Absence and Loss

Ages ago I promised to post some images of my partners great grandmothers recipe book. I am currently studying some of my collected objects and documenting their characteristics in an effort to find out why I am so attached to them, even those that I do not have any family connection to. With the recipe book I feel that I am perhaps feeling a sense of loss for the way it is written, something as simple as the style of handwriting.

There is less of a focus on cultivating lovely hand writing now that we have computers as a way of presenting the written word in a neat and tidy way. My own handwriting is a rather unattractive spider like scrawl and I wish it was more like the images below.

Some of the pages have been ripped out and I wonder what was taken, what is absent from this collection of recipes and remedies and who took them.
I seem to be trying to fill some sort of void, perhaps for things from my own family that have been lost, a loss of precious collections and memories.


  1. Perhaps someone asked her for a special/specific recipe and she gave it to them in haste instead of writing it down again (there being no photocopier!). Missing pieces are always interesting you want to know what it is and why it was removed. We can't ask the person, obviously if they are deceased but we have have a written memory of them x keep collecting its getting very interesting! xx

  2. 無一事而不學,無一時而不學,無一處而不學。 ..................................................


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