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The Wartime Housewife’s Secret Project Revealed at Last!

Do remember that for the last few months I have been teasing you in a naughty way about having a Secret Project on the go?  Well my darlings, it has come to pass and this is the last post I’m going to write …… on this site!

From Saturday morning ( don’t try to sneak a peek before then) The Wartime Housewife will be a Proper Website at


It will still have all the regular recipes, household hints, advice, stories, culture, reviews, muttering and unreasonable ranting that you’ve come to expect from me, but it will also have lots of new bells and whistles including


The Corner Shop will be very much open for business from Saturday and will stock lovely, high-quality things for Home and Garden, Gifts for Children, Books, Something for the Chaps, Wartime Housewife branded goods, Seasonal Gifts and items from the Robert Opie Collection.

There is also a section called ‘Limited Editions’ and this will have things that I find – at antique markets, sales, auctions, second-hand bookshops and so forth – that I think will be of interest.  These may change on a weekly or even daily basis, so you’ll have to keep checking, as you just never know what you’ll find!

The items for sale have been carefully chosen to fit in with The Wartime Housewife ethos of buying good quality, well-designed things that will last, that will be treasured and won’t end up in landfill after a couple of months.
I have started with a relatively small collection but this will grow and develop as time goes on.

Anyone who has subscribed will automatically come with us to the new site and there will be an automatic re-direct if you inadvertently tap in the old site or forget to change it in your ‘Favourites’.

One little ‘bug’ that we haven’t fixed yet is that on pages where there are a lot of products, you will see a little italic sentence at the bottom left of the page saying ‘older posts’.  You will need to click on this to see the rest of the stock.  This will be rectified soon but if you could just remember to click this so you don’t miss anything.  This is a brand new site and there could conceivably be the odd glitch, so please bear with me – it will all come right.

I will take this opportunity to thank you all for your interest and support and look forward to hearing from you at the new site.  I also give my heartfelt thanks to Freelance Unbound, without whom absolutely none of this would have been possible.




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More cold weather tips

In January of this year I wrote an article telling you how to double glaze your windows for about £1.50.  I also gave you Andy & Teddy’s Guide to Cold Weather Clothing and I would urge you to re-read both these articles as I think we’re in for the long haul. 
There are also a few more tips in Not Enough Thermals in the World.

At the time of writing these articles, I was living in the house across the road which was positively tropical compared to this one.  Last night I decided to have a bath.  My bathroom has no heating other than a small fan heater on the wall which cuts out after eight minutes.  I ran a bath that was as hot as I could possibly bear without actually taking my skin off and, at 11o’clock precisely I jumped in.  By 11.10 it was lukewarm and I was in that horrible dilemma of being miserable in the bath but being unable to bear the consequences of actually getting out.

So here are some more general tips for dealing with the cold and keeping your bills down.


  • Keep all interior doors shut
  • Only heat the rooms you are actually using and keep curtains closed whenever you can
  • Put thick curtains across outside doors to keep out draughts
  • Stop using any outside doors that you don’t need to.  Tape up others with masking tape to keep out draughts
  • If you have dripping taps, get the washers fixed or your pipes will freeze.  If you have overflow drains, put the plugs in sinks and basins as a further precaution.
  • If your water tank is insufficiently lagged, you may be able to get a grant from the council (also for loft insulation).  Failing this wrap the tank in old towels or jumpers – anything to stop the heat escaping.
  • Make sure you have some camping stoves with spare gas bottles and plenty of tinned food – there could be power cuts
  • Keep your calories up for your own internal central heating.  Make sure children have a good breakfast before they go to school and that they drink plenty – dehydration happens in cold as well as heat
  • Oil filled and oil free radiators and halogen heaters are very cheap to run and are a useful boost in a cold room


  • If there is heavy snow about, keep your journeys to a minimum – coffee with a friend is not an essential journey
  • Keep an emergency pack in the car at all times with blankets, first aid kit, cereal bars and, if you’re going on a longer journey, a thermos of hot tea or cocoa
  • If the road is white, it is likely to be slippery.  Drive slowly and if you have to brake, pump the brake in light short bursts.  If you have to brake suddenly and start to skid, take your feet off all pedals and steer into the skid.   This may seem obvious, but if you saw some of the mothers at school …
  • Always, always have your mobile ‘phone switched on and topped up

Wider Community

  • Please check on your elderly neighbours or relatives – don’t assume someone else is doing it.  They might be stranded and need some shopping but they might also just need some company – if they can’t go out they could go for days without seeing another person.  Make sure they have their heating on.
  • Get together with your neighbours and shovel snow if your street is icy.
  • Make sure that you know the procedures for if your schools or businesses are closed.  It would be ghastly to take an hour to get to school only to find no-one else there
  • If you have friends with 4×4’s consider lift sharing and chip in with the petrol

However, I am sitting in an unheated room and my hands have stopped working.  This is how much I love you.  I also have to clean the bathroom and kitchen as a plumber is coming at 8am to fix my dripping taps.  It’s amazing what the landlord will do when you refuse to pay your rent until basic maintenance is done.

Yours in thermals



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