Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 270

Cider and hard cider

It’s called cider in the U.S, but not as we Brits know it. Especially us Brits who went to school in the Cider Capital of Somerset 🙂

A Brit expat wrote this recently about a cider experience in the U.S: ‘One big faux pas I made was at a bbq….had only been Stateside three weeks and we were served food and drink. All was going well until one of the wives asked if my kids would like some cider……they were 4 and 6 years old so I blew my top! No idea that ‘cider’ over here was apple juice. Had never heard of hard cider. Oh my!!’

This baint be cider, me luvver, not as we knows it anyhows (that should be read in a West Country accent)

This baint be cider, me luvver, not as we knows it anyhows (that should be read in a West Country accent)

Yes, it’s true. I found this out on a crisp and cold December evening at a Christmas market in a lovely New York City square.

‘Ah, warm apple cider!’ I declared. ‘Make it two please!’
A sip later…. ‘This tastes just like apple juice.’ Hmmm.
‘Excuse me, has this got alcohol in?’
‘No ma’am, it does not.’

Oh, disappointed of Somerset.

So if you want REAL cider in the USA you have to get HARD cider and alongside that you can get HARD lemonade (that’s an alcopop to us Brits).

Now I know the difference between hard and soft ;)

Now I know the difference between hard and soft 😉

Mike's hard one ;)

Mike’s hard one 😉

This was my recent cider conversation:

‘Would you like a hard one or a soft one, ma’am?’
(Snigger).’A hard one, please.’ (More sniggers).

Yes, I’m talking about cider, folks! Gawd bless America and its hard cider (scrumpy)!

Abandoned Amusement Park…..

Looking for something very, very spooky for Halloween?! What about this place on your roadtrip?!!!

Oh my! An abandoned amusement park…. ‘Yikes, Scooby!





West Virginia’s site of abandoned Lake Shawnee Amusement Park shut down back in 1966 and has laid in ruins ever since. Many believe Lake Shawnee to be horribly cursed. The park was built upon the site of a desecrated Native American burial ground, and was the location of a brutal massacre of settlers. This week it opens for tours.

This is the blurb for it: ‘An archaeological dig has revealed a Native American burial ground containing the bodies of 13 people, mostly children. In the 18th century, the area’s first European settlers arrived, the Clay family. The settlers were attacked by Native Americans, two of their children died in the attack, and a third was later burnt at the stake. In the 1920s the land was purchased and transformed into an amusement park.

‘Over the years, several tragic accidents happened at the park, including the death of a little girl on the mechanical swings and a drowning death in Lake Shawnee. The park was then closed. Some paranormal investigators have visited the site and claim to hear children laughing and the swings moving all by themselves.

‘Because surely wind couldn’t make swings move like that…..’

Super spooky, I love it!



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6 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 270

  1. Josie says:

    Technically, cider in the US refers to unfiltered apple juice. Much more flavor than what you’ll get from the Mott’s apple juice that’s available year ’round. Mulled cider is one of my favorite things in the world. Add a shot or two of spiced rum into it and you have quite the fall treat!

  2. Rachel says:

    Ooh, I am loving the spooky stuff

  3. racheljjo says:

    Ooh, I love the spooky stuff

  4. Pat and Pam says:

    I Googled the Clay family in order to clear up that last line on the sign “the boy was taken into Ohio and burned at the stake.” Ezekiel was still an Indian captive and it was they who burned him at the stake. There were a number of Indian settlements in Ohio at the time.

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