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What is it about Italian houses, epitomized by San Salvatore, that make them feel next door to Heaven? And for the rest of us, living wherever me may, what affordable, simple things can be done to make one's own home feel that way? Some ideas in answer to these questions are presented under four headings: Pick in Armfuls, Lots of Love About, A Happy Austerity, and The Yellow Sitting-Room.
Nineteenth century politicians may have successfully united duchies and provinces into one long, chic boot at the bottom of the map of Europe; but a Roman is till more than simply miles away from a Venetian--he's a heritage, a tradition and a cuisine apart. We present a handful of recipes for dishes that Costanza might have served both in the days of her extravagant feasts, as well as in the weeks of her more economical fare. The list includes: Breakfast Bread, Gialletti (a cookie-like bread), Oven Roasted Asparagus, Oven Roasted Peppers, Rich Lentil Soup, Costanza's Purses with Balsamella Sauce or Pommarola Sauce, Pork Braised in Milk, Carrot Sformato, Scrap's Macaroons, and San Salvatore Butter Biscotti.
Elizabeth von Arnim describes the wisteria of San Salvatore as a crowd of loveliness and a happy jumble. This installment of The Garden reminds us that home and garden are crammed with memories and that the blurring between indoors and out is one of the great delights of summer. Some suggestions about the care and the diversity of wisteria varieties is also presented, along with a bit about the plant's history.
Carrying San Salvatore back to Hampstead was a work worthy of the heart for the guests who at last got to the bottom of the hill and passed through the iron gates out into the village. Here, it becomes a work of the hands by creating a corona, fit for a castle, and mounting it with gauzy-fabrics reminiscent of the netting Lady Caroline requests around her bed at San Salvatore.
Among the hardships imposed by Seymore's expulsion from the College are the sudden need for income and a place to live. Just as he had done eight years earlier, Seymore canvassed the Capitol as a freelancer in search of work, but to no avail. He and Bryhta also discover that the cost of moving--never mind paying for a place to live--will eat up the little bit remaining from the loan that paid for Seymore's first year at the College. It was at this gloomy juncture, writes Seymore, that Leornian showed up on our doorstep in the fair prospect of a cloudless morning early in April of 1765.
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The Enchanted April is as magical as its name implies. Not merely a description of an idyllic Easter vacation in a medieval castle (San Salvatore), the work's pace, its poetic language, and its cleverness create a rest cure for the reader as well as its heroines. Von Arnim transplants four women, sporting archetypal women's woes, from their dreary London existence, between the wars, to a little stay in Heaven.
The reader meets self-righteous Rose Arbuthnot, who has sought wearisome toil as a means of compensating for lack of conjugal felicity; socially awkward Lottie Wilkins, whose love of beauty has been all but smothered by her gloomy Hampstead life; wealthy and widowed Mrs... Read more »
By Al R. Young The The Enchanted April issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios. This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - Next Door To Heaven (3 pages)Hearth - If She Doesn't Paint (5 pages)Kitchen - An Excellent Cook (7 pages)Garden - Wisteria And Sunshine (3 pages)Workshops - A Net Over Her Bed (2 pages)Garret - Being My Own Whiskers (2 pages)The Enchanted April is the 87th issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000... Read more »
By Al R. Young We are often asked if we give art lessons, and we are delighted to answer, "Yes! in the form of publications and online resources." For several years, we have been (and continue to be) hard at work designing art curriculum for all ages, interests, and abilities. Please visit the links below for ordering information as well as free online helps.
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