Tuesday 8 June 2010

Making Rainbows on a Rainy Day

I'm not ashamed to say that I love the Walt Disney Film Pollyanna. Especially on a rainy Sunday morning when the dreaded lurgie has returned and you've been trying to sleep on the sofa since 3am so you don't disturb your partner and your chest feels like someone's sitting on it!
But curled up with a woolly blanket and a special hot drink in your favourite mug....
...and Pollyanna to keep you company .....
.......you just find so many things........
.....to be glad about..................

Things like a friend sharing this recipe with me for a special pep-up-drink................

You just need to put the following ingredients in your favourite mug:-

The juice of half a lemon or lime
A big spoonful of honey, preferably Manuka
A little cinnamon
A crushed garlic clove (seriously)
A dash of whisky
I also add grated or finely chopped fresh ginger root
Pour over lots of hot water and then give it a good old stir

I'm not usually known for drinking alcohol at the crack of dawn and I did leave it out this time, although there have been the odd occasions.......like when I was 21 on a road trip to Paris with three girl friends in a very old bright blue VW beetle called Bluebell. We didn't quite make it to one of our planned hotel stops one night....I think our map reading wasn't up to scratch. We ending up sleeping in Bluebell in the middle of the Bois de Boulogne.....I say sleep, I don't think any of us slept a wink....four people in a VW!! It was absolutely freezing.....as the sun rose we spotted a light on in a little cafe..it must have been 5am....and a line of small rotund French men filed in.......Without hesitation we followed.... mmm we could smell hot coffee, warm croissants and we noticed they were drinking cognac... All being of the ethos that 'when in Rome do as the Romans' we ordered cognac too.... No wonder we drove around Paris in a dream......what with that and all the pink champagne too.....but that's another story.....

OOh and I'm 'glad' it's raining today.....I won't have to water the garden........


  1. Love your cognac story. What a great memory - and a great road trip by the sound of it.

  2. I haven't seen Pollyanna for years! I must track it down and introduce the kids to her. I remember being fascinated by that light prism!

    We have been fighting off chest infections here too. Hope you're feeling better soon.

  3. It was a great trip- I'd almost forgotten about it Katie.

    You must try to find Pollyanna Caz, it was so much better than I remembered it.......

    Hope you all get well soon, too.