Saturday, 4 April 2015
I walked along the front after Annie's funeral (I'd taken a change of clothes with me so was in warm trousers by then). When the howling gale got too much for me and gave me earache, I took refuge in the excellent little Museum in Aber. Here is a Welsh dresser in all its glory. Jugs and Best China everywhere on show.
Above and below, a selection of Welsh "primitive" chairs, which were hand made at home.
Round the corner into the farmhouse dairy of the past. A selection of beautiful butter pat stamps here.
Above and below, various pots and big jugs for holding milk and cream. These still turn up regularly at auctions and I have several at home which have been turned into storage containers now, with the addition of a lid made by my husband.
The huge brass pan is for warming milk for cheese making. The little crock with holes is for letting the whey drain out, and is probably made by Buckleys pottery (from the colours, with the yellow slip design). Next to that is a BIG butter churn, and another earthenware on the left front.
Two lovely old cheese presses.
More dairy equipment. The photo (sorry abotu the flash glare) shows how cows used to be milked in the fields - just like they were in Thomas Hardy's time (Tess of the D'Urbervilles describes such a scene). Lovely old roan Dairy Shorthorn cattle.