A Little Coffee Never Hurts, Nor Does a . . .

Well, here we go with the shoes again. I’m not sure what’s going on with the shoes on postcards, but something always is. But I won’t try to figure it out right now because it is time to think about Valentines Day gifts.

What to give your intended Valentine is a stressful cause of worry for many people. Of course there are others who just sort of forget that this is a very intense day – probably moreso than Christmas or a birthday, for  the many people who believe in romantic love.

Today I read a post about something which could be given on Valentines Day that would not cost a single cent. And it would be one of the most wonderful things to have!

Here is the post. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂


Danger! Danger! Do not let your love leek out!!!

Yes, of course I will marry you! As soon as you get off that hobby horse and get rid of the little whip! (And it would be great if you could get some new shoes, too)

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Vegetable people were rather in vogue for a while (scroll down to view). Really, who is to say that vegetable people are not always in vogue?!

The social status of the young leek lady may have risen somewhat over time, though. Leeks were once called the ‘poor man’s asparagus’ but that has changed. Leeks are now more precious than the average yellow, white, or red onion and generally are much more expensive!

It is the season for love – and leeks bond nicely with potatoes. I’ve yet to be bored with a well-made leek and potato soup. But if the urge arises for something other than the ‘usual thing’ there is always this recipe (most charming)!

A “Herby” pie, peculiar to Cornwall, is made of leeks and pilchards, or of nettles, pepper cress, parsley, mustard, and spinach, with thin slices of pork. At the bottom of the Squab pie mentioned before was a Squab, or young Cormorant, “which diffused,” says Charles Kingsley, “through the pie, and through the ambient air, a delicate odor of mingled guano and polecat.” That “lovers live by love, as larks by leeks,” is an old saying; and in the classic story of Pyramus and Thisbe, reference is made to the beautiful emerald green which the leaves of the leek exhibit. “His eyes were as green as leeks.”

Well, it seems we must sacrifice Leek Girl to soup or to pie or . . . to marriage. Which will it be . . .

February 14, 1914 7AM New York, NY Dear Valentine,

To Miss Blanchard from ‘A Secret Admirer’. At least at the Seminary one can eat chocolate!

This week’s posts will not be all Valentines. So let this be the one. I send all of you in seminaries (or not) thoughts of many delicious chocolates – I’m not certain what varieties our postcard girl has in her heart-shaped gifted box, but they do look lovely, and of course chocolates are the food for this day!

One does wonder what happened to Miss A.E. Blanchard, seminarian . . . . could it be?