Daily Drawing #118
I was watching the new series of The Great British Sewing Bee today (hell yes I love this show!)
In one of the tasks the contestants were asked to make a silk nightgown. One of the dresses made was based on a 1940s pattern and I loved it! I actually found the picture of the pattern the girl in the programme used! But the actual floral pattern was from a quick internet search.
[Attempting colour!] O_O;;;;
I loved that 1940s nightgown too!
And, yes, I’ve got into The Great British Sewing Bee too… Is that so wrong?!
The Christmas Tree
by C. Day Lewis
Put out the lights now!
Look at the Tree, the rough tree dazzled,
In oriole plumes of flame,
Tinselled with twinkling frost fire, tasselled
With stars and moons - the same
That yesterday hid in the spinney and had no fame
Till we put out the lights now.
Hard are the nights now:
The fields at moonrise turn to agate,
Shadows are cold as jet;
In dyke and furrow, in copse and faggot
The frost’s tooth is set;
And stars are the sparks whirled out by the north wind’s fret
On the flinty nights now.
So feast your eyes now
On mimic star and moon-cold bauble:
Worlds may wither unseen,
But the Christmas Tree is a tree of fable,
A phoenix in evergreen,
And the world cannot change or chill what its mysteries mean
To your hearts and eyes now.
The vision dies now
Candle by candle: the tree that embraced it
Returns to its own kind,
To be earthed again and weather as best it
May the frost and the wind.
Children, it too had its hour - you will not mind
If it lives or dies now.
A wartime recipe…
I was then reminded of this poem:
Sing a song of mincemeat,
Currants, raisins, spice,
Apples, sugar, nutmeg,
Everything that’s nice,
Stir it with a ladle,
Wish a lovely wish,
Drop it in the middle
Of your well-filled dish,
Stir again for good luck,
Pack it all away
Tied in little jars and pots,
Until Christmas Day.
Just like my house! (As steamy anyway!)