Getting out before we have to stay in

On a weekend when the CEO of Sainsbury sends out an email begging customers not to panic buy, yet the public hysteria appears to continue mounting, I thought it best to go out and support a few local businesses.

A shame some of the panic buyers couldn’t have found their way to Elsecar Heritage Centre near Rotherham. Admittedly, it’s a place I’d passed many a time when driving up and down the M1 and only ventured into now, after picking up this week’s raw milk from further up the road. But my daughter was glowing in her assessment, so we’ll obviously have to go back.

In the meantime, here is a snapshot of what it’s like. With so few punters, there was no difficulty getting a clear view.

I imagine the bespoke furniture from the shop on the right will be pricey but definitely somewhere to consider for a tricky spot under the stairs.
A video illustrated by Elsecar school children, depicting some of the village’s history.

Usually, my daughter is wooed by food but on this occasion, I actually think it was the antique store rather than the Bakewell tart. Maybe the charm of watching the Antiques Roadshow with granny and granddad has rubbed off or perhaps it was the cabinet of rings at this particular venue. I didn’t actually buy any of those but, always being in need of teaspoons, we got a couple of these. And whilst rummaging amongst the cutlery, I came across this spork.

Anyone any ideas about the history of the spork?

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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10 Responses to Getting out before we have to stay in

  1. gaiainaction says:

    I like the fork Helen and the spoons are lovely too. So yes the UK will ask everyone over 70 to self isolate, it won’t be easy for some people. I wish you well and hope you keep safe. It is true that the more local shops are keeping well stocked because people are all going to Lidl or Aldi. You have a lovely store there 🙂

    • Helen says:

      Yes, I heard on the news that over 70s were being asked to self-isolate. I think my parents should have enough food to keep going for a while and they have been looking into deliveries. At least they have each other as well for company, and a garden to provide amusement. It might be a lot more difficult for those on their own in a flat.
      Stay safe, too, Agnes. Let’s hope this situation blows over soon.

  2. The Google sites seem to link the invention of the spork with ice cream. I’m not sure when we first got that, but it may hold the key to the history of this cutlery hybrid.

  3. We needed some veg today and went to our local organic shop, which was well stocked and as busy as we’d usually expect on a Monday afternoon…. they even had loo rolls! My mum is in her 80s and on her own, but lives in a village with a great community, so I have no worries about her getting support.
    I think the ‘spork’ is a serving fork.

    • Helen says:

      Good to hear that you were able to get what you wanted and you feel your mum is in a supportive community.

      Thanks for the feedback about the spork.

  4. The runcible spoon in the Owl and the Pussycat (1871) was a spork.

    What you have there, I think, is not a spork but a bread and butter fork used for serving bread and butter at tea times into the 1920s or 30s. It was one of those items of tableware like fish knives, pastry servers and marrow scoops that we don’t really use these days.

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