A George Eliot Christmas
Friends came and went enjoying the lit fireplaces and the Christmas carols pumping from our vintage Mahogany parlor grand piano (one size smaller than G.E.'s concert grand mahogany piano.) My husband gif ted me with a new cello bow and rosin so that I could play the long neglected instrument that flanks our parlor grand.
Cinnamon pine cones saturated the air along with country kitchen temptations such as homemade bread, corn pudding, lemon curd, and mincemeat tarts much the same as George Eliot would have prepared at the Griff House when she was still known as young Mary Ann Evans.
Another Christmas gift that graces our home is now on the shelf in the library of the Chaney Manor-the same shelf on which The Mill on the Floss stood where I found it in 2009. This gift is a picture of George Eliot (one of the D'Albert Durad paintings of her in the black velvet gown) with the now-famous quote attributed to her, "It is never too late to be what you might have been." Indeed, it is never too late! Have a brilliant New Year 2016! ~ Freda