Make Do Monday – Wartime Welsh Cakes

The months are just flying by as we get closer and closer to the show! This Monday we’re sharing a wartime recipe for Welsh cakes. You can find more of Lindsay’s wartime recipes here or have a look in the Make do Monday categories.


6 oz of plain flour

2 oz of margarine

3 tea spoons of baking powder

2 oz of mixed dried fruit

1 grated carrot

2 oz of sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon of milk

1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg


1. Start by mixing the flour and butter in a bowl, rubbing the fat into the flour.


2. Next stir in the nutmeg, sugar, grated carrot and fruit and mix well.

3. Add the egg and enough milk to make a stiff dough. Roll the dough into about 10-12 balls and flatten the cakes out to about 1/4 inch thick.


4. Preheat a griddle and bake for 5-10 minutes on each side until golden. The most important thing is to griddle the cakes slowly on a low heat.


Let us know if you’ve tried any of our wartime recipes!

Workshop Wednesday – Pump It Up

Here’s a roundup of what’s been going on behind the scenes at the Shopland Collection workshops.

Great news! The engine rebuild for the ‘Little Lady’ jeep has been finished. Needs a lick of paint before the fun part of bolting everything back together!

jeep engine - rebuilt

Pictured on the left are the fenders from the ‘Little Lady’ jeep, ready for stripping and painting.

The photo on the right shows metalwork being prepared for the Bedford MW which Pete is working on.

The Monday team have done an absolutely brilliant job on the vintage petrol pump. Here is a look at the inner workings.

The rear of the pump opens to reveal an operator’s handle. When this is turned, the rack and pinion arrangement in the middle lowers the pump, sucking fuel in. The handle is then turned the opposite way to pump the fuel out!

The only issue with this exhibit is its weight – it is mostly cast iron, very heavy, and without a wide base (as it would have been bolted down to the garage forecourt). We are investigating options on this front.

The Bedford QL tipper truck is also high on our list. The brake cylinders have now been removed (Pictured is the rather fiddly master cylinder, now off the truck). Mark did a good job on taking all the flaky paint and rust off the wheel and hitting it with a coat of primer – just 3 more to do! We need to source new/replacement tyres for this project as the ones we have are oddly sized.

Tim has stripped down the worst of the picket fences so that rotten wood can be replaced, and the rest can be stripped, treated and repainted. Should be good as new come show day!


Make do Monday – A homemade pin cushion jar

Over the weekend I had a bit of a spring clean and tidied out my cupboards. I found one of these mason jars with a loose lid and thought it would be great to store some sewing things in and also made a pin cushion to go on the lid!

Apart from a jar with a lid you will need:

  • a pair of scissors
  • a pen
  • some glue
  • a piece of cardboard or foam sheet
  • a needle
  • a piece of thread
  • some kind of stuffing, cotton etc
  • a small piece of some nice fabric


Start off by tracing the hole in the lid onto a foam sheet, draw two circles and cut them out.

Put your piece of fabric in the middle of the lid, from the back, fill the hole with some of your stuffing. Put one of the foam/cardboard circles on top of your piece of metal so that you don’t make your pins blunt when putting them in your cushion and then close the back.

Now you can see your pin cushion take shape, add a bit more stuffing if you need to. Screw the lid onto the jar and cut off the excess fabric around the jar.

Thread the needle, tie a knot at the end of the thread and sew some big stitches all around the edge of the fabric. Now pull the thread to gather the fabric. Put some glue on the back of the last foam/carboard circle and cover the loose threads on the inside of the lid.

When the glue has tried your pin cushion jar is finished and you can fill the jar with threads, bobbins or whatever you need. And of course stick some pins in your new home made pin cushion!

Have you spotted this years flyers and posters yet?

Workshop Wednesday – Show Signage and the Fleet of Jeeps

One of the ‘back burner’ tasks we (The Shopland Collection volunteers) and the IMPS (Invicta Military Vehicle Preservation Society) members are doing is to rebrand our distinctive ‘tank’ signs to this year’s show date. Both the date and month have to be changed, so out with the thinners and sandpaper – just 20+ signs to do, should be a doddle!



At the weekend, the Beachmaster came out to attend the handover of £2000 to the Childrens Hospice South West.

Jeeps belonging to Harry, Paddy and Tom also attended, creating a good line up of vehicles.

Back in the workshop, the two QL lorries are still receiving attention.

Felt strips have been added to the military truck’s windows, while the brake cylinders are being removed from the tipper.


Make Do Monday – How to Sew a Double Hem & Fashion on the Ration

Today in Make Do Monday, we are sharing how to sew a double hem. This is the most common hem and is suitable for straight hems on trousers, aprons, children’s clothes and tops.

Before you start to hem your piece of clothing make sure that you have enough seam allowance, this guide uses about 3.5 cm. If you need to shorten a pair of trousers for example, put a pin to mark the final length of the leg and then add 3.5 cm.


1. Start by folding your raw edge towards the back of your fabric about 1 cm.


2. Pin under the rest of your hem allowance (turning your raw edge under), making sure that the fold is on the required finished hem, here I am pinning about 2.5 cm


3. Sew a straight stitch following your folded line and remove pins as you go along to make sure that you do not break the sewing machine needle. This can also be sewn by hand, just sew a straight stitch going round twice.


4. To finish the stitch, reverse and sew a couple of stitches to close the seam.


An this is what the hem will look like on the inside and from the right side of the fabric. Just give your hem a press with the iron and you are done.

PhotographThere you go, now you know how to shorten a skirt that’s too long or what to do when you’ve been treading on the bottom of your trousers, just shorten them a bit and do a double hem!

Also, the Imperial War Museum has opened an exhibition called ‘Fashion on the Ration’ running from the 5th of March to 31st August 2015. This features plenty of ‘Make Do and Mend’ and show how fashion changed under the strict rules of rationing, right up our street!


Workshop Wednesday – Road Trip & Set Building Begins…

Last weekend was the first outing of the year for two of the Shopland Collection vehicles, at the Avenue Drivers Club monthly meet up around Queen Square in Bristol.

In advance of this, we spent Wednesday evening ‘waking up’ some of the trucks. The Bedford OY was one of the chosen steeds, which started very easily (it recently had the engine reconditioned and is still in the running-in phase), but needed the older Merryweather fire engine moving to get it out of the shed. This proved a bit trickier to start. After much tinkering with the spark plugs, magneto and charging the battery, the problem was traced to a blockage in the float chamber, preventing fuel from getting through. With this fixed, she runs just fine.

With the Staghound armoured car now a rolling chassis, this axle was surplus to requirements and has been sold to be used in another restoration, maybe we’ll be able to get two Stags together soon!

Sunday morning saw the team up bright and early, the Bedford OY and Jeep started up and taken in to Bristol. The Queen Square meet happens on the second Sunday of every month and is well worth a visit, it was also the perfect opportunity to promote the show!

The OY and Beach Master certainly made an interesting contrast with Ferraris and other classics.

You can see more photos from Sunday on this flickr album

We’ve also made a start on building our set pieces for this year. We really want to incorporate a pillbox, of the type built by the thousand in Britain, preparing for the German invasion.

We still have several leftover sections of brick and blast wall, so after some measuring, we cut the timber, then measured again and cut some more, then measured again and scratched our heads, then decided it would probably be fine.

Adrian has audited all of the signs we have and need for the show, which should give our hard working volunteers something to work on! Speaking of which, the Torpedo Team have turned their attention to a vintage petrol pump owned by the Shopland Collection, and have done a marvellous job of it. The Torpedo’s warhead can be seen in primer.

Upon seeing this, I got the bug for some restoration work, so jet-washed the flaky paint off the picket fencing (used last year for the tea rooms) – this needs some love as it has suffered from woodworm, so will be treated, repaired and repainted. I then got carried away and unblocked the gutters on the barn, which was disgusting.




Make Do Monday – Ginger honey buns

Looking at the ingredients for this weeks recipe, it’s looks very luxurious, using both sugar and an egg! Lindsay of the Gordano homefront has kindly tested and shared this recipe for us.


8 oz self raising flour

1 teaspoon of ground ginger

2 oz margarine

2 oz caster sugar

2 tablespoons of honey

2 oz dried fruit

1 egg

A dash of milk



1. Sift the flour with the ginger in to a large bowl and rub in the margarine.

2. Add the sugar, honey, dried fruit and egg. Mix well.

3. Slowly add enough milk to make a sticky dough.


4. Put spoonfuls of the mix on to a greased baking tray (makes approximately 12) .

5. Bake in a hot oven for about 15 minutes until golden and firm.


These would make a lovely treat to take with you a picnic or why not try one of our recipes and bring along to the Dig for Victory Show in June? Tickets are available now!