Happy Christmas!

Just found this (I should be doing something else, possibly clearing up, possibly starting lunch, but hey).

What to give the wartime gardener, from a 1942 gardening magazine:

wartime gardening

Have just unpacked seeds (admittedly frivolous flowers and not virtuous vegetables) and a kneeling mat (does that class as ‘tools’?), but strangely no one has yet given me a bag of hop manure. Can’t think why not,

Right, back to the kitchen – and have a great Christmas Day, however you spend it.





16 thoughts on “Happy Christmas!

    1. kate Post author

      Hi Christina, and very best wishes to you too. It’s been a lovely day, and am spending this evening lying down and not moving very much… hope your day has been equally enjoyable!

    1. kate Post author

      Hope you have too. Spent part of the day lying on my back, groaning slightly, stuffed with chocolate. Roughly the same position as the dog, except in her case the culprit was snaffled turkey. Walkies!

  1. Chloris

    I love these old gardening magazines. Have you noticed the men are always shown with a pipe in their mouth?
    I wonder if like me you have ordered far more seeds than you have room for? I do it every year.

    1. kate Post author

      Aren’t they wonderful? Always the pipe, and almost always the knitted sleeveless vest (aka tank top, I suppose), and — a tie. I think ties should always be worn in the garden. I must remember this next summer, when P will inevitably appear in his horrible ripped T-shirt…

      Not ordered seeds yet, but I know exactly what will happen – you’ve hit it on the head. No point fighting it.

  2. Cathy

    A lovely topical bit of ephemera – thanks for sharing it Kate. Whilst you were eyeing up the hop manure I was looking at the ‘wash’ – but I didn’t get either, either! A couple of amaryllis though, and some gardening gloves, which were perhaps more useful than the wash. Have you finished your chocolates yet? Hope you enjoy the rest of the festive period and have many happy hours on your kneeling mat 🙂

    1. kate Post author

      Still eating chocolates and sheltering from the wind – no, let’s be accurate, over 100mph gusts isn’t just wind, it’s wind that’s eaten sprouts and cabbage and deserves to be called a hurricane – ad mystified by the absence of ‘wash’ in my stocking too…

      Happy Christmas, Cathy!

      1. Cathy

        100mph! 😦
        Hope you and your house have not been blown away like in the Wizard of Oz, Kate, and that you have a large supply of chocolate 🙂

        1. kate Post author

          Yup, that was midnight. And again about 7.00 am. Scary stuff. Amazingly, not much damage done – glad we did the tree work a fortnight ago, otherwise I could have reduced part of the village to darkness with falling branches…

          House obviously has lots of experience of suchlike weather in its 200 years. Just rattles a bit and shrugs it off. Not a slate out of place. I, on the other hand, am wrecked! Chocolate! Chocolate!

  3. Anna

    Things don’t change much do they? I would be happy with most of the suggested gifts except for the lime and maybe a bag of winter wash only because I’m not sure what it is. Hope that you had a good day Kate.


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