My fascination with all things British goes back a long time.
I must have seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail at least 100 times over the years, and am one of those annoying people who will respond with a catch phrase at only the slightest hint of a reference.
"Oh, look at that beautiful building over there!"
"It's only a model.'"
So when I stumbled on Dan's blog I couldn't have been happier. Here was a humorous daddy-blogger living right smack in the middle of England who I was able to interact with on a regular basis. Then, when I won some kind of fake contest he had set up (at least I think it was fake) I was thrilled to hear I was going receive a prize that Dan affectionately referred to as "pungent food stuffs." I couldn't wait.
About a month later, here is what arrived in the "post":
This Colman's English Mustard tastes like what I can only describe as - "just the hot part of what horseradish is made from." Seriously... you want to use it sparingly.
The Branston Small Chunk Pickle is a very sweet but uncomfortably dark pickle relish kind of substance. I say that because it sort of resembles a chunky compost of unknown vegetable matter.
And finally, Dan sent me a single serving-sized heart-shaped packet of Marmite Yeast Extract (which I believe is the UK's version of Vegemite), for which he claimed I should eat on toast.
Except I never got the chance because sometime between unpacking it and getting around to eating it, well... I kind of lost it. So Dan, if you would be so kind as to send me another one, that would be swell.
Because that's just the kind of guy Dan is. ALMOST.
I say almost because Dan has gone and done himself even one better. If you look on my sidebar you'll notice a new badge that says "I'm Supporting the Dales Walk." This is a charity walk that Dan and his friends are participating in this summer where they'll walk 78 miles to support the Joseph Salmon trust, an organization that provides financial support for those who have suffered the loss of a child. Dan came up for the idea of this walk after his good friends Neil and Rachel lost their 3 year old son, Joseph, to complications from pneumonia.
You can read all about it here and here.
So please stop on over and wish Dan good luck on his walk. Or, if you can spare it, pledge a few dollars for a very worthy cause.
I don't even have the ability to imagine how horrible it must be to lose a child. But if this foundation can help a few unfortunate parents deal with it a little easier, then you can count me in.