when I was a little girl, jam making & preserving was something that was part of my everyday. My grandma was a great one for making jams, pickles, chutneys and lemon butter. jars were saved, washed and stored for the day when she would make one or another.
today, I found an old CWA cookbook in a drawer
and as I browsed through the out of fashion recipes, [recipes like 'time saver stew', scalloped parsnips' & Maitland salad'] ~ I had a brain snap and thought I might join the CWA ladies and revive the lost art of jam & chutney making... however, I don't think I am quite the CWA lady type.
I do still have my vacola kit which I might get out when I move to Villa Maria.. I use to bottle preserves quite alot.. driving out to the country to buy boxes of plums or peaches from farms and bringing them back to bottle for winter...
I think it is important though, not to let these 'arts' die... knitting, preserving, jam making.... they take us back to simpler times, don't you think? times, when standing at the sink, washing up was a meditation. and that is what I hope to do at Villa Maria.. a smaller home & garden, will give me a little more time to live a simpler, more meditative life.
tonight, I soak my feet in the hottest water I can stand.. on direction of my acupuncturist ~ according to her, by doing this it will help my volcanic night sweats.. one can only hope.