Stir-up Sunday stuff-up pudding rescue

Stir-up Sunday, the last Sunday of the Catholic and Anglican liturgical year, is a traditional day for making Christmas puddings. It gets its informal name from the first prayer of the liturgy, which begins, ‘Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people‘.  Not exactly sticklers for conforming to the traditions …

Soggy July goodbye good riddance

Goodbye, soggy July 2021! Surprisingly for a committed winter lover, I’m glad to see the back of the month just gone. July 2021 was the second wettest July on record. That’s pretty wet. I know people who talk happily about ‘dry July’. Not us. The month reminded me of winters when I was a child …

Advent preparations for a tough Christmas

We all have a tough Christmas from time to time. We have years we remember as months full of pain and grief or unexpected sorrow and loss. Christmas time can be full of sadness following such an experience. But this year, because of COVID-19, more of us than usual will find Christmas difficult.

February favourites

February favourites are almost here. February always seems like the start of the proper New Year. After the indolence of January and the media silly season, it is time to begin 2016 proper. Apart from the heat, I love this time of the year. There’s something exhilarating about a month that has so much in store. …

A Cloudstreet river Christmas

Cloudstreet river – what a backdrop for Christmas lunch! ‘Will you look at us by the river! The whole restless mob of us on spread blankets in the dreamy briny sunshine skylarking and chiacking about for one day, one clear, clean, sweet day in a good world in the midst of our living. Yachts run before an …

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