The Last Furlong

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First footing at the Furlong House


The Furlongs have a tradition. We have a little leather bag in which, every year, on this day, we put a piece of coal (for warmth), a coin (for wealth), food (for enough to eat), a light (for illumination), a party popper (for play/joy laughter).

After midnight, Mr Furlong goes outside and knocks on our door – no, actually he rings the doorbell! I invite him in. And he gives me the little leather bag, which I receive with new year’s wishes and welcoming hugs.

It is hung in the hall till this day next year, when we do it all over again. The coins have multiplied to £11:50 +.

Silly really.

But we’ve had some very good years.

Hope 2016 will be blessed too.

We wish you a Happy New Year and Hogmanay.

First Foot(ing)


Author: Elizabeth

I'm someone also pounding the Path, just like you.. I'm retired, going into Old Age and loving my life. I'm hoping to remain happy and well for as long as possible. Old Age is not SO bad - yet!

3 thoughts on “First footing at the Furlong House

  1. Hope. That’s the thing.

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  2. Traditions, how sweet, I used to do it all over the place coal and bread in hand, dark haired person, then I went grey. no longer eligible.
    Happy new year to the Furlongs and to all the readers. Quiet night at home for us.
    Be well.

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  3. Happy New Year to one and all and let’s hope it’s a good one.

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