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Spring, Or Just A Blip?

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It’s absolutely lovely out this morning!  A bit chilly, but the sun is out in full force and calling me outside 🙂

I do want to get some re-arranging done in our little garden, but also need to do a clear out in the laundry area of the workshop.  Think I’ll do the clear out first with hopes that that gorgeous sun will warm things up somewhat for this afternoon and do the re-arrange then, after lunch.  Fingers crossed the skies stay so blue and the sun decides to humour us on into the afternoon!

Away I go . . . . .

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March 30, 2009 at 9:19 am

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From A Jo Brand Fan

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Jo, as seen on ‘Let’s Dance for Comic Relief’.  Don’t know how many times I’ve seen it now, still sends me into fits of giggles.

Go Jo!  🙂

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March 3, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Bits And Bobs Monday

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A bit of this and that from the past week  🙂

I love my homemade bread, absolutely love it.  Usually it turns out great, with ‘character’ and wonderfully tasty, so I’m not complaining.  But . . . I’ve been searching for the past few months for some different bread pans, ones that have slightly higher sides and a bit wider bottom.  To illustrate, in the photos below the first one is of a shop bought loaf and you can see how the sides of the loaf are higher and the bottom wider and more square than the second photo, which is my homemade loaf.

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homemade-split-tinAny ideas where I can find a couple of these type (top) pans?

BH bought a Stanley Thermos to take with him on detecting outings, and I just had to get a photo of the label.  Apparently you can go online to share your Stanley stories. 😀  This really tickled me, and still does.  Stanley stories?!  I’ve not gone to the site to partake of the non-fiction (then again, doesn’t say they have to be true does it?) and can only imagine the tales of intrigue and suspense that await!

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We had some lovely chicken breast from the butcher which I pounded out a bit and then cut each (2) in half.  I then simply dredged the pieces in seasoned flour (paprika, salt, pepper) egg, flour again and shallow fried about 10-12 minutes each side and left to rest of a few sheets of kitchen roll for 10 minutes.  Nice and crunchy outside and very moist inside.

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Saturday I finally opened the Chatsworth Beer.  Given my penchant for Chatsworth, I just had to purchase a bottle while at the farm shop.  They did have quite a few different beers that I had never heard of, but this one was a Chatsworth beer!  🙂  I’m not much of a drinker and my preferred tipple is Guinness on the odd ocassion that I do succumb, but this was really nice.  And I’m sure that it tasted all that much better because of where it’s from!

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And last, but definitely not least are these beautiful roses.  My favourite flower, and just the thing to brighten up the dreary February days.

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Snippets Alphabet continues next post 🙂


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February 23, 2009 at 3:32 pm

News Of The Weekend, With Banana Muffins!

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The weekend wasn’t a washout and there was even sunshine at times, lots of it on Sunday.  I had already resigned myself to the fact it was going to be cold, wet and grey Sunday so didn’t mind that BH was off to ‘detect’ at their regular meet.  Then the sun came out.  And stayed out.  All day.  Nevermind, I kept busy – just not too busy and had a bit of a wander close to home to enjoy the blue skies.

I did get some time with Dear Fatty, and am thoroughly enjoying the book – almost an audio book as I can just hear Dawn French’s voice reading the words as I go along, wonderful!

There were 3 bananas that had been setting on the table for over a week and every time I passed them I thought I had better do something with them soon as they were getting darker by the day.  Finally I decided that they would have to go in the bin, the skins were completely black now and I couldn’t even get a decent grip (too squishy) to start to peel any of them.  Then the little voice spoke (then one in my head who occasionally blurts things out) and thought I should just have a look at the inside flesh of one.  I had to cut the very end of the peel off with scissors, and then very gingerly pull away at the peel.  The bananas themselves were no where near as soft as they’d felt inside the peel (although they were very soft!) and not a brownish bit on the lot!  😕

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So of course now there was no way I could bin them and made these tasty muffins instead ↓ ↓

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The recipe is here in a previous post.  It’s for banana bread, and I’ve just put it in muffin/cupcake papers instead of bread tins and baked until they were firm and a nice deep golden brown on top.  Just goes to show you, best check them first before consigning them to the bin!

I did get the bookmarks cleaned up in Firefox like I wanted,  unused or unwanted programs uninstalled (so easy on the Mac!),  the “Later” folder gone through and a general internal clean-up with Onyx, all programs updated or upgraded as needed.  I added a guestbook to CTH and will have a go at customising it a bit more at a later date.  Then what was left of the weekend was dedicated to the Sunday papers, hoovering up as the beast drops masses of hair, and the shouty people (Eastenders) omnibus and LOST.  Just as the weekend started we had finished watching the Hannah Hauxwell DVDs too.

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She really is a remarkable woman, there aren’t many who could have lived her life – alone – and the episode where she finally has to leave the farm is heartbreaking.  I highly recommend it, even if you have seen the series when it originally aired and enjoyed it, it would be worth revisiting.  I would love to know what happened after the last series.

All in all, productive – maybe not as much as I’d of liked, but still .  .  .  .  now, roll on next weekend!  😀


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February 9, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Hibernation Weather

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Well, actually got out and about in town today – seems like it’s been ages! I need sunshine, that’s all there is too it, and no I’m not investing in a SAD light. With the weather so cold and for the last week so very wet and grey 90% of the time, it’s almost hibernation weather.  All rain for us, no snow 😦 It is just so uncomfortable to be out and so very, very comfortable to be in. Slow cooker, slow cooking, reading, de-cluttering, old movie and wireless weather. It sounds atm like the grey is set to continue, for the most part, for a good few days yet so in I’ll be but trying my best to be somewhat productive.

I feel that there will be lots of coffee involved as I give the iMac a good ‘clear-out’ and inner ‘clean-up’, sort of a computer Spring clean if you will. I love to try every (well ok, not every) new program/website that comes along and the majority of them are no longer in use but still on the computer and/or in my bookmarks. So many that it’s becoming difficult to find what I’m looking for so something – many things – need to go. Bookmarks deleted, programs uninstalled, kept programs checked for needed updates etc, etc, etc……..

Then there is the “Later” list on which I keep a running list of things I want to check online but don’t have the time right then. Later is definitely now because I can’t stand the list getting any longer!

In house there are drawers/cupboards to clear out. If I haven’t used it in a year, and it’s not just for some sort of special event, out it goes. In the bin if it’s a bit too used, or in the charity shop bag if it still has life.

And, of course, being the weekend and grey days, there will be some TV and Sunday papers – love Sunday papers, lol.

Last, but very much not least, I am desperate to get some time in with Dawn –

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We’ll see how it goes  😀


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February 6, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Just A Quickie!

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Just ran through emails and RSS and now the beloved iMac is going to be shutdown while I install a new fancy dancy surge protection plug in thingy. LOL I know that’s very technical, but hey . . . .

I’ve got to get all of the computery stuff plugged into this new extension and then spend a bit of time wiping the old Time Machine hard drive (got a larger one last week) and then re-connecting it to the Mac. So, a somewhat techy day although laundry, hoovering and dinner making are also beckoning.

This is also a test post from MarsEdit, just checking to see that it imports all right into the new CTH theme.


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February 5, 2009 at 11:22 am

Three Little Questions

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But first, here’s how the baps turned out last night –

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Will be giving them a taste test this evening with a couple of rashers of lovely unsmoked back bacon from our butcher.  Mmmmm………

Oh yeah, the questions!

  1. IF these Dettol Wipes/Spray kill 99.9% of all germs/bacteria/viruses, why don’t the hospitals wipe down/spray every available surface with it?  Or are the germs/bacteria/viruses they have trouble keeping at bay in that 00.1%? Acutally this is a question posed by BH who thinks they should also be using the stuff on the patients themselves 😀
  2. In the Gaviscon advert – who decided that the helicopter crew’s uniforms should match the colour of the product box??
  3. Why, when people ring someone and get the answer phone, do the majority let the recording run full through before hanging up? Is it because they’re hoping whoever will pick it up prior to the end of the recording?  In my own personal experience, most people set the answer phone to come on after more than just a couple of rings.  If they were anywhere in the vicinity and heard the phone AND wanted to talk, they would have picked up.  If they are there and are using the machine to “screen” calls and they wouldn’t mind talking to you, they will never know it’s you if you don’t SAY SOMETHING!  One of life’s little irritations is checking the machine and seeing that you have 6 new messages  –  5 of which are ‘hang-ups’!


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February 4, 2009 at 2:47 pm