'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Sunday, 27 December 2009

My New Year's Day activity suggestion.

Ever since I saw "Under the Tuscan Sun", I've enjoyed making Limoncello. (I mean what woman wouldn't have that drink and this lovely person seared into her memory?)

So, now we come to my suggestion: a delightful way to spend a cold and dismal, or, as is the case down here, warm, overcast and muggy New Year's Day:

Northern Hemisphere: Two shots of Limoncello. Add to a small wine-glass of mulled wine. Sip.
Southern Hemisphere: Two shots of Limoncello. Add to a tall chilled glass of 1/2 and 1/2 cheap sparkling white wine and dry lemonade. Slurp.

Now, come with me on a auditory Terry-Pratchettisque-type leap from home-made LIMONCELLO to home-made LEGO CELLO....
Below is Nathan Sawaya playing his cello.

Click here to see how he did it.

Now, off you go and grab the kid's lego and see what you can make!


  1. Great one. Loved the interview with Nathan Sawaya as well. Thanks for sharing it!

    Hope you had a marvelous holiday and wishing you a lovely, prosperous New Year as well.

  2. Fascinating! My son plays the cello. Happy New Year to you there on the other side of the world with your chilled version of Limoncello.

  3. I have heard it said that watching yachts racing is a bit like watching grass grow - I get this sense from this albeit speeded up video of cello building - puts a new slant on the 'Toy Symphony'

  4. Under The Tuscan Sun. Wonderful film even if (or perhaps because of being) rather loosely based on the book.

    I have two Italian friends (or friends of Italian extraction to be more accurate) who make Limoncello. Mmmm.

  5. I must read the book.
    Limoncello - even the name is sweet/sour and lilting. Once tried, never forgotten.


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