Head Cook, third in command:
" Her first duty, in large establishments and where it is requisite, should be to set her dough for the breakfast rolls, provided this has not been done on the previous night, and then to engage herself with those numerous little preliminary occupations which may not inappropriately be termed laying out her duties for the day. This will bring breakfast hour of eight, after which, directions must be given, and preparations made, for the different dinners of the household and family."
~Mrs. Beeton (1861)
Speaking of Mrs. Beeton's handy book of household management, I'm glad some of you had a chance to watch the program about her life recently; thank you for pointing me to the biography that's out now too. I have added it to my reading list.
On another note, I'm nearing the end of Astrid and Veronika. Another tragic tear-jerker. It's books and stories like these that can make us thankful for so many things.
Fortunately, for balance sake, Ginger and I are reading Ida B: and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World. This book is beautifully written and light-hearted, even though life deals Ida and her family a few blows. But we are nearing the end now and things seem to be sorting themselves out. Whew!
One of the things I love about children's literature, is the inevitable conclusion and the happy ending. Eventually, we learn that real life is not always so neat and tidy. But without a happy ending, where is the hope?
Just knowing that certain things are possible is very encouraging somehow.
Like chicken servants.
Aren't these two cute? I'd hire them to do my cooking in a heartbeat. But for now I will just have to be content with them gracing my dishtowels.
Janet (Primrose Design) shared the patterns with me a few months ago and I finally got them done. You can find them here on her website.