Yesterday I took the Metro train from Newcastle to North Shields for a stop of sorts on my ancestral home pub crawl. Except I wasn’t visiting a town where my ancestors lived; I was visiting real living relatives, my paternal grandfather’s cousins! I also didn’t stop in a pub, but I did drink some brandy, so I’ll give myself a pass.
I have once again received word from Khiran in the Balkans, and this time the transmission seems to be much more favourable…
“Fishy taste like a squawfish on the beach”-Jim.
For those of you who have never heard of Mail Art, it is essentially a global movement of anything creative that can be sent via post. Most often this means homemade postcards and drawings on envelopes, but it can also involve music, poetry, and found art. For those readers requiring further explanation, the Wikipedia page is a good read, and Ross Priddle’s blog Bentspoon is a prime example of an all encompassing, non thematic, ongoing Mail Art exhibit. Poke about his archives a little bit; the Mail Art he has received ranges from the bizarre to the beautiful. For examples of a themed exhibit, take a look at this one about Marie Antoinette, or this one about Welcome to Montana.
Last Sunday my sister and I hosted a Winter Solstice Party at our parents home in Vernon. It was also an ugly sweater party, and a potluck. For my contribution, I decided to make a wassail, being the anglophile that I am and the appropriate time of year for one! I used this recipe and found that it quite met my expectations. Making it was rather fun, and drinking it was even more fun. It must be admitted that not everyone was a fan of it, but then again not everyone had the blood of their English ancestors pulsing through their veins, eager to taste that frothy spiced cider and brandy again.
During the party I also tasted a peanut butter stout, which had been pointed out to me at the local BC Liquor Store by an employee who knew I explored beer and was eager for my opinion on the brew. I tasted it with my friend Ian and we recorded some tasting notes.