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!
Well, I’m a month in as a full time, freelance cider talking person. And I’ve still got a bit of money in the bank so I’m gurning like an idiot! I am, however, entirely aware that this is the honeymoon period and that I might well not be as spritely in 3 months’ time. But, it’s already apparent that the … Read More Dribble Tests and BBC Requests: The Life of a Ciderologist
I went to Switzerland last week to see a friend from New Zealand. One day, after cosuming a beautiful carafe of Chasselas (Switzerland makes wine – who knew?!) and eating a meat-heavy lunch in the hills above Lake Geneva, I decided to take a constitutional to kick start the digestive tract. On my wander, I spotted something familiar but entirely unexpected: … Read More In Praise of Perry Pears