Friday, 26 August 2011

Circus is the Summer Reading Challenge at my library!

And look who came for a book on Monkey Puzzles!

He brought a few friends too!

Even I was a bit scared of this one!

Heather is our storyteller and she is wearing her Grandads bowler hat.

These characters are all members of a local Circus known as Circus Americano.

The kids made these!

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to read and review several books during the summer break and is just another reason why our government should realize that Libraries are essential!

Saturday, 13 August 2011

I have actually finished!

I have at last finished my William Morris wall hanging.I have collected bits of Morris fabric for many years , just offcuts of curtaining or upholstery material and now they are going to hang on my landing wall.

The scraps have come from foraging in the remnant baskets of numerous  fabric shops and  some are left over pieces from my own curtains. I have had some of them for years and they remind me of different times of my life.I fell in love with William as a teenager full of revolutionary spirit and romantic asperations! 

The  designs  and colours have been a lifetime love and today when everything seems so "throw away" my admiration for Morris has grown even stronger. His philosophy is apposite and his work is timeless,it never palls, what a hero ! 

Pity  Mrs Morris seemed to prefer Rossetti!!

Monday, 1 August 2011

The weather has turned humid and thundery!

The weather is hot and humid and I feel really lethargic. What a good excuse to sit around reading or posting.
The book above is possibly one of the most beautiful cookery books I have found. Rose Petal Jam is by Beata Zatorska and her husband Simon Target and follows their return to her native Poland after some years in exile. It is a special book, so much love and sentiment are inside this visually enchanting volume. Beata speaks of her beloved Polish Grandmother and her farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of the Karkonsze mountains. Her Grandmother fed her wonderful food and taught her to make  pierogi , the rose petal jam of the title and many more polish dishes.
 This is the sort of food that brings the tastes and smells of Beata's childhood to life for her and for us.You feel her emotion very strongly as she visits relatives and places she has not seen since childhood.
I love the photography  and the inclusion of  Polish poetry both translated and in the original.   Her book will  do so much for the Polish tourist industry , now I would just love to wander in the scenery  shown there  so lovingly. I am enchanted by the wooden painted buildings,white net curtains and the gardens where flowers tumble around  vegetable plots.  Beata's book is in the great tradition of  really special cookery books that bring  together love, life, memories and family food! The most important things in life I think.  The great thing is that there is a follow up coming out sometime next year about her winter in Poland entitled Sugared Orange Zest.
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 Think I will be trying to make pierniki, ginger biscuits and knedle ze sliwkami translated plum filled potato dumplings!
Some other books on the go, of course  they are
 on the bed where I do most of my reading!