Monday, November 05, 2012

Looking forward to....


 One of my favourite 'dip-into' books from our  bookshelves is Dorothy Hartley's 'Food in England'.  I bought this copy quite some time ago and am always fascinated by the snippets I pick up from it.  It is a social history of  English food through the ages; its uses, its preservation. preparation and presentation.

I know very little about Dorothy Hartley's life except that she was born in Skipton, Yorkshire, that for several years she lived in the vicarage at Rempstone in Nottinghamshire, where her father was the Rector, a village we pass through a couple of times a year on our way into Lincolnshire.   She spent most of her later life in the village of Froncysyllte near Llangollen in Wales, somewhere else we pass through quite often on our way to Porthmadog, where she died  in 1985 aged ninety two.

Consequently I'm very much looking forward to one of the programmes which is part of the 'Food, Glorious Food' season on BBC TV this week.  Historian Lucy Worsley is presenting a television programme about this renowned and well-respected author and illustrator called  'The Lost World of Dorothy Hartley' on Tuesday at 9p.m. on BBC4.  I just know I'm going to find it fascinating.

 I'm also looking forward to putting these pretty Christmas trees on our tree!


I was so lucky recently to come second in Suzy's giveaway at Rustic Vintage Country and when my lovely parcel  arrived as I opened it the smell of lavender was so wonderful.  Your handmade goodies are beautiful  Thank you Suzy.

22 comments:

  1. Gee.
    I wish we had that programme.
    xo,
    p

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    1. Not sure if you can access BBCi player over there, perhaps you will see it eventually:)

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  2. Looks fascinating. We've geared our recorder up for the one tonight with Nigel Slater, Looks like I need a season pass!

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    1. Ah, I watched Nigel last night, it brought back so many memories of childhood sweets:)

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  3. This will be an interesting programme in any event, but how much better when you can relate to some of the places that are likely to feature!

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    1. Yes, it will - we all pass through so many places as we travel around and never know who lived there or have any reason to stop and discover things about the places and people:)

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  4. Enjoy the programme Rosie. I am sure you will get even more enjoyment from the book when you know more about the person behind it. x

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  5. Now that sounds interesting.xxx

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    1. I hope it will be now I've mentioned it! Lucy Worsley is always entertaining though and very thorough in her research:)

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  6. I heard only today about this new Lucy W programme ... and to think I have the Radio Times each week and missed spotting it for myself! So looking forward to it.
    Margaret P

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    1. Hope you enjoy the programme, Margaret, I'm sure it will be interesting:)

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  7. There are some real 'gems' on BBC4. I'm definitely going to look out for this one. Jx

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    1. I love BBC4 especially for this type of programme and the foreign crime drama series:)

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  8. Ah thanks for that Rosie. I've just set it up to record. The book looks like my kind of book too. Have a good week.
    Patricia x

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    1. Hope you enjoy it, Patricia. The books is a treasure trove of old ways and customs with food:)

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  9. I read about this programme at the weekend and looking forward to it. The book sounds fascinating coincidentally another blogger at The Quince Tree has just done a blog about the very same book.

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    1. Hope you enjoy the programme, Elaine. Thank you for letting me know about the Quince Tree blog, I'll see if I can find it:)

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  10. I watched this last night Rosie and thoroughly enjoyed it (apart from the pigs head part)! The blog Unbought Delicacies also did a blog post about it. I must try to get a copy of the book. I wouldn't have known about the programme unless you had blogged about it. Please let us know of any other interesting programmes you know of coming up. You can be my TV Times!!! x

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the programme, Simone. I didn't like the 'pig's head' bit very much either. There are one or two other 'food' programmes on BBC4 this week. The sweets one with Nigel Slater was excellent and I bet it will be repeated. Tonight is Clarissa Dickson Wright and the origins of the meals 'breakfast, lunch and dinner' or 'breakfast, dinner and tea' as we say up here! I'll pop over to your blog and see if there is a link to the blog you mention. Elaine (above) also mentioned a blog called The Quince Tree who has written about the book, too:)

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  11. I saw this programme and really enjoyed it, I'm going to look for the book now. Great giveaway prizes. Mx

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the programme and I hope you enjoy the book too:)

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