This is nothing to do with housekeeping in the sense of skirting boards, bedlinen and mopping. It's more to do with the abstract type of housekeeping that many meetings, talks and lectures begin with (fire exits, tea and coffee, alarms) - but it always makes me laugh when they call it 'housekeeping' because it sounds so out of place in a conference room.
Actually, this housekeeping is just me tying up a few blog loose ends while I eat one of Alice's freshly made strawberry cheesecake cakes (from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook, one of the recipes that doesn't have an error in it - somehow Phoebe has managed every time to light upon one that does eg lemon loaf, red velvet cupcakes). These are definitely cakes to be eaten with a fork and not fingers if you don't want cream cheese frosting and jammy strawberries all over your keyboard.
So, I'll call the meeting to order and just touch on a few points of housekeeping, if I may (as they say).
:: The giveaway copy of Kaffe Fassett's new quilt book (see post below) has been sent to Katharine who said she would like to try making rag rugs.
:: I was fascinated by all the suggestions of which craft you would like to try. If I could choose which crrft to do for a weekend it would be creating a mosaic plant pot, or a very bright and cheerful rag rug (thanks for the reminder, Katharine), or a small tapestry, or a teeny-tiny piece of lace which I would then frame because I'm sure that would be my lace-making career done and dusted.
:: I'd also really like to learn how to arrange flowers very naturally, the way Concha does. If you look through her posts you will find beautiful little arrangements using all sorts of English flowers, many of them wild. It's also fascinating to see England through the eyes of a Lisboeta.
:: Thanks for the very encouraging comments about Tom's painting. Painting and drawing are very mysterious to me; I'm always amazed that people can get the 3D world down on 2D paper and canvas, and to watch my son do it is quite magical.
:: I'm planning a short visit to Helsinki in September. Would anyone like to meet up in a nice cafe there to talk about knitting, quilting, food and Finland?
:: I enjoyed the biography of Kaye Webb but I did wonder how on earth I'd missed the whole Puffin Club thing. I was the right age and was an avid reader, so how was it I never became a Puffineer? I know they sold Puffin paperbacks in Stockport but I don't recall any of my friends joining the club. Funny, that.
:: And as I'm on the subject of housekeeping, I also wonder whether I am the only person who just cannot get on with Marilynne Robinson's novel? (As I'm committed to this housekeeping thing, I may as well admit once and for all that I cannot read/finish the following books that everyone else likes: Captain Corelli's Mandolin, The Lovely Bones and One Day.)
Now the cake is finished and it's time to do some real housekeeping.