Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3


Ice-cream, Laundry, Blanket care.

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From earliest times ice-cream has been regarded as a delicacy to tempt the appetite—especially on searing days when the mercury climbs over the century mark. Romans of Julius Caesar's day enjoyed a type of ice-cream made from snow which was carried from the high mountains by fleet runners and later flavoured with fruit juices. When Marco Polo returned to Venice from the Orient, he brought back a recipe for an ice-cream made from milk and from Italy the popularity of this delectable confection soon spread to other European countries. Charles I of England was so fond of his "Cream Ice" that he granted a special pension to the chef who was responsible for its introduction to his kitchen. Later the name was reversed and so the ice-cream we know today came into being.

With the onset of summer weather, blankets which have been in use in the colder months are being discarded. Proper care of them will keep them in good condition and extend their lifetime. Blankets which are not to be used and are to be stored away should be washed first and then placed in a cool, dry place, protected from moths. They may be wrapped in strong paper or plastic or placed in a lined box. Do not store them with weighty objects on top, or pressed tightly into a case, as they will soon loose their fluffiness. Between washings, blankets should be beaten or brushed to remove loose dust and to keep them soft and fluffy.