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  • "After her husband left for the office after breakfast she began her day 'by visiting the kitchen and seeing a boiling "detchie" (an aluminium pan with no handle) of water. I consider coal and see whether there is permanganate of potash ready to soak the vegetables and whether the earthenware saucers on which the larders stand have been filled with water and disinfectant...'."

    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 69

    May 5, 2010