Tempting though the supermarket's buttery-bunnies were , we resisted .
Come Sunday morning , YD and I were far too busy eating our own weight in peanut butter . And not just any old peanut butter ... We'd got up early on Saturday , washed out two empty jam jars , taken a train , found Opgeweckt Noord and made our own !
Well , we did do other things as well . Chips with mayonnaise were eaten in the main square . Olives , mezze and treats were stocked up on in the Souk
A new cafe visited , where a grey-haired chap with a topknot and bright blue beard pondered silently which of his 14 special coffees to make for us ... 40 minutes later a perfectly pleasant cup of something Colombian or maybe Ethiopian brought us out of our trance and we escaped , never to return . ( Welcome though it is , Groningen's Foodie revolution is perhaps running away with itself ... )
Shoes were admired , second hand bookshops visited and who-dunnits purchased .
Four (!) new specialist bread-shops were admired .
Wooden toys , children's books and tasteful kitchenware approved of ...
And the next day the decidedly unfortunate-looking , additive free peanut butter was polished off . It's DELICIOUS ! I'll definitely go back for more ... (Since , however much I liked it , I'm not tempted to buy a machine for myself . Cleaning it would be a nightmare . I'll leave that to them )
* When her older sister told YD later that she too had tried Avocado oil a while ago , YD asked what she'd thought of it . The reply was ,
"Oily " . Opgeweckt Noord
We haven't had any wet snow all week . No hail , either .
The shops are full of rabbit shaped buns , lamb shaped chunks of butter , chicken shaped slices of ham and chocolate-flavoured Advocaat to wash it all down with . Yes , it must be nearly Spring . Time for us all to rediscover the world .
Sadly , most of us seemed to have missed last week's Street Fishing Leeuwarden bonanza , but never mind ... there's loads more to tempt us out this weekend .
Tomorow , a local care home has a workshop on worm hotels . There's a Freubel craft fair at the shopping center with a Shanty choir and workshops on making jewellery out of Nespresso cups . Every village within a twenty mile radius has a jumble sale , birdwatching or birdbox making event .
There's an Archeology Day in the Historical Center with local metal detecting finds , talks galore , demonstrations on how to make mediëval pottery and restore old metalwork . Province-wide , there are klezmer concerts , brass band concerts , rockabilly bands and a nearby church has " Timeless , a tribute evening with ballads in the style of Adele "...
Despite looking like something out of Monty Python ,
local band The Stammen will be singing covers of the Rolling Stones in a cafe ten miles up the road ... while ten miles in the other direction there's a jazzcrossover concert ( no , I don't know either ) and , on Sunday , Evensong in Easterein's Martinikerk will be sung by The Common Ladies while Bach's Mathaus Passion will be sung everywhere else .
I think I'll be going to the Archeology Day ... though the chance to see the lumberjacks singing ' Let's Spend The Night together ' is tempting ...
I don't buy many magazines ... well , I don't buy any magazines , really ... out of sheer meaness , I'm afraid . But when I see a vintage one , I leap on it like a duck on a June bug .
A September 1950 Wife and Home I found the other day has provided endless enjoyment this week ..
The Editress' Personal Page had a few lines on
"an up to date idea which is now operating might be called a 'help yourself ' laundry.... with efficient washing machines and 'extractors ' which removed surplus moisture " . I haven't seen a laundrette in years ... even student flats can run to a washing machine these days .
There's a pattern for a delightful ( a very popular adjective in 1950s women's magazines , along with dainty , though not for boys ,obviously ) knitted suit for a little boy .
Our Babies' Club with photos of readers' 'wee ones' , each one chubbier than the last . I can relate to that ... I was the fattest 'wee one' in the world at the end of the '40s ...
An article on beauty routines when you're pregnant ... sorry , " in those days of expectancy " , including a reminder to drink three large glasses of barley water a day , which apparently will keep you radiantly healthy from your glossy hair to your sensibly shod feet . And perhaps help you to breathe inside your wasp-waisted maternity dress ...
An article by a Woman Doctor and a problem page with answers from Matron ...
"chronic cattarh can be cured by instilling a few drops of cod-liver oil in each nostril , twice a day for two weeks " ( maybe not if you've got morning sickness , though ? )
Another on how to furnish the nursery on a budget ... everything from a utility playpen to coconut matting , not forgetting a Victorian washstand with shortened legs ( the writer seems a demon with the hacksaw ) as a nursery table and gallons of pale green liquid lino paint , all for 10 Pounds . Just in case you ever need to know , I'll pass on her tip about cheap curtains . Apparently if you wash your old black-out curtains they lose their colour and are "much more attractive" ...( streaky grey ? )
There's a bizarrely dated serial set in India which has sentences like ,
"but then I was running , running as no white person should in the heat , across the compound ",
... I wondered if my great-grandmother , her mother or grandmother had ever felt compelled to run across a compound and then remembered that g-grandmother's grandmother , as a Keralan , would presumably have been heat-proof .
But , as always , it's the ads. that fascinate ;
Lixen , " The good-natured laxative ." ( a bad-natured one doesn't bear thinking about )
Mansion Hygienic furniture polish , Dettol and T.C.P. , corn cures and children's cooling powders .
Robin starch ... because 'starched clothes stay clean longer' AND , more importantly , 'Nothing does more to make you desirable than that air of untouched , crushable freshness .'
ThreeFlowers face powder to stop the destruction of your self -assurance that a shiny nose can cause .
Lee & Perrins Worcester sauce to "add subtlety to salad " ( 2 tsps. of it in the dressing , mind you , might just wilt the lettuce before you get to the table . ) and Handmade Children's felt Bonnets 8/6 post free .
But , for me , the change between then and now was crystallised by this Weetabix ad .
Compare it to the boast on their 2016 packets !
Wish I could do a taste-test . Does anyone remember exactly how sweet it used to be ?
Altogether this turned out to be a jolly good 1.50 Euros worth !
SmitoniusAndSonata is a mother and daughter collective blog.
London based Smitonius (Jessamy) makes one of a kind jewellery using vintage buttons, as well as a combination of beads from all over Europe: from lampwork ones by a range of UK artists to vintage and modern glass beads.
Sonata is a miniature quilt maker based in the North of Holland (Leeuwarden). Geraldine Keyzer is already known to collectors of Hitty dolls and owners of vintage dollhouses. She likes to use vintage as well modern cotton to create a range of quilts from simple One Patch to the more complex Grandmother's Garden.