Well, as promised, the book arrived and on first glance its not going to be a disappointment.
It is divided into eight chapters coinciding with each episode l presume starting with The Farm at War, Mobilising People, The Home and Garden Front, Wartime Food, Livestock, Home Defences, Make Do and Mend, ….And Carry On.
It is full of rich photographs covering the team as they go about their work along with many wonderful old photographs from that period. The selection of WW2 posters that are included emphasize the feeling that everyone had a role to play if the nation was not to starve. Also included are a small selection of wartime recipes including this one called Baked Potato Pudding:
Call me old fashioned if you will but raspberry jam, for me, usually goes best between two slices of bread and butter not with mashed potatoes! If anyone out there gives this a try please let me know how you get on with it, or l’ll just have to wait for that episode and see if they tell the truth!
Even the Boiled Onions with White Sauce smacks of yukky school dinners for me so l might have to give that one a miss too. The Gingerbread sounds nice as does the Mock Marmalade using Crab Apples and Carrots instead of Oranges. Mmmmm.
I can’t wait to see the bird-scarer in action. Alex Langlands found an advert in an agricultural magazine from that period and decides to make one from scratch. The results are explosive!
So, don’t forget…BBC2 tomorrow night at 8.00. Hope you are all enjoying this lovely September sunshine. Long may it run.