We have come full circle. My late uncle was a group manager for the Co-operative Wholesale Society in the 1940s and 1950s, and the small group of factories he oversaw in those days manufactured woollen blankets. I have said it before, but it won’t hurt to say it again: it was said of my uncle that “he could take the wool of a sheep’s back and know every process up to the final product.”
In the 1970s we decided to dispense with our blankets. We would “go modern” and have what in those days was referred to as a ‘continental quilt’. It was relatively expensive, plus the purchase of a cover and matching pillow cases, to bedding today and we really had to push out the fiscal boat in order to afford it.
These last few nights it has been rather humid and I thought it might be a good idea to try out a cotton sheet and blankets again. However, we only had one, rather old, cellular blanket which I bought about 20 years ago. I put this on the bed, with a light wool throw, and since then have slept much better with the lightness of these two things.
And so I have bought a new wool cellular blanket produced by a company called Hainsworth who hold the Royal Warrant. It wasn’t cheap, but good things rarely are. The leaflet with the blanket says:
“The Hainsworth family have been weaving the look of iconic England since 1783. Our fabrics adorn palaces and buildings of great importance, covering the wool sack in the House of Lords, creating striking scarlet uniforms worn by the Queen’s Royal Guards and we are proud to hold the Royal Warrant for supplying furnishing fabric to Her Majesty the Queen. Made in the heart of Yorkshire for over 230 years, Hainsworth cloth is visual representation of England around the world and every length of fabric we weave is another little piece of history.”
Wouldn’t my late uncle be pleased to know we’ve returned to blankets! Well, for the summer.
I have also learned from the leaflet that in 1339 a man named Thomas Blanket was granted permission by a local magistrate to set up a loom on which to make a ‘well raised surface’ fabric for use as bed covering. So that’s how blankets got their name!
So to move on …
Today we called at the charity shop (boutique) in order to drop off yet more of my magazines and the rails looked a picture …
Unfortunately for me, all rather formal and in silky fabrics, not what I wear, especially in summer, but oh, the colours look wonderful, and I’m sure these will be sold swiftly, perhaps for summer weddings garden parties and so forth.
One of the windows look especially good, with artificial grass and a little ‘dog’ plus parrot and dove …
From Wellswood to Waitrose, and my goodness, lots of lovely lupins for sale. We adore lupins but we have not had any success growing them – the slugs and snails get them. So much so that they make off with not only the plants but even the roots disappear.
Inside, yet more flowers and plants …
and a lovely fresh food display, with wine, eggs and purple sprouting broccoli …
I should’ve added that we weren’t driving our own car, but a courtesy car from our local garage. They have our car in to do the repair. The AA man had only done a temporary job, and so it will be in the garage for a few days and in the meantime we were given the keys to a small van-like car. I won’t say more – someone reading this might have one and absolutely adore it! – other than I certainly wouldn’t swap ours for it, even though our car is 18 years old. The garage chap said, “You won’t find it’s like your car!” So I said, “Will I have to get out and push it up the hills?”
Seriously, the only good points are (1) that it has the speedometer on the dashboard so in VERY LARGE NUMERALS you can easily see what speed you are doing. Not that this is exactly necessary as it’s 0-to-60-in-never! and (2) it’s small, therefore easy to park.
The flowers I bought this week are creamy white stocks and creamy white freesias. The Freesias have yet to open, but they will be lovely when they have opened.
Here are the stocks, along with my latest magazine
It is also the beginning of the month and so a new Waitrose magazine, too …
Post was rather nice, too. I’ve already mentioned the lovely wool cellular blanket, but also a book arrived … Delight by J B Priestley. This is now a companion volume to Modern Delight.
This book was originally published in 1949 and this is the 60th anniversary edition. I am so looking forward to reading this in bed – under my new cellular blanket – this evening. My goodness, an old-fashioned blanket and a book published almost 70 years ago. Folks, I am regressing! Pass the cocoa, do!
My other item in the post was a tin of Roger & Gallet’s lovely body balm …
This is the 3rd consecutive tin of this I’ve had, I love it so much.
Of course, as well as arranging the flowers- if you call putting them in a jug of water “arranging” them – I put the food away. There was quite a lot today, and it took a considerable time as I clean out the fridge and tidy the larder (not a real larder but a cupboard) before I put the food away, making sure that things that need using first, are easily seen so that they remind me.
There are a number of yellow-sticker items here, and actually, I’m not terribly fond of buying yellow-sticker food. Yes, they are cheaper, you save money, but often the items are very close, or are actually on, their use-by date, and so they must be used very quickly indeed, and when I’m buying food I want it to last a week (yes, I can freeze some things, but not all of them.) My modus operandi has always been to buy the longest use-by date I can find; this ensures little to no waste. I’ve found yellow-sticker produce is often past it’s best, or what is acceptable to me. Others will no doubt disagree, but while I don’t mind spending less on things which don’t go into my digestive system (loo rolls, kitchen rolls, washing up liquid), I don’t mind spending a bit more on food that is in the peak of condition. We are what we eat.
On that point I will mention that about a decade ago my husband required a medical procedure which needed surgery on an ear. It healed in next to no time and when he went to see the surgeon for a follow-up, the surgeon said that the wound had healed remarkably quickly and this indicated not only good genes, but also a good diet! I repeat, we are what we eat.
Now for a much-needed cup of tea and then I might tackle the ironing. And while I’m having that cup of tea, I think I might be tempted into buying (online) a green scalloped-edge sheet to match the recently-purchased pillow cases – I think these would look lovely with the new blanket! (I do put the bed cover on the bed during the day, but on the photo above, of our bed, I have left it turned down so you can see the blanket.)
A last thought … I wonder if anyone under 50 has ever slept under a sheet and blankets? I wonder if anyone under 50 even knows how to make a bed using sheets and blankets!
Until next time.