Ahem! Argh. Cough, splutter. . . I’ve never been any good at introducing myself, so I took the photo above – of a not-so-random pile of books taken from my shelves – to describe what this blog is going to be about. What ended up in the picture were a few books about 15th-century England; some vintage sewing and needlework inspiration; and an 18th-century novel.
Not exactly an adequate description, I know, so here’s an attempt at a verbal version.
History. The main focus will be very narrow: England in the time period circa 1440-1485, with forays into other places and periods as well. Sometimes these forays are closely related to the main topic; sometimes not. As you can see from the subtle (ahem!) placement of Richard III in the picture, I am a Ricardian, but I’m an equal opportunity researcher: I will look into any question that happens to catch my fancy. To paraphrase Virginia Woolf’s quote about libraries, ‘I ransack historic sources, and find them full of sunk treasure.’ Those small sunk treasures are my passion.
I originally wanted this blog to be a place for me to share some of my findings – whether large or small – that might be of interest to others besides myself. I am not an academic historian, but simply a hopelessly nosey individual who loves to delve into things, to discover and speculate.
Sewing and Needlework. I’m a relative newcomer to the Sisterhood of the Needle, as an old sewing book once charmingly described it, but I like to learn new skills and I find working with fabrics and yarns very soothing. Meditative, I might say. I’m inspired by historic needlework, vintage sewing patterns and books, all kinds of old things, the natural world. . . animals (especially canines) and green things that grow. Everything that’s fun and pretty and fascinating. Oh, and recycled materials: I want my hobby to be as ecological as possible.
Vintage. What can I say? I adore things with a history, and it warms my heart when things are used again and again.
Books. I like reading them; I aspire to write them. Don’t worry, I won’t be talking too much about the writing part. The reading is more interesting.
Gluten-free and Sugar-free Recipes. Well, this part sounds very random, doesn’t it? But I like delicious, sweet things, and as a Coeliac with a sugar problem I struggle to find recipes that are both gluten- and sugar-free (and use natural sweeteners), so I’ve decided to create my own. Whenever I come up with a rare success, I will post the recipe here, as I’m sure there are others scouring the internet for such recipes as desperately as I am. The occasional recipe every few months does not a food blog make, and thus these recipes will just have to sit uncomfortably between the history and sewing posts.
This, then, is the plan – for now. It may change yet, but I’m looking forward to the journey!