Now Becksie must confess that most types of history do not float her boat – knights at round tables, Vikings with pointy hats and very narrow boats, kings and queens of yesteryear! She isn’t being ignorant and understands why others find these subjects very interesting but for her they just don’t tick any boxes. Ian is quite into history as are Aunty Leah, Grandad Gray, Grannie Gray, Grannie Pugh and Grandpa Pugh (Becksie is not 100% sure of Uncle Phil’s thoughts but she knows for a fact he knows a lot about film history) so don’t panic Lizzie will by no means grow up ignorant of history.

However, all this said there is a little corner of history that Becksie LOVES! In fact it fascinates her! Becksie and her exclamations love food history! Well…….. she did say a little corner it’s not quite food history in general. It is the food history of the Victorian era (this gets an 8 / 10) and the food history of the second world war (this gets a 15 / 10).

history 4One day we will post about the Victorian era (would be so un us to do this in date order) but today and probably in a few up coming posts we will focus on the whole second world war thing.

So where to begin – well firstly Becksie sometimes thinks she was born in the wrong era – perhaps it’s a bit weird to say the following statement (and those of you who know Becksie will know this is a very un Becksie thing to say) but if Becksie had to be born in a different era she would weirdly chose to be born in 1916. This way when the second world war started she would have been around 23. Now obviously she would in no way want to have lived through the horrors and terrors that the war bought with it but she often thinks that catering during war time must have been extremely satisfying Continue reading


Know your onions

So after Uncle Liam’s post last night we arrived at Grandma and Grandad Gray’s house to be greeted with another guest post offering so………. here it is by Grandad Gray:

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I don’t know what your favourite vegetable is? Ours are definitely the ubiquitous onion. Like a great play or film the humble onion has to capacity to make you smile and cry all in a short time.

Certainly the onion is the most Continue reading

Custard and Mustard (a guest post by Uncle Liam)

So…… today we hand you over to the very lovely Uncle Liam……….. Enjoy!

Welcome, guys and gals; today we’re making greeting cards. It’s something I have done for Christmases and birthdays for years now. I enjoy it thoroughly and really appreciate it when someone makes me a card themselves. The occasion this week is my baby (grown up) sister’s birthday.

Now, this post is less craft master-class, more amateur online inspiration for any readers thinking of going card-shop cold turkey (I bet ayearwithoutclintons.com is available). However, since Becksie asked me to provide the good followers of this blog with something more than ramble, I feel Continue reading

Packing up?

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We read today the very sad report by The Children’s Food Trust in the news saying that children are being sent to school with cold chips or just packets of biscuits in their lunch boxes. Now this makes us very sad, as all children (and adults for that matter) deserve healthy, nutritious food in their pack ups!

We have heard that the Government’s advisors have recommended that schools ban Continue reading

A draughty business!

drafty 3Now as you may know by now we have a lovely little wood burning stove that keeps us uber toasty! Now this fire is Ian’s pride and joy and rightly so as he spent a long time installing it himself. When we moved in the fireplace wasn’t what we wanted and when Ian pulled off the fire surround…….. we found Continue reading