First published in 1945, the Homecraft book is an assortment of advice across a myriad of subjects for the post-war woman, wife and mother. It offers bite-sized snippets of advice on the subjects of house, health, beauty and dress. Over 60,000 copies were sold which I presume shows the emphasis at the time on the need to be thrifty [...]
On the 5th and 6th Days of Christmas (as I was away yesterday), my true love gave to me ………. Yes, you can win a T-shirt with one of the illustrations from my books on the front of it. This one is what I call the “hoppity dance”, when one animal escapes and your brain and feet don’t work in tandem as you’re not sure whether to chase after the escaped cow or stop the others escaping. The [...]
This illustration is from Would You Marry A Farmer? and I love it. It’s a play on the American Gothic painting and to me, this suggests a couple who have got through all the trials of a farm marriage and as they have never reached the stage of stabbing each other with that pitchfork, they stand united with the pitchfork between them – wiser, older and still in love.
On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …… a ‘farm picnic’ kitchen towel to remember those summer days of having dinner in the field where a tyre offered a backrest and an upturned bucket a seat and the food was tasty and the children raced around jumping over bales or swathes of silage. And you have a chance of winning one of these towels over on the Facebook page.
What kind of Christmas gifts do farmers buy for their wives? Are some good at buying gifts, do others either get nothing or presume the wife will get her own gift? Do they both buy practical things for the house for Christmas?
My darling husband came in last night with what he said was my Christmas gift – a free diary from our feed company. His excuse was that it cost [...]