Have a blessed Easter weekend!

Vintage Easter postcard of robin and pussywillow
by Mili Weber (1891-1978)

Purchase 'The good Shepherd' postcard
by Mili Weber (1891-1978) here

Hot Cross Buns for Good Friday

A hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins 
and marked with a cross on the top, traditionally eaten on Good Friday in 
but now available all year round...


In the times of Elizabeth I of England (1592), the London Clerk of Markets 
issued a decree forbidding the sale of hot cross buns and other spiced breads, 
except at burials, on Good Friday, or at Christmas. The punishment for transgressing 
the decree was forfeiture of all the forbidden product to the poor. As a result of this 
decree, hot cross buns at the time were primarily made in home kitchens. Further 
attempts to suppress the sale of these items took place during the reign 
of James I of England/James VI of Scotland (1603-1625)

Need a recipe? Please, go to 'The Culinary Life' and see Stephanie Stiavetti's
'Apricot, Cherry, Cranberry and Cardamom Hot Cross Buns Recipe'

 Hot Cross Buns
New Cries of London Sold by Darton and Harvey 1803

English folklore includes many superstitions surrounding hot cross buns.
One of them says that buns baked and served on Good Friday will not spoil or
grow mouldy during the subsequent year. Another encourages keeping
such a bun for medicinal purposes. A piece of it given to someone
who is ill is said to help them recover

Hot Cross Buns! Hot Cross Buns! 
One a penny, two a penny, Hot Cross Buns. 
Hot Cross Buns! Hot Cross Buns! If you have no 
daughters, give them to your sons.


Walter Crane's illustration for the Hot Cross Bun rhyme
in his 'The Baby's Bouquet' from 1877

 Illustration from a Victorian book called 'Children's Songs With Music'.
The inscription on the inside reads 'Dear Irene, with Grannies best love. Xmas 96'


'Hot Cross Buns' is an English language nursery rhyme,
Easter song and street cry referring to the spiced Hot Cross Bun
associated with Good Friday

The most common modern version is:

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One ha' penny, two ha' penny,
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons
One ha' penny,
Two ha' penny,
Hot Cross Buns!

The earliest record of the rhyme is in 'Christmas Box',
published in London in 1798. However, there are earlier references to
the rhyme as a street cry, for example in Poor Robin's Almanack
for 1733, which noted:

Good Friday come this month, the old woman runs
With one or two a penny hot cross buns


Sheep in pen...

French 15th century. MS Douce 195

Sheep love...

A newly-born lamb snuggles up to a sleeping boy, 16th March 1940

Kiss from a Lamb, Ist January, 1939

Elderly shepherd carrying a lamb and holding a crook, 
taken by Colonel Joseph Gale (ca. 1835-1906) in 1890. The photo
 is called 'Ninety and Nine' - it is a Biblical reference. The Gospel writer, 
Matthew, recounts Jesus' parable, 'The Lost Sheep' - about 
a shepherd with a 100 sheep who goes out...

Ella Logan Meharry and her pet sheep

Children playing in the street, the Azores, 1900s)

Half plate size Daguerreotype of a little girl riding on a ram, ca. 1849

9th January 1937: Lamb being bottle fed by a very young farmer
Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images

Photograph by Vern C. Gorst taken ca. 1929-1932

May 1936. Farmer of Franklin County, Kansas. 
Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for 
the Farm Security Administration

A lamb jumping over a trough, 1950

Young girl and boy posing with a lamb, ca. 1900-10

Wandą Bibrowicz (1878-1954)

Girl with Lamb, 1920

Embroidered 'British Sheep' brooch

Hand embroidered brooch with british sheep.
This brooch is simply too cute!!

Purchase it here: Oksaniko, Etsy

Adam Bunsch (1896-1969)

 Sheep's Head, 1937

Bees on Apple Blossom, 1946

Girl with lamb

American folk art painting - early or mid-1800s


Happy Easter!

A cute Easter postcard...

Five knit chick toys

 A very special gift for any occasion, five little yellow chicks.
 Perfect for children (or adults!) of any age. Baby and child safe. Cute in 
an Easter basket. The chicks are hand knit in in bright yellow with 
orange felt beak and feet, and stuffed plump

Purchase these little Easter guys here:
Beaded Wire, Etsy

Easter Kewpies...

Kewpies Easter postcard by Rose O'Neill

Rose O'Neill with Kewpie dolls

Rose O'Neill (1874-1944) was an American illustrator, artist, and writer 
who created the popular comic characters, Kewpies. After the growing popularity 
of O'Neill's Kewpie cartoons upon their publication in 1909, the characters were made 
into bisque dolls in 1912 by a German toy company, and later in composition material 
and celluloid. They were wildly popular in the early twentieth century, and are 
considered to be one of the first mass-marketed toys in America

 Girl posing with her Kewpie doll

Kewpie with Easter rabbit

 Kewpie paper doll and her precious bunny Easter outfits

Run...and hooooop!

Off we go...

Baby and five Kewpie dolls in Paris, 1922

David, it takes a flock of chickies...

Kewpie hatches from egg

Photograph of children with their Kewpie dolls

I'm sending you...

May you find Easter Joy...

Walking the pet rabbit..

Mrs. J.R. Band with pet rabbit, Washington, DC, 1911

Old Man Walking His Pet Rabbit. 
Photography by Robert Doisneau

Vintage postcards by Fritz Baumgarten (1883-1966)