Here is the second of Lillie's letters to her sister Lavinia.
"We have gone through strange experiences since last week. It was rather
wonderful the calm which settled on us when we knew there would be no more
Air Raids. They are too awful. When the first orders came out from the
Commandant, it was that it was not his intention that any harm should come
to any one personally or to any properties.
Of course, they are our Masters, but it is very strange to say that we have
lived through a week without the slightest friction. We have had a lot of
orders which have to be obeyed, but nothing as yet that really interferes
with our liberty. There are no Buses on the road & no private cars.
We have had to put our clocks on one more hour, so now we go to bed by
daylight for at eleven here it is only nine by the sun. This of course is
the German time.
We were more than thankful when we learnt that we should be allowed to
worship in our Churches & Chapels as before. Also we have our 'Wireless', so
we listen in & hear how England is getting on.
The greatest difficulty is being cut off from the 'Mainland', but we are
hoping it may be possible a little later to get messages through. You will
see that we are having to fit into our new regulations & we are all doing
our best to comply & hope it won't be so for long.
As regards food, we are well so far. Naturally, there are some things we
can't have, Bacon etc. which comes from England, & we are having to go
carefully with lots of things. We are now rationed for Tea, Salt, Coffee, &
Cocoa. Here are our amounts per person. Sugar 6 ozs. Tea 3 ozs. Butter four
ozs. Salt 1 oz. Cocoa or coffee 2 ozs. Meat 1/- worth per week.
Notes by Chris:
"Mainland" here means England. Some old Guernseymen use "mainland" to
to France, but this is a rather pedantic reference back to Guernsey's first
association with the Duchy of Normandy in 933 AD. Since defeating King
Harold in 1066, most Islanders regard themselves as British rather than French.
"Meat 1/- worth per week. 1/- = a shilling = 1/20th of a pound. A shilling,
equal to 12 old pence or 5 new pence, would be about 8 cents. To put this in
perspective, average wartime wages were about 2 pounds per week, (just over
3 dollars at today's exchange rates).
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