29/04/2013

YO!


YO in Spanish means ‘I’, Y means 'and', and YA means ‘right now’. Therefore “Yo y tu ya?” could be a (rather direct) invitation, no?
Probably not, but I do love playing with languages. 

And there's another thing - if the past tense of 'slide' is 'slid', why isn't the past tense of 'glide' 'glid'? It's a puzzle.

YALDING LEES is near Maidstone in Kent, and as I set my novel Helter-Skelter in that area, I found it during my research, because Yalding Lees was, until the 1950s, one of the many traditional stopping places for gypsies.
Yalding itself is a pretty village, and the Lees now a sought-after location – just as it was in the last century for the travelling families who kept the Garden of England supplied with labour until the introduction of mechanised fruit-picking.



Hops equal beer, and England wouldn't be the same without its beer, would it?









YUCCA there is a row of yuccas outside our building’s garage, and when they’re in flower they look lovely. I haven’t YET worked out which part of the plant one can buy in the vegetable shop and use to thicken a stew - perhaps both the fruit and the root?


8 comments:

  1. YES! Only one more day in the A-Z challenge! I think we're going to make it!

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  2. Two yuccas were planted by my aunt in the nid Thirties and they took thrity years before producing the stunning spikes of flowers - meanwhile they spiked anyone trying to weed the borders around. Never realised you could eat any part of the yucca, though. Live and learn.
    Ann

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  3. Liz, thanks for the interesting post on "Y". I'd not heard of Yalding Lees, and the yukka flowers sound amazing. I'm looking forward to "Z"!

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  4. I can't imagine eating Yucca - you'll have to try it for us, Lizy, and report back! ;-p

    Well, the A-Z is coming to a close, so I wonder what you have up your sleeve for us with the letter 'Z' tomorrow?

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  5. Well I learned a few 'Y's' today - good for my scrabble.

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  6. Good question about yucca plants. We are surrounded by varieties here in So. CA, where water is precious.

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  7. I always thought it was the yucca root used to thicken sauces etc.

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  8. I've enjoyed looking through your blog. Hope you had fun with the challenge, congrats on completing it! :)

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