The CommonPlace Book – At Home With the Jardines

By Alison April 21, 2016 5 Comments 1 Min Read

Many curious women do not enjoy housekeeping. I am free to confess that I do not understand why, unless they started out in life with the conceited idea that to bend their wonderful brains upon the silly problem of keeping a house clean and ordering dinners was beneath women of their possibilities on club essays. I often wonder if they attacked the proposition of housekeeping with the intention of seeing how much fun there is in it, of how much pleasure could be got out of making a home, not merely keeping house, and of feeding their conceit with the fuel of a determination to keep house better than any woman of their acquaintance. The simple but fascinating problem of how to make each room a little prettier than it was last week, would keep even an ingenious woman busy and interested in something worth while, and those of us who are sensitive to impressions would be spared the truly awful sight of certain incongruous rooms in handsome houses.
At Home With the Jardines – Lilian Bell
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  1. Jeanette Pickard says:

    I am so sorry to put this here, but is anyone else having a hard time getting into the housekeeping circle? I know the website got hacked,but I don’t know if it is me or that. I also couldn’t find a link to send a personal email to you ,Alison. You might not have anything set up. But I do not know how else to contact you about me getting into the circle. Thanks!

    1. Mimi from Brocante Home says:

      Hi Jeanette,
      Just popping up to ask if you are still having trouble getting into the housekeeping circle? I can get into the polka forum, the floral blog (although it isn’t rendering well on the page the content is all there) and the rose library. Try this link and see if it helps
      if you can log in through there you should be able to hop to the forum and blog as you wish.
      I’ll flag it up with Alison if you are still having problems.
      In the bottom right of your screen on the brocante home website, there should be a pink button which says ‘offline leave a message’ which is one way to get in touch with Alison – hope that helps,
      kind regards

  2. Jeanette Pickard says:

    Thank you so much for responding. I am afraid it still doesn’t help. It just says this page has a redirect loop after I try to log in. Like Alison, technology will also be the death of me! Before this it wouldn’t recognize my password so I had to get a new one several times. Sigh- we will get this figured out! Thanks!

    1. Alison May says:

      Hi Jeanette, Alison here: I have spent all morning talking to Bluehost and they assure me that the site is now working and that normal order should have been restored for everybody. At the moment I can see a few problems and I can’t upload anything new, but you should now have access to all areas of the site. Oh the drama of it all!!x

  3. jeanette says:

    Thanks! I was able to get in! Looks good, other than I have to reset my password to get in everytime.

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