The Run-Up

On my walk yesterday I found mammoth fronds of dates which are going to be my Christmas decorations this year. I need the car to collect them so photos will be late, but I am thrilled with the colours, bright yellow and vermillion against soft olive green – perfect

“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.”

Mr Micawber got something right even if he didn’t manage to practice what he preached. I prefer his wife Emma, with her repeated protestation, “I will never desert Mr. Micawber!” which of course leads us to suppose the temptation was there…

You can tell I have dragged out the Dickens for Christmas, and the Messiah, both traditional and Soulful. I sing along, and think of my friends in the choirs I belonged to in England.

I have the very best Christmas cake recipe ever, which is sad because no-one I know wants Christmas cake any more – or Christmas pudding (although that I can understand). So here it is, from Joscelyne Dimbleby’s first book, A Taste of Dreams. Note how battle-scarred the book is, on more than one page too! (the Chocolate Cake isn’t bad either).
I always use prunes in a fruit cake, to make it moist.

This morning I sat by the window warbling happily while finishing a commission for one of my favorite clients, and along the way finally mastered what I think is the best way to finish a double faux hem with double mitres – it’s all in the pressing, and a little jig I rigged on my machine. Then I completed a batch of my new, simple UK pillow slips: no flange, just a simple envelope closure to separate the men from the boys (I can’t bear pillows showing at the end). Is there a better way to end the week?

About Tricia Rose

Not distracted by shiny objects.
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7 Responses to The Run-Up

  1. Kerry says:

    When you come to Australia you can make me a fruit cake…I love them :)
    And the Messiah at Christmas…perfect.
    Your dates fronds are brilliant and I’m looking forward to seeing where you put them.
    A mighty fine week all round then?

  2. I see these fronds everywhere and have always exclaimed how beautiful they are but didn’t know what they were. Would never have thought to use them for Christmas either. What a brilliant and creative idea! I can’t wait to see the pictures.

  3. The dates are so beautiful! They seem so foreign, so exotic to me. I would love to see them up close so I look forward to seeing what you do with them.

  4. a-m says:

    Oh those fronds are glorious. Speak for others but not for me, I adore Christmas cake and could eat it by the bucket! Sounds like a perfect week to me. A-M xx

  5. Carole says:

    I have just left my kitchen, hot and bothered after making two christmas cakes, I use a Carnation evaporated milk recipe, you make a custard with the eggs and milk, nice and moist but prunes sound good too.
    Funny, I quote that passage by Mr Micawber to my kids all the time but it falls on deaf ears, but then,like Mr Micwber I am always going to “throw out a bay window”but haven’t managed one yet.LOL.

  6. I’ve only seen those dates in grocery stores — I buy them for DH who adores them. Never seen them “live” before. How wonderful to have them to pluck.

    I do love Christmas cake though not with too much rum. I did a Christmas ring years ago which I should dig out. Meanwhile, I have bananas awaiting a banana bread and the Christmas cookie gift baking ahead this week. Thinking I should just go sit down for a while and buy everyone wine instead. LOL.

    How did the Christmas market go?


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