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This past weekend, I attended the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, a food history conference. I had a wonderful time, and the best part of all were the fundraising souvenirs. This year's symposium was themed "Food and Morality". They'd made fabulous dish towels, one with the tree of vices, the other with the tree of virtues on it. The virtuous dish towel was straight and narrow, while the vicious one was wide!

The inspiration didn't stop there though. They put together an indulgence, a color reproduction of a medieval Oxford-relevant indulgence with a modern codicil to note that attending the symposium would act in lieu of prayer at Christchurch for remission of time in purgatory. Of course I bought one.

Indulgence Indulgence

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Did you notice? I posted a photo. And you know what that means? It means I'm reunited with my digital camera! At long last! (C. cleverly found it. It was hiding in a roller skate. I mean, where else would I have put it? Obvious, really.)


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Sep. 11th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
I covet those dishtowels. GIMME GIMME GIMME!

Congratulations on having your camera once again!
Sep. 11th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
Tragically, I hadn't thought to take my check book with me, and I could only stay for one day of the conference since I had a houseguest, so I used up all my cash buying related products. If I'd had my way, I would probably have bought 5 sets of dishtowels - or more - figuring the gift-giving potential is endless among my friends and family. As was, I bought one pair as a gift, and a single virtue dishtowl for myself. And the apron which has both tree on it, which is satisfying, if not nearly so clever.
Sep. 11th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
:) So...waiting for the poetry bound to flow from having someone so heroically find your camera for you.
Sep. 11th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
Need. Teatowel. Pictures.

I probably need indulgences more, but that's just a spiritual thing. The conference sounds really cool!
Sep. 12th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
Oh. my. That is the coolest thing I have heard today...

Indulgences. Medieval Cookery. Spiritual Tea Towels. I want your life!
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