Endings and Beginnings
Many years ago, as a newly-wed, I authored a rather smug blog under the name ‘Beyond Beeton’.
This is appropriate given the original Mrs Beeton, also a newly-wed, spoke with authority on subjects upon which she knew little. Her syndicated columns on topics such as cookery, managing a household budget, etiquette, and other aspects of daily life for middle-class Victorian women became The Book of Household Management. It was notable for its originality in style; if not its accuracy and reliability.
Now that my first blog is lost to time and shame, and with the benefit of many years and two children, I begin again. Approaching 40, and not 25, my goals are far less lofty than Isabella Beeton’s. I don’t purport to author an encyclopedia on domesticity in the 2020s; simply a snapshot of one middle-class, imperfect life.
“I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than a housewife’s badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways.”Isabella Beeton, The book of household management