Troy Library saved by outrage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
A link to Jon Stewart ranting about the Monsanto Protection Act: http://blogs.sfweekly.com/foodie/2013/
What does 2000 Calories look like? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
A new book on fruit trenchers has been published recently. It’s a tiny little book about one woman’s quest to create a set of her own trenchers as a master project for her Diploma in Calligraphy. I’m tempted to buy a second copy and cut it up to use as paste-on trenchers. Would that be wrong? The only part that gives me pause is that she used a set of ten as her model, so I'd always feel like I was missing two.You can buy your own copy of Ann Frances Hall's Elizabethan Roundels on Amazon UK, with shipping to the USA it costs about 15 pounds/23 dollars. There’s a few pictures on her website, http://www.elizabethanroundels.co.uk/
TRM Hauoc and Mina very kindly took time from their schedule to stop by dance practice last night and offer my practically perfect apprentice, gormflaith, membership in the Order of the Laurel! There was much sqeeing and hugging; I think a box of Kleenex came into play. And wine, because it was dance practice.
Her ladyship, the most excellent Flidais ní Eitigen has accepted; vigil and ceremony date to be determined.
Let the SEWING commence! ::happy dance::
This is cool, it’s a c.1500 print of a wood cut that was supposed to be used to print textiles. If this link does not work, search the British Museum's collections database for the registration number, 1895,0122.25 “Ornamental design; a griffin, facing left, within a wreath of flowers. c. 1500 Woodcut. Dimensions: Height: 135 millimetres Width: 125 millimetres Curator's comments: Counterpart of Schr. 2004 (on the same mount). The design was intended for "Zeugdruck" (printing on textiles)”Here is it’s right-facing partner (reg # 1895,0122.24).
The set of six with box (only two are visible in the curator's pictures) are very similar to several other sets, particularly the set of 11 in the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. The Colchester set has narrower bands on the inner circles.
One, with the a lily and knot-work pattern is nearly identical in pattern to one of the Norfolk trenchers, as well as one of the set of 12 in Domestic Utensils of Wood plate 24 (row 2,column 2). It also appears to be the same pattern as the bottom figure in a set of 3 at the Ashmolean ermine_rat posted a picture of a few weeks ago.
The second visible trencher has a design of white strawberries and leaves is very similar to the set of 12 in Domestic Utensils of Wood plate 24 (row 1, column 2), this one at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and a set of 3 trenchers in Treen for the Table on page 136. Sadly none of the trenchers appear to have the same configuration of words.
The second picture from the Colchester museum is a set of seven gilded and highly decorated trenchers. Three trenchers and their box are visible in the group picture, and a fouth trencher is a solo picture of much better (readable! yay!) detail. This set bears a strong “family resemblance” to the set in the St Albans Museum, and a single trencher in the Stranger’s Hall in Norfolk. See also the second figure in Albert Way's Ornamental Fruit-Trenchers Inscribed with Posies (1846).
I wish the curators at St Albans and Kendal would answer my emails. While I'm wishing, I'd like to win the lottery so I can take a cheese-trencher tour of England.
Recently, somebody posted about a foreign duke who was in town and wanted to fight people at (?) the Fremont Practice on Sunday(?). Can anybody who has a better memory than me send me a when/where for that? eta: thanks everybody! FP @ Noon on Sunday at the Fremont Tennis Courts (1110 Stevenson Boulevard, Fremont, CA 94538-2994)Also, just 'cause it's cool: recent find of viking glass bead necklace
Project for Saturday: defrost the freezer in the garage. Sorry gormflaith, you're not getting your cooler back until Monday. GM needs to work on the spoon project, and I think we're both going to Paul and Linda's new house to paint. And I need to do the data-entry on the monster file Word ate last weekend. Now that I know what a huge project that is, it's harder to get started.
On another message board I read, someone suggested toasted chickpeas for a non-sugary snack. Last night I rinsed the goo off 1 15oz can of chickpeas from Trader Joe's. Placed in plastic baggie and shook with 2 tesp olive oil, 1 tesp of cajun spice mix and 1/2 tesp of salt. Spread on baking sheet and toasted for about 45 minutes at 325. Tasty, but too dry. Next time, 300 for 40 minutes.