Happy January

Happy New Year!

So it’s January 1st 2018, the darkest month begins, I’m already longing for spring and today I found it, yes hooray for catkins, hazel ones I believe!

Here’s a little winter tip for you from Mrs Beeton, she suggests that,

‘At this time of year sensible females should examine their paper or muslin bags of seeds for mould, maggots and other such undesirables’

In case you’ve begun the year feeling under the weather, in 1968, The National Federation of Women’s institutes shared an Old Channel Island remedy for coughs,

Collect 20 snails from crevices in walls, half a pound moist brown sugar. Leave snails in a bowl to clean themselves. Remove and place live snails in muslin bag with the sugar. Leave to drip overnight. Bottle liquid and use a tablespoon as required.

Do you think it was meant to be swallowed or rubbed in?




20 thoughts on “Happy January

  1. Not found any maggots yet, but I’ll keep looking!

    Yesterday it really was a Happy January for us as my eldest step-daughter got engaged, I am feeling hopeful that 2018 is going to be a happier year πŸ˜€

    Lots of happy thoughts and no undesirables for you this year too Gilly xxx

  2. I’m going to pass on the snail juice but I do want to wish you all good things in 2018, Gilly.
    It’s -11 windchill here in Ohio very cold.. How any pioneers survived winter is beyond me.
    It’s been a nice time with family but have to head home. It’s time. Looking forward to following you in the new year.

  3. No shortage of snails here, but the mind is boggling at leaving them in bowl to clean themselves. How does that work? My lot would just climb out and run away. And does sugar have the same effect as salt? I suppose by the fact you use a tablespoon means you drink it. I think not. Here’s hoping none of us get a cough!

  4. I haven’t seen a snail in a long time…none here in the desert. The snail recipe…I’m not even sure what remains. But swallow or rub? Either way, not for me, thanks! But some garlic on em is what I say.

  5. Talking of kill or cure… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ We went to watch fireworks in Cromer on Monday teatime- a lovely display- and when we got back Jarek produced a tot of ‘special’ vodka. Good to warm you up, he said. Straight down the hatch! I almost threw up. It was foul! The rest of the stay was good though πŸ™‚

    1. Oh no that’ll put you off vodka for a while, poor you, was Jarek aware of its affect? I guess you’re back home, hope you’re warm now. I’m yawning my head off because the storm woke me last night and I couldn’t get back to sleep. Is it the weekend yet? x:-)x

      1. He said mine wasn’t the usual reaction. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I wouldn’t care but he had a lovely raspberry one I would’ve loved. Yes, back about 6 last night. Managed to fit in a quick coffee with an old friend on the way home too.

      2. Raspberry, yes I’d give that a go. I tend to have it with coke or in a cocktail of course – boozer that I am!!!
        Nice to get a visit in on your way home, getting value from the journey πŸ™‚

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