To watch

I am drinking sugar laden, home made, chai tea.  Mmmm....sugar and rebellion 2016 style.  There was soy "milk" in it, but I'd have cow juice if my body didn't react so weirdly to it.  I did not home make the soy milk, so points lost and rebellion gained.  As a result of not making soy milk, I also gained a life by not spending three hours making it and then having it go weird after a day.  It's much cheaper and easier to buy name brand from Coles or Woollies with the added benefit of no GMOs (I checked though I am not sure whether I should worry about them, or not).  To be honest, the bought product, all made in a factory is eminently better.

I am still trying to fight this flu, or at least the fatigue from a chest infection, so the life I have gained is looking more like time in bed than anything else.  Instead of moping too much I have been finding inspiration for when I have more energy.  I took advantage of uncapped internet and watched a bit of The 1940s House, the 1900s house and The War Time Farm which is an absolutely addictive program. 

The 1940s House and The War Time Farm are both produced by the BBC in the UK and seem an intelligent use of public money.  The 1900s house, while produced with low production values, was equally informative and a credit to the US public broadcaster PBS.  If you can access unlimited internet then I highly recommend watching these programs, or seeing if you can access them from the library or in DVD form.  I would recommend them for home schoolers and parents more broadly, though they would require watching first as some content may not be appropriate for very young children (depending on where their maturity lies, I think most would be fine).

The things that will stay with me, and I may need to be reminded of again, are the massive difference between most children's lives and today.  I did not need to reminded of the sacrifices made by soldiers but it does me good to remember that having access to modern appliances and being able to sleep and enjoy relative peace time are massive privileges.  I must admit I was astounded at modern children adjusting to not "eating every hour"!  The children though were resilient and soon adjusted to the 1940s and 1900s life and actually had the least disruption unlike the adults.  Women and men did sacrifice an awful lot to protect King and country. 

The Wartime Farm was incredibly illuminating.  The constant pressure on farmers who were exempt from being called to the front line was incredible.  They did far more than I realised, even while reading many books.  The threat of starvation was a constant problem.  It has to said though, that there were certainly compensations for being on farms.  While the threat of bombings was significantly lower than in built up areas they worked to get bombs on the country side to minimise civilian deaths.  Country men and women did the most extraordinary level of work that puts modern complaints about how "we are all busy" to shame. 

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