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Self sufficiency in the 1940s
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Marjory McQueen from Aberdeen. Posted 12 Feb 2003.
The house was run by our mother who did the baking and cooking and bought the groceries from the van which called twice a week. There was home made butter and cheese and the grocer was always ready to buy any of this produce. Our father was responsible for looking after the cows, horses and sheep. Mother attended to the poultry and looked after the dairy cow. A lot of cheese was made and stored, then wrapped in muslin. When we had a broody hen she would be allowed to sit on a dozen eggs and in three weeks the young chicks were due to hatch. Very often we reared turkeys for Christmas and to give to friends, but the surplus were killed, plucked and sold.
John Fraser from New Zealand. Posted 17 Jun 2003.
Everything was on ration, you got your 2oz of butter for a week if you were lucky, sugar you got about half a pound for about a family of six.The kids never saw a banana until the war ended, or oranges. Sweets well you were pushed if you got 2oz a month. Clothes well you had to have coupons for them. When you did the shopping you had to take your own shopping bag, you had to walk to the shops, you had to stand a queue, from half an hour up to an hour, then you had to carry all the stuff home, come to think of it, you had to queue for everything, You carried your gas mask everywhere you went, in the winter everyone carried a wee torch, and you had to put a wee bit of paper on it, so that it would not shine to brightly, of course this was in big towns, if you lived in the country, you would never know there was a war on, but the funny thing is it never did us any harm. We did not need any counselling,Today everybody seems to need counselling, Ah the dinnay mack them the weh they yest tay...

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