My Mother’s Ways

From time to time I like to post something from this wonderful book.

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So here is a little more…enjoy the yesteryear.

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Making and Caring for Clothes

Fresh orange peel is excellent for restoring black shoes that have lost their smartness. Rub well with the inside of the rind, and then polish with a soft cloth.

When cutting out patches for a patchwork quilt, use a piece of sandpaper for the pattern shapes and the cloth will not slip. The rougher the paper the better it clings.

Keep a roll of surgical bandage in your sewing basket. It is handy for facing when letting out children’s dresses, for slipping between front and facing of a fine dress to give extra strength, for tacking over holes in household linens. It has many uses and gives a good foundation for darning.

When commencing to crochet a cap, use a steel hook, rather thick instead of a bone hook. The cap will be much firmer and less likely to finish in a peak at the top after it has been worn a few times.

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If the men are going out into the bush, make a hearty round of scones by adding half cup of fine oatmeal to the ordinary mixture. A little more milk may be needed. They can toast them over the camp-fire if they like.

When making the pot of tea at dinner, fill a thermos flask and leave it for those working late on the farm. Very tired, late workers appreciate that cup of tea put straight into their hands when they come in the door.

Fill wet boots with dry oats and set aside for a few hours. The oats will draw out the moisture and prevent the leather from shrinking and cracking. Dry out the oats and use again. When they are no longer needed, feed the oats to the fowls or the horses.

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Chopped raisins and horseradish make a good relish to serve with meat, hot or cold. Men love it.

Don’t go into the scrub cutting or snigging without taking a tin of ‘cocky’s joy’ with you. Besides being a good spread on dry bread, it’s reviving in the pannikin.(a small metal drinking cup.) ( Snigging:  drag (a heavy load, especially timber) using ropes or chains.”bullock teams would snig the logs to the winder”)

Carbon tetrachloride, used on all sheep stations for drenching sheep, is an effective and rapid remover of obstinate stains – particularly greasy ones – from all clothing. Good for men’s suits and not as dangerous as petrol.

The old bush hat with a row of corks is a good way to keep off flies, but if each cork is dipped in a little phenyl and allowed to dry before being attached to the hat, it will work twice as well...and finally.

Before wearing new boots or shoes, mix and melt over a slow fire half pint drying oil, one ounce yellow wax,, one ounce turpentine and quarter ounce Burgundy pitch. Apply with a sponge to make footwear waterproof. (Galipot is an impure resin of turpentine. It is obtained from pine trees by evaporation of the essential oil and once purified is called yellow pitch, white pitch or Burgundy pitch.)

To add my own photo to this post is my Mum and Dad on their wedding day…approx 1929.

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Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days.

 Doug Larson quotes 


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