Sunday, March 13, 2011
the land girls
in england during world war II, with a shortage of food and no men to work on the farms, the country called on its women to volunteer and go out to the farms to work: to milk the cows and grow vegetables to support the cause, all under government direction. This division was called the land girls... beauticians, aristocrats, secretaries and housewives, all lived together in dorms on farms from coast to coast... i love this "can do" spirit and had the opportunity to create an interpretation of this movement many years ago in victoria magazine...at this time of year, with things sprouting and the growing interest in gardening and local farming, I keep thinking of my days in england at combermere abbey creating this inspirational story and wanted to share it!
the english country look: tweed jackets, handknit sweaters, flowered skirts and wellies never go out of style
The Land Girls by Angela Huth is the historical novel which we based our feature on, and it was made into a film in 1998...now there is a new BBC series...hope we'll be seeing it on masterpiece theater soon!
photographs by pia tryde