Lowering Sky, Eccles Cakes and A Poem

24 Jan

Our walk was short and brisk dodging hailstorms. The sky over Carn Brea was threatening of more to come.

The lovely Mr S is very fond of Eccles Cakes as was my Dad, a Lancashire man. Dad liked them with a hunk of Lancashire cheese. I have never made them before and am delighted with today’s efforts!

While I was baking, I was listening to Poetry Please on BBC radio 4. The final poem by Murray Lachlan Young, ‘Negative Thoughts’ feels just perfect for these times as many people are struggling with their mental health.  As the poet says, this poem  is  “An antidote to allowing things to spiral in the wrong direction.” The whole programme is worth listening to but you can find the poem  at about 27 minutes using the link above. I found it very useful.

Murray Lachlan Young



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6 responses to “Lowering Sky, Eccles Cakes and A Poem

  1. nrhatch

    January 25, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Glad your first try was a smashing success. I made a delicious soup today with lentils, pumpkin, veggies, potato ~ YUM!

    Success in the kitchen = success in the tummy!

  2. Wendy Edgeley

    January 25, 2021 at 2:26 am

    I too love Eccles cakes and your picture made me salivate! I am always on the lookout for good ones when we visit UK. My UK resident step-daughter found some perfect ones in a London bakery/cafe but last time we visited they had stopped making them as they said there was no demand. Tragedy! Dad also loved Lancashire cheese but ate his with apple pie.

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 25, 2021 at 6:48 pm

      I can send you the recipe if you like. They are surprisingly easy especially if you buy ready made pastry! Both Mum and Dad liked cheese with Christmas cake, any fruit cake actually. I have followed that tradition. Lovely to hear from you. 🙂

  3. unexpectedincommonhours

    January 25, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Thank you for sharing the link. What a very useful poem for these difficult times!


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