Tuesday, June 12, 2012



12 June 2012



Today's teaser is from Below Stairs  by Margaret Powell, page 119,

"Christmas in domestic service was nothing like the Christmases we had at home.  I remember the excitement there was at home even with little money, the excitement of waking up early, the rush into our parents' room for the presents and stockings.  We didn't have turkeys or Christmas trees, but had plenty of laughter and there was always enough food to eat."

This probably isn't the most captivating snippet of this book but it gives you a glimpse of the "other side" of domestic life -- home was such a contrast to their place of employment but, according to this book, much more "real".