Hot Chocolate: A History

Hot Chocolate: A History

We are entering the cold weather where cuddling up by the fire with a steaming mug of something warm, such as hot chocolate, is an evening favorite. So here is a short history of this delicious beverage. Between 3,000 and 4,000 years ago, cacao plants were first cultivated in Mesoamerica by the Olmec, living in… Continue Reading

Tomorrow is Guy Fawkes day in the UK

Tomorrow is Guy Fawkes day in the UK

November 5th is “Bonfire Night” in the UK, the day when Britons everywhere set fire to massive piles of flammables, light fireworks, and host parades. Straw dummies representing Fawkes, as well as those of contemporary political figures, are tossed into the bonfire. Why, you may ask? Well, here is a bit of history– The beginnings ~ Guy… Continue Reading

Floriography ~ R and S flowers

Floriography ~ R and S flowers

Today I’m bringing the seventh installment in my study into Floriography  —  the cryptological communication through flower use or arrangement. Past posts can be read by clicking these links– Floriography history & A and B flowers Floriography C and D flowers Floriography F and G flowers Floriography H, I, and J flowers Floriography L and M flowers Floriography… Continue Reading

Floriography ~ N, O, and P flowers

Floriography ~ N, O, and P flowers

Today I’m bringing the sixth installment in my study into Floriography  —  the cryptological communication through flower use or arrangement. Past posts can be read by clicking these links– Floriography history & A and B flowers Floriography C and D flowers Floriography F and G flowers Floriography H, I, and J flowers Floriography L and M flowers    … Continue Reading

Floriography ~ L and M flowers

Floriography ~ L and M flowers

Here is the fifth installment in my study into Floriography  —  the cryptological communication through flower use or arrangement. Past posts can be read by clicking these links– Floriography history & A and B flowers Floriography C and D flowers Floriography F and G flowers Floriography H, I, and J flowers     Lily of the Valley… Continue Reading

Vocabulary Rocks! J is for…

Vocabulary Rocks! J is for…

Carrying on in my search for unusual words and origins, time to tackle the letter J. More fascinating history lessons in etymology and strange words for your enjoyment! For previous entries on this topic, a blog category search for “vocabulary” will bring up the archived posts. Search box is on the left. I LOVE vocabulary!   Java/Joe… Continue Reading