When we lived in France we were introduced to the custom of the Galette des Rois which is a cake served at Epiphany and containing a fevre or dried bean although nowadays it is more likely to be a little china figure like the above. The cake is usually some kind of brioche type ring shaped cake although we ate all kinds of different sorts including a chocolate one and a puff pastry one. In France you need to wait till after January to start your diet I can tell you! Anyway getting back to the cake whoever gets the slice containing the fevre is crowned King for the day and wears a gold cardboard crown. That is if he or she hasn't had to dash off to the dentist for emergency treatment after biting into the fevre! Well they say you learn something new every day or as the French say you go to bed less stupid each night and I now discover - having watched the Tudor Monastery Farm Christmas that this custom was once a tradition we followed in the UK only in our case it was a dried pea that was the token. I dare say the custom died out with the Reformation though I haven't researched it.
We have had some stunning skies lately in between the heavy dark grey ones which have dumped yet more rain on us. Here are a few photos:
Hope you are all keeping warm and dry (in UK) and warm and not snowed in (in US) and cool in OZ!!!