I thought that the Election campaign may have been an uplifting and worthwhile activity, but it has been nothing but name calling and fighting. Why are people so unkind??? I just don’t understand why we can’t all just get along.
Now, for all those sad people who have never read a Cole’s Funny Picture Book – You poor things!!! We had lots of these at home, with the rainbow trademark ‘swoosh’ on the cover.
Cole arrived out of the Murray River goldfields in the 1850s, opening a bookstore in the city's Eastern Market in 1865. But a simple bookstore wasn't enough for E. W. Cole. He opened the first Coles Book Arcade in the city's East Market in 1873 and, six years later, turned to publishing. Like an earlier businessman from across the Pacific pond with the initials of P. T., E. W. thought big. And little. One of the first in either hemisphere to realize the potential of the children's market, he began publishing a series of books. Called Cole's Funny Picture books, they were largely patchwork albums of pictures, puzzles, poems, jokes and stories from a variety of sources (no-one took copyright terribly seriously in those days). Cole was canny enough to realize that moral uplift was important to book-buying Victorian parents. So the funny picture books were shot through with poems warning of dangerous characters like the Vulgar Little Lady, Rude, Bad, Naughty, Cross, Nasty, Bold, Dirty-faced boy. The volumes proved so popular that new editions would still be published by the Cole family decades after E. W.'s stores closed early in 1929.
It is raining. Really raining : there was thunder and lightning and now raindrops are falling on my head, and everywhere!!! They even fell on the lovely bookmark the Westbury World Wide Sock Competition organisers sent to acknowledge the receipt of our socks. There was a very nice letter too, and they hope to have another competition next year.
The Labradors had a walk this morning and then a big play and as we all like thunderstorms we have been having positive play experiences while the thunder rumbles and the lightning strikes!!
The Dr Who ZippyUppy Cardigan, henceforth hereafter to be known as The Dr Who ZUC, has been ceremoniously started!! Well, I call casting on a ceremony!! I crunched the numbers and wrote a pattern and I have not let the fact that in 3 rows I will have 15, yes, that’s right, 15 colour changes, deter me. I am strong, I am invincible, I am mad!!! I have no knitting fear, I am like those surfers with the monster wave : this is my monster knit!! I have just been knitting and twisting wool where the colours join and it doesn’t look half bad. I have had to start a sleeve, as there are too many colours to cart the back about with me.
Oh, yes, and there are only 12 days in The Games. I should be knitting, not typing….
Plum Upside Down Cake
- 185g butter
- 220g brown sugar
- 1 tspn vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 330g plain flour
- 4 tspn baking powder
- 180ml milk
- 1 large tin of plums ( or fresh plums)
- extra 150-220g brown sugar
Grease and line a tin, I used a 24cm square. Preheat oven to 170*C (150*ff). Cream butter, sugar and vanilla and add eggs one at a time. Beat till just combined. Add sifted dry ingredients and then the milk. Mix till well combined. Sprinkle the extra brown sugar on the base of the tin and arrange the halved plums to cover as well. Top with the cake mixture and smooth to cover. Bake for 50-60 minutes. Cool on a rack then turn upside down and eat warm with cream and/or icecream.