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About teapottipper

Folklore PhD Student. Gardener. Cook. Walker. Tea drinker.

The Big Apple of Colborne, Ontario – Taking a Bite Out of the 401

Anyone who’s ever suffered through the mind-numbing stop-and-go traffic (14 whole lanes of it!) crawling through Toronto on the 401 Highway will probably also have driven by this delightful roadside apple sculpture as they head east towards Montreal.  Towering over … Continue reading

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Cider on the Prairie

I decided to pay a visit to a place very close to my heart: Conner Prairie Living History Museum, where I worked for about five summers during college. I had not been back in many years, and I was excited to … Continue reading

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Elderflower Detour

June in Indiana is the time to gather Elderflowers, though almost no one does, except me.    Some folks here are familiar with the elderberry as an edible fruit for pies or cordials, but floral tastes are not something that … Continue reading

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Relegated to the Burn Pile

I’ve been neglecting the blog lately due to some heavy dissertation writing, rewriting, and career hand-wringing.  Many paragraphs have been relegated to the burn pile.  Grafting new ideas onto old roots.  Trying not to get swept away by some new … Continue reading

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Cider Con 2014 – (Re)Learning to Taste

There are so many things to discuss about Cider Con 2014, but I want to start off by talking about tasting.  It makes me think of the movie Playing by Heart from the nineties that started off with a character … Continue reading

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Cider Con 2014 – Michigan Cider Bus Tour

Cider Con 2014 left the gate this year in the form of a bus tour to Virtue Cider and Vander Mill Cider in Michigan.  Two coaches full of Cider Con attendees set off, rounding the snowy southern tip of Lake … Continue reading

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Our Own Midwest Wassail

I hosted a very modified wassail for about 15 of my friends here in Indiana.  No orchards, no bonfires, unfortunately, but as it was only about 15 degrees F, I think we were happy to stay inside.  But I got … Continue reading

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Wassail: An Unexpected Revival

I was sitting in a pub in East Hackney, London one January night a few years ago trying to convince a young man from Portsmouth that English people did in fact practice the custom of wassail.  “Wassail?” he said.  “I’ve … Continue reading

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Wassail: Some Historical Reports and their Contexts

Have you been dying for some historical sources for the custom of wassail?  Come on, I know you have.  Lucky for you I am the folklorist with the super folklore library collection a mere 30 minute walk from my doorstep.  … Continue reading

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Check out this cool post on Lambswool, forwarded by a cider friend at United States of Cider.  Chock full of historical and literary anecdotes and nice pictures and recipe offered. Also, keep on eye on United States of Cider’s Campaign … Continue reading

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