I’ve caught up on the washing! Of course, that happy state of affairs lasts a single day, until one undresses in the evening, but all the same… I’d put on a nice dress, but changed into shorts and a t-shirt later – I know, darlings, none of you has ever seen me in shorts and nor will you, unless possibly on a beach. I’m far too old, nothing sadder than a 1661.
In the afternoon, I wanted to watch the tennis, so couldn’t possibly be idle all that time – what, me? Idle? Well… (I’m far too fond of the ellipse, I know) anyway, I was resolved to do the ironing.
Here we are – the ‘before’ picture –
I ironed solidly for five hours.
This is what 111 napkins looks like. The ones on the right are the linen ones. I forget how many, over four dozen.
Most of the clothes are mine, I keep up with ironing Russell’s shirts. I even ironed 14 (sorry, I counted nearly everything in the end, but I had been ironing for FIVE HOURS) handkerchiefs and noticed one that was particularly pretty. So was the next, and it had embroidered initials, CF. When I checked, so had the previous one.
Miss Fitt was the old lady I’ve told you about before, who lived to be 102 and a half. She was an expert needlewoman, even her pocket hankies were exquisite. I’m rather happy to think that I’m still using them, at least 50 years after they were made: she was born in 1882 so they could be Victorian, but she continued to do needlework until she was in her seventies.
The final four tablecloths defeated me. Have I mentioned that I ironed for FIVE HOURS? I’ve re-rinsed them and will part-dry them again, so that I can iron them damp tomorrow or Tuesday. By the way, a tip on ironing napkins that have dried – dampen every other one and make a stack – the damp will work through them all and each one, as you get down to it, will be part-ironed already.
And wasn’t it a great match? Really fine tennis, very exciting.