Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Christmas Club Story two



When I was young, and I mean really young, still in single figures so we are looking at the 1950s here, I remember only cold. We lived in an old Nissen hut, the picture was taken when I was about three and you can see the corrugated steel wall of the hut. My Dad bought it right after WW2 and built it on the piece of land he had bought. we moved in there in 1947 just in time for the hardest winter on record. Well the following winters were pretty hard too. The walls of the hut were simply a double skin of steel with a 6inch gap between them. The only source of heat was the fireplace in the living room. The condensation hit the steel and froze so we had icicles hanging from the ceiling. I remember that we shut all the internal doors except the one between my parents bedroom and the living room and we all bundled into my parents feather bed so that we could put ALL the blankets on the top. The water pipes froze but my mother had filled every pot and pan so we could melt enough to have a warming drink.
I remember that the Christmas tree had real candles on it and I had a train-set as my present.
So the next time someone talks about the good old days, remind them that most people in the 1950s were just getting used to indoor plumbing and the majority still regarded a bathroom as a luxury. No-one had central heating unless they were rich and very few had a car. Yes I look back with fondness to a simpler time but would I go back? not on your nelly!

3 comments:

Sian said...

This is definitely one of my favourite Christmas Club stories so far! It is conjured up so beautifully and really made an impression on me as I looked out at our snow this morning. Wonderful. Thank you so much for letting us drift back in time with you..

miriam.rogers said...

I love this story!. We had no central heating when I was a child. I had icicles on the inside of my bedroom windows every morning during the winter! Oh and the bathroom! sooo fffreezing cold. Oh my goodness me, what memories you have brought to me. Thank you for sharing yours. :)

humel said...

Oh, I love both your Christmas Club stories! Are you joining in again tomorrow? I do hope so! xx