St Patrick’s Day 2016

On this day in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, a Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, died.  So on March 17th, every year it’s time to turn everything green so that the Irish and the Irish-at-heart can celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

All over the world, what began as a religious feast for this patron saint of Ireland, has now become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with special foods, dancing, parades and a whole lot of green.  The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York City, in America in 1762, and not in Ireland, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through the city.  Then in 1995 the Irish government set about with a large global marketing campaign to celebrate Irish charms to the rest of the world.  It’s success can now be seen with the huge celebrations we see around the world

The Giant Hedgehog

Guess who we came across a few weeks ago? Spike, The Giant Hedgehog!

It could sound like a science fiction movie or a famous gaming character, however this hedgehog is real and made of tinsel.

Spike has been knitted from 30 balls of King Cole tinsel yarn and was displayed at the Craft and Stiches Show in February 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham.

We have heard it is going on a UK road trip, so you may cross its slow path🙂

2016 is a Leap Year

2016 is a leap year, when a Leap Day is added as 29th February. It was added by the Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus.  It is needed every 4 years to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolution around the Sun.  It takes exactly 365.2442 days for a complete orbit of the earth around the sun.

This extra day makes the year 366 days long instead of 365, there will be a February 29 2016.

Tradition says that in a Leap Year a woman can propose to a man.  St Patrick supposedly gave women the chance to propose to their suitor every Leap Year, after St Bridget had complained that some women were having to wait too long for their men to propose.  Unfortunately research shows that it usually ends in failure.




Valentine’s Day

You must have seen this famous poem by Gammer Gurton’s Garland before, which symbolise Valentine’s Day:

The rose is red, the violet’s blue,
The honey’s sweet, and so are you.
Thou art my love and I am thine;
I drew thee to my Valentine:
The lot was cast and then I drew,

And Fortune said it shou’d be you.

Valentine’s Day happens to be on the February 14 in most of the countries. Each year millions of people show appreciation for their loved ones.


Top Tips for Bonfire Night

What are your bonfire traditions? Joules Journal tells you about their top 5.

Find our suggestions below:

1. Build the Fire – collect up any old pallets, bits of timber and garden waste. Make it in the shape of a tipee and keep a place for the Guy on the top.

2. Make a Guy – this represents Guy Fawkes the main conspirator who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Collect some old colths and use a sack or pillowcase for the head, stuff the body with straw and put him on top of the bonfire.

3. Fireworks – prepare the firworks a safe distance for the spectators and enjoy the whoosh, the bang, the bright colours and the glorious spectical of the rockets in the night sky.

4. Food – Hot dogs and toffee apples are a must, they are the traditional food while keeping warm around the bonfire.

5.Keep Warm – the food and the bonfire will keep you warm but also make sure you wrap up warm with a hat, scarf and gloves.