A 'Potted' History
Winnie’s parents, Ethel and Harold Hall, (my grandparents) ran a bakery and grocery store in the New Forest and so Winnie had grown up amongst the very best home-made cakes, biscuits and ice cream, all lovingly prepared by her brother David (my father), master of our family favourite, the Viennese Whirl.
Win’s palate was finely adjusted to her rather eccentric sugar-rich diet. The more she ate the more she wanted and that was probably the reason she became ever giddier as she grew older. Whilst Win remained stick thin, Clive’s girth just grew and grew but their love of sweet things never faltered.
It wasn’t long before Aunt Winnie and Uncle Clive realised their biggest dream and opened a store of their very own – a sweet shop of the highest order selling everything from gobstoppers to barley twists, scented satins to humbugs and pastilles, bon bons, black jacks and dib dabs. I remember as a child sitting on a stool in the middle of the store and gazing longingly at the array of sweetie heaven in front of me.
As a result I too have inherited the family sweet tooth and despite countless attempts to resist it, I have at last succumbed. So, in honour of my Giddy Aunt Winnie I bring you my own personal array of Home-Made Jams, made mostly with fruit from my garden or the Sussex hedgerows, and served up in the sort of pot that would have happily graced any Aunt’s tea table – giddy or otherwise.
My giddy aunt, in this case my Aunt Winnie, was as giddy as they come. The first thing to send Win in a spin was when she met Clive – the man of her dreams – over a Devon Cream Tea in June 1948. They shared a love of many things including Irish Terriers, hand-knitted socks and the shipping forecast, but what they loved most - and shared most - was anything sweet.
Each carefully sourced vintage jam pot and spoon has a story to tell but only you can discover it by welcoming it to your table and imagining all the wonderful ‘giddy’ events your pot has been party to over the years.
I hope you will relish the experience – I have certainly enjoyed creating it for you.