As well as being a Tudor history buff, I’m a complete Potterhead and Rufus Scrimgeour’s words from the movie “Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows part 1” have been on my mind: “These are dark times, there is no denying. Our world has perhaps faced no greater threat than it does today…”. Yes, we’re in dark times, so if you need an excuse to crack open some bubbly and think about other things, then here’s one for you – it’s New Year’s Day!

Yes, 25th March, Lady Day or the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin, was the first day of the new calendar year in Tudor times. Happy New Year to you and yours! Find out more in this video I did last year:

On a more serious note, I know times are scary and some of you may be finding this time scary and lonely, and others may be grieving, but I have been heartwarmed by the love that is being shared online, by how people are supporting each other and checking in on others. I’m thinking of you all and sending you my very best wishes. Keep safe and well!

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