|Rochester Castle, Kent in Winter with Robin Henry Hopper|
I have a lovely scarf with singing robins all over it at the moment, what with it being the season and everything. We have a robin in our garden all year and so I did wonder why robins are specifically linked to Christmas. Apparently, according to the dubious knowledge of the interweb, postmen wore red uniforms in the olden days and their frequency in appearance around Christmas (due to the invention of the Christmas card) led to them being called 'redbreasts' and linked to robins. Apparently the popularity of the little bird at Christmas led some crafty Victorians to kill the birds for their feathers, to attach to cards. For goodness sake. Mind you, these are the people who brought you the squashed-bird-as-a-token-of-love Valentine. Ah, Victorians, you old romantics...
Pressie suggestion today is something very close to my heart, quite literally. When I visited Paris a couple of years ago, I bought a necklace which was a copy of the brooch Fanny Cornforth wore in The Blue Bower. I noticed that the Musee D'Orsay's shop still has the earrings and bracelet from the set and have them on sale. If you fancy a bit of Rossetti sparkle, head over here and get a rather lovely bargain.
See you tomorrow!