Sunday, 27 November 2016

A Gentle Nod

Towards the festive season that is

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Last evening we had some friends around for dinner and greenery decoration making

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Mine I have decided needs more holly and some pine cones before it graces our door

Then there is this little beauty purchased whilst at the Chatsworth Christmas market

And for now left mid dangle from the dresser!

So on this chilly first Sunday of advent I have remembered to light a candle

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But blew it out just now without photographing it

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Such is life

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Blessings J. x

 

Friday, 25 November 2016

Seeing Red On Black Friday

If I needed to go shopping today I would do without...

This Black Friday thing is getting ridiculous...

I have had countless emails over the past couple of weeks...

It's like the January sales starting on Boxing Day...

No no no...

January sales should start in January...

Black Friday does not appear to bring out the best in people...

So why oh why have we imported it...

I'm utterly sick of the adverts trying to get us to spend spend spend...

The tv advert gets right into our homes in a way no pedlar selling his wares ever could...

Progress?

Do we really need all this stuff...

Are we being brainwashed into buying things we don't need, and can't afford just because of the power of advertising...

I could quite happily live without the tv...

Give me music, and my knitting, or a pack of cards...

Oh, and a glass of baileys...

Blessings J. x

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Getting In The Swing

That's just what I need to do today...get into the swing...

But when the weather is as dreary as ditch water sometimes it can be hard...

I'm also getting used to new glasses...

People who have had vertigo should not be given varifocals...

Ever...thank you very much for two weeks of headaches and nausea Boots...

So now I have two pairs of glasses...

Though I don't need the distance ones very much...

Just for end of the day tiredness really...

But never again will varifocals be perching upon my nose!

I really need to get with it today and do some marking...

And some learner visiting...

And some washing...

And some of hubby's paperwork...

Then maybe...

Just maybe this evening I'll treat myself to a small glass of baileys...

And look ahead to Saturday evening when we're having a greenery get together...

As in making wreaths...

Now that sounds like much more fun than a day working...

But work I must...

Blessings J. x

 

Monday, 21 November 2016

Seeking Comfort

My, we have had a wonderful weekend away visiting our son.

The weather was cold, but for the most part dry...which is more than I can say for here today.

Lights have been on all day...

Woodburner lit...

Hot beverages sipped at frequent intervals...

Anyway the weekend...how quickly it passed...

We arrived after eight Thursday evening and dined upon potato pasty with runner bean chutney, afters was an apple and cinnamon bun...delicious...

Friday morning sonny had to be off to work so we had a clean around.

A few diy bits, and then went for a bracing walk...

We went right around the lake...

Then took a look at the damage done by a tornado on Thursday...

This is not the JCB site son works at, but is just down the road...ish...from where he lives.

Then back to his to get lunch ready...more potato pasty! And mince pies with cream...

As son gets Friday afternoons off he came back for a late lunch...

Next we took a trip to Abbots Bromley...

A beautiful village, and home to the horn dance...

 

 

We were in need of refreshments and a little relief if you get my drift!

A signpost directed us to Cobwebs...

Where we sampled delicious cakes and forgot all about calorific values!

Back to get Chinese from Uttoxeter and collect Sunday roast supplies from Tesco.

Card games followed...

Saturday morning we set off to the Chatsworth Christmas fayre...

It was lovely...

We took hubby's sister with us and she really enjoyed the festive atmosphere...

Early in the afternoon we set off for Bakewell...

There were horrendous queues as there was a winter wonderland event on at the show ground.

Finally we parked the car and headed off over this bridge to Bakewell...

We found our way to the Bakewell pudding shop and cafe and once again forgot all about calories! Next we did something silly...despite being told that the winter wonderland event was a big flop we went...and guess what...

THEY WERE RIGHT!

The winter wonderland event with no wonder...a grotto with no Father Christmas, and instead of the promised live reindeer we saw a fair ride with horses with antlers struck on! Did I mention the mud?

Aha well...Better than a night in front of the telly I suppose!

Sunday morning I spent most of my time in the kitchen as we were expecting guests! A niece and nephew both attend Harper Adams university and were coming up for lunch.

We had roasted chicken and pork with the trimmings followed by apple crumble. More ignorance of calories...

Me and the boy!

Then the sad time came...

It was time to leave...

So today I have an ache in my heart...

The weather...well sorry but you are awful!

So I am seeking comfort...

By the fire and trying to do some paperwork.

Blessings J. x

 

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Excitement

Getting ready to visit Sonshine...not that the sun shines our of his b...side, but he has hair the colour of dried apricots which I craved during my pregnancy with him!

So yes...I am excited...

He loves mince pies...well actually he loves homemade mince pies

And potato pasty...

And boiled fruit cake...

And some of these...

Apple and cinnamon buns...

Put to prove by the warm fire...

Now all baked and four packed...the other two will be for youngest and her caveman this evening...

They also have some of one of two potato pasties...

And a large pot of stew...

Well this Mum likes to feed people!

Off now to finish packing...

Blessings J. x

 


 

Monday, 14 November 2016

Self Protection

I have partially shut down in order to try and preserve my sanity.

Things I'm shutting out...

Possible moves...

Family issues...

They are still around...

But I refuse to give my thoughts and angst over to what might happen...

If it's going to happen I'll worry about it, but ifs buts and maybes can go and pester someone else...

I refuse to spoil my life any more.

So there

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And a line under it for good measure.

Back to now and a big thank you all for your lovely and sometimes touching messages on my last post. A good walk is very restorative for the soul and so if for whatever reason someone cannot go personally on such walks it is such a shame. Knowing that in some small way that following a picture story of someone else's ramble lifts another's spirit is a great honour indeed...worth well...priceless.

So...

Down to the stream...

Scrunching lots of these...

Nearly tripped over these!

Because I was looking up at this...

Then the long trudge up the hill...

To draw the curtains and light the fire...

And tuck into homemade potato pasty...

Pure bliss.

Blessings J. x

 

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Requirements For A Lovely Walk

Requirements for a lovely walk...

Well...

Firstly pick your ramble...

Next, pick your company...

I said pick your company!

If only she'd keep still sometimes...

Have on suitable footwear...

Stop and photograph whatever catches your eye...

Try and stay dry...

Well for humans that's quite important...

Don't forget to look up sometimes...

And most of all have fun...

Lots of fun...

Blessings J. x

 

Monday, 7 November 2016

Which Cake?

Recipe one...

Take one cupful of love, add a handful of memories, a dash of wisdom, a spoonful of advice (optional)...if adding use a pinch of salt. To this mixture rub in as much kindness and understanding as the love mixture will absorb...Wrap in patience and leave to rise for as long as you like...when perfect bake until all the goodness has set, but still springs back when touched. This cake will keep forever if treasured.

Recipe two...

To a pound of scorn idly toss in as much anger, resentment, jealousy and hate as you have...grate some broken hearts and add to mix. Slop in any alcohol you haven't drowned your sorrows in and bung straight in a saucepan...leave to simmer for a week or so...until bubbling ferociously...next tip the whole lot in a deep tin and bake...any temperature will do...it's going to be crap whatever...this cake will haunt you forever if baked.

Now I know everyone including me is going to choose the first recipe...but how many of us have unwanted ingredients from the second hanging around doing them no good at all...just be aware and remove any from your stores in case they accidentally get mixed together!

Blessings J. x

 

A Day Of Rest?

Sunday...a traditional day of rest...

But for who?

My father worked on a farm...

He generally had to milk the cows every other weekend...

And during harvest even weekends off were worked...

Even when home he would be hard at it in our large vegetable garden.

Mum would cook a roast dinner, and many fine homemade dishes for tea such a potato pasty, cakes and other sweet treats...

Not too much of a rest.

I married a farmer...

He worked every day of the year on the family farm until the year after foot and mouth when he finally realised we could not manage on the income his father was allowing him. Sadly the income had to pay all our living expenses plus rent to a private landlord...but the amount of income was at such a rate that you would have expected a home to be included. Anyway I digress...and really want to keep my train of thought away from wandering down a path that upsets me greatly...

So back to Sunday's...

And today in particular...

Hubby cleared out the greenhouse in order to store some tools and bits in there that were in the lean to log store here...

He then fetched some logs...

He and caveman 2 unloaded the logs and stacked them into the lean to...

Youngest brought some in to store in the space we have indoors...

I made a boiled fruit cake...roasted lunch...made pastry for a potato pasty and an apple pie. A loaf of bread came out of the bread maker resembling a large brick...I'm blaming the yeast! However upon sampling we discovered it's entirely edible, though not up to delicate sandwich standards! I also cooked part of an onion and a very small amount of bacon...rolled out some leftover puff pastry from the fridge into squares, spread a tsp of my homemade tomato pizza sauce onto centre of said squares, topped with bacon and onion and a pinch of grated cheddar, then folded corners of pastry over and baked...our family call them bacon specials...and my goodness they are special when consumed warm from the oven...

So not much rest...but we are well fed this evening...

There is plenty of potato pasty left for packed lunches tomorrow, and some delicious if I do say so myself apple pie which will be enjoyed tomorrow evening.

There is one bacon special left as I made four forgetting that youngest would be at work from this afternoon until tomorrow afternoon...I am secretly hoping it will be left out of the lunch boxes but don't really think I'll be that lucky!

Heidi and I enjoyed rather a chilly romp this afternoon...I left hubby at home with the fire blazing and himself clutching the remote control...

Men!!

Now this evening I have begun another shawl in a pattern I have already knitted but in a different colour way...

A dreadful photo, but the best the iPad could do in the limited light...

My phone has been sent to insurance heaven after suffering an unfortunate mishap...I use the phones camera usually and am pleased with the results I get...not so much pleased with the iPad ones...

Hopefully tomorrow I will receive a new phone with a lovely little camera I can use once more...this has been promised anyway...I asked to downgrade from a 6 plus to a 6 as it's the second unfortunate accident I've had with a large phone...originally chosen so I could read texts without my glasses!!

 

These were actually photos of making last Sunday's two potato pasties...eldest and her hubby came to tea!

My favourite dish for making pasties in is one I bought from M and S before I was married, harvest pattern I believe. I love it and would really be lost without it.

Anyway...from a chilly hamlet in Devon...blessings

J. x

 

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Night Comes Quickly

After a lovely morning, during which the sun shone beautifully, dark clouds, nearly as black as ink invaded the sky and very soon relinquished their ferocious contents upon any unfortunate beast unlucky enough still to be outside.

I'm glad to say that I just managed to rescue the washing, and had headed for shelter in time to gaze at the balls of ice descending from the sky.

Like bullets they sting the flesh, and together with a keen wind that has been blowing from the North, any decent soul would have been sensible to stay indoors.

I had been left to fend for myself at home with the dog today.

Not an unusual occurrence, but an opportunity for me to get some marking done.

Finding it too cold sat down marking I lit the fire fairly early. Though the sun was shining the wind negated much of its benefit today.

Washing blew on the line, but barely dried in the raw chill.

At lunchtime I was needing something warm to eat...

I settled on making a cheese and onion toasted sandwich.

For this I use the frying pan...

As good as any electrical gadget for that purpose and a darn sight easier to clean.

The kettle boils atop the woodburner, making a comforting tinking sound as it does.

More logs will need to be fetched from the store at the farm tomorrow.

I hope I can negotiate a deal with hubby that he fetches them whilst I perform amazing wizardry in the kitchen.

A boiled fruit cake may need to be part of the deal for packing next week, along with roast lamb steaks for lunch...albeit only part of a steak each!

I'm thinking if the cold continues another potato pasty would be welcomed at tea time...keeping me far too busy to fetch logs!

Yes, negotiations successful. The lure of a full belly has been enough to seal the deal!

Later this evening we are wrapping up and braving the cold to attend an organised fireworks display.

Heidi has crashed out in front of the fire, happily tired after a lovely run before the weather turned. I shall leave her with the radio playing for company and to reduce any bangs she may hear, though she never seems bothered by them.

So night comes quickly, daylight hours are a precious commodity not to be idly wasted. There are many compensations though, cosy fires, card games, jigsaw puzzles, knitting, and most of all contentment.

Blessings J. x