Monthly Archives: June 2012

Thanks for the Kind Messages – June 1911

May I express in this page my modest thanks for the many very kind messages sent by unknown friends among the Holland trippers? Their kindly feeling is more valuable to me than they can know. Another reader writes bidding me … Continue reading

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Servants Hours – June 1913

Domestic servants cannot complain of their wages, but I have always felt that they have a just grievance in the long hours of labour and the curtailment of their freedom. Probably none of us will live to see it, but … Continue reading

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An Encounter – June 1914

It was market day, and our (railway train) compartment was filled with women and baskets, when at the last moment an old farmer scrambled in and squeezed himself into the nearest corner. Some of the women were known to him, … Continue reading

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Male Autocrat – June 1913

It is the Saturday evening meal, and after some rough banter and sparring between the servants, the voice of a young ploughman is heard in imperious command, “Awa’ an’ brush ma buits!” We pause breathless. Will she answer him in … Continue reading

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Lax Boarding School – June 1912

My recollections of boarding school where discipline was somewhat lax and we were allowed to do pretty much as we liked. We sat in any part of the school room we chose and moved about as we liked (unless when … Continue reading

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Pat – June 1906

(I have no idea about the history of this poem. Google throws up nothing, so if anybody out there knows something about it, I would be intrigued to hear) When the blue bells are ringing, and rowans are red, And … Continue reading

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What to Wear to Kirk – June 1911

Coming out of the kirk on a blistering Sunday morning, I nearly knocked down with my hat an old lady who was in earnest conversation with another octogenarian. I apologised for the hat, and was proceeding to ask them how … Continue reading

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The Language of Gretchen

The Analysis of the previous few posts made in the First World War: The Language of Gretchen. via The Language of Gretchen.

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Imputations of Cowardice – September 1914

On the whole, after the first few days of panic, we have accepted with great calm the situation of a nation at war. There must, nevertheless, be many hysterical minds responsible for the several tactless methods of inducing young men … Continue reading

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Women with Sons at the Front – January 1915

At first we were eager to hear all about the new military life but we can have too much even of that and I confess my heart sinks when I hear a woman begin about the last letter she received … Continue reading

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