Saturday, May 19, 2018

SPECIAL ROYAL WEDDING CONGRATULATIONS TODAY TO HARRY AND MEGHAN

Hello to regular page viewers, particularly in the US and Canada.

Numerous British fellow journos are in  Windsor  today to report on Harry and Meghan's special day.  Some travelled to the town yesterday  - hoping they slept well, hotels full to bursting, so some spent the night on the pavement in readiness for the service today at twelve pm.

Great feeling of anticipation!  Can't wait to see those wedding photos and that cake looks so delicious.

We will toast the royal couple at midday with our special elderflower wine.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

BILLERICAY'S CATER MUSEUM & ST MARY MAGDALEN

It's now more than a decade since my book regarding Billericay's special church in the High Street was published.  Suddenly, there's renewed interest from overseas, so let's see if we can re-publish it. Many folk have been in touch since they have started writing their  memoir or history of their life and St Mary Magdalen seems to have played a huge part in their research.  We have much information filed away in Billericay's Cater  Museum at 74 High Street.  Why not pop into there one afternoon from 2.00pm - 5.00pm. (Monday - Friday) Saturday 1.00pm - 4.00pm  Telephone number  01277 622023. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

NEW FERMENTATIONS FOR SUMMER

With the gardens and allotments beginning to sprout with fruit and veg - and also tons of weeds and unwanted wild grass, gardeners have a lot to contend with at present, but I am preparing my winemaking equipment ready for some new fermentations. I work ahead for some months for my various magazine editors and readers of my favourite magazine Home Farmer.  Have great plans for 2018 for my food and wine features.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

IN A 'MARY BERRY' FRAME OF MIND


Lorraine Pascale and yours truly
Have been cooking all day today and now Mary Berry (currently my favourite cook) is on the TV screen with her current show demonstrating some wonderful dishes and I now want to cook some more!   Have met so many inspirational cooks and chefs over the last few years at various restaurants and media events - problem is, my waistline is increasing!  Also enjoy Lorraine's cookery style.


Mary Berry and our talented daughters - gorgeous ladies!





 
 
 

Monday, May 07, 2018

BILLERICAY'S SPECTACULAR CHARITY SOAPBOX DERBY

Thousands turned up today for Billericay's Rotary Club's third Soapbox Derby event at Sun Corner racing along the London Road with scores of very clever little soapboxes on wheels of every imaginable kind. Each year, this event gets better and it was great to see so many folk entering their teams from schools, local businesses and clubs who had contributed their time and energy in creating some wonderful little vehicles.
We enjoyed seeing some amazing costumes, dancing, lively music (which accompanied the entrants) and the variety was amazing. Here are a few photos of a great Billericay event.



I was lucky to bump into one happy couple, Elizabeth and Philip Grimshaw,  who had driven from Manchester especially for the Billericay Soapbox Derby. Hope they visit us again next year!


Wednesday, May 02, 2018

A TASTE OF MAY DAY IN BRITAIN - FOLKLORE OF ESSEX

Our famous Mayflower Morrismen from Billericay
May Day in Britain is a rather special time.  Across the county of Essex we have numerous events linked to our old customs and traditions which happen during May. Many of them are factually linked to local history, others to myth and legend, but all - to my mind - so very interesting. Collecting the stories was time-consuming, going out into the field, so to speak, to research them, but I enjoyed meeting so many fascinating people who now reside in the pages of this first edition of my book published by Tempus Publishing Limited. I was a member of the Folklore Society in London for years and appreciate the help their members gave me.  Nowadays, the second version of the book can be found under The History Press imprint, available in all good bookshops and via Amazon.  I will be outlining some of the special Essex events, along with images, in the upcoming months.  


First cover of my
 folklore  book