Re: For older readers... we had it tough!
Other than that - well we had wholemeal bread and healthier eating than mentioned above but you had to finish your meat and two veg before you were allowed pudding, gristle had to be chewed, bones gnawed, spinach and broccoli were eaten and the idea of a mother cooking different meals for different members of the family - you what?
Pocket money was earned, TV rationed - and there was only one in the house, not one in every room. When calculators came out they were forbidden - arithmetic needed to be practised.
And my mother used to mourn all the things she wasn't teaching us, that her mother had taught her, but was no longer done. When she was a girl children stood up when an adult came in the room and there were other things which I've now forgotten.
There were no super stores. There was a Gateway but we usually used that for dried goods and occasionally the fancy meat counter (salami etc for a fancy dinner). We went into bakers, grocers, butchers and a Carwadines coffee shop to get the beans ground on the spot. My job was to run up the High Street for mother and come back with the price per pound on tomatoes, apples whatever she was buying and we'd shop for the cheapest at each shop.
Fruit and veg were seasonal - no all year round strawberries.
"Johnny Onion Men" used to come over from Brittany with strings of onions before the UK ones were ripe and stand at street corners with their bicycles draped in strings of onions, selling the onions.
When I was reaching 9/10 I used to occasionally be sent up the High Street on my own for a forgotten item so I can remember that 1/2lb of Cadbury's Milk Chocolate sold for 19p and half a pound of Mocca finely ground was 50p.
Milk came in glass bottles with foil caps and you left out used (clean) yoghurt pots for the milkman to put over the tops to foil blue tits.
Street lights were white and not orange.
Carol singers came round at Christmas with candle lanterns - and could actually sing!
Oh, and penny for the guy, not "trick or treat".
Last edited by Montero; 19th April 2012 at 06:18 PM.