Boxing Day

Boxing Day originated in the United Kingdom and is a holiday celebrated on the day after Christmas Day. It was a custom for people to give “Christmas boxes” to tradespeople after Christmas, thanking them for good service throughout the year. Samuel Pepys‘ mentions donating to his shoemaker’s Christmas box in his diary entry for 19 December 1663. This custom … More Boxing Day

Exploring Antarctica

Antarctica Antarctica is the world’s fifth largest continent covering an area of around 14 million square kilometres that are virtually untouched by humankind. Much of it is blanketed by a vast permanent ice sheet, averaging 2,000 metres in thickness. The South Pole is the southernmost point on the surface of the Earth. It is also known as … More Exploring Antarctica

Festive Drinks

Eggnog Eggnog is traditionally made with milk or cream, sugar and whipped eggs, and brandy or rum. According to Wikipedia, Eggnog may have developed from the medieval drink made with hot milk and wine or ale called posset. Eggs were added to some posset recipes. The term “eggnog” was first used in 1775, when Maryland clergyman and philologist … More Festive Drinks

Christmas Jumpers at the William Morris Bar & Kitchen

We were lucky enough to be invited to “The Christmas Jumper Lunch” at the The William Morris Bar & Kitchen. A fantastic meal and great entertainment from their regular jazz band. We even sung a few festive songs.  This year’s raffle of Christmas presents raised £250 for Tommy Anderson’s charity that looks after the local elderly … More Christmas Jumpers at the William Morris Bar & Kitchen

Wondering what to give your true love this Christmas?

Knowing what present to buy your loved one can be tough. But do you really want to give them a farm’s worth of livestock and a party load of people? Pity the poor recipient in The Twelve Days of Christmas. This traditional English Christmas carol, first published in England in 1780, tells the story of … More Wondering what to give your true love this Christmas?

Remember, remember the fifth of November…………..

Why should we remember the fifth of November? The rhyme which starts “Remember, remember the fifth of November Gunpowder, treason and plot…….”  has a variety of endings. All entreat us to remember  when there was a failed attempt to blow up parliament. The fifth of November The date is a celebration, going all the way back to the … More Remember, remember the fifth of November…………..