…Loudly sing ‘Cuckoo’

Cuckoos are sort of tricky birds, it’s hard to feel sympathy for mass-murderers, but for some reason they appeal, maybe also because of the clocks:

Actually I heard my first cuckoo this year back on May 1, and was jubilant as I had a one Euro coin in my pocket at the time, thus ensuring I will not run out of money, this year at least.

There are loads of strange superstitions about cuckoos, my favourite is from the Channel Island of Guernsey, where apparently upon hearing the first cuckoo of the year, one balanced a stone on one’s head and then ran around until it fell off. Hmmn.

BBC – Guernsey – History – A few cuckoo superstitions?

Sumer is icumen in” is the incipit of a medieval English round or rota of the mid-13th century; it is also known variously as the Summer Canon and the Cuckoo Song. (Sumer is icumen in – Wikipedia)

The line translates approximately to “Summer has come in” or “Summer has arrived”. The song is written in the Wessex dialect of Middle English.

Wessex was an ancient kingdom in the south of England, today full of lovely places

and exciting history:

and famous for a King, Alfred, who burned the cakes:

Read the story here: King Alfred and the Cakes (historic-uk.com)

Summer has taken its time cumen in this year, our spring has been too cold and too wet and winter dragged on a long time.

It suddenly got warmer this week, meaning I have to change to the Summer curtains in the bathroom:

And buy strawberries, so that my husband can make a delicious strawberry flan.

Here’s a recipe:

Guten Appetit!

One thought on “Sumer is icumen in…

  1. Fact check!
    Dear Carys
    Thank you for the blog. My status and the photo of my cake combined with a youtube recipe video suggest the completely wrong impression that I prepared the cake according to this video. My recipe was: take 3 eggs (no separation yolk/white necessary) + 90g sugar, whsk till stiff. Mix one package of “Puddingpulver” (according to your taste “vanilla”, “chocolate” or …) with 100g of flour and one level teaspoon baking powder. (For the Britons among us: in case you should have problems to get “Puddingpulver” try Bird’s custard powder – but I won’t guarantee for anything). Grease baking dish with margarine and a tiny coating of “Paniermehl” (bread crumbs”).
    Bake for 10 minutes at 220 deg C.
    Enjoy ! Guten Appetit!
    Horst (husband)

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