St George’s Day

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Today is St George’s Day. In case you didn’t know, St George is the patron saint of England – and famous for slaying a dragon! Of course, there was a fair maiden involved too…!

A recent poem to celebrate, recently commissioned by the English Heritage…

St George was out walking
He met a dragon on a hill,
It was wise and wonderful
Too glorious to kill

It slept amongst the wild thyme
Where the oxlips and violets grow
Its skin was a luminous fire
That made the English landscape glow

Its tears were England’s crystal rivers
Its breath the mist on England’s moors
Its larder was England’s orchards,
Its house was without doors

St George was in awe of it
It was a thing apart
He hid the sleeping dragon
Inside every English heart

So on this day let’s celebrate
England’s valleys full of light,
The green fire of the landscape
Lakes shivering with delight

Let’s celebrate St George’s Day,
The dragon in repose;
The brilliant lark ascending,
The yew, the oak, the rose

– Brian Patten



Tea to coffee

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Did you know that…
The heavy tax on tea imposed on the American colonies by the English in 1773, which caused the ‘Boston Tea Party’, resulted in America switching from tea to coffee?
Colonists objected to paying enormous taxes, imposed by the British parliament in which they had no representation.
Drinking coffee was, at the time, seen as an expression of freedom.


Afternoon Tea

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The tradition of afternoon tea was supposedly started by the 7th Duchess of Bedford, Anna. She thought it would be a good idea to have something to ward off the hunger between lunch and supper. of course, this was also the perfect time of day to indulge in that famous, earlier invention of the Earl of Sandwich..!