We only visited 4 museums during our 5 days in Stockport, Greater Manchester.
However, these visits had proved too much for our host, who was quickly turning into a jelly.
We visited Stockport Air Raid Shelters. Stepping back in time to 1940s wartime Britain was quite surreal. Inside the shelters, I was amazed at such an orderly community, and a world of volunteering. The instructions given, in modern terms, were equivalent to “every little helps” (food rationing; making tea), health and safety and team building.
As we had a heated debate as to how to make the perfect tea a few days ago, I’m going to show you in the war time, how people ‘put the kettle on’. From the poster:
Tip for making the most of your tea ration at home…
You can save that ‘extra one for the pot’ if you get the best out of your tea.
- As soon as the kettle is boiling, you should be ready with the well-warmed teapot.
- The teapot should come to the kettle, not the kettle to the teapot.
- You should give enough time to brew and stir it just before pouring.
- If you do all this your ration will go further.
I was also very surprised by the toilet facility. Some of the toilets in the shelters were actually connected to the main supply. In my house in the south of Malaysia, we lived in a small compound that our toilets were only connected to the main supply in late 70s.
Here are some pictures to share with you; some were taken while we were out walking the most delightful dogs in the UK.
Just imagine that you’re visiting the shelters with Tilly next to you.
- When Janet met Tilly: an ebook
- Where’s Stockport’s new landmark?
- What would you do for a friend’s friend?
- Milk in first with Earl Grey?
- Perfect tea
- Oxo cube: good or evil?
- Laughter and love
- The north south divide
- English in the north: dropping consonants
- Granny Liu
- Food, glorious food!
- How many ways can you view Tilly?
- “Their name liveth for evermore” – Brookwood Military Cemetery
- Visiting Brookwood Military Cemetery
- How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea: George Orwell’s 11 Golden Rules (brainpickings.org)