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- SEVENTH instalment
Craft Corner - Marzipan
history: Thales and the
Traditional Winter Evergreens
Link of the month
The Freedom in Education Magazine
THE TWELFTH MONTH OF THE YEAR is finally here, and two thousand and
three is very almost over; Winter is here again, and after all the other
seasons have been and gone, and all the plants and animals have done
their thing, everything seems very much the same as last December.
But for me things aren't the same: the passing of another year, I
am happy to say, has left me a richer person - one year older and wiser!
- and I will try to make 2004 even better than 2003.
It must not be forgotten that December is a festive month - the days are short and the nights cold, and
all we need is a little extra cheer to help us through the darkest time of year.
Because of this there is a special new feature this month entitled Christmas
Specials, including a story written by Bethan and a 58 verse long Christmas poem which Wendy has written! Besides these the
entire Bip and Bop and Santa Leek can be read as well as the full 11 strips of Mr
Superstitious's Christmas Reunion, so as you can see you should
really go there now.
Besides our Christmas Specials, the
big excitement of this month's issue is Wendy's lucid article on Home
Educating, it is very good and a must-read; everything is covered
- all questions answered and all doubts dispelled. I definitely give it
In Allerleirauh we
have arrived at the second-to-end instalment, and things have really
reached the final climax. Allerleirauh once again goes to the ball, and
as usual manages to slip away before she can be detained, but this time
the prince has conceived a cunning plan, to make sure that he can find
her again after the ball is over...
There are also the final halves of Bib
and Bop and Santa Leek and Mr.
Superstitious's Christmas Reunion, which can be seen on the Christmas
Specials home page
December's story from history must also be read as soon as possible, for
who can bear not to know about Thales, and what he did with the olive
presses, for another moment - certainly it was very lucky...or shall I
On Bethan's online Cookbook this
month, the new recipe is mostaccioli,
Italian Christmas biscuits that are so good
- actually, because of some difficulties with the recipe, we ended up
making them three times successively, so by now I am just a little
surfeited with them.
As you can see to the left, new in Wendy's
Craft Corner is Marzipan
Figures, clear instructions for how to make an edible snowman and
Father Christmas. They are extremely fun to make and look very fine once
finished, and I really wish you all the best luck in making them.
In Gardening there is what to
do in December, as well as a short article on Traditional
Winter Evergreens - what people used to decorate their houses with
before pine trees came along - gorgeously illustrated with evergreen
twigs, which I hope you enjoy.
There is also a new link for
an excellent website on tin whistles.
As an important last
word, I would like to inform you that I'm going to completely redesign
the Home Page for the New Year, and take off a lot of stuff; for as you
can see, the Home Page is too crowded!!
sincerely wish you a very merry Christmas, and a fantastic December!!!
Best Wishes Samuel
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