I HAD to smile as I read Joan Moody's wartime reminiscences. My sister and I had been discussing the way we survived as children in the 40s.
We too had one coal fire in the stone built farmhouse and if we wanted to get into a warm bed we took a shelf from the oven, heated by the said fire, wrapped it in a towel and put it in the bed.
We removed it when we went to bed but took a couple of hot water bottles.
No double glazing or central heating to be taken for granted in those days, but now we have been mollicoddled. We think we can't live without all mod.cons.
My father and grandfather survived in the same house well into their 90s, as did my mum.
Colds were few and far between and if we got one we got no sympathy and carried on regardless.
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