Any idea of what this might be?
One of my friends is overseas for the next few weeks, enjoying a tour in Rajastan led by Robyn Davidson, I’m sure she is having a fabulous time, but her timing is poor……all her soft fruit is ready for harvest and she will miss it. This lucky woman has a vast netted area the size of a big circus tent, in which she grows fruit trees and berries to protect them from the birds and bunnies – apples, pears, cherries, plums, raspberries, red and black currants, gooseberries, plus a whole lot more and they are all ripening now. Before she left for India, some of her friends were shown how to access the tent and invited to pick what they wanted while she was away, so we have all been taking advantage of her generosity. I have picked rasperries which I gave away as I have my own, but also buckets of black currants and last night made my second batch of blackcurrant jelly – it is absolutely delicious. The first photo is of the boiling berries, the colours were fantastic and you will just have to imagine the smell as they were cooking. This was the result……..
A trip to the local market on Sunday morning resulted in additions to the Needlework Library- I just cannot pass up a book bargains, especially old and out of print treasures. The first one one was published in 1965 and cost only four shillings and sixpence at the time! It has chapters about the social and domestic scene in which it flourished (Tudor times), a brief historical survey, then chapters on technique, design, pattern, materials and threads, all with wonderful photos, drawings and diagrams – a gem that could also be used as inspiration for any needlework.
And another classic that may be destined for someone else who is now an avid sewer of clothes.