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Karen has a wonderful giraffe picture as her header ... she has a huge family, lots of interesting friends – publishers, authors, crafters, entrepreneurs and bloggers ... so come on over and join the party. .. perhaps pick up a copy of her book: Farm Girl.
You’ll find Karen here – with the simple rules to the party ... bring some goodies, mix in with the conversation, find new friends and followers and generally enjoy the day.
I took a platter of stuffed mushrooms, some vino (of course), and a fruit salad with me to Karen’s ... here at my place you’ll find the main constituents to a BBQ – hot coals, plenty of cold drinks, chairs and loungers, rugs for the grass, cool shade under the trees, and a trestle ready for everyone’s contributions ... mine are:
Herby bread – a stand by for me ... a baguette sliced right through, each slice spread with a herb butter mix (I usually use chopped chives, drops of lemon juice, sprinkle of cayenne – you can add in parsley etc –your taste!); wrap in foil, bake in the oven, open to crisp up before taking out ... (I don’t use garlic anymore – I find it can be too much especially if there’s lots elsewhere).
Various marinated meats and hunks of veggie – ready to be BBQd; some hummus, tzatziki and crudités to whet our appetite; fresh green salad, mix of tomatoes straight from the bush, potato salad ...
.. followed by strawberries picked this morning from the overflowing fruits of delight at Sharnfold’s Farm Shop ...
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Conversation mixers – vino, beers, lemonade, our English squashes, sparkling water, elderflower presse ... (see The Melton Cheeseboard, Leicester, UK – where they state: made 100% naturally from handpicked elderflowers grown on our plantations, whole fresh lemons and lightly carbonated Belvoir spring water. This gives it an exquisitely delicate scented taste – serve chilled.)
As I love my snippets of history, a look at life from a different perspective, I’ll add a note about Bank Holidays that I omitted from my previous post .... why are they called ‘Bank’ Holidays (which Lee from Tossing It Out asked) ...
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The Bank of England prior to 1834 observed about 33 saints’ days and religious festivals as holidays which was then reduced to just four: 1st May (May Day), 1st November (All Saints Day), Good Friday and Christmas Day; (not sure why – but the name Bank Holiday stuck).
The Bank Holidays Act of 1871 (England, Wales and Ireland) specified new days: Easter Monday, Whit Monday, first Monday in August, Boxing Day/St Stephen’s Day .... Good Friday and Christmas Day were already recognised as common law holidays – and had become customary holidays long before records began. (Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday is the holiday celebrated the day after Pentecost (Whitsun) – this has since changed ... don’t ask!).
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Come and enjoy the feast – the warm weekend – it looks like the sun will burn off the early sea mist that came down yesterday ... meet new friends, find new blogs ... relax ...
Dear Mr Postman – our August Bank Holiday weekend has gone, but I’m sure we can enjoy the celebrations over at Karen’s Labor Day BBQ – come and meet everyone .. it’s quiet with my mother for now.
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