Wassailing used to happen in Britain around Christmas time: it was a custom for groups of people to gather together and share a large bowl of warmed drink, usually a warmed or ‘mulled’ apple cider, with the call ‘Waes Hael!’ meaning good health being shouted before everybody drank it down. The original wassail cup had mulled ale, curdled cream, eggs, roasted apples and spices. Using … Continue reading Waes Hael! Good health in an apple drink!
It’s properly Autumn now, with chilly mornings that brighten into golden showered days when the Sun smiles with a last gasp of heat. Days when the sky flashes between the blue of a robin’s eggs into a silver streaked grey that lowers and threatens to rain. In the countryside, nature’s harvest falls thick and fast, with conkers, acorns, beech nuts and seeds aplenty scattered along … Continue reading Ten Easy Ways to Pamper Yourself in Autumn for Around £10
It’s a peculiar thing about my life that Wednesday seems to be my spinning tops day. You know what I mean, the day when everything happens or seems to creep up and you spend the day in a tizzy wondering what to do next, or following a list that you had the foresight to write out the night before and getting three entries in before … Continue reading Spinning tops? No, I prefer spinning wool.
It’s the first weekend in September!!! Yay! Just imagine, it’s almost time for everything nice and spicy and happy… although, in my quest to live a life full of hygge I have discovered that every time of year is the right time for nice and spicy and happy. Hygge would be no use as a feeling if it were confined just to one (or two) … Continue reading A Weekend With…. Sarah Raad
Wait… it’s September on Saturday? How did that happen? Only a couple of weeks ago I was complaining there was ages until September and open season on pumpkin spiced whatevers. I was anticipating having plenty of time to get the gold and red decorations out, the slow cooker out of hibernation and the jumpers onto the back of the door ready to slip into as … Continue reading A September of #smallthings
Hot topic on one of my Twitter timelines this week was whether it is cultural appropriation for other people (ie not from Lancashire) to eat Lancashire Hotpot or whether it’s a step too far to let anybody from Yorkshire eat it. There was thoughts of some retaliation with the banning of Yorkshire puddings in any town west of Saddleworth. Be aware, there may at some … Continue reading A Word for the Weekend: Rove
Is anybody else desperately waiting for Autumn like I am? Fortunately, the weather has gone cooler here in Liverpool: from endless sunshine to a drizzle of rain now and again, grey skies with the occasional hint of blue peeping through cautiously and a temperature that veers between pleasantly cool to definite chill. It gives me hope that my arms won’t need to be over-exposed for … Continue reading Oh, Autumn: Autumn and Fall hygge
The annual holiday seems like ages away now. I set a reminder on my phone, a countdown using the Days Left widget on my phone. It’s now standing at 17 days past the date. That means I’ve been back at my desk for a week, and the glow of relaxation has begun to fade. I’m not a fan of heat, so our family holidays tend … Continue reading Scotland…. Home of the Brave (and Me as well for a week) and location for Outlander!!!!