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Rocking Horse

The English rocking horse

Approaching Christmas the Rocking Horse is a lovely topic, I think. Although this has already been posted before, I thought to share it again as the rocking horse is one of the typical Christmas symbols alongside, drums, mushrooms, boots, tin…

Christmas Pudding

English Christmas 3 – Food

If we asked what the English eat at Christmas, most probably the majority of us would say turkey and Christmas pudding which would not be far from the truth. However, this is a very simplified version of the menu at…

Victorian Christmas Card

English Christmas 2 – Traditions

Let’s think for a while and imagine how Christmas could be like when Queen Victoria became the queen of the UK. Things that make Christmas really great such as the Christmas tree, Santa Clause, Christmas cake, Christmas turkey, did not…

Full English Breakfast

The Full English breakfast

Plot: Six, square shaped, tiny toasts on a plate, five with red jam on top. The jam is just sliding onto the sixth one. ’Good morning, Poirot.’ ’Bon jour, Hastings.’ ’Is that all your having?’ ’What more is there to…

English Christmas 1 – Evergreens

It is quiet out there and the sky is cloudy on Advent. This the time when I decorate the house with christmasy stuff. It has been nearly 20 years that I learnt in Germany how to make a Christmas wreath,…

Windsor Post Boxes

The English post box

Whenever you go to a souvenir shop in England, it is guaranteed you will find the following symbols in the form of a keyring, fridge magnet, money box etc: cab, Big Ben, British guard, Beefeater, double decker, corgi, phone box…

English Pub Names

There are things in life I am not a fan of but the culture or customs linked to them are attractive. Wine is one of them. I do not like wine and have an allergy to sulphites so drinking wine…

Servants Room Polesden Lacey

The Butler

Being a “You rang, M’lord?” fan one of my favourite topics is the lives of the servants. Mr Stoke’s character certainly wound his way into our hearts and gave us an idea what sort of responsibilities a butler used to…

Berkshire County Show

After a month in Hungary it was actually good to return to the UK. I missed it big time. What helped me to survive the difficult period in my life was that I knew I wanted to return to the…

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