At that time with little inflation, prices remained static and food seemed much more affordable. Although I had to be careful with money, I would always prepare a good meal for everyone and nothing was wasted. We did not buy a refrigerator until years later, so there was a fast turnover of food. Of course there was no such thing as junk food and frozen meals had yet to make an appearance. While each child was at a toddler stage, a special breakfast cereal would often be served up. It consisted of bread and milk, to which was added a little butter and sugar. I would call out from the kitchen “who wants teddy bears picnic?” and they would tuck into the mixture with great relish. Everything was cooked fresh and I would set aside one day every week for baking. Wednesday was my usual baking day and I would prepare a few dozen cakes to last the week; if I had the ingredients I would bake jam tarts, fruit and meat pies. I am sure it must have been welcome for the children to come in from school and smell of fresh baking. I often hear our family tell their own children about the meals they were expected to eat, but I am sure they ate as healthily as their own off spring do today.
Thinking back over the years, I was always able to provide a roast dinner with a sweet, so we did not do too badly on the housekeeping received from one man’s modest salary.
Geoff and Harry would retire to the kitchen for a game of darts. Harry would win most times; he had a natural talent and skill in most games, including billiards, snooker, cribbage and many more.