And hello to you! Today we're celebrating Imbolc and St Brigid.
When I was looking at different crafts to including with our Spring Craft Box, I learned about different festivals, such as wassailing and making St Brigid's Cross. It's been really interesting learning more about traditional festivals and the changing of the seasons, as well as learning some fun crafts as well!
This year I think we'll be celebrating with a barmbrack (traditionally made at Halloween, but a celebration is always a good excuse to make a cake!). I've made it a number of times and it's always a favourite here at Beagle HQ. My tip for anyone making it is to soak the fruit overnight in chai tea (Brew Tea Co is our personal favourite) as it gives the fruit a delicious depth and warmth of flavour.
Also, with it being the 1st of the month, we'll also be playing 'Pin The Tail On The Rabbit', which is part of our Spring Craft Box. I originally did a rough version of this one rainy day as a quick game to keep us busy (complete with our handprints cut from green paper to make grass). It was a fun game which definitely saved the day. For the updated version, my husband designed the rabbit, I really love the fluffy tails, made with wool roving from a local wool shop. I was also taught the tradition of saying 'White Rabbit' on the first day of the month as a way of drawing in good luck. Do you say 'white rabbit' on the 1st of the month? I never really questioned must about the tradition, but you can read more about it on this Wikipedia page.