More Blankets means more Labels

These vintage blankets are threadbare and destined for future rag making projects.  The finding of them was made all the more exciting by the discovery of their delightful labels. Once again it’s a case of  ‘they don’t make them like that anymore.’ So much care and attention to detail, so evocative of their time and a…

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The Airing Cupboard

The airing cupboard – every home should have one. A warm place in which to store household linen and ensure washing is completely dry before it’s put away. Basically it’s just a cupboard fitted around the hot water tank, usually situated on a landing or in the bathroom, but becoming less common now in the days of combi…

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Soda Bread

Home baking is enjoying a huge revival at the moment.  But bread making can require a prohibitive amount of time for all that kneading and proving. Irish Soda Bread is the quick solution when time is short, as bicarbonate of soda is used rather than yeast as the raising agent. This recipe takes just minutes to prepare.  Buttermilk is available…

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Crinoline Ladies – again

This is how collections begin. Pick up a piece or two around the place and suddenly things start leaping out from everywhere you look. Recent irresistible additions to the Crinoline ladies collection include this (unfinished) embroidery from the early 1950’s.It is now awaiting framing but will probably remain unfinished and all the more charming for that.…

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On Top of the Piano

There is no mantelpiece above the fireplace in the cottage – just a simple brick arch where only the smallest things may cling, like stranded climbers on the ledge of a cliff. Accidents are not unheard of. However, the piano stands on the opposite wall. It is tall and the wood dark and glossy. Over the last few months it has…

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