Although I do main dishes of domesticity and colour and family and culture and craft here, I also like quite a few side orders which I rarely touch on in writing.
There have been lots of side orders of politics and current affairs and discussions on all sorts of non-domestic subjects recently. This is in reaction to what's going on in this country and the world at the moment, what Tom and Alice are doing now and how they are engaging with the world, and Phoebe's articulation of feminism from a teenager's point of view. It's nothing new; I was a noisy, questioning, rebellious teenager and sometimes I'm not so sure I've mellowed much.
And nor do I think I want to. I can't imagine what it would be like to not want to talk about issues that matter to me just as much as the lovely things I write about here. That's why I admire people like Tony Benn who carried on caring and talking and campaigning until the end of his long life. (He was also a legendary tea drinker - I once saw him at Bristol Temple Meads station appropriately enough in a queue for a cup of tea.) It's also why I am so enjoying Wilfred and Eileen (1976) by Jonathan Smith (one of the Spring titles from Persephone Books - the Wilfred of the title was Wilfred Willett, an inspirational figure who joined the Communist party after WWI and wrote very successfully on nature and ornithology).
One day I might write about how and why I became so passionate about women's rights, freedom of speech, funding for the arts, why I am always so ready to dicuss education, the monarchy, religion, assisted suicide, plastic surgery, and so much more. But that side of my life is probably best kept for another time, a different blog, or a book - or simply the kitchen table, which is where it can be found most days.
[Photos taken at Reg the Veg last week while I unexpectedly had a couple of hours to kill in Bristol. The lemons and garlic I brought home are fantastic.]