"In the nineteenth century, grey lead pencils were first painted bright yellow...as a subtle marketing tool. The graphite in the pencils came from a mine near the Chinese border with Siberia and the yellow was a reference to the Manchu imperial robes and hence the mysterious East." Colours: Travels Through the Paintbox, Victoria Finlay, via
Have you ever have a day where one colour seems to dominate?
I did. It started off all the usual grey and green with a few warm colours thrown in for good measure. Then I was making my special magical cough and cold remedy for H. Cardamom tea with honey for me, and toast soldiers with soft boiled eggs for both of us. I had to draw moustaches on because that's how mum used to make them. I was pampering H a bit because she has a stonking cold and an awful cough, will be leaving home next week to live in London, and I'll miss her.
Then I looked down at all the ingredients, the sun was shining and everything was YELLOW. Golden honey, buttercup butter, creamy ginger, and mustard turmeric that matched the top of cardamom tea packet. Then the lemons, and the eggs...All yellow...
It didn't last very long though, things soon took on a more rainbow like appearance, and ended with a lovely chocolate brown when I made a batch of the easiest and moistest chocolate brownies ever.