Monthly Archives: "January 2013"

Hobbies for Girls

  ‘The Girl’s Book of Popular Hobbies’, edited by Ursula Bloom – it doesn’t look much.  This plain little book has been sitting for ages, quiet and forgotten, at the back of the shop and was rediscovered during the general new year sort out. It gives nothing away on the outside, having lost its dust jacket, but inside it

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Steamed Jam Pudding

 A steamed pudding has to be one of the most comforting of comfort foods. It does take time, but the puttering of a pan on the stove is gentle and warming company. A plain and simple old 5 pint saucepan with steamer turned up a little while ago. It’s sat around for a while, but with the winter

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The Vintage Armchair Traveller

  It’s the perfect time of year to indulge in some armchair travel – vintage style.  Old Shell guides are full of information, maps and pictures, also look out for the ‘About Britain’ series produced for the Festival of Britain, or the Ward Lock’s Red Guide series with their distinctive Red and Yellow dust jackets. So many to collect,

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A Bunting New Year!

New Year’s Day or not, today there was a job to be done. There was a heap of brightly coloured, slightly whiffy nylon needing attention. Bought on Bridport market last Saturday, there was something so sad about a tangle of bunting in a heap on the ground on a wet and windy day. It needed saving. It lay in a

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