looking for troubles

Some observations about “the Troubles”… Having spent all of four days in Northern Ireland, I would not presume to be able to tell you what it was/is all about, but I can tell you what I saw, felt and had relayed to me. Ireland was ruled by the Catholic King James II, and it was […]

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Reasons we are sad to leave Yorkshire

THE most friendly and caring people we have ever met in our travels, kind, funny, welcoming, helpful, interested, compassionate, comfortable…(I could go on).  When we arrived by train in York, the announcement said that you should wind your watch back to 1978.  I would in a heartbeat. A sense of home….Sunday roasts (extra gravy?)  No […]

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The wassail…and why we love a pagan ritual

Had the most amazing experience today.    Attended the Sledmere House Wassail ceremony. Wassail ceremonies are conducted either by visiting homes and singing for gifts (i.e. carollers) or by visiting orchards, where the singers will sing the trees awake from their winter slumbers, and implore the gods to bless the trees and make them bountiful for […]

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