Firstly, let me apologise for not being more active over this Christmas period. I knew that I was going to be very busy, but I had thought that I would still find an hour here and there to read posts and interact with my fellow bloggers, but I didn’t.
In the meantime, I have made a resolution to find employment as soon as possible and that may too mean that I will be blogging less than I had been up until recently. I still intend to take part in various challenges and post at least something daily.
Secondly, I have been tagged by Stuart L Tutt of Something to Stu Over to take part in his A to Z Challenge which he created. See the post here:
So In-keeping with this theme,
A is for Apologise. (see above)
B is for Bramley Apples. I didn’t realise until my friends who were staying with me over christmas and who hail from Australia told me, that Bramley Apples are not a variety known outside the UK. They are the go-to apple for cooking. They are large and green and very tart, far too tart for just biting into, but when cooked they turn into the most fluffy and sweet apple puree and are perfect for puddings, pies and crumbles. I always make Christmas puddings for Christmas, but as not everyone likes the heavy dried fruit, I usually make a Bramley Apple Crumble too. Delicious.
C is for Christmas. It was so lovely to spend time with my Australian friends over Christmas this year. It was a bit hectic and chaotic sharing my house with six people, but they were wonderfully considerate and we had a great time. It made this Christmas particularly memorable. I do enjoy Christmas, but I am glad too, that it is all over and I can get back to my normal routine.
D is for Duxford, a place near Cambridge that houses the Imperial War Museum Aeroplane section, it was a treat to learn more about Spitfires, Lancaster Bombers, Flying Fortresses and Concorde.
E is for Eggs. My Chickens are still providing me with an average of three eggs per day. Normally they slow down in the dark winter days, but this year they have kept on going. Bless their little feathers.
F is for Friends and Family. Thank God for them.
G is for Games. Over Christmas, I have played a few board games and Card Games and even a few games of Charades. G is also for Goose. Rather than Turkey, which is typically eaten in the UK for Christmas, I chose to cook Goose instead. I really don’t like the taste of Turkey and Goose is much more flavoursome in my opinion. It is much fattier, though.
H is for Holidays. In the UK we use this word to describe all short breaks and vacations away from work, rather than specifically for the Christmas period or Holy Days.
I is for Imagination. I am so thankful that I have a vivid imagination but it probably is the cause of my anxieties and phobias. It can be a bit of a curse, but it is a curse worth having.
J is for Jokes. So many jokes are contrived and not particularly funny, the best jokes are the random things that happen in life. If we can learn to laugh at life, we’ll never be short of a joke.
K is for Koalas. Aren’t they cute? They also smell bad and sleep a lot.
L is for London. One of the best things about having friends over from other countries is that I get to take them sightseeing around London. Over the last few days I have gone to the Imperial War Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Tower Bridge, Southbank, Knightsbridge, Kensington, Buckingham Palace (outside only), Trafalgar Square, St Pauls Cathedral, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre and other wonderful sights in London. I do love London.
M is for Mistletoe, which is a parasitic plant that grows on trees. It is associated with Christmas and also Yule. M is also for Macbeth which is the play that I saw at Shakespeares Globe.
N is for Nature. What would we do without our green spaces, or parks, gardens, mountains, rivers, forests and fields. What a grim place this would be, if there were nothing but buildings and concrete.
O is for Oak Trees. My favourite trees.
P is for Perseverance – Follow your path with determination, never lose sight of your goal.
Q is for Queen Elizabeth II. God bless you ma’am.
R is for Resolutions, January is the time for new beginnings and I am excited at what this new year will bring.
S is for St. Pauls Cathedral, the huge Domed Cathedral in the City of London. It is a beautiful building, designed by the architect Christopher Wren.
T is for Tea, my favourite drink. A good cup of strong tea, made in a tea pot from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. Served with milk and a piece of cake. Heaven.
U is for Umbrellas. We have been lucky not to have needed any over this Christmas period. The weather has been grey, but no rain and surprisingly not particularly cold either (temperatures averaged around 10 degrees Celcius).
V is for Vision. If you can see something happening, then it is much more likely to happen.
W is for Wishing. Make a wish, then make it happen.
X is for Xenophile – someone who likes people who come from other places. Love of strangers. The opposite of Xenophobia. It is our differences that make us interesting and with mutual respect should not be a barrier to making friends.
Y is for Yorkshire Puddings – I have spoken about them before. If you don’t know what they are, google the recipe and make them.
Z is for Zest. Zest for life, if change is the spice of life, opportunity is its Zest.
I hope your 2019 is the best it can be. 🙂