Wassail, Wassail All Over The Town!

Our ancestors loved a warm, boozy drink in the depths of winter, and frankly once you’ve had a glug or two of hot mulled cider on a cold Jan

Adapting to a new decade

The Christmas decorations are soon to come down. I love the festive season for the melding of traditions of old pagan and religious festivals: for the gathering of winter greenery into the house to beautify it and celebrate the natural world outside, for candlelight and carols in churches that smell of ancient stone, and for the festival of light. I respect them all. I love the fact that every room in the house is filled with family and friends, and the smells of cooking and wood smoke. Time moves at a different pace and the days of the week become irrelevant for a couple of weeks. January is one of my favourite months. It is filled with a sense of newness; the sloughing off of the old to ma

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