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Foul Weather Food

Ireland in the Spring. Rain. Wind. Frost. More rain. Cold. More wind. Bored with rain? Have some sleet.

So we rummaged about in the kitchen to see what was lurking, and assembled the necessaries for Boston Baked Beans, using the recipe from Jocasta Innes’s “Pauper’s Cookbook”, which I inherited from Mum.

We made a few adaptations based on what wasn’t lurking, like using cubed smoked back bacon instead of salt pork; the result was a different flavour and mouthfeel, very pleasant, but the way well-marbled pork turns to savoury chunks of near-butter is better. It didn’t stop the level in the pot being noticeably reduced before D thought to say, “take a photo”…

That salt-glazed beanpot is another inheritance from Mum, who got it from her Mum, who got it from her Mum…

Except for D’s genuine late-medieval Venetian trade bead (1480-1500) on the braid of her replica netsuke rat, and a book about the Crimean war written while it was still going on (1855), this is the oldest thing in the house, about 150 years if I’ve got the figures right.

And it still works perfectly.


Collier 1818 Patent revolver

Manufactured by Elisha Haydon Collier c.1820 in Boston, Massachusets - serial number 89.
.47 caliber ball, five-shot manually indexed cylinder, self-priming flintlock.

One of the very first serial-manufactured revolver designs, these guns were made between 1819 and 1824 and saw limited use by the British Navy. It also served to inspire a young Samuel Colt to later create the Paterson revolver.
It fired using a single action mechanism and required the user to have the hammer on half-cock to manually pull the cylinder backward into a shielded recess before rotating it one chamber.

Detail of a limestone lion attacking s bull from Palace H in Persepolis, attributed to the reign of king Artaxerxes III of Persia (358-338 BCE) and the first Pharaoh Egypt’s the 31st dynasty. Artaxerxes III ruled his vast Achaemenid Empire from Babylon. During his reign, the famous Palace of king Nebuchadnezzar II in Babylon was expanded. Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. 

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The Boston Hour (2/?)

In which Belle is an Antiques Roadshow super-fan and Gold is her favorite appraiser.

CHAPTER SUMMARY:  Belle and Ruby arrive at the Antiques Roadshow event in Boston, and Belle finally meets Gold.
WORDS: 1,892

[Part One] [Read on AO3]

“Oh my God!” Belle squealed, gripping her friend’s arm. “It’s him!”

Ruby peered through the doors into the conference center where they had just gotten their first glimpse of the appraisers. They’d been waiting in line to get inside the event for hours , and it was finally almost their turn . “So, do you have your marriage proposal ready, or what?”

“Oh, Rubes, he’s even more handsome in person,” Belle sighed. “Just look at him!”

“Right…” Ruby watched, unimpressed, as Rumford stood around, sipping from a water bottle. The morning session had ended, and all the appraisers and event staff were milling about before the conference center opened again for the afternoon session. “Hey, who’s that guy he’s talking to?”

“David Nolan.”


Belle shot her a disappointed look. “Furniture and folk art, Ruby! Come on!”

“Sorry, sorry!” She said, holding her arms up in surrender. Belle had gone so far as to make her flash cards of all seventy some-odd appraisers, and was quizzing her in the car on the drive to Boston.

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Gorgeous Georgian Home | Bristol, England

The one Bedroom flat located in Bristol is home to the decorative antique dealers and interior stylists behind Dig Haüshizzle (a Bristol, UK-based vintage decor store), Cassandra and Edward Nicholas and their Boston Terrier ‘Beecher Friedel’.


Aureus (gold coin from ancient Rome) depicting Emperor Trajan standing beside Jupiter, the chief Roman deity. The coin dates back to 112-117 CE.  Trajan is the only Roman Emperor to conquer Southern Mesopotamia and Babylonia and turn them into Roman provinces. Upon Trajan’s death, his successor Emperor Hadrian abandoned the Roman Province of Mesopotamia in his first imperial act. Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

Photo by Babylon Chronicle