Hi all! Sorry I haven’t been very good at updates, but between Christmas markets (I’ll try to get some pictures), a huge sewing project and end of year tests and evals, my brain hasn’t been good for much this month! First things first, (and again, sorry to those of you on facebook who have seen this already), here’s my December book of hours photomanip!
from Portrait of a Lady
AMONG the smoke and fog of a December afternoon
You have the scene arrange itself—as it will seem to do—
With “I have saved this afternoon for you”;
And four wax candles in the darkened room,
Four rings of light upon the ceiling overhead,
An atmosphere of Juliet’s tomb
Prepared for all the things to be said, or left unsaid.
We have been, let us say, to hear the latest Pole
Transmit the Preludes, through his hair and fingertips.
“So intimate, this Chopin, that I think his soul
Should be resurrected only among friends
Some two or three, who will not touch the bloom
That is rubbed and questioned in the concert room.”
—And so the conversation slips
Among velleities and carefully caught regrets
Through attenuated tones of violins
Mingled with remote cornets
In other news, it’s goddamn cold, which means it’s time to mull booze! Most people know Glühwein, but not many people have tried mulled ale. It’s much better than it sounds 🙂
Historicalfoods.com has several AMAZING Lambswool (mulled ale with roasted apples) recipes here
and here’s another 16th century version called Caudle, from The Good Housewife’s Jewel:
“Take two handfuls or more of great oatmeal and beat it in stone mortar, well. Then put it into a quart of ale, and set it on the fire and stir it. SEason it with cloves, mace, and sugar, beaten, and let it boil till it be enough. Then serve it forth upon sops.”
And if you’re stuck inside and bored, Fable 3 is AWESOME. I was so disappointed by the second part I almost didn’t get the third, and thank god I did!