Afterward it was something of a come down to return to Marshaw and the everyday work, but I soon settled back into the required routine of sheep farming. One highlight and a wonderful occasion was that of my 21st birthday in 1945, and I came legally of age. Mrs Drinkall did me proud and arranged a most joyful occasion. There was a large party, friends came from all around and I was the happiest person.
The End of the War, and My Time as a Land Girl
Reality was however soon to face me for decisions had to be made; the war had come to an end in 1945, and with men were returning to the land, the need for the WLA was diminishing and I could not see the prospect of continuing as a land girl had many attractions. Nor did I particularly want to become an agricultural worker’s or farmer’s wife.
Liverpool Beckons Again
I too once again had to face the problems at home, as I was still being sent even more plaintive letters and demands from my mother. Eileen, my elder sister had married and with her American husband was bound for the USA. Once more it was down to me. It was therefore with deep regret that I left Marshaw to return to Liverpool in 1946, and start a life anew as I could see no other alternative. Seeing I had done it before, I knew I could make a success of what lay ahead, come what may, and that was my intention.