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Remember my bowl of wild grapes, harvested from the rose corner?


The juice spent some time in the freezer, but finally became a very small dish of not-quite-gelled-enough grape jelly.

grape jelly

It maybe more like heavy syrup than jelly, but it tastes awfully good.

grape jelly

Still, I pruned all the vines out of the rosebushes. It was a fun experiment, but not worth the hassle. Though it’s time to start planning for new acquisitions for the garden… grapes? Or maybe blueberries. I can tell it’s the middle of winter when the seed catalogs start showing up to tempt me.

While I’m here, I’ve got a pile of things that have been accumulating.

  • Someone else who makes goals instead of resolutions.
  • Photos of the Jane Bostocke sampler (1598) from the V&A Museum. Apparently if you visit you can see it up close and personal.
  • A forthcoming book on medieval clothing:
    Kleidung im Mittelalter; Materialien – Konstruktion – Nähtechnik: Ein Handbuch
    , by Katrin Kania. I saw the original dissertation this is based on, and if you are at all serious about costuming you will want this.
  • Rodrick Owen is teaching at The Mannings, East Berlin PA, April 10-11.
  • Wooden fabric.
    Wooden fabric

    Wooden fabric

3 Comments on “Grapey”

  1. #1 Ruth
    on Jan 7th, 2010 at 7:22 am

    The wooden textiles are wonderful! Thx for the link.

  2. #2 cyndy
    on Jan 7th, 2010 at 8:12 am

    oh! I can almost smell your grapes cooking! (I’ve had syrup like that too…used up some of it mixed with seltzer..sparkling grape juice!)

    As always..wonderful linkage…thanks!

  3. #3 Laura
    on Jan 21st, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    The wooden textiles were really cool!

    I, too, have had the syrup experience. For me it was crabapples–they made a gorgeous, luminous, magenta colored syrup. Despite the recipe, the pectin ostensibly contained in said crabapples did not manifest.