The legend of St George has been much debated, but the popular story is that George slayed the dragon that guarded the single fresh water well at Silene in Libya. Each day the townspeople had to make a human sacrifice to gain access to the water and this day was the time for the princess to be sacrificed. In gratitude for saving the life of their princess and slaying the dragon, the people of Silene became Christians - so says the myth. Whatever the story, we rather like her outfit as depicted here in this fabulous painting by Paulo Uccello!
'Saint George and the Dragon' by Paolo Uccello.
More recently the red cross of St George has been representative of the English part of the Union Flag and is celebrated on 23rd April each year.
We thought that a jug of delicious traditional Pimm's No 1 cup would be just perfect to celebrate this year's St George's Day and here is a recipe for you to try out:
Put ice cubes in the bottom of your jug together with slices of lemon, orange, cucumber and then add 180ml of Pimm's No 1 cup. Top up with equal measures of lemonade and dry ginger ale. Stir to combine. Then pour into glasses and top with a sprig of mint.
If you are having friends over for an outdoor gathering to celebrate St George's Day, why not surprise them with this easy pud which looks surprisingly effective and will bring a smile to the faces of your guests:
However, despite long range weather forecasts that tell us we are not to expect rain in the UK for a few weeks, we are all aware of the potential of "April Showers" and therefore we are giving away one of our fabulous umbrellas - go to any of our social media pages to enter the giveaway.
Good luck! If you win you will look as stylish as Sophie!
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