Herbert, Evelyn and his daughter Kathleen lived in Wickersley, Yorkshire in a bungalow which Herbert built himself. He worked as a miner and later as a pipe layer for the local authority.
I have fond memories of visits to Wickersley when I was a child. These were generally in the summer holidays. Herbert was a very keen gardener and I am sure they must have been practically self sufficient. He had half an acre of garden and grew all his own vegetables and fruit. At the side of the house there was an orchard with, as far as I can remember, apples, pears, plums and damsons. We used to help collect the fruit in the summer and the apples were stored for the rest of the year in a dugout air-raid shelter in the garden. He grew soft fruit too and I can remember especially the delicious sweet gooseberries.
He also kept chickens and had a pigsty where he had 2 pigs which he fattened up and sold some to the local butcher and the rest was kept for family use. He had a dog and there were always cats around.