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exotic fruit — a pomegranite was a real treat, each seed picked out with a pin & made to last. Apart from the pit strikes food was cheap & plentiful if one grew it or could afford it & coming at the end of the family I don't remember any great problem. One period there was a 26 weeks strike when times were very hard & some days, tea & snacks would be bread & lard or dripping but the men would go poaching for a rabbit etc. put in the stew pot with barley & vegs would make good meals. Puddings were usually suet with raisins, sago, rice  treacle, jam sponges, fruit pies & all with custard, home grown fruits  bilberries off the common etc., milk was cheap 1d a gill & delivered every day, out of a small churn into a clean white jug. Everything was delivered to the door, milk, bread, fish, groceries & families who couldn't begged or borrowed from those who had & could. No beggar was ever turned away, gypsies came to the door 2-3 times a year & brought lace, pegs, buttons  ribbons, cottons & tapes, they were always given a drink & food & made welcome  they'd curse you otherwise