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ImageNEILMUIR1
Jun 20, 2011 2:38 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Wow more posts than in a whole week! What fun this is!.
Charleen, Pimm's is an alcoholic drink! They make three kinds of it and all have Borage in it which is a herb. Look out for my part 4 Article tonight and you will see Borage on there!
What you do is get a large glass jug and put some Pimm's in it, with ice, then you add chopped summer fruits like strawberries and raspberries, oranges or whatever you have got!
Then you fill it up with lemonade, stir well and add some sprigs of mint on the top. Leave to stand for a few minutes and then pour it into glasses, and as Muriel correctly says it is a refreshing drink!
Linda, that is a very pretty bird! We get Golden orioles here very occasionally!
Lucy I have Paperbark maples and they are stunning. They are easy to grow in most places, if you can get hold of an original one or a sapling form a known Provence! Mine came back from China in 1941 and I have grown 5 from seed from the original tree, this is not easy as they are notoriously difficult, and you have about a 98% failure rate!
Mostly they are now grown from cell structures, but are not the same as an original one!
Regards.
Neil.
Imageirisarian
Jun 20, 2011 5:37 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I do recognize the maple on some of your posts. That's why I mentioned it.
ImageNEILMUIR1
Jun 20, 2011 6:12 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear all. my last Article (Part 4) on Chelsea is at http://cubits.org/Neil/articles/view/1017/
I do hope you enjoy it, before I get my passport port out to go to Hampton Court!
Regards.
Neil.
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Imageirisarian
Jun 20, 2011 6:36 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I liked the otter very much.
Imagetaters55
Jun 20, 2011 9:20 PM CST
Name: Linda Cartwright
Del Rio, Texas
Why do you need a passport Neil?
Off to read your article!
A Crafty Cubit
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today. James Dean

ImageNEILMUIR1
Jun 20, 2011 11:20 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Linda, it is a joke we say if going to another County!
Group hug
Neil.
ImageRidesredmule
Jun 21, 2011 6:56 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
It's a joke!! O.K. Rolling on the floor laughing
I love #3 the best but this one was very good too. Love the Water features and the Maples and I did read about the Pimm's but your version does sound deliscious and beautiful.
thanks Neil..
ImageNEILMUIR1
Jun 21, 2011 7:38 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Charleen, it is like crossing the County or in your case the Sate line! Rolling on the floor laughing
Out of a place you know to another place you don't know that well, plus the people are different there as well.
Very strange in Surrey, to posh for me!
Group hug
Neil.

Imagetaters55
Jun 21, 2011 9:09 AM CST
Name: Linda Cartwright
Del Rio, Texas
Morning everyone! Today is the first day of summer, here are a few fun facts...

Summer Solstice 2011 in the Northern Hemisphere, summer solstice begins on Jun 21 2011 at 1:16 P.M. EDT

in the UK June 21, 2011 at 17:16 UTC

Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning "sun" + "to stand still." As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.

As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The Northern Hemisphere celebrates in June, but the people on the Southern half of the earth have their longest summer day in December.

Early Celebrations

Awed by the great power of the sun, civilizations have for centuries celebrated the first day of summer otherwise known as the Summer Solstice, Midsummer (see Shakespeare), St. John's Day, or the Wiccan Litha.

The Celts & Slavs celebrated the first day of summer with dancing & bonfires to help increase the sun's energy. The Chinese marked the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light.


Perhaps the most enduring modern ties with Summer Solstice were the Druids' celebration of the day as the "wedding of Heaven and Earth", resulting in the present day belief of a "lucky" wedding in June.

Today, the day is still celebrated around the world - most notably in England at Stonehenge and Avebury, where thousands gather to welcome the sunrise on the Summer Solstice.

Pagan spirit gatherings or festivals are also common in June, when groups assemble to light a sacred fire, and stay up all night to welcome the dawn.



Summer Solstice Fun Facts

Pagans called the Midsummer moon the "Honey Moon" for the mead made from fermented honey that was part of wedding ceremonies performed at the Summer Solstice.

Ancient Pagans celebrated Midsummer with bonfires, when couples would leap through the flames, believing their crops would grow as high as the couples were able to jump.

Midsummer was thought to be a time of magic, when evil spirits were said to appear. To thwart them, Pagans often wore protective garlands of herbs and flowers. One of the most powerful of them was a plant called 'chase-devil', which is known today as St. John's Wort and still used by modern herbalists as a mood stabilizer.

Neil, how far are you from Stonehenge? I read lots of people go there to celebrate!
A Crafty Cubit
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today. James Dean

Imageirisarian
Jun 21, 2011 10:19 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I would suspect that the solstice would be a good day to stay away from Stonehenge.
murielw1
Jun 21, 2011 10:31 AM CST
Hi Linda, I received a phone call from the surgery this morning,results back from the hospital and that the Dr wants to see me, so receptionist has given me an appointment after my BP check up Friday morning, early.
Take care.
Love Muriel
Imagetaters55
Jun 21, 2011 11:20 AM CST
Name: Linda Cartwright
Del Rio, Texas
Muriel, we will be praying for good results! Please let us know when you can?
A Crafty Cubit
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today. James Dean

ImageRidesredmule
Jun 21, 2011 12:25 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
We sure will be praying for you Muriel.
Donkey prayers for Aunty Muriel, are in order.
We love you, Girl....
ImageNanubunny
Jun 21, 2011 1:13 PM CST
Name: Bonnie
A very small town in Virginia
Muriel, you will be in my prayers for good results!

Linda, I loved the facts about the Summer Solstice!

Your Pimm's recipe does sound good, Neil, but I think I'll stick to the Single Malt... Smiling

Yes, Charleen, his handsome self does look especially good in his patriotic top hat!

Neil, we are doing well - Tom had surgery last Wednesday, and we hope that this will stop the cycle of infection that we've been dealing with for the last year (plus). He'll be able to drive as of tomorrow when he goes to the doctor, so he'll be much happier. He sends his best regards! This time, instead of general anesthesia, he had a spinal block, and mild sedative, and it made a WORLD of difference. After his previous three surgeries, he had a heck of a time recovering his cognitive processes/memory, and it seemed to get worse each time. This, apparently is common as we get older, and they recommend alternatives to general anesthesia for older patients. So I asked the surgeon about it, and he requested the spinal block, and the anesthesiologist said that we had chosen the best course. Tom was very pleased with the outcome, and was instantly alert after the surgery, and very happy with the fact that there was no tube down the throat, too. His recovery has progressed much faster this time.

Love to all,

Bonnie

". . . folks I wouldn't sweat the thunderstorms since the radar has also picked up a squadron of Russian ICBM's"
-- George Carlin, a.k.a. "Al Sleet, the Hippy Dippy Weatherman"
ImageRidesredmule
Jun 21, 2011 1:37 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
So happy for your husband. I've never had a spinal block but have been drugged. Seems I just want to keep sleeping. Those things are bad!!! Quick recovery prayers for Tom...
Thank You. My Charley knows I love him..I've told him he has lots of friends he doesn't even know about. What does he do??? Backs up to me and wants me to scratch his big beautiful Butt.... Rolling on the floor laughing
Scratch me, mom!
murielw1
Jun 21, 2011 2:17 PM CST
Thank you for your prayers, I will let you all know how things are Friday afternoon, I think it may be arthritis, what I don't like is when the pain shoots up to my head, still look on the bright side, if it was not good news the Dr would have had me in before now, fingers crossed, eyes crossed and legs also Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Hugs Muriel
ImageNEILMUIR1
Jun 21, 2011 3:26 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Linda, Stonehenge is about 72 miles from us! I have been there many times, and it is nice to see. However it is a mere 3000+ years old, that is not old to some of the stone circles we have as they are in fact everywhere if you look for them. On the Isle of Lewis (off Scotland), the worlds first ever chess set was found, then the stone circles which are 5000+ years old, or maybe older they think! Most counties in the UK have some or remnants of them, as Britain was a pagan society! The Romans who invaded in 43 AD were also pagans, and did not stop the British tribes from carrying out rituals on the sites! As you may know the Uk was never invaded fully by anyone in its long history!
To pagans in that time the yew tree or Taxus baccata was honored and still is! For it is evergreen where most if not all native tress were deciduous, so to see a tree that kept is leaves was God like. It was soon learnt that yew is highly poisonous, and was thought to scare away evil spirits! They are still planted in or near cemeteries to this day.
Many old burial mounds have them planted around them, and normally a yew forest as we call them are a sign of pagan activity! Some were thought to be 1000-1200 years old, but when we worked on them it was found that yew regenerates itself, and were in fact 2400 to 3000 years old! this was found out because only the outer core was taken for dendrology, and not not the inside core as well.
Stonehenge is always shown as an example, where are there are a lot older and some say more powerful ones!
Wheres you have Thanksgiving, we have Harvest Festival. This is the winter solstice and is done to celebrate the bounties of the year!
First Footing in the north of the UK is the ultimate thing, or Hogmanay as it is called.
The first Romans to become Christians were at a place called Lullingstone villa and is not far from me see this http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/lullin...
To see the Isle of Lewis stones please see this if you are interested http://www.isle-of-lewis.com/history/standing-stones.htm
There are many more Linda, but I will not bore you with them!

Bonnie great to hear Tom is getting better that is great news. Give him my finest Regards for a speedy recovery!
The reason I needed you at Chelsea was to educate the Ladies into not drinking Pimm's, but to get into drinkings single malts!
Some of the finest in the world were there, I am most positive you could have picked one out for them to sample!
My Kindest Regards to all.
Neil.



Imagetaters55
Jun 21, 2011 5:53 PM CST
Name: Linda Cartwright
Del Rio, Texas
Neil, your not boring me at all with the fine education of your Country! I find it very interesting. Thank you for explaining all of it.
A Crafty Cubit
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today. James Dean

Imageirisarian
Jun 21, 2011 6:14 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Why Pimms or malt? Good old ginger beer for those of us who can no longer drink spirits.
ImageNEILMUIR1
Jun 22, 2011 3:42 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Lucy, they did have Ginger beer at Chelsea. However it is not as popular now as it used to be, as they say it is an acquired taste! Most of the youngsters drink Coke or some sort of it nowadays.
Mc Doanalds brought Root beer over here in there stores, but they soon stopped it as the British youngsters did not like it! The die hard Ginger beer fans like their Ginger hot in the drink, and to a lot of youngsters it Tastes funny, as they are brought up on Coke!
My granddad worked in Hotels as a Sommlier and knew everything about wine and drinks there is to know! The Barmen used to love it if anyone ordered a jug of Pimm's as there is no set Recipe for it.
Therefore the Barman can and they still do put whatever they want in it and can pocket the rest! It is the same with wine as well, and my granddad knew every trick in the book!
However with a single malt it is much more difficult, I am not saying it cannot be done, but most Barman would not try it! So for instance if someone drinks Glemorangie which has a distinct orangery flavour , the person who is drinking it would notice immediately if it has been changed even slightly!
Don't worry Lucy, Ginger beer is still alive and kicking, specially in the Countryside. This is where it is made on the farms to their own family Recipes, and is till to this day. Always lots of it near Christmas and in the summer months!
Regards.
Neil.

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