By Betty Armitage
A few years in the past, journalist Nicholas Webley stumbled throughout a impressive locate in the course of a regimen research in a small apartment in Norfolk - a diary.
The diary used to be stored in the course of the conflict years and scribbled for the main half in class workout books and on scraps of decomposing paper. It used to be written by means of a seamstress born within the 1880's. Betty Armitage, the seamstress, was once a theatrical wardrobe through the first a part of the century and moved to Norfolk sooner than the struggle. Her diary is uncommon, because it perspectives the occasions of the warfare during the eyes of somebody born round the time of Queen Victoria's Jubilee. such a lot of debts of the conflict are in keeping with army adventure or lifestyles in towns through the Blitz; right here the nice occasions of these years are seen from the rustic: privation relieved through the occasional poached pheasant, upheaval as millions of brilliant younger US servicemen 'invade' East Anglia, quiet heroes and small-time rural villains. A time which turns out common to us this present day via movie, yet which used to be fairly one other age, springs to lifestyles within the pages of Betty's Diary; humorous, touching and unaffectedly shiny.
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Fred Barnard sold me some kindling, two good cart loads which should last beyond Christmas. I went for a walk with Emily this afternoon and the leaves were a lovely colour. I don’t like this time of year but it was a picture, even though it was very cold. Emily was quite sad as she had a letter from her cousin yesterday who is appearing in a pantomime, Cinderella I think she said, in London for Christmas at the Coliseum. Emily told me that it reminded her of when she used to do pantomime every year.
38 B E T T Y ’ S W A R T I M E D I A RY 1 9 3 9 - 1 9 4 5 • P A R T O N E December 1939 THURSDAY 21st Doris had a delivery of cod roes in tins today. Seven dozen tins. She said they will make a good and nourishing breakfast now that bacon is scarce. I thought that it must have been a mistake for her to have been able to get so many tins at once but she told me she had ordered them and was expecting the same again in a fortnight. I bought six tins to put in the store cupboard as we could have some bad weather soon and they will come in handy.
As he was to be back by two o’clock I went as I had to be at the hall at three. We cleared out the stove and lit a roaring fire to make sure the chimney did not need sweeping. Jack said that he would stock up the wood shed in good time this year so that there won’t be a rush as in most years. When I got home I found that young Freddie had left me some chicken feed and some tins of jam. Roly poly for Sunday I think. 52 B E T T Y ’ S W A R T I M E D I A RY 1 9 3 9 - 1 9 4 5 • P A R T O N E WEDNESDAY 20th Mrs.
Betty's Wartime Diary 1939-1945 by Betty Armitage