Jan 30 2006

It’s ……January Again!

Junior_3

Flanders and Swan’s wonderful old “Song of the Weather” was more direct! I try not to agree but these January days are so short, so grey, so cold. Well, no, not really so cold I suppose, this is South Devon! But sharp, dark and sad, frosty, wet, muddy, slow and oh, so heavy. It all seems such hard work at this time of year. We climb out of bed and struggle reluctantly out of the house, tramping up to the yard in the dark and dreaming of sunshine, lambs, fresh grass and spring.  Not long to dream now, snowdrops are beginning to take hold, but it is much colder than usual this year which means so much more feeding up both morning and evening.

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Jan 30 2006

Lancashire Hotpot

I am amazed, as I run through my large collection of old cookery books,
how our eating habits have changed over the years. The menus of thirty,
forty, fifty years ago sound so heavy now; even during those frugal
years of rationing in the 1940’s and 50’s and daunting childhood
memories of school food! All this before the food revolution of the
Sixties and the indelible mark of Elizabeth David on our diet.

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Jan 08 2006

New Year Again!

Blackbird

And round we go again, 2006! Christmas and New Year have drifted by: parties over, dear family and wonderful friends dispersed, presents received, decorations down, tree dismantled, cards carefully recorded, letters written, warm love-feeling left in my heart. So much food, nice wine! Exhausted!!  Make a plan for 2006, new resolutions, throw them out, new plans, throw them out, maybe, maybe not. Try again and, oh, that delicious feeling of wonderfully reassuring normal, ordinary, mundane–ness!

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