Cold in winter

I am reading an article in the times about heating costs and it seems that people with a large family could be spending a quarter of the monthly income on heating.

For smaller families it will be 20% or 1/5 of their income.

Of course when I was growing up we do not have central heating and most rooms didn’t have any heating at all.

Fire in the living room and and later my mother had a coal fire and fireplace built in the kitchen.

In the bedrooms there were fireplacesbut the only time I’m I saw a fire in the tiny fireplace was when my father was in his last year of life

Simply could not afford to use the coal

And if we wanted to use the toilet we had to go outside.

Old people keep a chamber pot under the bed if I doubt very much whether anybody nowadays would be willing to do that but it’s too expensive to have your house extended to build more bathrooms or downstairs toilet rooms.

People have borrowed money for extension and have got larger home and we are are used to keeping them warm in the winter

Using a vessel how to empty your bladder into was certainly a lot cheaper but it was hell going outside to the lavatory when it was snowing and my mother used to keep a little lamp out thereto stop it freezing up

When I was very small we did not have a toilet that flushed we had I suppose you might call a privy.

If you look down you can see the sewer

One might imagine that it would frighten children but my mother tells me that I was toilet trained and could speak before I was 1 year old.

Unfortunately I could not walk down the backyard when I was 10 months old so I was allowed to use a potty.

My older brothers were very nice. The kindly used to empty the potty over my head and I can remember that.

To help me to dry out set my hair on fire with a box of matches and know that I’m old my hair has got thinner and the part that they’re burnt looks like I’m going bald there.

No hairdresser used to mention it to it except one man who pointed to it and said pity about this isn’t it. But my hair is so thick and beautiful it didn’t really worry about

What did make me anxious was that they continued for some years to try to harm me

Even trying to make me fall out of a boat into a millpond

Oh normal behaviour for children I think

To go back to the heating question this is not the answer generally but if you wear more clothes such as wool vests and thermal leggings with wool socks it can certainly make you more comfortable but if your health does not permit you to walkc about very much because of arthritis or heart trouble or breathing difficulties it really isn’t much of a substitution for heating in a room.

death rates will rise next Winter because of that problem old people or sick people breathing in cold air is not good for us.

Sometimes people try to live in one room if they have some kind of bed or sofa bed and then just keep that one room is hot.

If you can’t afford to fill your tank with hot water because you can’t afford to put your boiler on we used to boil water in a kettle and get washed in the kitchen sink but obviously you can’t wash very much of your body in the kitchen when other people might be coming in and out so we had to have a tin bath in front of the fire and my brothers are not there are.

I knew nothing else and it was cosy by the fire

We were not as clean as people are expected to be today.

And also nowadays people expect to have a smartphone and a tablet or a laptop at least.

You need this because this is how the government the hospital the doctor etc if in touch with us during this pandemic and I think this will continue into the future.All you can do if find a cheap provider for your phone.

See Martin Lewis money expert.

3 thoughts on “Cold in winter

  1. I think those of us who grew up after the war will be better equipped to handle what is coming. The people who will struggle are the ones who have always had central heating…etc. etc. I think we all need to learn to live very differently. Sending love to you…XXX

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