Dance the night away!!!!
Dance the night away!!!!
In the BBC magazine section, there is a list of a hundred things we didn’t know last year… apparently; they range across every area of human and animal activity and make interesting (and amusing) reading.
I’ve reduced the list to eighteen unusual facts discovered in 2014:
I love the idea of issuing owls to ever single person in the UK – let’s do it! damn the expense! And broken pottery doesn’t aid drainage? What? I always put broken pots under plants!! And William Hague knowing things off the top of his head… hi totally bald pate… Obviously crows are clever, whoever could doubt it?! And as for that England-sized bog in Congo… Gosh!
For New Year’s Eve…
I leant upon a coppice gate When Frost was spectre-gray, And Winter’s dregs made desolate The weakening eye of day. The tangled bine-stems scored the sky Like strings of broken lyres, And all mankind that haunted nigh Had sought their household fires. The land’s sharp features seemed to be The Century’s corpse outleant, His crypt the cloudy canopy, The wind his death-lament. The ancient pulse of germ and birth Was shrunken hard and dry, And every spirit upon earth Seemed fervourless as I. At once a voice arose among The bleak twigs overhead In a full-hearted evensong Of joy illimited; An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small, In blast-beruffled plume, Had chosen thus to fling his soul Upon the growing gloom. So little cause for carolings Of such ecstatic sound Was written on terrestrial things Afar or nigh around, That I could think there trembled through His happy good-night air Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew And I was unaware.
I was doing some research about Armenian cooking… when I was living in Manchester in my 20’s, our favourite restaurant was the Armenian restaurant, founded by Arto der Haroutounian and opened in 1969. I adored the food, when we first went in the 1970’s it was like nothing we had ever tasted before, wonderful, just wonderful, and I have loved that type of cuisine ever since. Arto published several cookery books, all of which I have, and apparently he was a very talented artist too. sadly he died very young, at the age of forty-seven.
In my Radwinter novels, one of Thomas Radwinter’s friends is Armenian and he has a café/restaurant in my imaginary town of Strand. So, I was doing some research about Armenian food, and Armenia in general and came across an intriguing recipe for Zhengyalov Hats…yes hats… They aren’t actually hats or even shaped like hats, that is just the name in Armenian; they are flat breads, typical of the region, and filled with what sounds like a delicious combination of fresh green herbs, some of which are spring onions, garlic, a sort of spinach, vine leaves, coriander, beet tops, nettles, chickweed, sorrel,flax leaves, grapes leaves, dill, coriander, mint and one recipe I saw said leeks… well, I think ti sounds wonderful, but definitely a summer thing if you need nettles and chickweed, both of which we have in our vegetable beds!
To find out more about Arto:
This always makes me chuckle…
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