Essential Tasks


At last I reached the bottom of the ironing basket.
All weekend I have been washing, pegging and ironing.
Five of us in a civilised cottage in Cornwall for seven days produced far more washing than four in a tent for nine days.


There was bread to be baked, the cake tin to be filled and name tapes to be sewn.

We still have a couple of days left before school starts, time enough to go in search of damsons.

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  1. Well done Sue! I haven't seen the bottom of my laundry basket in years!!!!!

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  2. I could have bought damsons at my local Museum today but I would have just eaten them and not done anything to them. Does £1.00 for one pound of damsons seem steep?

    I used to iron things but I do so only if essential now. I wonder if 'four in a tent' don't bother too much about clean clothes every day? That might be the difference.

    I think our schools re-start on Tuesday, I shall be relieved, I'll be able to walk around our shopping centre without being jostled.

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  3. I didn't know that a laundry basket had a bottom! have that tea towel though - great taste!

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  4. That's not a tea towel in your ironing basket, is it? What on earth is a tea towel doing in an ironing basket?

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  5. Those name tapes look very charming and orderly to someone such as myself who writes the girls' names with biro on the labels of their cardigan. I may have to mend my ways.

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  6. I am impressed! Ditto Gill's comment! This family of five is hard work, isn't it? ;-)

    If and when you have a moment, Sue, please pop over to my blog as I am curious to know if you have a certain cookery book on your shelves.

    Best wishes,

    Stephanie

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  7. You iron? I haven't ironed in years! I don't even know where the iron is. We use wash and wear stuff. I remember that my grandma actually ironed the sheets. We're off for a 5 day stay at the beach.. woo hoo!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  8. I forgot to order name tapes! Now I'll have to remove them from last year's uniform and re sew them! Oh Dear! Or I might copy mise and get out a biro!

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  9. Damsons by the bucketload here. A rubbish crop of mirabelles, ditto greengages...... BUT... finally, ten years after planting a quince tree we have an amazing crop. I have had the most enjoyable time this morning rummaging through all your quince posts and lots of my questions re when to harvest etc have been answered. Thank you.

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  10. Best feeling ever getting to the bottom of that basket isn't it?!

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  11. Toffeeapple, I have just bought damsons at a fruit farm £10 for 3 kilos. I think you had a bargain.

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  12. Now that's one task I really don't miss now my lot are too old for school uniform ... the sewing in of name tapes!

    Happy damson hunting :D

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  13. I didn't know there was a bottom to my laundry basket!
    Well done!
    Karen

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  14. Gosh, well done. My laundry pile is so large its scaring me. It's a bit like the elephant in the corner. I'm on my way to make some backberry jam now. Anything to avoid the elephant!

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  15. Pati from London4:42 pm BST

    I love holidays but there's something very comforting about going back to the routine....and I was missing my blog reading time
    :-). My ironing pile is huge at the moment but it is partly my fault as I like to iron everything!! (mad, isn't it?). I am cooking your chicken tarragon tonight... yum!!! x Pati

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  16. Oh, name tapes - we still have daughter's name tapes on some towels and she left school 15 years ago, must have sewn them on good and proper!
    Struggled through the ironing this morning one-handed - amazing the number of things I decided could manage without..

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  17. Ironing is about the only household task, apart from cooking, that I enjoy. As long as I have the radio or music to listen to I could stand there for hours. I iron tea towels and sheets, but not knickers!

    I bought a kilo of damsons (£3.85/kg) at the Organic Food Festival in Bristol yesterday and have just made 5 jars of jam. It's a gorgeous colour but I fear I may have overcooked it. Hey ho!

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  18. Oh, the ironing..it muct be one of the most awful chores...Such a relief when the basket is finally empty and the clothes ironed in place!
    By the way, where did you get the name tags, Sue?

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  19. Surely you've missed an essential task- sitting down for a cuppa? I hope you managed to get some damsons? Another essential has to be damson gin- I love it!

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  20. Darn it, so I missed a bargain! Cross your fingers for me for next year?

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