Starting a new job and moving into a new flat leaves me with precious little time to devote to my favourite pastime other than snuggling up to my gorgeous fella – and that’s reading! However during a brief wander round my local Waterstones, I came across a delightful little book by Una McGovern called Lost Crafts. As a keen crafter myself, I thought I’d have a quick flick through and discovered lots of forgotten little gems: jam making; peel candying; making old fashioned sweets and traditional lemonade, cheese making… OK, so a lot of this does sound very 1920s which was a lot before my time and contrasts sharply with my erm, hard rocking image. But before we became an overworked, celebrity obsessed, technology ruled, throw away society who only ever see close family and friends via Facebook updates, people actually enjoyed such pursuits and these were considered great family pastimes which brought people together – best of all, they didn’t always cost a small fortune. Back in the 1980s – which is a period I lived through – such activities were not considered old fashioned and I really hope that a revival of such crafts is somewhere on the horizon.
Flicking though the book ( I will get around to purchasing a copy come pay day!) was something of a revelation and has even inspired me to start a new blog – time permitting!
Watch this space…
BREAKING NEWS: After writing this piece, I went to Waterstones an hour later to purchase the book… and found that someone had purchased the store’s only copy! Says it all really.