The First of May marks the beginning of Summer in the old Gaelic cultures, a tradition widely known as Beltane. And where better to celebrate this ancient May Day ceremony than atop May Hill itself, iconic landmark of the Gloucestershire countryside, former Iron Age hill fort, ley line intersection and epicentre of the Perry Pear Universe. Readily identifiable by … Read More May Day! May Day!
I tell you what, New Zealand is a pretty awesome place to be during the months of February and March. Whilst the UK has been deluged by snow storms, locked in the freezer, and then left to undergo a full, sopping thaw, I have been basking in Southern Hemisphere sunshine for the last 8 weeks (smug factor dialled up to … Read More Sunny Cider Up
Happy New Year my ciderlings! I’m trust that the end of year festivities were suitably gratuitous and engorging? It certainly was for me. But, 2018 is a new year, and guess what? I’m off on a bit of global gallivanting (yes, I know, again), starting right now. I’m at Heathrow Airport right now. When I started this Ciderologist lark last … Read More Global Gallivanting
Alcohol has been in the news a lot recently, with last Wednesday’s announcement that Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) has been given the green light in Scotland, after the laboriously long process to review the challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association finally came to its conclusion. The spectre now looms large over whether Wales and England will follow suit. I am … Read More Will it be all White on the Night?
It’s been an important couple of weeks in my world. And, obviously, the best way for me to explain it is through an earth process system analogy (classic Geographer). Every now and again you get one of those moments when there is a subtle, but permanent, tectonic shift. A change that will start off small, but will have longer term, … Read More Raising the Bar (at the Bar)