Eileen at SnB very kindly presented me with this last night.
It's a packet of seeds to grow my favourite vegetable that I talked about before - the Romanescu Cauliflower. I have never really grown vegetables in a serious way before, but I would really love to grow some of these, so I am going to give it a whirl (bit of a pun there cos it grows in a spirally shape - get it?) I will photograph my progress so I have a responsibility to succeed. Thank you Eileen!
If I am not successful, I still have this lovely unique gift from my sister a while back to gaze in wonder at.
It is made of glass from a mould from an actual cauliflower. It was made by Anne Arlidge who specialises in vegetable sculptures.
Life is Butter? When I was a gel at my all gels school, many many years ago, our teachers were brave enough to put on a pantomime for us at Christmas. For my American readers, pantomime is a very strange but essential for a good Christmas theatrical phenomenon that you can read about here Near the end when everyone is getting ready backstage for the "Happy Ever After" finale, there is usually a song that the audience has to join in with. Usually the audience is divided into two and the two halves compete to see who can sing loudest. And that is what I am getting round to telling you about. One year, I have no idea what the story was, but for the song part 3 teachers came onto the stage dressed as butter, a melon, and a cauliflower (see it is relevant) and sang "Life is Butter, Life is Butter, Melon Cauliflower, Melon Cauliflower, Life is Butter Melon, Life is Butter Melon, Cauliflower, Cauliflower" to the tune of Frere Jacques. I always thought it was really clever, even with my at the time hard to impress 16 year old mind.