Is what I am doing at the moment.
I mentioned the other day that I had finally got hold of all three volumes of the Nella Last (Housewife 49) diaries and had read the first volume and enjoyed it very much.
I had planned to alternate these diaries with other reading but I am so enjoying them that I plunged straight in to volume 2:
The cover to this volume is all wrong as Nella Last did not live in a terraced street but was reasonably comfortable financially and had ‘help’ with the domestic chores as we read, often, about the different women she employed as dailies.
That aside it is an interesting read, she does have a very comfortable writing style and the post-war austerity is interesting socio-historical information given through the eyes of a very ordinary woman living a very ordinary life.
Her relationship with her husband is fascinating and a little tragic, she clearly loves him but struggles with feelings of anger and frustration at his anti-social. borderline reclusive, ways. And she clearly misses the female camaraderie that she enjoyed with the WVS during the war.
I hope you are all having a good week. For the last couple of days we have had friends, from our old village, visiting (my very good friend and her two children, one of whom was at school with Flo) and OH was away with work for a couple of days. Flo and I took our friends to Hestercombe as they had not visited it before and even though Flo was only there a few days earlier she, and they, all had a great time. It is a lovely place for children to run around and play, there was more walking in the stream, paddling in small ponds, wellies filled with water and three very soggy, muddy, tired but very happy children.
OH is now back and the friends have returned home so OH, Flo and I will be having a day out together. The plan is to head to Minehead where, apparently, the harbour is quite nice and we can have a walk along the beach.
Have a good day. Until tomorrow…