Friday, June 28, 2013

Mrs Hopkinson's Elderflower Cordial

My daughter made  elderflower cordial  last week when it was one of these rare sunny days we call summer, and it was deliciously refreshing served ice cold with lemonade and Ice.  I  asked if I could have some more and was told to help myself,  so I opened the fridge and took out the bottle and gave it a shake and then poured into a glass with ice and, ergh it was all thick and gloopy and sweet enough to remove all my teeth, followed with guffaws of laughter from said daughter!!!!  well I never knew that it was mixed with lemonade the first time I thought it just came straight out of the bottle, guess I missed the fact that it is called cordial for a good reason.  So here is the recipe and you can try it for yourselves, just make sure you add the lemonade. Let me know what you think if you try it.. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

A Mystery of Eternal Love

The inscription at the foot of Caroline Walter's grave says that this memorial was given by her sister Selma with love and that her separation from her loved ones was determined vy God's counsel.

Over 50,000 flowers have been placed on the grave of a young girl who died almost 145 years ago in Freiburg, Germany. Who places them there, no one knows. Every morning, under summer’s sun and winter’s snow, a fresh flower has been placed on the grave of Caroline Christine Walter.
Caroline Walter and her beloved older sister Selma moved to Freiburg to live with their grandmother after their parents died. She went to a school for young ladies and by the time she reached the age of 16, she already had a number of admirers who were attracted by her young beauty. When her sister married, Caroline happily went to live with her and her new husband.
In the early summer of 1867, just before she turned 17, Caroline contracted tuberculosis and passed away a few short weeks later.
Her sister Selma wanted to create a lasting memorial and asked a sculptor to cast a grave in her sister’s likeness. The life size and life like sculpture depicts Caroline just as if she fell asleep reading in her own bed.
The grave was placed against one of the outer walls of the Alter Friedhof cemetery which had already been in existence for more than 200 years. It was a peaceful setting, made more peaceful by the beautiful grave of the sleeping girl.
It was soon after Caroline passed away, and the flowers on her grave from the funeral were wilting, that her sister began to notice that a fresh flower was always on the grave when she visited. Months and then years passed and still no one had discovered who might be leaving the flowers. The cemetery groundskeepers could provide no clue but perhaps they were sworn to secrecy.
Caroline had never mentioned any young man in particular to Selma however legends abound. The most common one is that the flowers were placed by one of Caroline’s tutors who had fallen in love with her and mourned her passing for the rest of his life. But, even had he lived to be a hundred, he still would have died more than half a century ago. Did he leave instructions for future generations to carry on the tradition?
Today, only a little sunlight filters through the boughs of the trees overhead, moss has grown over the place where she sleeps but every morning since that fateful day in 1867, a fresh flower blooms on Caroline’s grave.
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I have to thank Mr Finch for letting me see this earlier today and also to for the article and photo. What an amazing mystery

Thursday, June 6, 2013

3 Years in The Making... Golden Spider Silk Cape

On display at the V&A from January - June 2012 were the world’s largest pieces of cloth made from spider silk. Included were a brocaded shawl made from the silk of more than one million female golden orb-weaver spiders collected in the highlands of Madagascar, as well as a cape which was on public display for the first time.  I would love to see this in the flesh so to speak and was fascinated by the concept and the result is just staggeringly beautiful.

Simon Peers & Nicholas Godley discuss Golden Spider Silk
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