This autobiography gives a poignant insight into the life and expectations of a working class Brighton girl, who from the age of fourteen, was in service from 1910 to 1934. It describes her life as a young wife and mother, and the isolation she felt living in the countryside surrounding Gatwick Airfield. Daisy examines the early years of her marriage in 1934 to George Noakes, when she comments that there was ‘no honeymoon period for us’, as her employers would not allow such a luxury and it was like getting ‘blood out of a stone’ even to get a day off to get married. In her twilight years Daisy bravely recalls how she coped with her husband’s terminal illness, when she was left alone to keep her family going.

This book is the companion piece to Daisy Noakes’ The Town Beehive and George Noakes’ To Be a Farmer’s Boy.