Taking the winds of March with beauty

March 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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‘Have you some sturdy hyacinths glowing red or blue, or some golden daffodils shining on the windowsill?’

Round the Year with Enid Blyton: Springtime

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Woods Ware on Wilton Way

September 19, 2010 at 9:29 am | Posted in Aunt Fanny, Eating and Drinking | Leave a comment
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A breakfast worthy of Blyton at Violet on Wilton Way yesterday morning: toasted St John’s sourdough (ok, perhaps a little too fancy to be truly authentically Blytonian), fresh butter, homemade loganberry and strawberry jams, washed down with coffee and hot milk.

Violet serves up its delicacies (which include excellent macaroons and dark, sticky ginger cake) on sturdy Woods Ware ‘Beryl’ plates. Produced by Staffordshire potters Wood & Sons from the 1940s onwards, ‘Beryl’ crockery, or its yellow ‘Jasmine’ and blue ‘Iris’ variants, are likely crockery staples of the Kirrin household (a post on Aunt Fanny’s taste in ceramics will no doubt follow in due course).

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