Pop was a fantastic cook. He learnt early in life that to keep a family together they had to be fed well. Sunday lunch was a tradition and Nan would be waiting at the back door, in her apron and there would be scones in the oven for morning tea. Pop would have a roast cooking and all the trimmings and you wouldnt be able to move after you had eaten....he fed us well. Sometimes there were others that joined the table but there was always room, lots of laughs and conversation and always heaps of food.
And he made the best jams, relishes and sauces. His pantry was full of jars of preserved goodness. I used to make my own when I was first married but they never tasted as good.
You would never find Pops house gracing the cover of "Home Beautiful" but it had beauty, warmth and love. It was an ecclectic mix of all that was comfortable and practical. If it broke you fixed it, if it got a hole it Nan knitted a blanket to cover it, but walking through that back door you knew you were home and I loved every minute I spent there!!!!
There was no need for fancy tools and gadgets in Pops garden, he just had what he needed and used what he had. To help myself through College, I started working part time in a Garden Centre and it was a treasure trove of tools etc for me and even though I brought him these new super duper sprinklers or pruners he still used the ones that he had had for years.
Ok that was block 2 and 3, more to share next week!!!