ZEPHYR: Soft mild gentle wind or breeze
Cicada’s bellow, bird song loud
their cacophony sometimes deafening
Afternoon zephyr still lingering
but no for long
as summer morphs into autumn
Abundance in the garden – past it’s best
Proof of a magnificent harvest
Trees dropping leaves
Cats snoozing in the last of summer heat
Feijoas signalling in the cooler months
Autumn and its unique beauty
offers time to reflect, contemplate
and prepare for winter……
YCLEPT: Called (by the name of)
I chose yclept because it is such an odd word, and I wanted at least one word I had never ever heard of before included in my A-Z Challenge.
Synonyms: appellation, clepe, named, styled, titled, known as, termed.
In a sentence: My tortoise shell cat yclept Missy Moo stretched as she enjoyed the warmth of the late afternoon sun.
XMAS: Abbreviation for Christmas
My trusty 1976 dictionary contained only 26 X words. It did however have Xmas as one of the 26 words so I am kind of grasping at straws and using an abbreviation – it was difficult finding a suitable word.
So in keeping with the Xmas theme I am sharing with you a fabulous Xmas cake recipe. For the last 10 years, in late October early November, I make at least 20 Xmas cakes for friends and family using a recipe given to me by a friend. This was her mother’s recipe so it is at least 2 – 3 generations old. Enjoy.
Bobbie’s Christmas Cake
Place in a large pan
- 1/2 1b butter
- 1 & 1/2 1bs brown sugar
- 1 x 15oz tin of fruit salad
- 1/2 cup rum
- 1200 grams mixed fruit
- 2-3 teaspoons various spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, mixed spice)
Bring to the boil, simmer for 1 minute and cool
When mixture cool add
- 4 well beaten eggs
- 2 tablespoons of golden syrup
- 2 cups wholemeal flour
- 2 cups white flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
Mix all together
Line the bottom of 9 inch cake tin with paper
Bake 130C for 3-4 hours
- The mixture of metric and imperial measurements is as it came from Bobbie.
- Rather than icing the Xmas cake, decorate the top with almonds and/or glaze cherries before putting it in the oven to cook.
- I use less sugar than the recipe states.
- It is okay to double the recipe and I often use different size tins depending on who I am baking for. Baking time will differ with size of tin used.
- I have fan oven, so I lower the oven temperature to 120/125C
Thanks Bobbie for your recipe
WHOPPEE: to express exuberant joy, to rejoice noisily
Hopscotch, a favourite game of mine when I was a child.
It is wonderful to see that hopscotch is still played today. And whoopee that children are outside playing and enjoying their environment.
VALOUR: Personal courage esp. as shown in fighting.
“Lest We Forget”
This is my tribute to the nearly 500 Cook Island Soldiers recruited by New Zealand over the course of World War One. Of the 5 contingents recruited, 3 contingents saw active service. The 4th contingent trained at Narrow Neck Camp, Auckland however shortly before their departure in 1918, the war ended. The 5th contingent had been recruited but did not start training.
‘The Rarotongan Company’ httpwww.nzhistory.net.nzwarpacific-islanders-nzefrarotongans, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 2-Sep-2014)
UNIVERSE: All existing things, the whole creation, the cosmos, the world, all mankind
Here is a snippet of my universe
TRANSFORM: Make change in form, outward appearance, character , disposition
Today I leave the past behind
Only looking forward enough to see my foot step land gently on the earth.
I move through the day quietly and respectively, taking the time to look at the moment of now, embracing everything I see, hear and touch; knowing the experience I am having is meant to be.
Making time to be still and breathe in life
Forever thankful for gifts received as I walk my path in this lifetime
Today I am transformed.
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