Friday, 9 April 2010

Reader, I married him.

In the last chapter of Jane Eyre, Jane tells the reader that she has married Mr Rochester. This is my inspiration for my next embroidered tinted postcard, as though Jane has wrote a postcard to the reader with an image of the church.

Reader, I married him. A quiet wedding we had: he and I, the parson and clerk, were alone present. When we got back from Church, I went into the kitchen of the manor-house, where Mary was cooking the dinner, and John cleaning the knives, and I said -
 'Mary, I have been married to Mr Rochester this morning.'

Of course the picture is of Haworth church, I am going to build the image up with embroidered tinting to give it that Victorian style. I'm not so sure about the writing yet I may change it to a darker grey though I want it to have a faded out look. I think the Bronte-Along are moving on to Wuthering Heights soon so not sure I will be able to keep up! I am also thinking of doing a Bronte inspired sampler in blackwork after I have finished this postcard so I will see how it goes.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Banana Bread with Apricots

I have been experimenting with banana bread again! I have already tried banana & sultana bread, banana & apple bread and banana & blueberries! Today I have made banana and apricot bread! Oooooh and it really is delicious I can definitely recommend it. I am addicted to dried apricots at the moment and eat them like sweeties during the day for a bit of an energy boost. Dried apricots are high in fibre and aid digestion which is great news for me as I suffer a lot from indigestion! If you would like to make your own banana and apricot bread the recipe is below!

Banana & Apricot Bread

You will need:

200 g (7 oz) Self Raising Flour
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
75 g (2 3/4 oz) margarine
75 g (2 3/4 oz) sugar
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
2 eggs beaten
2 ripe bananas, mashed (if like me you have sore hands use a hand blender!)
Packet of ready to eat Dried Apricots - I used a good handful and chopped them into small pieces.

  1. Preheat your oven to Gas Mark 4 / 180C / or fan oven 160C. First grease a 1lb loaf tin with margarine of butter.
  2. In a large bowl sieve together the self raising flour and the bicarbonate of soda. In a bowl cream together the margarine or butter, sugar and the honey (if using) until light and fluffy. You can do this by hand but this makes my hands and arm hurt so I would definitely recommend using a mixer!
  3. Now add your beaten eggs, beating all the time! If it looks like it is curdling add a bit of the flour.
  4. Next gently stir in your flour into the mixture and then add in your mashed banana and your chopped apricots.
  5. Spoon the mixture into your greased tin and bake in the centre of your oven for about an hour or until firm. Remove from the tin and place to cool on a rack. 
It is fantastic still warm with butter on! Yum!

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Visiting the Brontës

On Easter Sunday, myself and my family visited Brontë Parsonage in Haworth as an Easter treat. I have visited the museum, the home of the Brontë sisters once before many years ago when I was a teenager but my husband Andrew has never been around the museum and seen the remarkable collection that has been preserved by the Brontë Society. We visit Haworth Village throughout the year as there are lots of events to enjoy such as the 40's weekend which is on in May, where the whole village dress up in 1940's attire and the main street is decked out with flags, there is a vehicle parade down the street and dancing by the Black Bull it's a great event and a far cry from the Haworth the Brontë sisters would have known surrounded by the death of many men, women and children from consumption.

On visiting Haworth I always get goosebumps, you can feel the history of the place! One of my favourite spots is the gardens in front of the parsonage where you can stand and imagine the sisters and their brother Branwell emerging from the house with their father Patrick.  On entering the Parsonage you step into the entrance hall and in doing so take a step back in time as each room has been preserved with the belongings of the Brontë family. Unfortunately you are not allowed to take photos of the inside of the museum, so I took some photos outside and gathered some postcards of the interior from the Brontë Shop.

Standing in front of the Brontë Parsonage - Sarah Louisa Whittle

Church Yard - Haworth - Sarah Louisa Whittle

Click below to read more about our visit!

Friday, 2 April 2010

Jess loves a bit of celeb gossip!

Jess loves a bit of celeb gossip!

This is one of our cats big Jess worn out after reading all the celebrity gossip in OK magazine. Even he didn't believe it about Pete and Kerry!

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Fabulous Finds!

is this Jane Eyre in the gardens at Thornfield Hall?

Hubby Andrew has been off work today and is off for the next six days which is great as we have lots of things planned for over Easter! From a trip to Haworth, a beer festival and hopefully some decorating thrown in! Today we had a trip over to Todmorden to have a nosey around the flea market they have there every Thursday. There was some great things and I picked up a couple of fab books for £3.00! Bargain! One on aromatherapy and the other which eagle eye Andrew spotted on the Brontes called The Illustrated Brontes of Haworth, scenes and characters from the lives and writings of the Bronte Sisters by Brian Wilks. It's a fantastic book full of paintings, photographs and illustrations can't wait to sit down and read it!

I also found some fab tinted postcards which I absolutely love and I have now loads of ideas for some new postcards and larger A4 tinted photographs as well. I'm hoping to find some old photographs in Haworth as there are a few antique shops there. I also have a lot of old photographs of the family so want to do some family tinted embroideries for the house. If I can I want to find some old vintage photo frames to frame them in as well.