Although set in 1946 after World War II, "Austerity" was a code word for life in England until the early 1950s. Shortages in food and clothing and fuel were part of everyday life. This film perfectly captures that era, and it explains why foraging for blackberries and crab apples and catching the salmon were such a big deal.

Helen Shingler who plays Rowena is Anthony Head's mother, and went on to play Madame Maigret (with Rupert Davies).