Visitors’ book: May 2018 –

 

 

 

The second Leightonstone WI ‘wave’ hit us yesterday! And the whole street shook with their laughter. Led by Gillian, we welcomed Christine, Jan, Julie, Niri and Frances. Frances had an encyclopedic knowledge of medallions and, on seeing our Bishop of Beverley board, wondered if it was made using oak salvaged after a fire. More avenues to research!

RN.18.D2-536Vicky brought her Mum Julie as a birthday treat. It was tricky scheduling us in, with Vicky’s high-pressure, unpredictable job, but it was an afternoon full of banter and high spirits. They clearly had a strong, cherishing relationship. Julie, on seeing the breakfast egg trays by George Wing,  mentioned that her husband’s mother was Welsh and always offered eggs in pairs. She remembers asking for one egg, but the request was denied. We wondered if there was some reason for this. Eggs in even numbers only. Any folkloreists out there please?!

 

RN.18.D1-91Deborah and Lorraine did us the honour yesterday, and chose this as their favourite to present the scones. Lorraine said her mum didn’t have a chopping board, but used the kitchen table or draining board, which often were made of sycamore. She kept the butter cool on a marble slab and submerged the milk bottle in a bucket of cold water. This was 1950s Newark, Notts. ‘I remember being surprised seeing a ham hock hanging in someone’s living room by the fire, in a cottage in a nearby village!’

An avid collector herself of Doulton and especially jugs, she mentioned a jug dealer who diversified into fabrics based on jug patterns and even paints.

Deborah made some suggestions about final resting places… Perhaps Compton Verney would be interested or I could set up a Trust like the Fan Museum, and gather a strong band of Friends. Please let me know if you would be keen!

 

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Local resident, Maureen, is working towards a GBWR title for ‘Most cream teas consumed at a Breadboard Museum in 1 year’. This is her THIRD visit – always with lovely friends and family –  in which she played the invaluable role of assistant, prompting with good questions, tidying and setting the table. I might try for the GBWR.

 

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Avril and Trudy finally made it after multiple cancellations dating back to January, when Avril’s daughter booked her in for a Chistmas gift-experience! Marisela, from Mexico,  was overnighting with us while her husband was on business abroad and was initiated into the mysteries of jam first or cream first.

Avril’s father would not have sliced bread in the house! When shown the ‘Empress of India’ board, Avril had a good story to tell: apparently Queen Victoria made herself Empress of India because she found someone had more dcorations than her, so to keep up, she found an excuse for a big blue sash!

Trudy grew up in Ireland and her parents ran a cake shop from the 1950s. When a bread shop opened the kids all went to watch the bread being made. It made soda bread with yellow meal and brown.  ‘Certainly everyone had a breadboard. Some boards had ‘Bread’ written in English, some ‘Bara’ in Irish. Whenever you went to someone’s home, there it would be on the kitchen table, a mark of hospitality, and you were offered soda bread with butter and jam. Every house. Bread was baked every day, and the know-how came from the grandmother. The kitchen had the range and was the only warm room in the house. We would eat in the kitchen, there was no dining room.   The living room was ‘kept for best’, children were not allowed – only at Christmas – when we would light the fire. It was not a throw-away society. ‘

 

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Jean, Kyle and Sheila spent an intense morning photographing the boards for a new book! Say no more. So excited. Will let you all know more as and when….

 

emmanuelle mathieu.JPGEmmanuelle and Mathieu visited from France and had much to say about how bread was presented at table. E recognised the big French bread slice and confirmed it was used for chopping the big rustic loaves into quarters. She remembers her Granny,  in Correze in the mid-1980s, pre-slicing the bread in the kitchen and arranging it in a pretty wicker (‘osier’) basket (‘corbeille’) with scalloped edges.

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Mathieu’s father used a breadboard, which was always flat and at the ready with the bread knife to hand. He collected the crumbs in a tin to use when coating fish. Nothing got wasted. Using a basket and pre-cutting was a sign of luxury, that they could afford to waste it. Possibly, they were less marked by the war, and previous generations used a board.

In France there is a superstition about bread that dates from medieval times: you must never put the loaf upside down, because that is how bakers ear-marked the executioner’s loaf, to ensure they kept one aside for when he came by.     July 2018

 

Lydia and Guy visited some months back as they were interested in our project. Coincidentally, they were just transforming their late son’s room into a museum displaying his considerable collection of Spode. I was invited back! It looked stunning – beautifully displayed and lit. They are opening it to local groups who care for the elderly and offer tea in modern Spode pieces. They have welcomed the Spode Society and are keen to raise money for  charity. A wonderful memorial and heart-warming story of celebration and healing.

 

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Camilla luckily met my mother last year on her first visit and wanted very much to make a podcast of her reminiscences, but sadly mum passed away before Camilla could return. This time she was accompanied by Eloise and Aunt Olivia, who both enjoyed the miniature items such as the child’s baking set and breadboards. Aunt Olivia inspected  the doll’s house breads, Hovis lead toys and baking tools with much enthusiasm and was most generous with her knowledge. Eloise was impeccable and handled the items with the utmost care. Note the majestic mango and mint cake baked by Camilla! July 2018

karen minnesota 2Karen from Minnesota says all her relations in the 1950s had 3 plain boards of different sizes with a handle and a hole for hanging on a nail. They made a feature on the kitchen wall. And you always hung them back up again. Each had a different function. They also made ‘good swatters’ for teaching the boys what was what. A ‘swat’ was always singular. After, you walked funny for a few days. The dreaded words were: ‘Over here’.

 

ranuka indian mango sliceRanuka saw our French ‘guillotine’ bread slice and told us all about the mango-slicer-man who came around the houses offering his services at pickle-making time. The mangoes must be green and it is a skill to cut them with the stone hard. He charged by the ‘cut’ and knew exactly how much 500 hundred mangoes would cost you. The cubes would be left to dry on muslin in the sun on the ground before the process of adding spices would start. The chutney would be ready in 3 weeks. The pip turns pleasantly crunchy.

 

Sue organised her birthday (note the candle) with her partner Dave and two Besties. He remembers only sliced bread from a Sunblest van that came round the estate and recommended ‘Cobbets rural rides’ which describes the bread the poor used to eat. Sue’s mum’s board was silver plate with an insert and they too always used sliced bread. June 2018

 

charlie burtCharlie organised a Birthday treat for his father, Burt, consisting of a DAY of treats, starting with the Imperial War Museum ‘A bit gloomy’, the BB Museum ‘This is better’, and rounding it all of with dinner. Burt was head of Rural Studies and knows his woods. Sycamore is perfect for kitchenalia because it doesn’t splinter, doesn’t absorb flavours, is easy to carve when green, has a clean white look, and doesn’t transfer flavour to food. ‘My mother was the last of 17. If you can carve a loaf of bread on the bump, you’re close!’ Burt is considering running breadboard-making workshops from his organic farm near Banbury. Sign me up! Showing off his new treasure.

 

carole aunt rhoddaCarole enjoys taking her Aunt Rhodda on trips to nice places and we got on the “must-see” list somehow! Carole is from Brighton, so this rather hit the spot.

Fiona, Janet and Sally enjoyed a visit with cream tea.

Ann Telesz from the Women’s Institute in Leightonstone came for a recce one Sunday, before bringing – 8 YES EIGHT! –  fellow WI members for an uproarious afternoon! It was a squash but Chris, Joy, Teresa, Gill, Gillian, Maggie and Anne (who am I missing) also took the opportunity of visiting Fulham Palace and Bishop’s Park, to make the most of Putney.

Tony, our neighbour, played visitor for a filming session recently. He reminisces: ‘my grandmother’s breadboard was always on the kitchen table, and was small and round. The loaf lived in a tin. We bought farmhouse white or a cottage loaf. The tea was on the range ready-brewed. She put the tea leaves in in the morning so the taste started ok, then by the middle of the day it was over stewed, and by the evening it was weak from adding water through the day. Her catch phrase was: “We’re only rough and ready, but you’re welcome”‘. The kettle was always on the range, sitting on a beautiful skillet which you could swing over the oven to keep it warm all day. It was in the back room, as the front room was hardly used, ‘for special’. We lived opposite the pub and our front door was wedged closed with a cigarette packet. The drunks would stagger out and fall against the door, pushing it open. “Sorry May!” they always shouted.

 

 

Sandra from Thuringia,  Germany,  told us about the ritual of the Stollen cake which is an important part of  Christmas. Her great-great-grandmother used a round board. The board is used exclusively for Stollen, and thus only once a year. Her mother gave her express instructions on presenting Sandra with her one. It is large to fit the cake’s shape and a serrated knife comes with it. Recipes vary across families and are handed down. It is eaten with coffee at teatime. It is cut and eaten from the middle outwards.

 

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Heather and Johnathan met Carmela and Jill at the ABM and had a bubbly time. Heather is a carver of animals and flowers, producing decorative furniture and pieces for her home. She showed us photos and they are most accomplished. Her Granny carved a stool in the 1890s, which might explain. She recommended I get a tea towel printed, and contact Mary Berry. I am pursuing both avenues! Heather kindly sent photos of her own lovely carving.

Carmela is a friend of Diane, who visited some months back. C was moving in with her new partner and getting rid of all the doubles, but could not part with her breadboard as it had precious connections for her with making food for her children. Her grandmother in Adelaide, Oz, had a trencher with a salt dip! Her father ran Eadon’s cutlery in Sheffield, but it went out of business in the 1970s due to cheap Swedish steel flooding the market. She also remembers 1970s Italy, seeing women going to the communal area to prepare bread. Her Nona would cut the bread against her body, cutting towards her.  She would brush her hair, plait it 4 ways, roll them into a donut on the top of her head and use the bun to balance pots. !!

 

Glen, Suzanne, Dulcie and Irene had a fun family reunion with us, making the most of Irene’s visit to London. And two more breadboards found good homes!

 

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Bridget, Janice, Alexander Ray and Rahul all chummed up for a joyful afternoon. Bridget and Janice had gone to the trouble of asking their father to send his breadboard from THE ISLE OF WIGHT to get to them in time for today! (Seen in the left foreground) Their parents got married in 1926, at the time of the General Strike, and Mum said “I haven’t got a breadboard”, so dad went out and bought one! They also remember the baker arriving in a bread lorry in the 1940s, selling Miranda Bread. The crust was black, and if you ate it you got curly hair! If you talked too much you were described as ‘yaw-yawing like a pan-loaf’. Miraculously, in our for sale box, there was a carbon-copy board of theirs, so they bought it and went home happy that both of them could have the same breadboard to remember their parents by.

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Alexander was delighted to see our Denby Dale Pie plate in commemoration of the Repeal of the Corn Laws, and recommended looking up Alex Bray for further information in the ‘Foods of England’ website.

Annette and Geri came all the way from Michigan and chose our quirky venue for afternoon tea and a trip down Victorian Lane! Most chuffed.

 

victoria deborah pomeranianVictoria arrived despite being in recovery from major surgery and managed her reduced mobility with grace and optimism. Deborah, her friend, chose a lovely silver plated board with a basket weave insert. V’s Pom had a lovely time flushing out the cats and mopping up crumbs.

 

amy wisleyAmy of the Royal Horticultural Society has done us the honour of a visit. Amy was a fount of knowledge and suggested that the availability of cheap china clay from Cornwall may have sent wood out of fashion. She remembers her Granny cutting the bread with a carving knife, but her mother used a bread knife. As the subject of Richard Cobden came up, she surprised herself at how much she remembered and how useful her History A level had turned out to be! ‘If only we could get rid of all the books and put the boards up instead!’

 

 

RN.18.D3-64Alice and her friends came over and told of her cousin in SF who had made a breadboard by machine with resin in the gullies as part of a wedding hamper. One of her friends is getting married next year and lusted after our Celtic board as she was born in Wales and loves oak trees. The Celtic knots were also particularly meaningful. Who knows, maybe they will be back!

 

MN-661 23cmSisters Marnie and Valerie remember their Granny’s house where the Irish barmbrack was always served on a porcelain dish with a deep rim in 1960s Bangor, County Down. On Val’s farm in Kent there were 2 boards on the kitchen wall and Marnie was given one which she treasures. One got the feeling they were so close, that the twin breadboards were a symbol of their love. Marnie kindly helped identify a clear, stamped bread dish as Sowerby glass.

 

mandy roz edith heidiRoz, Edith, Mandy and Heidi all jollied along together sharing anecdotes. Edith confirmed that she had only seen plain boards in Germany, and this was backed up by Bill’s German small, rectangular evening meal boards. Heidi remarked that her father did the cutting of the bread as he was the more maternal one. Mandy had to give her board away as it was given as an engagement present by her ex M-in-L, but it felt awkward with all the memories when her new man moved in. Amazing how steeped in emotions these funny things are.

 

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Carole, Sue and Jenny had a good afternoon hearing about the history, viewing the primary sources and handling the exhibits. May 2018

Mary, Marion and Rose shared their experiences and memories: Rose’s board stays in the kitchen and is non-descript, Marion’s comes to the table and doubles as a potstand. Mary’s grandmother’s board had a bit of carving and stayed on the table as there was no kitchen, just a sink, pantry, walk-in cupboard and a kitchen cabinet with a flap that became a work bench. In the range, she used the fire to bake cakes in the adjacent oven. There was an opening between the oven and fire with a stone which could be moved to control the size of the aperture and thus the heat reaching the oven. It was fascinating to hear how simple and hard  life was – within living memory.

Jan Higginson rang to say she was very glad to hear about our museum as she had her parents’ breadboard sitting by the front door since months, waiting for her to find a moment to go to the local dump, and would we like it. She doesn’t want it because it smells of rancid butter. Her father used to butter his toast on it and didn’t clean it properly. I suggested she find a moment to come and visit us and bring it with. We would be glad of her donation! We have 6 donations so far – one anonymous! – all grouped on a special shelf, which are regularly admired during tours.

Nora came to our Putney Library Exhibition and Talk, which was her idea in the first place! She was a fountain of creativity suggesting, bread-making, getting on breadmatters.com, selling modern boards like target.com, getting a stylist to take great photos, approaching companies with high-end cookware, getting featured on Victoriana, getting filmed, starting a paint collection, and getting some MERCHANDISE SWEETIE!! About 10 years’ work there.

 

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Nic visited and was bowled over by the collection and insisted I write the book, with a forward by him! Any publishers feeling game? He suggested visiting the Pinto Collection at the Birmingham Museum of Art, although only a small fraction of the treen is on view. He fell in love with a board in our for sale box and got busy that very weekend baking himself a lovely loaf to show off on it. See his instagram account way_side_boy for proof!

The leaves are possibly inspired from designs by Adam, who was in turn inspired by Classical art and architecture.

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Cynthia visited with her friend Gillian and gave a nice Bramhall specimen a loving home! She mentioned 62 Faulkner St Liverpool aka Museum of the Home which may have other breadboards.

 

 

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Danielle visited with a friend from South Africa whose parents were Norwegian and German missionaries. They lived in Natal and were artisans on the side, with a ‘Gib uns heute unser tagliche Brot’ board on the dining table. They baked bread every day and supper was bread-based. Danielle thinks the French cut on these round, decorative breadboards in the early 1900s at home. The guillotine style of bread slice was used in bakeries. They had some fascinating insights into a commemorative item from the Siege of Paris against the Prussians in 1871 which includes a piece of desiccated bread.

The war started because Bismarck wanted to unify Germany to include Alsace-Lorraine as it was originally in the German Empire. (Louis XIV had taken it at the treaty of Utrecht, sealed by the Bishop of Metz.) So Bismarck sent Napoleon III the Elms Depeche which offended the latter and started the war. Napoleon III lost the battle of Sedan and died in Hampshire with Eugenie, a special favourite of Queen Victoria. Other battles are mentioned on the souvenir, Belfort being misspelled as Bedfort. Prussia demanded 5 million gold pieces in retribution and Devandel paid half. Poincare, at the end of WWI, asked for the money to be returned.

Meat available  is noted as horse, cat, dog and rat – and the prices.

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Her French friend was a coffin maker who sourced wood from around the world. He kindly explained the 3 ways to carve up a tree into planks. If you cut across the grain so the rings appear concentric, it will simply split.

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Jean called from her care home in Totness to say she had a Mouseman breadboard which she was leaving in her Will to her friend who will appreciate it. It is wonderful to hear that the board is so precious as to be given a special mention. Dec 2017

 

Renato, Joanna, Caroline and Pauline had a lot of laughs as Renato, fresh from Italy, was all agog and agape. When he heard the date our oldest board was made he exclaimed ‘It’s older than Eetaly!!’ He came with magnificent camera and here is a sample. May 2018

 

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Our friends in Japan, Nao, Waka and their family, had a selection of boards stacked on the bench which got crowded with lunch crockery, notably a beautiful Japanese pottery rice crock and dinky chopstick rests in the shape of broad beans.  Easter 2018

 

 

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This George Wing board was given to Yumiko and Simon as a wedding present 15 years ago and it has to be the best traveled board in history. It has been to Tokyo, Beijing, London, Vienna and now back to Tokyo! We can tell it is a George Wing board by the way the B is carved, a subtle form of signature, which matches his catalogue images. Easter 2018

 

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We visited Japan and stayed with the in-laws up north, near where the Tsunami hit. My father-in-law has a large dining table in the kitchen which doubles as the store cupboard with everything readily available. His olive wood breadboard is never far from his Bible. He converted as a teenager, much to the consternation of his family and against the political trend of isolationism and nationalism at the time. He worked in a factory alongside PoWs and secretly brought them medicines. One board was in the recycle with bad scorch marks – must have been quite a blaze. Easter 2018

 

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Vesta and Jean were moved to hear we had set up the gallery for mum to enjoy her collection and had looked after her till the end. We sallied off to the river to catch the Boat Race – making the most of Putney! They chose a George Wing harvest board with wheat, hops and vines.

Jean thought the arrival of tea with Catherine of Braganza from Portugal was a key turning point in our breadboard history, combined with the Earl of Sandwich’s famous invention. It was the Duchess of Bedford, however, who joined the dots and was so delighted, she invited Queen Victoria to tea. And so tea became a national pastime. Jean’s own bb is stored in the wooden plate rack in her kitchen. Boat Race Day 2018

 

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Paul arrived with our article from the Times on which he had scribbled: ‘With Sarah?’ And Sarah explained ‘We were looking for something nice to do. He’s hardly ever in London.’ It transpired Paul had loved woodworking at school and Sarah has 8 tortoises, so his homework is a tortoise breadboard to hand in by Christmas!

 

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Oak and Rope very sweetly sent us a solid oak board with a unique motto carved round the edge! ‘An Antique Breadboard of the Future’. It is in our Donations section and gets discussed regularly as an example of modern craftsmanship which is customised – quite a rare commodity. Apr 2018

 

Friends Tessa from Twisted Twee and Suzie asked a barrage of questions and tucked in heartily to cream tea. They also generously shared their hard-earned entrepreneurial wisdom. Tessa said there is a reason why some put the milk in first, some the tea. The china above stairs was made of bone and could resist heat, whilst the crockery below stairs didn’t, so the milk was necessary to stop the boiling water cracking the cups.  Are you above stairs or below?!

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Interestingly, the breadboards reminded them of  a trip to Lapland where the reindeer herders have a multi-functional cup/mug/bowl with a handle and a hole to string it to their belts.

The boards push the boundaries of what can be defined as art, due to the exquisite carving, and there ensued an interesting debate about ‘Art’, covering Grayson Perry’s Tomb of the unknown Craftsman and Duchamp’s urinal.

Buy Me Once is a trend the museum should be tapping in to! Our breadboards are certainly built to last, being made of one piece of wood, a critical factor in their endurance beyond 100 years. Where there are joins, there will be splits, after about 20 years, if you are lucky.

They suggested I try weddingboard making courses too, for couples – one each in case it doesn’t last! Mar 2018

 

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Valerie has a number of boards of assorted shapes, sizes and woods, with different functions. There are also plastic ones and glass for meat. Her most precious was  the large sycamore one on top, bought on the Isle of Aran during a walking holiday. Feb 2018

 

cassandraCassandra saw a large bread slice in the Auvergne in the 1980s, used in bakeries and houses to cut large dense, dark, sourdough loaves into quarters. It would have to be still soft, just out of the oven, to be able to slice through with a guillotine-type movement, and the blade scalpel-sharp. She liked the thought of a pie 10 foot wide!

 

 

John, Jude, John and Julie had many anecdotes to share. John’s Welsh grandmother would butter the loaf first, wedge it under an armpit and slice it towards her –  mid-1950s in Ystrad (‘Astrid’), South Rhondda (‘Rontha’)Valley. In Joerg, in East Germany, they used used plain boards at breakfast to eat their sliced meats and cheese. They had a hole for hanging on a special stand so they could dry properly. John got their board in Devon at a Craft Centre in 1986-7, after a great storm, using fallen sycamores no doubt. John moved back into his mum’s home after she passed away. ‘Did the board get culled?’, to which he answered astonished at the thought ‘It’s far too precious!’ At the end of the tour, he said he was going home to give it a hug! Julie bought a smooth dark board, complete with scorch, all part of the character. ‘Probably dropped a candle on it’. John also has a memory of his Welsh mum throwing the breadboard at his father – not frisbee-fashion though – more as a warning than anything. We all wondered if Midsomer Murders might be interested in loaning one!

 

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Iris stayed over and thought our German board was 19th century because the spelling of the word bread is no longer ‘Brod’ but ‘Brot’. She has not seen decorated boards in Germany, just plain ones. Her Granny in North Rhine in Westphalia in the 1960s used to cut Schwartzbrot against her body very thinly. The village used to have a communal baking area.

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One of our boards has found a new home in the outskirts of WARSAW, next to a primeval forest no less! Agnieszka and Tomek have it all standing to attention, ready for the breakfast routine. Thank you for the photo! May 2018

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Mr Martin Fletcher, a forester, breezed in in short sleeves on a nippy day; ‘Foresters don’t feel the cold’. Some months ago, he generously sent us his parents’ breadboard which had been bought in the 1930s from George Lailey, a turner in the Brocklebury, Hampshire. ‘Nice to see the old thing again’.  He used elm, before Dutch elm disease killed them all. He was full of interesting wood insights: Sycamore is a hardy tree which grows well up into Derbyshire, whereas beech prefers warmer climes, up to Lincolnshire only.  Sycamore is semi-hard and even-textured with a clean colour and is thus used for items which have contact with food. However spoons would more likely be of beech as it is stronger. Many handles are made of box wood as it is a stable wood, very hard, and not affected by humidity or heat. The Romans made their combs out of it. It is a small tree, from Boxhill in Surrey, and rare, so expensive. For wood to be ready to carve the moisture content must be between 30-40% because it shrinks as it dries and will lose its original shape if cut too soon. It shrinks radially (across the year rings) which is the most noticeable, as boards which start round, after 100 years seem slightly oval. And longitudinally (along the year rings). He could tell from one oak board the life of the tree from the year rings (grain). The  wide rings in the middle of two bands of tight rings told him the tree had been overshadowed on two sides, but on one side a competing tree had been removed and the wide grain indicated it was growing more quickly each year on that side due to the new-found sunlight. !Extraordinary!

It was also fascinating to hear his insights into our garden tree-lets. I now know that in our ‘Arboretum’ (!) we have a  Norway spruce (our live Christmas tree), a Douglas fir on the left, drooping because it comes from high altitude in N USA to allow the snow to slide off. The first pine on the right is a Black Corsican with paired needles. Next to it is a Monterey pine, native of  South California with 3 needles. We also have an ash which hosts the bird feeder and a Ginko biloba. All of these trees will grow to 100s of feet, and our garden is 4×4 meters…

 

Daniel, Sandie, Paul, Victoria and Anneke all chose a large rugged chopping board – ‘the multi-purpose hunk’ – as their scone board. Paul felt a clear affinity. Meanwhile Daniel from Sweden found a Swedish board with archaic lettering. When asked ‘How archaic?’, he went on his phone and found a website which charted the history of spelling patterns and it narrowed the make-date to between 1883-1917! Of course we don’t know if it was made for the Swedes by the Swedes, or for English tourists in Sweden, or Swedish tourists to England… Daniel has not seen them in Sweden. Every tour, we learn more and more about the collection! Such fun.

 

 

Nick organised his Mum, Laureen’s, birthday bash at our museum, with long-suffering partner Daf and Laureen’s bestie! Laureen chose the ‘Cymru am Beth 1899’ board because she was born in Wales. Nick wondered if it wasn’t celebrating the embarkation of thousands of Welshmen towards South Africa to fight in the Boer War. They braved ice and snow to get here, negotiating the wheelchair with expert care.

 

 

Charlotte organised a whole day of Birthday treats and surprises for her Dad Peter, 81, with strict instructions about envelopes only to be opened at specific locations, to keep the suspense. Her arty mum Frances came too with best friends Barbara and John.

Charlotte: I booked this experience for my parents and their friends. Madeleine was fantastic in keeping in touch with me prior to the date. The group enjoyed themselves so very much, I think there was never a quiet moment! Both Madeleine and the whole experience are a joy. Visit soon or there will be a waiting list.

Frances: Good morning
We wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU for our wonderful inspiring visit to your lovely little museum.
Pic 1 is a collage of our secret ‘day out ‘ our girls organised for us. After our visit to you the theme had to be a round breadboard.
Pic 2 is a Breadboard from Peter’s uncle Wolf. The words ‘ Gib uns heute unser taglich Brot which is ‘ Give us today our daily bread’
Thank you for ‘opening your doors’ to a marvellous collection.
Enjoy the emerging Spring
All the best
Frances & Peter

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