354 – Labor’s Fruit


Mother, knitter, spinner, writer, wife, weaver, host...not necessarily in that order...

9 Responses

  1. Sheila says:

    Heather, I have been loving listening to the podcast and so glad I found someone who loves “old” books too. I love Lambertsville and New Hope. Did you hear about the Shad Roe Festival in Lambertsville? Here’s the link from last year’s festival. http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2013/04/shad_festival_2013_in_lambertv.html It is a wonderful crafty day with good food.

    • Heather says:

      Oooh! Are you here?! Nearby?

      And oh my, yes! You’ve found lots of people who love ‘old’ books.
      Welcome to our happy home!

  2. Gemma says:

    The Burns poem reminded me immediately of Catullus 11. At the end of this poem he says of the lover who has disappointed him that his love for her has been destroyed like a flower at the meadow’s edge which has been touched by the plough. If the two are connected (and I’m sure they must be- they’re too similar not to be) then it’s interesting that Burns has taken Catullus’ simile about the damage done by a thoughtless lover and turns it into a musing on mortality (and it’s so fitting that Mr Higgins, with his daughter dying young as the unwitting outcome of industry, is affected by the Burns poem).

  3. Liz says:

    Weirdly there has been correspondence on this issue in one of the national papers this week. The consensus seems to be that we go “up to London” because of its status as the capital. I was bought up North of Manchester (Milton) and can remember my father correcting me when I said that we were going down to London. Seemed very odd to me as a child.


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  5. chikako says:

    Listening to your show, i realised i never questioned the ‘up’ ‘down’ business in Britain before, because we use the same terminology in Japan — ‘up’ for going to the capitol city and ‘down’ for going everywhere heading away from there. i’d be interested to see what the definitive answer is 🙂

  6. Alison says:


    Regarding the “up to London, down to Milton” question, I think this goes back to the railways, yet again. The London direction was known as the up-line, and the opposite as the down-line. Hence, up to London, down to wherever the train had come from.

    The up to London part is still very common usage, the down part is more driven by north/south direction. I live halfway between London & Cambridge (so due north of London, due south of Cambridge, roughly). I would say I am going up to both of them. However, I regularly go down to Bristol, which is due west of London.

    Interestingly, on a recent trip to Glasgow, I found out that they go “through” to Edinburgh (roughly due east).

    There is also the usage of “going up” to Oxford or Cambridge University, and being “sent down” if you have been expelled. In my experience, that’s limited to those two universities.

    Thank you for a wonderful podcast – many happy hours of listening and knitting, often on trains!