This week at Trianaid and Sacred Heart Care Homes we were reminiscing with items from the kitchen (cidsin)…bottles, jars, apron, tea cosy and butter pats…
They were used to keep rennet in.
We kept vinegar in them.
They were used to measure out quantities. I think it’s a…specific measurement that one so it would keep you right with your cooking.
They’re precious now those. They don’t make them like that anymore keep a hold of that one.
They came back with the sailors – you used to get black jars like that too. They would bring them back from sea, they were travelling all over the world these men.
People started getting rid of them and throwing them away so they’re hard to find now.
You would see them just dumped all around outside houses.
Cnogan Dà Phunnd
Oh rhubarb jam!
Line them up on your window and put flowers in them.
Cloth on top.
Made to last, you don’t get that now!
Oh yes we made home made jams with the long stalks….rhubarb
You can actually boil it – on the east coast we would put the mince meat in the jar and steam it cooked.
If you have that you don’t even need a doctor.
I kept it on the shelf above my bed. (box bed)
It smells of…
A good bottle too – you can keep it and fill it with your own.
Oh yes, it had a very distinctive smell, I liked it. It was like an ointment for aches.
Botal Nighe Sùilean
I used to get sties in my eyes when I was at school so I had to use those with a special solution to clean my eyes.
I had a glass one at home.
That one’s blue.
Yes, it’s a beer bottle – bigger than the whisky bottle.
I saw plenty of them.
Are you having a dram?
What’s written now on the top of that?
Brown to hide what they were drinking! I remember the whisky it would be poking out the pockets of all the old men who would be coming in when I worked in the office. They would be trying to hide it by pulling their jackets over the top of it!
Milk of Magnesia/Fig syrup
You’ll be on the pan all day between the two of those!
They serve the same purpose.
I’m not sure what was in it but it’s a good heavy based bottle so it would have a lot of uses. You could use it for feeding if you put a top on it.
Butter pats. We just went like this…and like that…
Where did you get this?
We had a thistle stamp. And there was one for the shortbread too.
Doesn’t that feel nice?
They were kept so clean. Just boiling water to wash them.
They would last a lifetime.
We were artistic with our designs on the butter. All sorts we’d put on.
We just left the lines on and then onto the next job. There wasn’t much time for the designs.
They had to be immaculately clean – you would leave them in cold water to get them clean.
Is it a clay pipe? Wood I think.
I never smoked so I’ve got healthy lungs!
You just went like this…bop bop bop (full demo and performance!) Bursts out laughing.
Oh tot tot I don’t want to touch that!
What size is that apron?
I had a wrap around one…like in the film The Steamie…mine was blue and you got black ones. They wouldn’t show the dirt. You could just buy them in the shop.
Oh yes I had my own pattern. Back then in every house there was a corner set up with the patterns and sewing and washing and ironing.
That would keep you well covered.
And you got the half aprons.
That one has a pocket.
I had one just like this.
Oh yes I sewed my apron – I could do everything!
It’s beautiful the apron, a good fit on you. That would really protect you while you were working.
I remember making my own one of them. I sewed it myself. Oh yes I made clothes for myself. There’s a suit here somewhere and that was the last thing I ever sewed – a jacket and pants. It was a hand turn machine I used.
I remember my mother making a dress for someone from some fabric off the Politician, beautiful fabric. That was a day you could separate the wise and the foolish ones because it wasn’t just whisky onboard there was much better things like bicycles and fabrics.
Oh that’s lovely…the colours.
Here you can put that on your head and stick your nose out where the handle goes….heehheehee!
Very cosy and thick, and look at the inside that’s a lot of work gone into that. That’ll keep your tea warm.