Monthly Archives: December 2012

Pan Haggis – December 1924

Two weeks ago “Nancy” gave a recipe for “pan” haggis (in distinction, I presume, to the real haggis which was originally cooked in a cow’s stomach — or was it the tripe of a pig? I have no cookery book … Continue reading

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the … Continue reading

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Stealing a Pot of Jam – December 1923

Don’t we remember these pictures from our childhood of the thief on the step ladder with a pot of jam in his hand, looking guiltily round at the door. I remember one when I was very tiny, catching an older … Continue reading

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Beauty of the Fields – December 1923

There is no stage in the year-long process of field cultivation that has not its own peculiar beauty; and interest to the eye, even of those ignorant of farming. This struck me forcibly the other day when a townsman exclaimed … Continue reading

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He Was Puting it Nicely – December 1911

To be born and bred in a pure and high-minded home is not without its disadvantages in later life. For the outer world is not a community of refined human beings: far from it. In particular, the woman who has … Continue reading

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Suffragette at Home – December 1909

“I see that Gretchen isn’t a suffragette,” remarked the master of the house as I put two lumps of sugar into his fourth cup of tea. “She doesn’t expect the men to wait upon themselves.” “Oh, Don’t be deceived by … Continue reading

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Happiest and Saddest Christmas – December 1918

To millions of human beings, this will be the happiest Christmas and New Year of their experience, and to at least as many millions, it will be the saddest. In our own country, the homes whose fathers and sons are … Continue reading

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Christmass Happiness Fades – December 1905

The real happiness of Christmas for children lies in the anticipation. The dusk of early morning to eager young eyes is full of fairy possibilities; the feeble flutter of a candle is iridescent of fairyland. The cheap and showy articles … Continue reading

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Saved Humiliation – Tuesday December 1902

Before we could get set to work with our baking, two visitors arrived for dinner, intimating that another of the same family might be expected for tea! Your pity, I pray! Nothing in the tea cake line, but plain bread … Continue reading

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The “Whummlet’t” Chicken – Monday December 1902

One of our laying chickens shows unmistakeable symptoms of a desire to sit, and we have had to”whummle’t.” We discover that, owing to a succession of petty circumstances, we are out of all varieties of biscuits, cakes, buns etc, and … Continue reading

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