15 October 2010

queens, quince and quincunx

I mentioned once before that I made an alphabet scrapbook for my son when he was little and when I looked back sure enough the letter q was illustrated by a queen.  So here we are again with some different queens, Queen Victoria with her bun and her widow's weeds on my threepenny bit necklace  (as well as some more oak leaves and acorns).  What made me think of coins was the old penny stamped with Votes for Women that featured on the History of the World  in 100 objects today.  If you didn't hear the programme, it really is worth a listen because you can never have too many reminders of how inspiring those women were.

Before I alighted on the coins though, I already had in mind quinces and quincunxes, a case of plagiarism I'm afraid, because I had been looking in a Garden Alphabet, collated by John Harris and published by the V&A.  Not only was there a lovely line drawing of a quince, but also an explanation of the orchard planting known as a quincunx, essentially an arrangement like the five spots on the sides of dice.  I can't offer a picture of a quincunx, though I have thought about how nice it would be to have one of my own.  I did, however, find this excellent explanation from Gardenhistorygirl.

I also imagined what a great score you would get if you could work it into a game of Scrabble, thus...

I went on to see how many fruit words I could find with the rest of the letters - apple, pie, cream, tart etc - but had to get on with something or other more pressing like making the tea.  If fruit is your thing, don't forget that Apple Day is next Thursday.  There's lots going on this weekend and next and some lovely things to eat and see.  You never know, maybe you'll discover a quincunx.

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