By Aloisia Williams

Happy New Year! I hope all you retro mummies and your fabulous families had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I am currently sat at home waiting on the arrival of my baby number two! I can feel her wriggling around, desperate for some space. She is due any time this month so fingers crossed she will meet her big brother soon. Her imminent arrival has got me thinking of my most favourite times spent with my first born, Beau. I always look forward to holidays spent with him. But one in particular that happened just last year, was a particular favourite of ours as it was spontaneous and only for the night, like a little adventure!

I am lucky that my son, who is five years old, loves attending vintage fairs and shows with me; he particularly likes learning about World War Two so he was super excited when I took him to stay at the Land Girl’s Cottage near Glastonbury. It is a sweet little house, once the owner’s shed, refurbished to resemble the accommodation the Land Girls lived in during the war. Land Girls were members of the WLA – Women’s Land Army. They played a fundamental role during WW2 providing Britain with food at a time when U-boats were destroying many of the merchant ships that were bringing food supplies to Britain. A lot of the women came from the cities and so little cottages like this were built to accommodate them.

The cottage was complete with an original kitchen, record player, wood burning stove and oven, Victorian bath with the essential coal tar soap and sand bags at the doors, corrugated walls, milk in glass bottles and marmalade for breakfast. There were even little mouse holes cut out of the skirting boards with little toy mice poking their heads out for Beau to spot – a sight that would have been very typical in the Land Girl’s cottages during the war. Beau said the best part was that it even had its own Anderson shelter; we had great fun hiding out in it! So if you’re looking for a place to adventure during 2017, while at the same time educating the little ones, why not check out: for availability.

Lisa Harrison
Written by Lisa Harrison
Lisa is the Deputy Editor of Vintage Life Magazine and Publisher at Dragoon Publishing. She is avid bookworm, collector of vintage homeware, loves travel, lazy weekends away and eats way too much cake!