Remembrance Day: A Tribute To Our Brave Soldiers…
Remembrance Day, or Poppy Day is a memorial day which has been observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War. It is the day when we remember the soldiers who have given their life in the line of duty. I wrote this poem as tribute to our brave soldiers... Lest... Continue Reading →
Are All Care Homes Potential Cattle Markets? Interview with Steven Hawley
Steven Hawley's novelette, Cattle Market, struck a chord with me as I reflected on the plight of my own mother and the difficult decision we made to place her in a care home. Before we moved her to a more 'suitable' facility I witnessed with my own eyes how the Matron, or whatever she was... Continue Reading →
Could you eat horse meat?
Millions of "beef" burgers were removed from supermarket shelves across the UK because they contain horse meat. The nation is outraged and justifiably so when it's reported some burgers contain as much as 29% horse! The nation is then informed, as I discovered in the Telegraph newspaper, "Horse meat in burgers 'could be health risk'.... Continue Reading →
Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside (an old English pub)
The theme for this week's WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is "Inside" In 2011, stranded in the UK due to the volcanic ash cloud we took the opportunity to visit many old towns and villages in the Cotswolds. Rather than taking their quaint charm for granted we viewed the architecture with fresh eyes and appreciated its... Continue Reading →
Hot Cross Buns to share with friends at Easter!
According to English folklore there are many superstitions surrounding hot cross buns. My favorite superstition is accompanied by the rhyme…
“Half for you and half for me,
Between us two shall goodwill be”
Apparently, if you share a hot cross bun while saying the above words it is meant to ensure friendship throughout the coming year.
This is my first attempt at making “Hot Cross Buns” so here’s to sharing them with all my blogging buddies… HaPpY eAsTeR!
Hot Cross Buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday served either hot or toasted. Some believe the cross symbolizes The Crucifixion while others maintain the buns pre-date Christianity. The cross in Saxon times was in honour of the goddess Eostre and symbolized the four quarters of the moon.
For the buns
2 oz caster sugar, plus 1 teaspoon
5fl oz hand-hot water
1 level tablespoon dried yeast
1lb plain flour
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Weekly Photo challenge “Fall” – Hedgerow Harvest
This weeks (now last week's) WordPress Photo challenge is "Fall" or Autumn. When I saw this week's theme I thought great! We are in England and the leaves are turning wonderful shades of gold and amber. The leaves are falling from the trees so I wanted to photograph them floating in the wind. Well, that was... Continue Reading →
Proud Grandparents “take” Two…
We’d given up on Grandchildren, and then they arrive like buses! Our first Grandchild, a beautiful little girl, was born in France on the 28th April and our, second grandchild, an adorable little boy called Oliver, was born in the UK just two days ago weighing in at 8lb 14oz! Initially, in the Special Care... Continue Reading →
Devon Clotted Cream Teas – Seriously Naughty
The "foodie" highlight of my trip to Devon in England last week, to visit my Mother, was to disappear for an hours peace and quiet and seriously indulge myself with a "Devon Clotted Cream Tea". I had not intended to succumb to temptation due to my expanding waistline, diet, sense of guilt etc, but as... Continue Reading →