The 1940’s through the eyes of a child – WWII rationing and the air raid shelter

A wonderful story recalling a young child’s memories of the night time raids in the 1940s.. Robbie Cheadle brings that time to life again.

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The little girl lay in the dark. Her eyes were wide open as she listened for the sounds of the buzz bombs. Her three older sisters lay side by side next to her in the large double bed they all shared. Her two older brothers slept in the room next door and the baby slept with her parents. When her baby brother was old enough, he would join her two brothers in their double bed.

The family had enjoyed tea together after the blackout sheet had been put up over the living room window. They had all sat gathered around the table together, in the only room with any light in the house, and eaten their simple tea of bread and jam. They were lucky, they also had milk to drink and extra cheese as their father was a dairy farmer. The milk was slightly sweet and had a thick…

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My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at

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