She would have been 97.
I have been thinking such a lot about my grandparents recently.
Apparently, being flooded with memories is quite common through the menopausal years.
I guess some memories are challenging & others are grounding & reassuring.
Nan & Pa's house was fruit trees & huge vege garden,
crisp white cotton sheets, eiderdowns & pots of tea.
Punctual meals; morning & afternoon tea.
A piano in the front room.
One inch of water in the old claw foot bath.
Jelly dripping, hanging in an old pillowcase over the same bath.
Sand saucers & fairy gardens..moss, emerald green.
Roasts & puddings & the BBC news on the wireless.
I think I am about 7 in this photo.
My grandmothers name is Estelle & she wore this fur stole on special occasions.
By a circuitous route, the stole made it's way to me.
I found two padded coat hangers in an op shop this week so I covered them with prettiness.
I have taken bags & bags to the op shop & sold almost 40 bits & pieces on Trade me in the last couple of weeks. In my rummaging I came across this little pinefore. I cut a pattern from one of the teachers at Manaia school, back when I was a school dental nurse there. I was probably about 19 at the time & loved all the same things as I do now.
I'm really pleased with my coat hangers.
Yesterday a lady stopped to buy feijoas at our little community stall at the gate. She was having a Chinese sous chef come to stay & she was sure that he would like feijoas..inevitably the taste of lychees came up in our conversation & then I thought oh yes!! Feijoas, a can of lychees, a drizzle of honey & a splash of rosewater, sprinkle with friendly violets & leave to macerate for half an hour...utter heaven!!
After gathering walnuts with Ruth, they have dried quite nicely, so I have sold a bag or two, but for special customers like Audrey & Margaret...two darlings in their 80's I have offered to shell their walnuts for them. Having further conversations about walnuts & feijoas I was given a recipe last week & this is the topping. So simple & so delicious. I have used equal quantities of lightly toasted walnuts, chopped dates (check really carefully for stones) & sunflower seeds, add a tiny pinch of salt & pulse in the food processor until it makes fine crumbs. Wonderful on stewed apple.
I don't think his shaving mug had flowers on it though.
I loved watching him shave in the mornings with a cut throat razor.
I don't think I ever saw him unshaven.
I found these a few years ago in the little antique shop that I worked in for a while.
Have you any idea how hard it is to take a photo of yourself??!!
These Pacific Beauty apples are truly tree ripened & so crunchy.
They like living in the larder.
Scraggly bushes but precious fragrant blooms.
Just did these pots at the front door yesterday.
It's not often that you come across poly's in such a pretty pale pink.
Now that the mandarins have started I have been putting out the box of free fruit for the after school kids again. I saw them coming on Friday & rushed out with any box I could find..later I looked & hoped they didn't think I was trying to play a trick on them.
A scraggly group of neighbourhood boys scuffled past yesterday morning. "Hey, one of them called out to me...could we have some fruit?...your nice, you're the Fruit Lady!"
They looked just like these kids here hanging out the washing.
Some things never really change.
The quinces on the scales are apparently Hong Kong quince...or so they informed me at the SPCA shop where I bought them.
Thanks to Jenny last week I was able to clear up a little confusion. My friend Ruth told me that the rough green things in the trug were osage-oranges but I thought she was being silly & had said ostrich (because they were large & round). They are indeed osage-oranges or hedge-apples, are not edible but if placed under the bed may deter spiders!
I cannot tell you how grateful I am for your care & love & support.
Kindness really does matter!
I have had a much better week this week....thank you!
I came across this little video via Pinterest this week called "Green Beans in the Garden"
Maybe not your style but it's a darling wholesome video..go on have a peek...
& a wonderful week!
Green Beans in the Garden is my family's first music video. My Mom and Sisters all live out in Amish Country in Tennessee, and live a simple, plain life. I'm very proud of them.