Friday 1 December 2023

Mum's Childhood

 

NANA JAMES WITH DIANE AND RONNIE IN FRONT OF HER AND MY MUM MAVIS ON THE RIGHT


Here we are at another Friday, I have nothing on today which is more like me as I rarely go out.

After reading the comment on yesterdays blog, I started to think about my Mum and the things she would tell me about her childhood. Mum spent over 10yrs living with her grandmother in the small country town of Byabarra in NSW, they had no running water, no electricity, thus no fridge. Mum would have to start the wood stove in the morning, and walk to an Uncle's farm about a 10 minute walk and get fresh milk each day, as well as collect the eggs from the chooks.

All done before going to school, it was a small one teacher school and Mum was related to over half the class.

Baths were once a week in round tin thing with water heated on the stove, the loo was out the back down the yard a typical Aussie Dunny.

Lighting was through candles or old kero lamps, Mum would say it was a hard life but she loved living with her grandma and was a happy girl.


14 comments:

  1. In winter, rural school children must have been covered in mud and muck. To save water, I would have put all the children in the one bath, but daily!

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    1. Yeah bathing young children together regardless of gender was a thing and maybe still is.

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  2. When I was growing up we had relatives who lived on a farm with no running water but a hand pump that you had to prime in the kitchen and a bigger one outside in the yard. They had a biffy (outhouse) behind the barn and a sauna (little building out away from the house with a wood stove with rocks on top that they tossed water on) for "bathing" once a week. I don't believe they even had electricity until I was a teenager. They just had a woodstove and oil lamps. I loved to go visiting there, except for the biffy with all the spiders and flies and the smell--lol!

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    1. Spiders in an outside dunny I feel were common and the smell was awful, I am glad I do not live in such a time

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  3. Nice photo Jo-Anne. What a good time to live in for them, it was normal back then but not to us.
    Take care.

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    1. Thanks I am glad I live in here and now and not back them

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  4. The old days may sound romantic, Jo-Anne, but they were anything but.
    Blessings!

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    1. That's so true, Mum would these people who think life in the 40's or before was so great have no idea how hard it was.

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  5. As difficult as life may have been, I'm sure being with the ones she loved made the difficulty worthwhile.

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  6. Hey Jo-Anne, that's a really nice photo! It must have been such a different experience for people living in that time. What was considered normal for them is quite different from what we consider normal now.

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    1. Yes it would have been so different back then to what we are use to

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  7. Very Little-House-On-The-Prairie like! Cool to have such so close to your memory.

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