Kind People And Thoughtful Gifts
Monday, February 27, 2017
Do you see that hat up there? The one with teapots on it? Jennifer from Pastry & Purls made it for me. I admired a similar one on her blog-after all, a hat with teapots is just calling out my name. In this case, I mean that literally since the pattern is the Tea Jenny. Jennifer contacted me and offered to knit me my own Tea Jenny hat. I was so touched by her kindness. It came in the mail last week and I love it. It makes me smile every time I see it. Jennifer also sent the book. Obviously, my interests are coming through clearly on my blog. I will shortly be an expert on how to make ratafia cakes and syllabub and beef-steak pudding. It is so interesting to see what actually goes into some of the foods that have been mentioned in the books I read. I am thinking I might need to make a whole dinner based around this cookbook.
I told my dad about my blog. For the longest time, my kids and husband were the only ones in my real life who knew it existed. However, I knew my dad would get a kick out of it and I was right. He was flatteringly enthusiastic and promptly bought me a subscription to this magazine. He said he used to read it years ago. The first issue showed up in the mail recently and I am enjoying looking through it.
This isn't a gift unless you consider it a gift to myself. I've mentioned my fascination with wartime diaries many times before. This book is new to me and I am finding it very interesting. Since the diarist was a shop assistant there is a lot about the rationing scheme and how it worked and impacted shopkeepers. Kathleen Hey lived in an area that wasn't bombed but that did have to deal with evacuees and the day-to-day deprivations of wartime. I am about halfway through the book and would definitely recommend it.
Now, if only this unseasonably warm weather will come to an end so I can wear my new hat.