Heather's Monthly Articles

Strange British November Traditions
November article

Strange British November Traditions

There are plenty of chances to indulge in mischief-making, lighting things afire, and more.

Odd Place Names
October article

Odd Place Names

One of the smaller countries on earth holds the record for the second longest place name in the world.

Harvest Festival/Crying the Neck
September Article

Harvest Festival/Crying the Neck

Traditions associated with this time of year go back to pagan times.

Yorkshire Day
August article

Yorkshire Day

The realms of food, sport, entertainment, literature and commerce are all the better for contributions from the northern county.

The Crow Fair
July article

The Crow Fair

This unusual festival, with men dressed incognito as giant crows dancing 'round a scarecrow, dates back nearly a hundred years.

A Proper Football Match, part 2
June article

A Proper Football Match, part 2

Most go for the sport, and while tailgating is not done in the UK, there is another touching element of crowd participation.

A Proper Football Match
May article

A Proper Football Match

Heather returns to the pitch during a visit to her birthplace in Sheffield, Yorkshire and explains the great differences between British and American football.

The Plague Village in Derbyshire
April article

The Plague Village in Derbyshire

The residents of a 17th century village made an incredible sacrifice to contain an enormous human tragedy.

British Counties Recipes
March article

British Counties Recipes

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are covered with these hearty and satisfying dishes.

British Bathrooms
February Article

British Bathrooms

The good news is that your chances of electrocuting yourself are far less than the possibility of only scalding your hands.

Wassail!
January article

Wassail!

For hundreds of years this tradition has included singing, drinking and much merriment--but fortunately it no longer includes throwing children in the fire!

Christmas Trees from Norway
December article

Christmas Trees from Norway

A holiday tradition that started over 70 years ago, in gratitude for British assistance to the Norwegian people during WWII, continues to this day.

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