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Brosna Before Electricity

Electricity came to Brosna in 1957. This made many changes. The way of life we now take for granted was beyond a dream.  Getting up in the morning in a cold house, getting turf, lighting the fire, and waiting until such time as it was red, then fill the kettle from the bucket of waterwhich was drawn from a well up in the fields and finally getting a mug of tea.

The skillet of porridge hanging from the old crane to cook over the open fire.  On a dark winters morning this was done with light from an oil lamp.  Kerosene oil lamps gave quite a good light.  The wick was trimmed and the globe cleaned before putting a light to it, after filling it with kerosene oil.

Outside work in the farmyard was done with the light of a storm lantern fueled by kerosene.  Later came the Tilly and Aladdin lamps.  The mantle of these had to be soaked in methylated spirit before a flame was put to it.

The lantern was also used to show the way to the fairs with cattle.  The travelled by foot or (shanks mare) as we called it.  Therefore it was an early start.  Sometimes if the distance was too far, the farmers would go against the fair the day before and rest the animals the night before the fair.

Cows were milked by hand and water was drawn by hand before electricity got here. The children diod their school work by the light of the candle or the oil lamp whichever was available.  The open fires were the only source of heating and cooking at that time.  The bread was mixed in a large tin pan, then put into a pot which had a flat bottom and this was called an oven.  A griddle was sometimes used, this being a flat round piece of iron with a hook on either side to put the pot hanger into and hang it from the Crane over the fire.

The oven produced higher bread as there was a lid on this which had red coals of fire put on top of it to cook the top of the cake same time as the bottom.  It was also in the fire the solid iron (clothes iron) was heated to do the ironing with.  The water was not running in the houses until the electricity got here to pump it in.