I just found this in my drafts folder! Don’t know how I missed publishing.
The dawn pinks were lovely this morning.
The friend for whom I made the three angels last week brought me some delicious sounding home-made Chutney as a thank you – greatly appreciated, L! She also brought me some gorgeous Narcissi in bud so I’ll show you those when they have opened.
The Narcissi buds opened up overnight. They are gorgeous and there are many more to open yet. I wish you could smell their delicate and inimitable scent.
I have jarred up all the mincemeat. I’ll make the mince pies in a week or two when it has had time for all the flavours to mingle. I’m hoping there will be enough for next Christmas too.
Storm Arwen brought wild winds, hail and rain here but nothing like the dreadful weather they have had in the North. My heart goes out to those who have had no electricity for four days. Those with wood burners have described it taking an hour to boil a kettle on the burner. Those without have been/ are extremely cold. We have our fire going tonight for the second time this month.
My choir sang at Krowji Open weekend this afternoon and what a happy bunch of singers we are! It was such a joy to be singing again, with an audience and Christmas carols after missing out last year completely.
In the intervals between singing, we wandered around the exhibitions and I loved the work on this door.
In one of the rooms were these posters of protest which appealed to me too. The artist gave her permission for the ‘Armchair Protest’ to be put on here.I missed her name and hope to find out soon..
Here is the last slice of the delicious Pecan Pie on a very lovely little plate that has, until now, just been on display on the Welsh dresser. Now we are using both of them.
I’ve made our mincemeat for the mincemeat pies for Christmas. I’ve never made it before but don’t really know why not.
A poem for you today shared by Michael Rosen. It is by Benjamin Zephaniah with whom we once had breakfast in Sheffield. The refugee situation and the way our government treats these desperate people, has me in tears.
By Benjamin Zephaniah
One of my readers, Helen, asked if there were any marks underneath the oriental design plate. Yes, these are they. I don’t know the maker. Perhaps someone can help..
In the front of the cookery book, Giving Thanks, that I used for one of yesterday’s recipes, I found some pressed leaves that I had collected in Massachusetts some years ago and had forgotten all about – a delightful surprise.
Having sent the Welsh dresser to the auction we have some sorting to do and decisions to make about what to keep and what to give away. I love both of these pieces, a Susie Cooper plate and one plate from a dinner service belonging to Mum and Dad. Susie Cooper China was one of the most successful and prolific designers that the UK ceramic industry has ever seen. Her career spanned from 1902 to 1995 and covered some of the most recognisable periods of the Twentieth Century.
Susie Cooper serving dish
Mum and Dad sold the rest of this dinner service when somewhat impoverished but for some reason, this one is still with us. Perhaps someone will recognise the maker.