I was watching a brilliant documentary the other lunchtime. I like to break off from writing to look at old things now and then. Great form of inspiration. This particular one was on the big gamble of booking a seaside holiday. The gamble being whether the weather would be sunny and dry or wet and windy. The clipped upper crust accent was perfect for the commentary as the narator mimicked one or two of the parties being canvassed for their opinions. We followed three or four families throughout the week and saw what the standards had been the norm back in the 1950s. Without exception, each family was having a wonderful time, the weather was fantastic and there were thousands on the beach every day. We saw various meals being served – by austere looking landladies. But another matter that was constant – the need to serve the meals on plain but perfect china or earthenware. No disposable plastic for these – it hadn’t been developed then. My word how quickly we must have adopted it when it did come along!
Mid summer has come and gone already. It just doesn’t seem in any way possible that only a few short weeks ago I was mentioning the christmas period and how we were hoping for a calmer approach to the summer hols. Isn’t it just crazy how quickly life whizzes by. Summer having duly arrived, brought weddings and family gatherings with it. I’ve had some wonderful afternoon teas too. Lots of calorie laden fare too. Not so good. But one thing I have been able to take on board since the spring, is the very rapid movement away from plastics for everything. At one time you’d go to a social gathering and there would be plastic cutlery, plastic beakers for cold drinks and cardboard plates. When you think back to the number of functions you went to last year, and then multiply that by every family and society in the land, then it is pretty terrifying how many plastic items have been thrown away rather than us using the usual stainless steel cutlery and china crockery. All for the sake of not having to have someone washing them up.