While on R & R, I watched two British TV series found on YouTube - 'Wartime Farm' and 'Wartime Kitchen and Garden.' Both series dealt with the way the people of England coped with the trials and tribulations of WWII, focusing on how farmers had to increase food production and how the average family dealt with restrictions and rationing.
A couple of things caught my attention. One was how the people were able to find ways of doing things when the normal solutions to problems were unavailable to them. They went to the farm scrap heap for materials to make the tools they needed. The gardeners found ways to use every available square inch of space to grow the much needed food. Homemakers came up with ways to stretch the meager rations to feed their families and other ways to do what needed to be done in the home under difficult circumstances.
Another thing that caught my attention was that one and all were not only willing but happy to "do their bit" in the war effort. They dealt with most circumstances, many of them difficult even in the best of times, without complaint. They were more concerned about their 'boys on the front line' than they were for their own comforts. They were patriotic.
I'm not sure we here in the States, at this time in history, could manage so well. We did cope similarly during that wartime, but we have become spoiled and way too dependent on gadgets for every purpose. We have mostly lost the knowledge our ancestors had that enabled them to make do in dire situations. And I don't think we have come together as nation, leaving our political viewpoints and prejudices behind, since 9/11. We can do better.
So I am off to run bits of fabric through my sewing machine. We had an inch or two of snow last week and a dusting of the white stuff yesterday. Today is clear and cold with temps close to single digits. Quilts need to be finished. And I think a pot of soup is in my future.
Stay warm and keep on prepping.
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