Monday, 19 July 2010

Dig For Victory

During the Second World War the government had a campaign to get the country growing as much food as they could themselves to keep the country going.
At the beginning of the year I purchased 'Dig for Victory, Mr Middleton's All Year Round Gardening Guide from 1945'. As I now had a decent sized garden I wanted to make the most of it and grow whatever I could in the same spirit as those from the wartime era. Plus it's a very healthy way to live from both the exercise from gardening and all the fresh tasty vegetables you'll have as a result.
If you want to get in the act you can either use the flower beds in your garden, or if you don't have a garden you can apply to the council for an allotment or check out the landshare project.
I harvested my first beetroot today, although so far this season I've had lots of cos lettuce and tomatoes and what better to do with beetroot than pickle it? It was a common sight in households during the wartime era for families to be preparing homegrown crops of beetroots, tomatoes and onions to pickle so that they would last them through a long winter.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Oh So Vintage....

Today I ventured into Carisbrooke (Isle of Wight) to a shop I'd been wanting to visit earlier in the week. I went along on Tuesday but the shop is only open on Fridays and Saturdays, although I had a good look through the window. So if you are wanting to pop along make sure it's the right days!
It isn't a massive shop, although it's packed to the rafters with nice finds and is an overall very nice shop and Carisbrooke is a great setting for something like that.
The lady who runs the shop is very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about her stock. The prices are also very reasonable, I brought a sun hat for £12 and some glasses (from 1962 complete with original sales slip and case) for £19.
There was a nice selection of clothing in a good range of sizes, a good men's selection and a cabinet full of brooches, jewelery and cuff-links. Next time I'm on the Island I'll totally be dropping by the shop!
You can check them out at 51 Carosbrooke High Street, Newport, PO30 1NR or