creative view....what could Marmite on toast become? (It became chicken food).
Today (Thursday) we are meeting with other members of our home school co-op for a session on 'The Home Front'. To us this is a review of life throughout the past week. My children are quite knowledgeable on the subject now. Living the experience is such a good way of learning.
Poppy and I both dressed up today, I even dug out a pair of those wonderful tights with the line down the back! (Have to confess they were severely laddered by the end of the day....not practical, perhaps the tea staining or gravy browning with the black pencil line was in fact more efficient!).
Ruby and Fenton gave in to peanut butter today.......then Ruby decided she wanted to be back on rations!
I, determined to see this through, looked on longingly at the bananas and cheese that friends devoured  next to me....I will not give in, they had no choice in the 1940's.
Dinner- some leftover stew from yesterday (I made vast quantities), with added curry powder, along with mashed potatoes.

Day 5, 6 and 7

Well we managed to stick to our goal for the remainder of the week and our verdict is...that actually it wasn't too bad. I was rather over cautious with the use of eggs and cheese and we actually had some left at the end of the week. We also had some butter and quite alot of sugar too. I guess in the war years this sugar would have been reserved for making jam in the autumn as a way of preserving the hedgerow fruits.
On our final day we had a party to celebrate the end of the war. We decorated the dining room with red, white and blue bunting and held union jack flags. Rations continued for about nine years after the war had finished so we remained on rations for the rest of that day. Sunday lunch consisted of a roast dinner without the meat!

Thanks for reading....I will add photos when blogger lets me!

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on doing the full week! What a good experience.