“Snowdrops: Theirs is a fragile but hardy celebration…in the very teeth of winter”

Hello,   Now that we're in  January, we're busy working on our new project and making plans for the blog in 2020. Today we'd like to share with you one of our favourite simple pleasures at this time of year - spotting snowdrops and the first signs that Spring is on its way.  Not surprisingly,…

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas”

Today's Friday Food for Thought is from Peg Bracken (1918 - 2007), American author of humorous books on cooking, etiquette and travel, such as The I Hate to Cook Book.   Did you know? December 6th is celebrated as St Nicholas' Day. St Nicholas was a Christian Bishop who was noted for his generosity in helping…

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What, you too?

I thought I was the only one."   Today's Friday Food for Thought comes from C.S. Lewis (1898 - 1963), English novelist and academic. His circle of literary friends, known as The Inklings, included J.R.R. Tolkien. They met regularly at the Eagle and Child pub in Oxford, nicknamed the Bird and Baby.   Did you know?…

“Autumn is a second spring,

When every leaf is a flower."   Today's Friday Food for Thought comes from Albert Camus (1913 - 1960), French philosopher, author and journalist.   Did you know? The song Autumn Leaves, composed by Joseph Kosma, was originally called Les Feuilles Mortes, with lyrics in French by Jacques Prévert. Since it was written in 1945 it has been recorded…

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta”

Our Friday Food for Thought today - which is World Pasta Day - is from Federico Fellini (1920 -1993), Italian film director and screenwriter. Did you know? On April 1st, 1957, the BBC made people in Britain believe that spaghetti grows on trees; at that time it was regarded as an exotic delicacy. The spoof broadcast explained that…