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Monica Enid Dickens was born 10 May 1915,a great granddaughter of Charles Dickens, she was the daughter of barrister of law, Henry Dickens and Fanny Runge. Prior to attending Drama School she was expelled from St Paul's Girl School for throwing her school uniform over Hammersmith Bridge. Despite the fact... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2010 at Renaissance Treasury
Strawberries are low in pectin, the agent required for setting jam, gooseberries are high in pectin. This recipe, given to us by the lady who makes jams and pickles for our local farm shop, uses gooseberries to aid setting, and it's delicious. 2 1/2 lbs Strawberries 1/2 lb Gooseberries 2 lbs Granulated sugar Juice of 1 lemon Cook Gooseberries until soft. Put Strawberries in pan and slowly bring to boil. Add sugar and lemon juice. Stir until sugar disolves. Boil rapidly for 10 minutes or until setting point * is reached. Allow to stand for 30mins then stir to disperse... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2010 at Renaissance Newsletter
Horrockses Fashions Limited was the manufacturer of one of the most well-respected ready-to-wear labels of the 1940s and 1950s. The company are best known for their full-skirted dresses which were sought after by women everywhere and were even worn by Queen Elizabeth II. Although they were produced in considerable quantities, the firm maintained an air of exclusivity for the brand, with an emphasis on good quality fabrics with custom-designed patterns and fashion styling with Parisian couture overtones. The colourful prints will provide a visual feast for visitors to the exhibition, which focuses on the range of the firm's production, from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2010 at Renaissance Newsletter
May Wynne (the pseudonym for Mabel Winifred Knowles) was born on 1 January 1885. She was involved with the mission church of St Luke’s, in Victoria Docks and many of her books were written to raise money for this cause. She wrote 211 books between 1899 and 1954. Many of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2010 at Renaissance Treasury
We adapted this Rose Prince recipe for a Summer Galette, published in the Telegraph this weekend, and it was delicious. This is what we did: We lined a tart dish with ready made puff pastry, made three plain omelettes then layered the omelettes in the dish with ham and cheese, added a puff pastry lid, with a hole to let the steam out, and baked on Gas mark 6 for about 30 minutes until golden brown. If you'd like to subscribe to Renaissance Newsletter click on "Subscribe to this blog's feed" in the right hand column. Do feel free to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2010 at Renaissance Newsletter
As for each birthday there is a lucky stone, so there is a lucky flower, and here are the names of the flowers which, worn in your birth month, will bring you good fortune. January. Snowdrop. February. Violet. March. Daffodil. April. Primrose. May. The white lily. June. Wild rose. July.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2010 at Renaissance Treasury
"The Connoisseur will include in its scope anything that any reasonable person collects, not only furniture, porcelain, pottery, prints, books, manuscripts, fiddles and old silver, but also coins, medals, autographs, posters and stamps....Our purpose is to give every sort of information that may be of use for the collectors, whether... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2010 at Renaissance Treasury
Chippendale pressed glass was patented in the US in 1907 and was imported into the UK by Charles Pratt's National Glass Company in 1930. The George Davidson glasshouse, who were one of the manufacturers contracted by Pratt's to manufacture the Chippendale Glass, purchased the sole maufacturing rights in 1933. Chippendale... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2010 at Renaissance Treasury
Strawberries - English strawberries to be precise. Of course these days you can get strawberries all year round but in our opion nothing beats strawberries in June. We've been eating them for a few weeks now, freshly picked, direct from the grower. The strawberries pictured are actually those we took to our picnic at Houghton last evening and they were good. We strongly recommend buying your strawberries straight from the grower if you can, they will be so much fresher than those from any supermarket. If you'd like to subscribe to Renaissance Newsletter click on "Subscribe to this blog's feed"... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2010 at Renaissance Newsletter
Last night we attended one of the Brancaster Midsummer Music concerts at Houghton Hall. We picniced on the lawn and listerned to the London Concertante playing Strauss, Francaix and Schubert in the Stone Room. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2010 at Renaissance Life
Did you know that an eiderdown could be very successfully washed at home? I confess I always had my doubts about this till a guest who was staying with us offered to show how - and even then I had some anxious moments when I saw my quilt, soiled as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2010 at Renaissance Treasury
Always fond of diary type books I've been enchanted by this, my very first Miss Read book. Miss Read is the headmistress of Fairacre School and this book charts a year in Miss Read's life with staffing diffiiculties which includes an irascible cleaner and where the villagers try their hand at matchmaking. My copy of Miss Read Village Diary is a vintage Penguin paperback with charming illustrations and although it is rather old and worn I'll be keeping it to dip into every now and again. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2010 at Renaissance Newsletter
We're at Midsummer and it's a perfect day. Perfect for a walk in the woods or a visit to the sea. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2010 at Renaissance Life
In 1951 Elizabeth, Countess of Leicester, the wife of the fifth Earl, started Holkam Pottery to make small, hand-thrown souvenirs for visitors to Holkam House, Holkam, near Wells Next the Sea, Norfolk. Holkam was the first stately home to produce pottery on-site to sell in their own gift shop. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2010 at Renaissance Treasury
Patented in 1855 by George Audemars Rayon was the first man made fabric. It is actually made from pine wood pulp that is chemically treated before being forced through a spineret to make strands of fibre which harden upon contact with an acid bath. These days Rayon is machine washable... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2010 at Renaissance Treasury
1st anniversary Carnation 2nd anniversary Lily of the Valley 3rd anniversary Sunflower 4th anniversary Hydrangea 5th anniversary Daisy 6th anniversary Calla 7th anniversary Fressia 8th anniversary Lilac 9th anniversary Bird of Paradise 10th anniversary Daffodil 11th annnniversary Tulip 12th anniversary Peony 13th anniversary Chrysanthemum 14th anniversary Dahlia 15th anniversary Rose... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2010 at Renaissance Treasury