With the changing seasons, some of us are ready to snuggle in front of fires and candles, Autumn leaves, warm hearty soups and woolen jumpers.
Others are ready to bounce into the joyous season of Spring, blossoms and new sunny days after a very long Winter.I’m joining in the Celebration of Spring- A Return to Loveliness.
The Victoria magazine has been part of my life since 1997, and looking back on many volumes the Spring April issue read like a pleasant opened rose with it’s petals softly falling and every petal a new inspiration and influence to how I could recall the new Spring days.Back issues and more information can be found here.
If we listen carefully, we can hear the music of Springtime’s laughter. The tittering of tiny blossom buds, fresh green leaves that seem to giggle in the breeze, the chatter of tiny flowers, the twittering of newborn birds, rose buds that smile in the suns rays. A rebirth of growth within our garden, and enchanting Spring, a newborn season.
Read on to experience my touch of Spring…
“Come Spring, we feel an urge to sweep away Winter and brighten every corner of our home, as if preparing for a favourite guest. We want to fling open the windows, roll up our sleeves, see the clean laundry dance again in the wind – if only in our mind’s eye. Suddenly, it’s a pleasure to freshen and polish, as generations have before us – our personal “welcome back!” to the sun.” (Victoria – 1998)
A time when I dust away the blues and woes of a cold Winter, open windows to feel the warmth of the day, dust all around my home and strive for a another warm welcoming to my favourite season.Spring.
I remember my grandmothers ‘copper’ boiling with hot water to wash the white sheets and hang them to dry. The huge wooden stick to twirl the washing as the steam would rise to give a warm vapor facial, a no go zone for us little ones. And the white, blue rim metallic pitcher, to empty out the water when all was done. No plugs for drainage in those ‘olden’ days. Non of those clothes lines of today,you remember the long wire held up by two long sticks, and we always played between the sheets as they’d freely flap against the breeze.The memory of dolly pegs hanging from her apron and how we always played hide and seek with her. As she scrubbed and heaved the sheets across the washboard and hand spun them through the wringer.
Photo of my Nanna and her dolly pegs. My sister has this hanging up in her laundry, a little keepsake.
The scented white softly soap flakes and the velvet soap, ready to use for any marks that may have been left from family luncheon get togethers. The pure white linens,tablecloths starched and pressed, scented lemon and lavender filled the air as beds were made with clean crisp sheets.
“If your linens are treasured heirlooms,wash them gently by hand, shaking in a jar filled with warm, mild sudsy water. To give laces, cotton or linens – the same solicitous care, soak them as long as it takes to extract soil, even up to two to three days, changing the water as soon as it looks dirty. Roll large pieces into a terry towel to remove excess moisture and spread out to dry on a large sheet…” ( Victoria –1998)
A hint of rose, a whisper of lavender – the appealing scent of well cared for linens is a kind of personal signature. Fragrant waters,sachets, soaps, and sprays for freshening your fine linens, each as gentle as an early morning breeze from the garden.
For generations, Europeans have sprinkled rose water when ironing sheets or rinsed their lingerie in a mild orange-blossom infusion. Today we have so many ways to add that extra touch of luxury and pure pleasure.
“…always wash your silver in hot soapy water; drying and polishing each piece while it’s still quite hot. The more silver is used, the less it will tarnish, though tarnish-preventive cloths help solve the problem” (Victoria-1998)
“Just as Spring can’t be hurried, neither can our care-giving household tasks. But as our grandmothers knew well, leisure is sweet when it follows work well done.”
And what better way to spend your leisure time, with a cup of tea, sipping from a Royal Albert china tea cup, and a little sweet indulgence of a apple cinnamon truffle.
125g Philly cream cheese
80g dried apple
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Cut the dried apple into small cubed pieces. Mix ingredients in bowl, and roll 1 teaspoon of mixture into balls. Leave to rest 15 minutes in fridge.
Melt 125g –140g white chocolate bits in glass bowl over a saucepan of boiling water until melted. Dip each ball into chocolate and then coat in shredded coconut.
Enjoy my friends, these delicate delights and make me a promise to wander through the new Spring breeze and stop for a moment and smell the roses. Enjoy the new Spring days!
Excerpts from ‘Secrets of a Polished Household – Victoria 1998
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