So I thought it might be interesting and even instructive to record the data for Dau.II as she manages her own culinary affairs a generation later. I think what strikes us now is how simple it all was. We got two pints of milk delivered to the house in glass bottles every day, occasionally three (you left a note out for the milkman in the empty bottles put out for collection). The other thing is that there seems to be a helluva a lot of sugar consumed. A pound of dabs Limanda limanda was 30p - less than a pound of hamburger and much less than a pound of cheese. We shan't see those prices again.
The prices are all in decimal pence. It was two-and-a-half years since we had moved from a truly medieval currency: 12 pennies (d for denarius) to the shilling (s for solidus); 20 shillings to the pound (fancy-L for libra) so called £.s.d. These pennies must be multiplied by 1.27 to convert to euro-cents. But we have lived through several cycles of currency inflation, so you can't buy a pint of milk for 7p anymore. Nevertheless, you get money values so stuck in your head and it's hard to shake them. The weekly total in the second table suggests that the three of us lived a week on £5.20: call it €6.65 in today's money. So you can see why I used to blench when I saw graduate students, in the Celtic Tiger boom times, spending more than half that on a soda and sandwich for a single lunch.
I've looked up the Consumer Price Index at CSO.ie and WolframAlpha. This has fluctuated quite wildly (the cost of stuff was rising at 20% in 1975/1976 and was going down, briefly, in 2009; but has been creeping up at an average ~5% over the last 37 years. 1.052^37 says that things are 6.5x more expensive now than then because of inflation. The final 2 does matter here because of the ^37 exponent: 1.05^37 is only 6x. And you have to multiply everything by 1.27 for conversion to the Euro. So multiply everything in the table by 8 (and a quarter if you're pedantic). Call a pint (570ml) = half a litre and a pound/lb (450g) = half a kilo?
Milk 7 x 8 x 2 = €1.12/lt; Bread = €1.80 loaf; Sugar = €1.80/kg; kg of mince €4.50.
Q. What do you reckon the 'eggs' are: 6x or 12x ?
And I should add that the romantic glaze fell from our eyes when winter kicked in. The huge kitchen was impossible to heat properly and ruinously expensive to heat inadequately and we left the cottage the following summer.
|p||Sat 18 Sept||p||Mon 20 Sept||p||Thu 23 Sept||p||Sat 25 Sept|
|22.5||sugar 2 lb||7||milk 1pt||9.5||margarine||10||1lb carrots|
|15||white pudding||60||cheese||27.5||eggs||18||1lb beans|
|p||Mon 27 Sept||p||Fri 01 Oct||p||Sat 02 Oct (cont)||p||Weekly Total|
|Wed 29 Sept||9||carrots||13||tin tomatoes||36||flour|
|16||lemons||5||buttermilk||14||milk x 2||100||cereals|
|7||milk||Sat 02 Oct||5||pepper||60||eggs|