Cherry Blossom Cake

Cherry Blossom Cake

Our neighbour’s flowering cherry tree is just breaking into bloom. For a few glorious days, its graceful branches festooned with pink blossoms toss in the wind, beguiling us with their beauty. (I will skip over the subsequent unholy mess of disintegrating petals...
Spring Willow by Kent

Spring Willow by Kent

This china pattern reminded me of a song my daughter Stephanie sang when she just a little mite:   “Spring, spring, spring is in the air I can feel it everywhere And the pussywillows bloom And the pussywillows bloom And the pussywillows bloom in...
The Cobalt Urn

The Cobalt Urn

It all started with the cobalt urn. It belonged to my grandmother Emily, a calm, serene Yorkshire woman, whom I never heard raise her voice in the entire time I knew her. A survivor of both WWI and WWII, she was steeped in practicality and the art of making do. She...