Some Flannel

  Call it flannel, flannelette, winceyette or just brushed cotton. This is the ideal fabric for warming winter nightwear. As a general definition, flannel (flannette, winceyette) is a plain or twill weave napped cotton fabric. It is this napping (scratching to raise the fibres on the surface) which gives it the distinctive soft or fuzzy feel.…

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Teatime Treats- Macaroon Tarts

Macaroons are making a comeback. Combine with classic jam tarts for a real granny style teatime treat. So simple.  This recipe is taken from ‘Exciting Cooking and 1001 Household Hints’, published in 1959 by Literary Press.                                                                                                           You will need: Short Crust Pastry (made with 6oz/175g flour, 1.5oz/40g baking fat, 1.5oz/40g butter, pinch of salt, half…

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Return of the Wool Blanket

With the nights drawing in and already a few frosty nights; a cosy, warm bed has to be one of the most comforting things at this time of year.  Since the introduction into British bedrooms of the ‘continental quilt’ during the 1970’s, it would seem that duvets are now ubiquitous throughout the land. A resurgence in the popularity of cotton sheets, good woollen blankets and…

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Small Things – Peg Dolls

                                                                                                           Our attention has been drawn towards small things- or small people to be exact.   Why do tiny people hold such fascination? – There is always something of the  Borrowers about small figures. There is always the notion that they have their own small world. They do, of course have their own lives to lead the…

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