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Wartime Farm BBC TV

01 Sep

I just thought l should remind all you WW2 buffs out there that the makers of Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm are following it up with a new series based during the war years of World War 2, named appropriately as Wartime Farm

Wartime Farm.

I was asked by the publishers this week if l would like to have a review copy. Fantastic, l feel so chuffed! I was explaining to them that l felt l had lost direction with this blog as l didn’t have a veg plot to work with anymore. But, as l have said before, not everyone back in those days had a garden but still wanted to do their bit for the Dig for Victory campaign. I remember my Great Grandmother’s house l lived in as a child for a short while. It was a rambling Victorian mid-terrace with a small courtyard type garden at the back. I used to watch the steam trains go over the bridge at the bottom of the road. I even remember having a bath in a tin bath in front of the fire! The backyard was made to look as best it could with a shed, a small patch of grass and some borders at the side with a mixture of shrubs and roses. I played in those borders for hours and sometimes l still get that smell of the soil that will launch me back to those very early years along with Mrs Pratley’s cats next door! I am sure they had grown some veg back in the war years. Everyone felt they had to contribute in some way to the war effort.

So, back to 2012 and we find ourselves having had an offer accepted on a house close to where l work. Its detached but no real garden only a large courtyard at the back with a graveled area at the front but in a lovely location next to a 12th Century church. We hope to move in by late October. I already have plans for the courtyard and without upsetting my better half will make some nice containers for some veg next year along with some hanging baskets for tomatos etc. My blog will continue along those lines until my name comes up for an allotment in 2075. Ha ha.

So, look out for Wartime Farm next Thursday 6th September on BBC2 at 8.00pm for the next 8 weeks. Can’t wait!.

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8 responses to “Wartime Farm BBC TV

  1. Toffeeapple

    September 1, 2012 at 16:52

    What a co-incidence, I was at my Museum earlier where they are having a 1940s weekend and I was looking at the garden there ( it looks far better this year than I have ever seen it) and you popped into my head. I do so hope that you’ll be able to continue with your blog when you have moved house. Good luck for that by the way. Thank you for letting us know about the BBC programme and what luck to have a preview copy of the series. Those three historians work well together, don’t you think?

     
    • trevorhunt

      September 2, 2012 at 09:34

      Hi Toffeeapple, I would certainly have liked to have seen your 1940’s weekend. We never seem to have anything like that around here, only a few WW2 planes flying overhead on occasions. Yes, the farming team work well together and the researchers always seem to know their stuff. Farming in Britain was still a tough life even back then. Looking forward to a good series again on TV. Strictly soon, then we really know Autumn is with us!

       
  2. Dawn

    September 1, 2012 at 22:02

    Yes, I cannot wait for this to start – blogged about it the other day. The filming location is just a couple of miles away from us and a place we visit often, a wonderful working museum farm.

    Best if lick with your house move.

    Dawn x

     
    • trevorhunt

      September 2, 2012 at 09:43

      Hi Dawn, I have taken a look at your blog. Its funny. l was wondering where they did all their filming. We have a friend who lives just down the road so next time we are visiting l will certainly call in. I know what you mean about nothing being on the TV so really looking forward to seeing something worthwhile!

       
  3. Chica Andaluza

    September 1, 2012 at 22:45

    Yay, I have managed to log in and read your post. WIll have to look out for this as am in the UK. I remember my grandmother telling me about growing veggies in a small garden in their home in Romford, Essex. All the best with the new house – am looking forward to hearing what you managed to do and you never know, an allotment may come your way sooner!

     
    • trevorhunt

      September 2, 2012 at 09:53

      Hi Tanya, Thanks for your good wishes. I will give it some thought about getting an allotment. I have been reading a few comments on here recently where people are struggling to keep up with the work that is involved. One of the reasons we are hoping to move there is that it will give us more time to enjoy everything else around us. A garden is lovely but not much fun when it becomes a burden! Keep up the good work on your house. You’re both very brave. Keep feeding Big Man and he’ll be fine!

       
  4. Janet/Plantaliscious

    September 3, 2012 at 12:06

    Hi Trevor, was wondering how things were going, all the best for the house, hope it goes through smoothly. Growing veges by the back door will be really convenient, and mixed in with some flowers, could look really beautiful too. Will look forward to watching your progress.

     
    • trevorhunt

      September 4, 2012 at 08:45

      Thanks Janet. We just want to move in now! Fed up with paying out rent. It will be good to our own place again and to do what we want. Looking forward to the new series on TV. Hopefully, if nothing else, it will serve to remind everyone what a great job our farmers and gardeners did to feed the nation in the last war. Other countries were not so lucky and hundreds of thousands, if not millions, starved to death. Now where did l leave that Ration Book!

       

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