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The last day of 2017

Good morning all and that is the last time I will say that this year.  Now for the weather report, it is 11.6ºC and dry at the moment but the rain is on its way.  I have just had a look at the radar images and we are in for a soaking.  So a day for staying indoors where possible.  Denzil is doing another double shift so I thought I would make a cottage pie which will be easy for him to reheat when he gets in and no doubt he will need something hot and filling after a long wet day at work.
The new washing machine is due to be delivered on Wednesday and the laundry is well and truly backing up so it will be put through its paces as soon as possible.  I am still minus my upstairs shower but I am getting used to using the downstairs one.  If I use my brain I can save myself running up and down the stairs too often.  
Now, have I made any New Year resolutions? the answer to that is no they only get broken and then I feel unhappy so better not to set myself goals I am unlikely to reach.  W…

Saturday Morning

Good morning all another wet one this morning.  Yesterday I had to dash out for a few odds and ends.  It was tipping it down with rain so I braced myself and off I went and got drowned.  I had just finished putting away my purchases and shedding my soaking coat when the rain stopped.  Excuse me rain gods but what did I do to deserve that?????!!!!!  I am however grateful it was rain, not snow.  This morning it is subtropical at 10.8ºC and coming down in stair rods, crazy weather!!!!
Lunch today will be just James and myself Denzil is working another double shift so he will not be back until tonight.  I have a fridge full of cured and smoked fish and lots of salad ingredients so that will be lunch and for supper, I think a nice warm and comforting risotto.  I was going to do that yesterday but there were no takers so I will try again today.  The other thing on my radar is a cottage pie with a top of not just potato but a mixture of root veg which I still have left over from the festivi…

Friday morning

Good morning all the new year is drawing ever closer and the weather is totally crazy one day we are in minus figures with snow showers the next it is subtropical and in double figures.  This morning it is hosing down with rain.  My laundry baskets are filling up nicely and the new machine will get put through its paces when it arrives as I do load after load after load.
Over the holidays I have overdosed on Father Brown they might be murder mysteries but I love the gentle humour and remembering those days when people were polite and had good manners and ladies wore hats and tea cured everything.  Oh yes, I have my rose tinted spectacles on.   However, I think this is a good thing why remember the filth disease and poverty that existed then as it does now.  Life for the majority has always been tough but that is the nature of the beast.
Now on to the mundane banal issues of the day what to have for lunch!!!!!  I really don't know what I fancy something light with minimal cooking …

Thursday morning

Good morning all. It is good and cold here but we don't have any laying snow and the electircity is still fine.  I do feel for the poor souls who have no electricity that must make life quite difficult as we do rely so heavily on it.  Even though the heating may be gas the pumps that make it work are electric.  I do have a gas fire in the dining room and one in the lounge not to mention 5 burners on the stove so I think I could keep warm if all else failed.  I'm not sure what happens with the solar panels in a power cut I think the inverter may well need mains power.  This is something I will have to google and see if there is an answer.   I can't remember the last time we had a power cut. Just checked and you need a battery back up system as well so they wont save me in a power outage.
Talking of things failing my washing machine which is 18 years old has died so I have new one on order to arrive next Wednesday.  They have so many bells and whistles now it is very diffic…

Wednesday Morning

Good morning all I hope you all managed to survive the big day and if your house is anything like mine there is food everywhere.  But I am craving soup and salad today both of which I have in abundance.  My enormous pot came in handy not only was it big enough to brine the bird but it is now full of the carcass stock/soup/broth.  Yesterday I felt as if I had been gone over with a steamroller so I spent the day doing nothing!!!! The boys made the stock and we lunched on a bowl of broth with some small pasta and supper was a bacon sandwich which was fine as I think I had eaten my year's supply of calories the day before.  Funnily enough, when I got to thinking of Christmas lunch I discovered that the item I liked least on the plate was the turkey and I was not alone.  The ones who really like the turkey are the dogs and they have done rather well out of it.  I had cooked the stuffing separately and that was to die for. All the veg was just right the king Edwards were crisp on the o…

Christmas morning

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Sorry about the quality of the photo but it was taken against the light - Joy they are really beautiful and so much work!!!!!

I am sitting having my traditional Christmas breakfast, a bucket of coffee and a slab of Panetone. Everything is ready to rock and roll so I can relax and enjoy myself.  Yesterday I popped into all my neighbours to wish them Happy Christmas rather than a card it was a personal greeting.  To each and every one of you who is reading this a very Happy Christmas and may all your festivities go according to plan and I hope you receive the gift of your dreams.  To all those of you who have to work today good luck and thank you.

Christmas eve

Good morning all.  What a day yesterday was I worked like a donkey but I did manage to get the major jobs done.  I was a bit jumpy as most of my food was due to be delivered and small thrills of panic ran through me as I envisioned a christmas lunch of a tin a tuna because nothing had turned up.  I need not have worried everything arrived.  The meat box was so heavy I could hardly lift it and Dan had decided that it must be his Christmas present so I couldn't leave it on the floor and had to open it and take out the contents before he did.  The beef and ham joints are in the freezer and the turkey is in the fridge until tonight when it will get its brine bath.  I made my mix of sweated vegetables and using some of them made some broccoli soup.  I had some spinach which needed to be used up so in a moment of madness I decided to make green pasta.  What an idiot, I had forgotten just how much work it is.  Anyway to cut a very long story short it was delicious and I served in the mo…

Saturday Morning

Good morning all.  Yesterday was splendid sadly I found out that Macnades was opening an hour early for the Christmas rush.  This meant I had to be away by 7am as I had to fill the car with motion lotion first.  I arrive shortly after 8am to find the carpark already half full, the shop was busy but as yet the cafe was quiet so I ran around with my trolly getting last minute bits and pieces then found a table that would seat the 6 of us and waited for the others to arrive.  I felt a little self-conscious sitting at a huge table all by myself nursing a cup of coffee.  So I set to and laid the table for 6 and put out the doggy presents so I look like there was a group.  Sandie arrived first at 9 as she only lives a mile or so away then Shiona arrived having come the furthest and finally Elaine and her two very grown-up daughters.  Then it was into the breakfast menu I had scrambled eggs on brown with serrano ham and roasted tomatoes The girls had the avocado on toast with a tomato salsa…

Friday Morning

Good morning all just a very quick one this morning I need to get going as I am off to Macnades with my lovely friends for breakfast I will fill you in tomorrow.

Thursday Morning

Good morning all.  Every room in my house smells of onions.  I made a batch of French onion soup but nice as it is the smell is all pervading.  Now as my house is old fashioned and has rooms with doors none of this open plan living I just wonder how much worse things would be in a house where the kitchen is open to the rest of the living area.  I often look at some of the spectacular houses on Grand Designs and wonder what it would smell like the first time they had kippers, and there is no shutting the door on the messy room.

Day 4/21 I love moment when you unwrap a parcel unsure of what it containsI love the smell of freshly laundered clothesI love my hair when it has been freshly shampooed I am gradually getting round to doing odd little jobs that have been annoying me for ages.  The coffee machine got a birthday yesterday and I put it through all the various maintenance cycles which take forever and you are constantly filling and emptying things but it is done now.  I decided to b…

Wednesday Morning

Good morning all.  Today is much warmer than it has been no frost or snow I don't think we stand a chance of a white Christmas. Yesterday I played with my new toy and spiralized some courgettes and steamed them then it was on to cucumber and carrots which I lightly pickled and finally for supper some potatoes which I deep fried [I know naughty person] They were delicious more like crips than chips.

Day 3/21 I love that first glug of tea when you really need itI love my warm dressing gownI love that moment when you sit down and kick off your shoes I made some deviled eggs for lunch which was a real blast from the past I had forgotten they existed until I saw Nigella doing them.   Over the years I must have cooked hundreds of dishes now all forgotten.  There is not much I haven't tackled but in my Christmas vegetable box, there will be some bergamot now that is something new.  All I know is it gives the flavour to earl grey tea but apparently they are a citrus fruit so I am hopi…

Tuesday morning

Good morning all.  I think I have finally cured my computer problem, as usual, it was all my own fault but I really don't understand what I am doing.  I'm sure a computer geek would think I was a complete idiot.  Anyway, it seems to be working so I am happy.

Day 2/21 I love the feeling of hot water beating down on my back in the showerI love a cup of hot coffee followed by another hot coffeeI love the day you open the curtains and the world has turned white and silent Yesterday's plans went to hell as I ended up spending so much time fixing the computer.  I did take a run out to Aldi and stocked up on cucumber which today will get pickled and spiralised and I fancy deviled eggs to go with my salad.  I am a total sucker for kitchen gadgets.  
The plumber is due to phone sometime this week and let me know what he proposes for mending the shower.  We have a very nice tile shop in the town so I may go and see if they have anything which can replace the tiles which will get dest…

Monday morning

Good morning all you cannot believe what a mess I have been dealing with I typed this blog at 6am then it vanished.  After much searching and cursing I have discovered that I have a second blog site with a different email address.  Do you think I can copy one to the other? No way I have been trying for hours. I will not be beaten by a box of tricks so I might get it sorted by Good morning all, here we are in the rundown week before Christmas.  Yesterday I came to the end of my 21 days of gratitude and I believe that it may well have helped me to have a more positive outlook on life so with that in mind I am going to move to a slightly different positive list.  I am going to name three things I really like.  They will be in no particular order just whatever pops into my head.  So here goes:-
Day 1/21 The moment when your toast soldier plunges into the soft yolk of a boiled egg The moment when my head hits the pillow and I snuggle under the duvet ready to sleepThe moment when a knitting …

Sunday morning

Good morning all, sorry to be so late again but as usual I had a rough night followed by a long lie in.  The Spanish stew went down well but I still have a portion left so I guess that will be my lunch.  I had a long chat with my sister in Italy and got all behind.  She had had a sleepless night as one of her dogs had decided to spend the night celebrating on his own somewhere in the local.  My opinion is that there must be a bitch in season somewhere and he had better things to do than come home.  Anyway, he is now under house arrest for his trouble.

Day 21/21 I am grateful that I can cook [thanks to both grandmothers and my mum]I am grateful that I can knit and sew again the above ladiesI am grateful that I can wield screwdrivers and spanners with ease thanks to my Dad who should have had a son. Following on from the last statement I was not allowed to drive a car until I understood how a 4 stroke engine worked and which bits did what.  As it happened this came in very handy when I …

Saturday morning

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Good morning all suddenly its the weekend again what happened to the week? time is flying by at one hell of a rate.  First, let me tell you about Dan the man on his walk yesterday the tide was in and so as far as he was concerned it must be a swimming day the fact that it was sub-zero didn't seem to matter to him.  Anyway he won't need a bath he is beautifully clean but it makes me shiver just thinking about it.  We gave him a good towelling down when he got home for which he demanded a treat and he ate his breakfast with gusto.  I wonder how many calories it burns if you immerse yourself in cold water not that I am advocating this as a slimming method I am just curious.  
On today's menu, I am going to make a Spanish dish of potato chorizo and peppers nice and easy to make and very tasty and warming to eat.  As usual, the veg is in the driving seat as I have some peppers which are reaching the point of no return and I have an excess of potatoes.  I also have some courget…

Friday morning

Good morning all, it is stupid o'clock and I am wide awake so it seemed as good a time as any to scribble a few words.  I dealt with the sweet potato and mashed with lots of butter the added a breadcrumb and parmesan crust and hid them in the freezer.  The plumber came and there was much head scratching but he has promised not to do a runner and will come back with some ideas.  Santa won't be bringing me a shower for Christmas but I should get it sorted by the new year. Now all I have to do is try and match the tiles which will be destroyed.  I have been thinking that it will probably be impossible but I quite fancy mirror tiles which won't look too out of place.  The bathroom is tiny so mirrors always make the room look larger.

Day 20/21

1. I am grateful for hope of things to come showers in particular
2. I am grateful for enough cash to make the changes
3. I am grateful for the ability to get back to sleep when I wake so early.

This gratitude exercise has been good for …

Thursday Morning

Good morning all sorry to be so late but had a bit of a disturbed night and so treated my self to a lay in.  My black eye is spreading beautifully I now look like a lopsided panda, however, it doesn't hurt unless I poke it with a sharp stick.

Day 19/21 I am grateful for a complete set of new blinds for the back of the houseI am grateful that plumber number 3 is due this afternoon and I have 2 more lined up in case of disaster.I am grateful that James has treated me to some verticle blinds for the front of the house which will be ready the second week of January. The next major thing is the carpeting which has done 30 years and is now dead so time for some new flooring and I think I am going to go with hard flooring and rugs rather than wall to wall carpet but then there is the dilemma of the stairs!!!!
I made a stew yesterday the first of the winter season and really pushed the boat out and made some suet dumplings [always a risk] but they were as light as a feather and just the th…

Wednesday Morning

Good morning all what a shiner I have Denny thought one of the boys had clocked me one.  Then she fell about laughing at how I had managed to give myself a black eye.  the ceramic pig is now out of harm's way, fortunately, the piggy bank was not full or I really would have done some damage. 

Day 19/21 I am grateful for eggs I love them in any way you like to cook themI am grateful for salt thank goodness it is no longer worth a king's ransomI am grateful for all the spices I have to play with in my kitchen It is warmer this morning but not so as you would notice as it is raining yet again.  Yesterday I made some bubble and squeaks and also the base for my gravy for the festivities.  I love the bubble with cold ham and pickle on boxing day and all I have to do is take it out of the freezer and warm it up. Nice and easy.  As Joy said this is when a freezer comes in really handy as it lets you get ahead with lots of stuff so you don't spend the entire holiday in the kitchen.  …

Tuesday morning

Good morning all, what a start to the day I have managed to give myself a black eye in the night.  Next doors dogs had me awake at 3am and as I snuggled back down to try and sleep I knocked a ceramic pig shaped piggy bank off the shelf above my bed and it hit me square on the cheekbone. Very, fortunately, it was on the side of the old eye rather than the new one so that at least was good news but I did use a few naughty words as I cursed the dogs yet again. 
Day 18/21 I am grateful that I now have 2 functioning eyesI am grateful for central heating it's freezing this morningI am grateful the plumber is coming on Thursday [hopefully] The weather yesterday was just miserable it rained, it snowed and it rained again and so the day went on.  There is no lying snow it is just wet and horrid but I guess it is better than feet of snow and no electricity.  This morning we are sub-zero but dry at the moment.  It is so cold I am looking forward to a nice big sink of hot water and some washi…

Monday morning

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Good morning all well here I am back at home and today is chase the plumber day.  I had a lovely weekend with my friends and after checking the weather forecast it was decided that leaving at around 11am might be the best solutions to avoid problems.  I had a fabulous big breakfast with home made bacon croisants and all the goodies you can think of, which kept my tummy happy until supper time.
The journey started of well there were bits of flooding on the summerset levels and the M5 was fine it was snowing but not settling.  However once I hit the M4 the world had turned white and I counted 6 snow ploughs trying to keep things moving.  the fast lane was impassable in some places which didnt deter the idiots with porches who seem to think it is their lane as they can go fast.  However, they failed to realise that with a car whose ground clearance means running over a fag packet will rip out the sump is not the best car for thick snow.  It was fairly miserable slow going but the traffi…

Sunday morning

Good morning all, it is raining cats and dogs here but at least it's not snow.  I am heading off back home today and hoping to stay ahead of the snow which is forecast for later in the day.  I really hope I have a better journey home.

Day 17/21

1. I am grateful for the weather forecast
2. I am grateful for a nice break
3. I am grateful my warm winter clothes

Tomorrow I will have to get on the plumbers case.  I can't believe how much hassle it has been.  Of course now it is getting close to the festivities it will only get worse.  Anyway, I am like a terrier with a rag so I will persevere.

Anyway wish me luck getting home I must admit this when I am glad of a 4x4 there is not much it can't cope with.  Have a peaceful Sunday and stay warm.


Saturday morning

Good morning all, it is freezing here but no snow and from the weather forecast it looks like my journey home tomorrow should be ok. I don't think I will need to eat again until Xmas.  Had fab lunch at Yeo valley yesterday. It is situated overlooking the lovely Blagdon lake in the Mendips.

Day 17/21

1.  I am grateful for the great hospitality
2.  I am grateful for my warm winter coat
3.  I am grateful for a huge fluffy duvet

Everyone is still asleep but I have a big mug of coffee so all is well with my world what do they say "little things please little minds"

Have a good one and if you have the white stuff I sincerely hope you also have electricity as well.
P.S.  Plumber number 3 failed to turn up to appointment any one know a good Polish plumber I can't find a British one prepared to work LOL.

Friday morning

Good morning all, well I am in Bristol but it took me 5.5 Hours of driving to get here.  The traffic was horrendous not mention road works and rain.  Anyway I made it in one piece so no real problems.

Day 16/21

1. I am grateful for a fantastically comfy car
2. I am grateful for such lovely welcoming friends
3. I am grateful for meals that just appear

I will keep this short as I am typing with one finger on my iPad.  Today we are going out for lunch to yeo valley headquarters.  Fortunately the serve more than just yogurt.  I have left the boys to deal with plumber number 3 all I want at the end of the day is a functioning shower.  I am not fond of baths unless it is to soak aching muscles.  Typically for the west country it is raining but last night's weather forecast was for snow.  I sincerely hope not.  I have warm clothes but I am not really kitted out for snow.  Fingers crossed.  Have a good one.

Wednesday Morning

Good morning all another mildish morning here at 8ºC dull and overcast.  I keep seeing reports that we are going to be hit with a blast of cold but so far it hasn't reached here with the exception of a flurry of snow for about 10 minutes a few days ago.  Actually, that is fine by me as I am off to Bristol tomorrow morning and don't want any problems on the road.
Day 16/21
I am grateful for the postal service [new debit card arrived yesterday]I am grateful for the speed of the bank [problem reported Sunday new card by Tuesday]I am grateful for a recipe for beetroot that I don't have to eat [chutney]

Sadly I didn't get around to making the dog biscuits yesterday but I did get rid of the beetroot by converting it into chutney which I am also not fond of but I can give it away.  The Monica Galetti chicken was stunning and just so easy it is one of those dishes that is greater than the sum of the parts.  She served hers with brown rice, I had basmati but added a hand full o…

Tuesday morning

Good morning all it is much milder here today but dull and overcast.  Yesterday went according to plan and I have struck a nice idea I wrote a big list of things that needed doing and when the boys spotted it they joined in ticking off items and I didn't have to say a word.  Hence all the day's chores got done in double quick time.  Sanderson rang to say that my replacement blinds are ready and they will be coming on 13th to fit them.  There is something to be said for old established companies they might be more expensive but the customer service is fabulous.  One blind has had a failure so they are replacing all 6 blinds.  Tomorrow I am due for my follow up appointment for my new eye then hopefully that will be that.  
Day 16/21 I am grateful they have finished our bit of pavement and we can park outside the house again.I am grateful that my last purchase from Amazon has made it before everything when to hell.I am grateful that I have a washing machine and don't have to …

Monday morning

Good morning all chilly this morning but actually a few degrees warmer than it has been.  Had a bit of an upset yesterday when I discovered that my Amazon account had been hacked and my Email address had been changed.  First port of call was to cancel the credit and debit cards how convenient so close to Christmas.  Email address is reinstated with a different password old Amazon account closed and a new one opened.  I think I have covered all the bases but of course, things like my veg box cannot be paid for so letters sent to them.  I sincerely wish the person who did this nothing but one lump of coal for their Christmas gift and hope they don't have an open fire.  
Day 15/21 I am grateful that I still have my marbles and can deal with problems appropriatelyI am grateful that I am getting better at dealing with life's hiccupsI am grateful that I taught James how to make a stunning mushroom risotto [yesterday's lunch] Now I have to be patient and wait for the new cards to…

Sunday morning

Good morning all sorry about yesterday but I was unwell and decided to stay in bed.  I had spent the previous night shivering though I wasn't cold so it was my body trying to raise my temperature.  From that, it went to sweating for England and finally today I feel like a human being again. Cause unknown but if I was having a fight with an intruder I guess I won.
Day 14/21 it think, I have kind of lost track I am grateful for the knowledge of physiology learned so many years ago but hopefully updatedI am grateful for my computer and therefore my ability to stay in contact with friends far a wideI am grateful for the person who invented batteries [My mouse is screaming for new ones] Has anyone else been watching Sue Perkins journey up the Mekong river?  What a fabulous program with lots of very thought-provoking insights.  Her attempt not to romanticise poverty or to catastrophize the future was very refreshing.  For me, she hit the balance spot on and she has stepped into the gap …

Friday morning

Good morning all sorry for the late start but I had a bad night and so slept in this morning.  My nights seem to have divided themselves into two halves I fall asleep easily then wake and can't get back to sleep then finally when I do drop off again it is a bit late.  Anyway, none of this matters as I have no need to get up at any particular time.  Yesterday we had a lovely flurry of snow but sadly none of it stuck.  I like snow for about two days then I get fed up with it and once it turns to grey slush I hate it.  I thought now that I have my car back I would make an appointment to have my nails done as they were a real mess so I rang the salon and they gave me an appointment in half an hours time.  I had to burst into life but I am glad I did as my nails now look lovely I have them short with a french polish so they just look clean and tidy.  Now here is turn up for the books the girl who does my nails is married to a plumber so if plumber number three fails he will be my last…

Thursday morning

Good morning all it is very cold here this morning down to under 1ºC but very sunny and nice to look at.  Yesterday went swimmingly well Ellie dropped in to see me as she was on her way from the vet where poor Benji had been left for his little operation so as I was in the middle of making the pie the remnants of pastry were cut into bone shaped biscuits and given a small blast through a hot oven as a little treat from me.  Incidentally talking of the pie it was really very delicious and would suit any vegetarian for a celebratory meal.  The recipe calls for shortcrust pastry but it was made with a greater proportion of fat to flour than I am used to.  I normally do half fat to flour but this was 12oz of flour to 7oz fat I used half lard half butter and it is egg washed with just the yolk of an egg so a lovely brown crisp crust and definitely no soggy bottom despite a very moist filling.
Richard arrived on queue and the pie was duly demolished.  We had a lovely time chatting about ju…

Wednesday morning

Good morning all it is perishingly cold here this morning but frost free.  Isn't it wonderful how you go from one problem to the next.  My car is finally back after a pain filled absence now it is the shower which is the new problem.  Plumber number two came took one look and said "you need a builder, not a plumber"  What he meant to say is I can't be bothered to do it as it is going to be difficult.  So today it will be a phone call to plumber number 3 and finger crossed he will not be allergic to work.  Yes it will be difficult and it will cost but I do need it done.  The lesson here is never have any pipework hidden behind tiling.  If you do make sure you have a ready supply of the tiles in case of problems.
Dennie and I did a grand job yesterday but only managed a quarter of the kitchen cupboards.  They were emptied cleaned and refilled in an orderly manner and the rubbish disposed of.  Poor Dennie who doesn't cook would have disposed of most of the stuff un…

Tuesday morning

Good morning all another cold start to the day but it is winter so it is to be expected.  Joy of joys my car is back.  It finally arrived at 8.30 last night which meant, of course, it was pitch dark and we couldn't see it so it has been accepted sight unseen and as they digging the road up it is parked miles away so I can't even see it now it is light.  More good news a good plumber is coming tonight to have a look at my shower.  He has come on the recommendation of Mark my ex-gardener who is now into building extensions and has had to find a suitable plumber so I am hopeful.  
Day12/21
I am grateful for my car which suits my lifestyleI am grateful for my lifestyle which in the great scheme of things has to be entered as goodI am grateful that I live in a country where grinding poverty is a thing of the past yes there are poor but not like you see in other countries.
Today Dennie is tasked with turning out cupboards and giving the kitchen a spring clean and I need to be ruthle…

Monday morning

Well, today we have rain but at least it is a little warmer.  Actually, I have been secretly asking for some rain to water in my new planting so I for one am very pleased.  I think the level in the raised bed/pond will drop once the soil is wet and I have half a bag of compost stood by to top it up as necessary.
Day 12/21
I am grateful for my coffee machine which produces perfect coffee at the press of a buttonI am grateful for seasonal foodsI am grateful for the allium family how boring would life be without both garlic and onions I got my shopping expedition yesterday and finally accumulated the ingredients for the chestnut and mushroom pie.  I have made the filling so today all I have to do is make some pastry and assemble the pie.  The wagyu steaks have been shunted on to lunch today and I have made a tomato and courgette gratin to go with them so not much by way of work.
Will the car be back today? your guess is as good as mine.  If they don't ring before they deliver it is s…

Sunday morning

Good morning all.  Another cold one here but we seldom get heavy frosts as we are on the top of the hill.  I had a long in-depth conversation with my sister yesterday on the eternal subject of Brexit which may make a problem for her as she is living in a foreign land.  This provoked me to think about my own thoughts on being European.  I then realised that the very word European has a different meaning for me.  It was a term used in my childhood in Africa to differentiate the colonials from the native population and had nothing to do with Europe as Americans and Australians were also referred to as Europeans.  It just goes to illustrate how difficult it is to transfer meaning as even the words have different connotations for us.  This then moved me on to thinking about cognitive bias and how it pervades not just us plebs but also the high and mighty and those in power.  
Day 11/21 I am grateful that I have had the benefit of a British educationI am grateful that even my corner store s…

Saturday morning

Good morning all well it is freezing here this morning a mere 2ºC but dry and clear.  Yesterday I had a bit of a chefy moment when I asked the boys how they would like the chicken they said without bones!! OK, so I set too and boned out the legs and thighs then made a forcemeat stuffing rolled them into ballotines and wrapped them in cling film and put them to poach.  With the bones and offcuts from the vegetables I was preparing, I made a jus to which I added bacon and some marsala which I then used to braise some cabbage.  Once the legs were cooked I flashed them under the grill to crisp up the skin - eat your heart out Master Chef it was delicious and no bones but I was knackered and I think I managed to dirty everything in the kitchen.  Flavour excellent presentation poor.  Sadly I am not only the chef but also the pot washer!!!!  Both Delia and Joy will be delighted to know there were no blobs on the plate.
The guy came and fitted the new router and also my new V6 box now I will…

Friday morning

Good morning all it is chilly but bright this morning.  Yesterday I managed to get out into the garden and planted up what used to be my small pond which is now a raised bed.   I had a load of dwarf lilies to plant and with them came a free pack of mixed bulbs so the whole lot has been planted.  What a lovely easy way to plant bulbs! I half filled the bed with potting compost leaving the rubble in the bottom as drainage, then in went the bulbs followed by the other half of the compost so a sort of bulb sandwich.  So much easier than digging holes.  I still have half a bag of compost left which I am reserving for the first time it rains when I am sure the level will drop as the soil compacts.  Fingers crossed for a lovely display in the spring.  In the centre of the bed, I have left what was a fountain in the shape of a crown imperial but in copper, so it looks OK.  
Day 9/21
I am grateful for my dog's undying love and affectionI am grateful for the knowledge and skills acquired fr…

Thursday morning

Good morning all sorry about yesterday I had a day off.  I had had a bad night followed by a blinding headache so I just festered and watched rubbish and also some good stuff.  If you are familiar with the TED lectures you might find them as addictive as I do.  There is so much interesting stuff out there on the web. 

Day 9/21
I am grateful that I don't live in the USA [don't ask]I am grateful my mother tongue is EnglishI am grateful I understand and speak a little of several other languages I can even swear in Swahili, really useful!!! Today is a bit of a nothing day I really should get on and do some housework but I don't feel in the mood so I know I will start something then run out of interest and abandon it.  I think I am suffering from cabin fever having been trapped in the house for three weeks - still no car.  I know this is going to sound silly I have nowhere I want to go but not being able to somehow makes going out important.
On today's menu, I have some Barn…

Tuesday morning

Good morning all.  Late start this morning following a late night.  I had a lovely day yesterday with Elaine we decided it was sensible to eat first then shop as we were both hungry and would have bought the whole shop given half a chance.
Day 8/21
I am grateful for the internet and access to so much informationI am grateful for good communication systems to keep me in touchI am grateful for being able to type
Now, what did we have for lunch?  We had quesadillas with a stunning filling made with aubergine,  tomato, chorizo and cheese and a side salad.  The quantity was just about all I could eat.  Of course, the store is full of lovely Christmas stuff but we headed off to the butchery department.  The meat on display is just that nothing is covered in green slime or red slime sorry I think it is meant to be a marinade but I steer well clear of such things as I have no idea what they contain.  Anyway, Elaine ordered her turkey so we will have to go again on 22nd of December to pick it …