|Magdalene anointing Jesus' feet - Frank Wesley|
The picture above is by Frank Wesley and shows Mary Magdalene pouring expensive perfume over Jesus feet. For those of you unfamiliar with the story; basically Mary had a really really expensive bottle of perfume which she poured over Jesus feet, she then wiped his feet dry with her hair. Judas complained that this was a total waste of a valuable resource, claiming that it could have been sold and the money given to the poor. Jesus rebuked him explaining that this was a true act of love. It was beautiful extravagance.
|Vintage sterling silver perfume bottle pendant - Chicvintageboutique|
|Nuns in Kitchen - Tine Badh-Drost|
I have started to regularly make cakes for Terry and his son Paul who own the farm next to the allotment. It is my way of saying to them that I really appreciate their wonderful array of farm machinery which gives my boys so much joy, their help with providing medicine for our chickens, their generous provision of tonnes of free wood for our woodburner and the general hard work they do which makes the countryside around us so beautiful. I could NEVER say that out loud to Terry or Paul. We spent six months just nodding at each other and raising a hand if we passed each other on the road. Making them cakes expresses all that for me and is a way for me to "serve" them especially at this time when they are up til all hours with the lambing.
cards which I think is an example of beautiful extravagance. We don't have to spend lots of money on cards or choose to buy handmade but sometimes a bit of beautiful extravagance is entirely appropriate.