Wartime Rations – Day Nineteen

No new food photos today as I’m still working on leftovers.  However… I can promise a ‘treat’ tomorrow. January 25th is Burns’ Night, and as I’m a Scottish Canadian, I’ll be attempting a vegetarian haggis recipe that just might have been possible during the war.

(If anyone has any information on what Scots did on Burns’ Night during the war I would love to hear from you. Anne’s parents were English, so it’s not something they ever celebrated.)

Straight on to some of Anne’s other memories. Here are answers to a few random questions I asked.

anne2013Was there enough paper for school jotters? Yes, but the quality of paper became very bad as time went on; rubbing out became quite a problem.  Paper (like everything else!) was in short supply everywhere, newspapers slimmed down sometimes to only two sheets (4 pages, that is) from ten or twelve. The writers and reporters were given the slogan ‘Boil It Down!” to keep their items short. Books too – the paper was really dreadful.

What did you do during the war for presents and birthday cakes? I used to be given half-a-crown to buy five 6-penny presents for my siblings – usually sweets with my unwanted sweet coupons. I’d have to save up pocket money for gifts for Mum (e.g. a pretty ornament) and Dad (a fishing fly or ciggies).

Auntie Bessie (in England) was wonderful: she would occasionally have saved enough ‘points’ and rations to make and send us a fruit cake, and she was a great baker.


2 thoughts on “Wartime Rations – Day Nineteen

  1. I wasn’t Scottish but I remember Robbie Burns day at school. I’m not sure we did anything but maybe read one of his poems. It was after the war too. I find it interesting too that they got presents for their birthdays. All we ever did was mom baked a cake with a few coins scattered in it. (imagine how unhealthy that might be really). Sometimes it was enough to buy a 19 cent bottle of teeny perfume at the Five & Dime store. We never had presents for our birthdays. I am really enjoying your blogs. So interesting and informative.

    • I’ve never heard of coins being baked in birthday cakes, but my Mum used to put them in the Christmas pudding along with some charms. You used to have to eat the pudding really carefully!
      I’m glad you’re enjoying the blogs. I just love opening up my e-mail in the morning to find more information from Anne. It’s the kind of stuff that you can’t find in books but really brings day-to-day on the homefront to life.

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