Although I have four current projects on the go (and several million on the back burner), quite late on Tuesday, I decided to make some bunting for the 75th anniversary of VE day.
I couldn’t resist taking a photo of it in this morning’s sunshine. It’s now up in the front room, and it’s certainly cheering the place up a bit.
I also made a tasty Homity Pie. Its origins are said to date back to the Land Girls of WWII and the restrictions imposed by wartime rationing. This particular recipe used potatoes and leeks and also included apple, which I think I would leave out if I were to make it again. I was going to make a cake as well, but I was too stuffed to eat anything else for the rest of the day.
I know very little about what my family members did during the war. This period is quite difficult to research from a family history perspective because the service records largely remain closed to all but next of kin. I know that my great uncle was in Burma and that my granddad was in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, working as a storeman. I found these treasures a few years ago, which tell me all that I know about his service.
Sadly, there isn’t really anyone left in my family who I can ask for more information. So if you do have time to spare right now, I urge you to talk to your older family members about their early memories and record this for future generations. Do it before it is too late otherwise you will regret it.