Barb and Barb with loaves.
Barb and Barb with loaves.
Where I am staying two woman friends are baking bread to give away as gifts to just about everybody they know in the area. They started early at around 7.30 am and now at midday it’s looking like all the dough has been made and most of it baked. They are obviously enjoying each others company and there’s much laughter and reminiscing. It is quite a production and they have been doing this faithfully for 24 years!

They have kept a diary which includes news of who’s around, children and then later as they have grown to adulthood, their boyfriends. Recorded – the cat eaten on the porch by a Mountain Lion, their resolutions which have remained much the same. More laughter and merriment. Their highs and lows shared in diary form now read aloud and remembered with sometimes laughter and sometimes serious and thoughtful silences. One woman remembers with a wistful glance. Not many birthings, lots of deaths though.

I’ve been reading a book recommended to me some time ago called The Gift by Lewis Hydes. Of course the ‘holiday season’ is a time of gift giving. I’ve been looking at ‘things’, gloves, boots, coats and the like and imagining letting my parents know what I’d like for Christmas. With no present giving parents alive now I may well purchase a few things on their behalf, with the money they left me. I’ll give myself gifts. I think that counts as gifts.

Now the gift tags are being written and the loaves bagged…Remember when I made my (very elderly) mother seal all of the bags?. The whole process is obviously brings so much for these two women before the bread reaches receiving hands and anybody and everybody in the house gets drawn into the process. Perhaps I’ll venture into the kitchen and start the clean-up. By the end of the day all the loaves have been delivered.

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2 thoughts on “Gifts”

  1. Dear Rev Mugo

    I hope you are well.
    Im enjoying your travels from my home in Cornwall!
    The panoramic setting is fabulous on the iphone – your new panoramic shots are super fabulous.
    Yes you should buy yourself gifts ( from your parents) this chrismas…
    The bread making women are so beautiful — I love the whole simplicity & kindness of the bread make day!

    Kind regards

    Nicole Yaffey

    1. Thank you Nic. I just read the comment to one of the Barbs. I have yet to buy myself any presents, however I will do that. Glad you enjoy the panoramic shots. I wish I’d got a better photograph of the Rocky Mountain Front when we drove over to Browning the other day. Still, the photograph I have posted is fairly good I think.

      Love Cornwall.

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