Category Archives: domesticity


Best cure for pettiness= gardening. So, after a miserable contemplation of broken fridge, steaming car and general falling apart, I went outside with string and scissors and finally tied up all my lovely new vines so they will grow up … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning

This is the perfect way to spend Saturday morning – coffee, Fauré’s Requiem, and seven more green leaves and stems to go on the little jacket I am embroidering for Mila. I knitted it in summer, and want to finish … Continue reading

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Waste Not, Want Not, I Always Say

MrsNewlands was a friend of my mother’s, an older woman who lived across from the church in a fascinating old house, four-square and ordinary in a pretty garden, but untouched since heaven knows when. Her kitchen had a scrubbed pine … Continue reading

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Adult Peanut Butter Cookies

Even my peanut butter cookies have gone over to the dark side. Peanut butter cookies are essential Americana, but these are slightly less sweet, and the molasses adds a sombre note. 1/2 cup  sugar tablespoon of molasses (be generous) ½ … Continue reading

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Color-Blocked Kitchen

My love affair with black and with colour-blocking continues: kitchen too! Counters, kick and small appliances were always black, but now lower walls and inside upper shelves are too. Utensils are easy to find in black –  tea towels and … Continue reading

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Stem Ginger Biscuit Recipe

Toss into a food processor: 4 oz wholemeal flour (1 cup) 4 oz oats (1 cup) two tablespoon demerara sugar 1/2 teaspoon each salt and bicarbonate of soda juice of a lemon 3 oz butter Mix to crumb consistency then … Continue reading

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More Biscuits

When the going gets tough, the tough make biscuits – this time I was trying to reproduce Duchy of Cornwall Stem Ginger Biscuits, and I succeeded, deliciously. Recipe will follow, this is just to let you know I’m alive mum!

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Becoming a Spinster

Moosh is shedding: this is the amount of fluff I retrieved from him in one day. I think I should learn to spin…

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The Bedding Plant

I have’t been idle but I have’t been blogging! No point in yammering away endlessly is there. This morning I woke to this article by Michelle Slatalla. Remodelista and Gardenista are my favorite on-line reads so it is especially sweet … Continue reading

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English Digestive Biscuit Recipe

Hallelujah, I can now post the photos which are a basic human blogging right, and late Friday evening I had to do something which wasn’t work, so I made these addictive biscuits with the half-brain which was still faintly sparking. … Continue reading

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