Isn't it strange how you can sometimes go into a shop, or into the library and find nothing that takes your fancy and then on another occasion things just seem to jump out at you. Today was like that in the Oxfam charity book shop.
The first book - Simple Country Style - has lots of lovely photographs of country style rooms from around the world, and will give me loads of inspiration for redecorating once we move.
Hometown Quilts took my eye because of the different paper pieced buildings, including a lighthouse which I have wanted to make for some time. I don't much care for her choice of fabrics, but can see myself using
The last book was a real serendipity find. I don't usually look at the
cookery books as I already have far too many that I don't use enough, but this one just caught my eye as I passed. Lady Castlehill's Receipt Book has a selection of 18th Century Scottish Fare, and are the original recipes from a collection made in 1712. I'd love to type out loads of the recipes for you, but it would just take too much time and space. Some of the recipes have wonderful titles : To make the Countess of Norwich her Almond Butter; A very true Receipt of Naple Bisket; To make Cheeses that the Coats may be pulled off; A Remembrance of Preserving Cherries. Here's one of the shorter recipes in full, that could easily be made today:
To make Jumballs
Take halfe a pound of baked flowre, Mingle it with halfe a Pound of Sugar, the Yolks of 6 new layd Eggs, and 6 Spoonfulls of clouted Cream, 2 or 3 dropes of the Oyle of Nutemegs and a little of Rosemary; Make it into Paste, and into Rolls, tye them in small Knots, Bake them in a warme Oven; then Ice them with Rosewater, Sugar, and the white of ane Egg, and when dry, box them.
These were said to be a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I. Does anyone feel brave enough to have a go?