Posted: 02/09/2012 at 09:50
sounds interesting.Could teach us a thing or two .
A lovely thought although I doubt it.
Some of us were there, think Methuselah, and saw that once the hard times started to diminish which was well into the fifties all thoughts of self sufficiency went out of the window with all the furniture, fire dogs, iron bedsteads and anything else considered old fashioned now they buy it all back as "Antiques"?
The times at the moment are hard and it has pulled people up short, I see gardens that grew only flowers suddenly producing greens to eat, even a few hens here and there, will it last?
Coming from a time when the garden and animals were the family larder, no Tospots S&M Dingleberries or Chops, (work it out I refuse to advertise) we topped up at the local market Wednesdays and Saturdays which were mainly stalls run by local Market Gardeners, nothing from Chile China or even Chelsea up in our town all local and in season, we have forgotten all that.
I will watch with interest as they mix and match examples from the folk tales and books of the time and if the last two series are anything to go by will get some of it very wrong. Not all areas were equal, not all farmers got the government Tractors and Harvesters or the Land girls, they did get masses of school kids tatty picking and local people helping with the Harvest. "Oh" and no we did not cut the corn in rings we cut it up one side along the top and down the other side, squares or oblongs or even with some fields geometric shapes and yes as the last bit was cut we were there with the shotguns, my Father was a dead shot with a Catapult and I had a .22 rifle, we ate rabbit every which way, it was extra food.
It would not be possible to go back, the local Market Gardens are housing estates, the few allotments over subscribed and the small general farmer long gone along with his heavy horses, orchards and mix of animals.
So endeth the lesson.