In this diary the now famous Lavender Cottage
occupant, Miss Emilie Crane, reveals intimate details of her daily
life, giving us a picture of how one household managed during the
depths of the austerity period that followed WWII.
With the same cheerful stoicism that was part of the war effort,
Emilie continued to ‘make do’ and follow the government’s strict
regulations on salvage, (recycling), that give lessons to the 21st
The wartime spirit of all being in it together still lingered but
Miss Crane found time for sedate amusements and discreet gossip
As well as a wealth of the local history details beloved by my readers,
the diary contains austerity recipes and kitchen, gardening and
household hints, making it the perfect bedside book.