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Dorothy Wordsworth was no termagant in housekeeping concerns, no matter the strength of her views, for Molly, whom Dorothy hired to help with the housekeeping, was thrilled to be a part of the orderliness, happy in her work, and exulting in her own importance. So, like a staunch Molly soaking-in Dorothy's thoughtful blend of homekeeping and the arrangement of everything, we trace some of her observations on a pleasing home gained from both Dove Cottage and her extensive travels—hoping to turn them into a bit of happiness and exultation of our own.
Perfect for beginners and professional alike, these painting and color exercises are building blocks by which a world of artistic journaling can be discovered at the end of a brush. In this second installment of Elspeth's plein air series, headings in the introduction include: Getting outfitted, A trusty beginner's palette (along with additional colors Elspeth uses). Color-mixing exercises in the article feature: Watch the water-jar and palette play, Pointillist swatches, Washes, and Glazing.
Since Dorothy was better at writing journal entries, letters, and poetry than she was at recording recipes, we've drawn together a handful of baked goods that might have come not only out of Dorothy's oven, but out of her imagination as well. Based on foods she might have enjoyed at some of the more prestigious houses in the Lake District, as well as those she might have had at home, these recipes make for a comparatively easy day of baking that might even leave time to nail up the honeysuckle vine securely against the orchard shed, hoe the scarlet beans, and still fit in a leisurely reading of Macbeth beneath the blossoms in the orchard. Recipes include: Wordsworth Jumballs, Cottage Garden Jumballs, Dove Cottage Drop Cookies, Poet's bread, and Grasmere Apple Tart.
In her Grasmere journals, Dorothy Wordsworth repined: Oh! that we had a book of botany. Though two centuries late, we wanted to provide her with The Storybook Home Journal version of a field-and-planting guide to tuck into a pocket or place in her basket before heading out on one of her saunters. So Ashton sketched and Elspeth painted a few of what may seem some of the more obscure flora (at least to present-day readers), mentioned by Dorothy during her years at Grasmere, that are still available from nurseries and online sources today.
Whether as kindling for the oven or supports for peas, gathering sticks, seems to have been a frequent spring and summer ritual at Grasmere. Those same sticks, if still supple, could be bound together by interlacing to create wattle with which to fence away a garden spot. Simple illustrated instructions are provided for doing just that.
Camped at the head of Carlinwark Burn in the shadow of the ancient house of the Black Douglases, Seymore listens apprehensively to the wind moaning in the darkness. In the thick fog of the morning they cross the river to Black Islain. By nightfall, having threaded their way through the base of the lower peaks in the great ruin, they camp in impenetrable darkness among the stone roots of the Mhor. The next day they begin their ascent of the Giant by the Grimroote road.
By Elspeth C. Young We are often asked if we give art lessons, and we are delighted to answer, "Yes! in the form of publications and online resources." For several years, we have been (and continue to be) hard at work designing art curriculum for all ages, interests, and abilities. Please visit the links below for ordering information as well as free online helps.
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By Al R. Young The Dorothy Wordsworth at Grasmere issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios. This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - The Arrangement of Everything (4 pages)Hearth - Several Beautiful Pictures (5 pages)Kitchen - Friday-Baking (4 pages)Garden - Oh! For a Book of Botany (6 pages)Workshops - An Interlacing Of Sticks (2 pages)Garret - In the Lang Hollow of Threave (2 pages)Dorothy Wordsworth at Grasmere is the 93rd issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000... Read more »