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Wolfy’s Full Moon Thoughts – April’s Blood Moon and Lunar Eclipse.

Hello, Wolfy here!

April was a wonderful month for the always gorgeous Moon we wolves love to howl at. On the nights of the 14th and 15th of April 2014, we had a “Blood Moon”. You might think that Clovis, being a vampire and all that, would be interested in the subject but no. He is not the blood-drinking type. He loves tea and so do I! Nothing beats a lovely cup of tea with a delicious dash of milk and a couple of shiny sugar cubes!

But I digress… Usually, April’s Full Moon is called “Pink Moon”. Because it comes shortly after the start of spring, it is also called “Sprouting Grass Moon”, “Seed Moon”, “Egg Moon” and “Fish Moon”.

We usually call October’s Full Moon “Blood Moon” as it is somewhat red-tinted and deliciously dramatic. However 2014 is special. It has two Blood Moons with a series of four lunar eclipses each. The first one was on April 14 – 15 and the second one will take place on October 7 – 8. Do you want to know what a lunar eclipse is? Why don’t you take a look here?

On the past 29th of April there was a partial solar eclipse and we also had New Moon. If you are curious, we are in the early stages of a Waxing Crescent Moon at the moment, when it starts gradually looking rounder and rounder until it goes Full again and we go out howling and howling! Awooooo!

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Awesome March and Welsh greetings

Greetings girls and boys… and viceversa.

This is Clovis writing from the bat-infested bell tower, having my lovely cup of tea as usual. March is very special for us because nearly at the end of the month spring arrives to bring us some joy and flowers. Well, not really. I cannot decide whether I am allergic or simply very afraid of flowers.

Spring is brilliant only because I can leave my winter cape and coats at the dry cleaner’s and wear my fantastic velvet spring cape. Now that I think of it, it looks just like my winter one. No matter, I am always deliriously handsome.

We shall open March with another video from our Welsh collection. Given that the first day of the month is Saint David’s day, this is quite fitting. Learn how to say a few bits and bobs in Welsh with us.

We hope you enjoy the vid, dear readers.

Pompous regards,

Clovis

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Clovis’ First Anniversary!

Greetings again, girls and boys; dudes and dudettes. Clovis writing from the bell tower, with bats gracefully fluttering their wings.

It has been a year since we posted our first video on Youtube. It was the Spanish version of “Tea Time”, called “La hora del té”

On that same day we uploaded videos of Wolfy howling in Spanish and English:

We are pleased to have uploaded 20 videos so far and hope to be online for a long time.

It is great to remember, we make all of our videos with a small budget but with lots of love.

Pompous regards,

Clovis

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Do you know what a cwtch is? What about a cranachan?

Greetings boys and girls. Clovis reporting again.

During January, there is a day in the United Kingdom that you can devote to love, poetry and great food. That day is the 25th. In Wales, it is the day of Saint Dwynwen, who lived in the 5th century. She grew up in Brecon and later in her life established a church in Anglesey. She is the patron saint of lovers. Legend has it that she renounced to Maelon, the man she loved, because her father was against their marriage. According to author Siân Lewis, she turned Maelon into ice. The angels offered to grant her three wishes. Dwynwen prayed for the ice to melt so that Maelon could be set free, she also asked never to marry. Nevertheless, she wished to be of assistance to people who truly loved each other.

The day of Saint Dwynwen (Dydd Santes Dwynwen in Welsh) is a bit of a Welsh version of the internationally famous Saint Valentine’s Day. Just remember, on Saint Dwynwen’s you can always give someone a “cwtch”, which roughly means a hug or a cuddle!

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Welsh dragon in Caernarfon, North Wales.

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Wolfy outside the Smallest House in Great Britain (Conwy, North Wales). Notice the tinsel heart in the window! There is more on the Smallest House in Great Britain to come, so watch this space!

Now, let’s travel further North to Bonny Scotland. On the 25th of January, 1759 Robert Burns, known in his homeland as The Bard, was born. Burns is the most loved Scottish poet of all time, his poems are written in Scots dialect. You may have heard “Auld Lang Syne”, one of his most famous works. It is actually a song that is very popular on New Year’s Eve. Have a listen to this modern version with lyrics, so that you can sing along:

On January 25th, many people in the United Kingdom celebrate Burns Night with a wonderful supper. I quite enjoyed the cranachan cheesecake. By the way, cranachan is a Scottish dessert made of oatmeal, raspberries, honey and sometimes a dash of whisky!

We selected a couple of cranachan recipes from BBC – Food for you to take a look. Remember: ask a responsible adult like Mum or Dad for help when you are cooking!

Cranachan cheesecake, by Paul Hollywood.

Cranachan dessert, by The Hairy Bikers.

So, many cwtches to you. I am going to sink my teeth into the cranachan leftovers in the fridge.

Pompous regards,

Clovis

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Happy Welsh Rarebit Day!

Greetings again!

We almost forgot that today is National Welsh Rarebit Day, celebrating one of Wolfy’s favourite dishes! Now, if you do not know what Welsh Rarebit is, we must tell you first and foremost that it is not Welsh rabbit, even if it sounds a bit like that so no pretty bunny rabbits would be harmed in the process. As a matter of fact, Welsh rarebit does not contain meat, it is simply a type of cheese on toast that is truly scrumptious. Wolfy recommends it, along with a nice cuppa!

Would you like to know how to cook it? Well, Wolfy is a bit of a selfish little wolf when it comes to rarebit and he NEVER reveals his secret recipe. However, do not worry, as Visit Wales offers a most wonderful recipe for everyone to see. Click here for details and do not forget to ask a responsible adult, like Mum or Dad, for help when you cook! Happy Welsh rarebit eating!

Would you still like to know more? Collier’s Powerful Welsh Cheddar have been promoting Welsh Rarebit Day on their Facebook Page.

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Image promoting Welsh Rarebit Day from Collier’s Powerful Welsh Cheddar.

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Wolfy in Llandudno, about to go back home to cook some Welsh rarebit to celebrate this day.

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Wolfy and sheep in Snowdonia.

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Wolfy’s Full Moon Thoughts – Wolf Moon

This month’s Full Moon rose on the 15th and came rather pocket-sized. Yes, January’s Full Moon was a Minimoon, as opposed to a Supermoon. You get a Supermoon when the Moon is closest to the Earth; like-wise, the Moon looks smaller (a Minimoon) when it is furthest from our planet. No matter, big or small it is always beautiful, exquisite and, above all, “howlable” and “howl-a-licious”! I enjoyed it very much, as usual.

Also, did you know that January’s Full Moon is known as “Old Moon” and “Wolf Moon”? Now, that’s a name I like! Pretty flattering, is it not? Native Americans called the first full moon of the year Wolf Moon because they thought that wolves howled louder at it, apparently. I do not know, I always howl pretty loud!

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