Friday, 22 June 2018

Food and Drink

I made a mistake with the date for this first one. 
I thought that it was held on 2nd June but in fact the 1st June is Doughnut Day.
This is my take on it and yes I know it looks nothing like a doughnut, but bear with me.
A hole is cut from the middle of the crumpet thus making it resemble a ring doughnut!
That's my excuse for trying this concoction for Saturday morning breakfast.
The crumpet is very lightly fried in a couple of squirts of that one cal spray and then an egg is gently tipped into the hole in the centre.
I got this breakfast idea from Emily who posts on Instagram under What I Ate For Breakfast.
If you love eggs and breakfast and eggs for breakfast then you'll need to follow her posts.

We then hop along to 5th June and my take on Sausage Roll Day. These are Higgidy feta and red pepper rolls and they are delicious. I bought some to include in my picnic lunch when I went to Osborne House and the rest went in the freezer ready to be enjoyed in the park on my lunch break.

The following day (6th June) was Apple Sauce Cake Day and if you click on that link it will take you to the recipe I used to bake this beauty. So quick and easy and one of the most delicious cakes I've ever baked. The recipe suggests using cinnamon but S isn't keen so I just used mixed spice instead. We use golden granulated sugar at home and I think this helped give the cake an extra boost in flavour.

We now skip to Sunday 10th June and Iced Tea Day. I looked at making my own but there was so much differing info about whether it should be hot or cold infused and to add sugar or sugar syrup that in the end I just bought some.
At least I knew I was going to like that!

For World Meat Free Day I made myself and G these Marmite and mushroom tarts from details posted by another Instagrammer kateveggiedesserts. G doesn't like Marmite so I didn't tell him it was included, it just enhanced the flavour. Next time I shall add some cheese.

We're round to another weekend and with Saturday 16th June being Fudge Day there was only one choice of ice cream for me to go for when G and I went out, clotted cream with fudge pieces.
Yes it was as good as it sounds.

June 19th was Cherry Tart Day and as this day was taken up with travelling to and from Cambridge for S's annual eye check up I took the easy route of wearing cherries.

20th June was Ice Cream Soda Day. I can't remember the last time I had one of these although I do quite clearly remember the first time I had one when I was a child and we were visiting family friends.
I loved it then but I'm not so keen now.

June posts have got a little out of sync for one reason and another and a couple of days have been missed so I must just pop the adorable duo of Melvin and Malcolm onto the end of this one.
4th June was officially Hug Your Cat Day but to be honest most days in our home called be given that title.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Got It Covered Mark 2

Yesterday was the birthday of one Mr Barry Pincus, better known the world over as Barry Manilow.
And here's the (much younger) man himself enjoying a coconut cocktail a la Copacabana.

I wanted to do one of these album cover photos back on 23rd April for Barbra Streisand birthday but wasn't able to find a suitable record.
Then whilst on the look out for one for Barry I found the perfect one as it had her face on both the front and back cover.
Here's the front, a little difficult to get quite right due to the way she was positioned

but with the photo on the back we were able to produce this.

I think it was worth waiting for!!!

Thursday, 14 June 2018

An Ambush of Tigers

When the children were much younger books featuring Mog the cat and The Tiger Who Came To Tea were firm favourites.
I have a wonderful memory of going to see the stage show of The Tiger Who Came To Tea with T and S and us all joining in with some tiger aerobics. If you have young ones and you get the chance to go and see this show then do, you won't be disappointed.
To mark the birthday of Judith Kerr today me, G and S have each made our version of The Tiger.
Mine is on the left and looks a bit like an owl.
G's in the middle looks like a fluffy pussy cat.
S's on the right is definitely the most like the original tiger.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Roses are Red

For Red Rose Day I thought we should indulge in a little bit of culture and try our hand at penning some poetry.

Our starting point was the classic  
Roses are red
Violets are blue

We came up with a long list of words which rhymed with blue and then we worked our way down the list, each of us wrote a poem using each word in turn and then we took it in turns to read them out, with much giggling.

S's anti-Valentine poem!

G's poo effort!

I was boring and stuck to the more traditional line.
And you may also spot the red rose brooch I wore to work today.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Circular Walk in Brockenhurst

I'm not going to say too much about the walk we did in Brockenhurst on Sunday, I'll just let the photos do the talking.
This is the walk we did if you would like to see the precise route.
We ambled and strolled and because it was so very hot we took frequent drinks breaks meaning instead of the recommended 2 hours it took us 3, but we weren't in a rush so that didn't matter.

As you can tell from the photos there weren't many other people around.
We saw a couple of dozen, mostly on bikes, so it felt like we had the place to ourselves.
We are very lucky to have such beautiful countryside just half an hours train ride from home.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Oxford was our Third Choice

Whilst S was off having fun in Paris G and I were going to go off and have fun in London.
We booked a night away through Air BnB but unfortunately the host needed us to change our arrival time to one which just didn't work for us so, mutually, we decided to cancel.
We then spent some time pouring over a railway map to help us decide on an alternative destination.
Frome was chosen and new plans were made.
Then the day before we were due to go the host, very apologetically, cancelled due to a double booking.

So what to do.
Looking at the weather forecast things didn't bode well.
Rain and thunderstorms were predicted for lots of areas.
But it looked like if we headed east instead of west we should be ok.
The idea of a night away was shelved and a day trip to Oxford was our new plan.

With no set plan beforehand we ended up having a wonderful day out.
On arriving in Oxford we made our way from the train station towards the city centre.
As we walked over a bridge I spotted one of my favourite things, an information board.
On investigation it showed a map for the Oxford Canal Heritage Trail, it looked interesting so we set off.
The trail is 3km long and we didn't make it quite to the end as we wanted to make sure we had time to see other parts of the city.
If you are ever in the area then I would definitely recommend wandering along the towpath.
We can also recommend The Hayfield Deli should you need some refreshment along the way.

To combat problems with graffiti in their local area a project was undertaken to decorate Frenchay bridge with various murals. This a snapshot of just a few of them.

We took a bus back into the centre and were enticed into visiting Balliol College gardens after seeing this tantalising glimpse.

The weather was kind to us all day, no rain or storms, just wall to wall sunshine.
So this shady seat was very welcome,

especially when the views were like this

From there we wandered past more of the colleges

onto our next discovery which was the Botanic Gardens.
The huge glasshouses were fascinating, this is where we saw the tiny pineapples and the cotton plants.
The beds outside were chock full of big blousey poppies which we took loads of photos of.
Situated by the river it really would be a perfect spot to enjoy a picnic lunch.

From there we sought out somewhere to stop for coffee and cake.
This turned out to be our downfall as once we had stopped we found we had pretty much tun out of energy!
We took a bus back to the train station, seeing lots more of the city (including a castle!) on the way and knowing that we had we would need at least one more day out in Oxford to explore it further.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

50p Finds

Sunday morning would normally mean a trip to the car boot.
Not today though, instead we took the train to Brockenhurst for a lovely long walk in the New Forest and I'll share a post about that another day.

For today I thought I would share my four favourite 50p finds from the two car boots we have visited so far.

These have got to be the best buy not just for this year but best buy ever.
A brand new pair of brown boots.
The lady selling them had had an op on her foot and so wasn't able to wear them.

I am a big fan of Sainsbury's clothing and already have many items from their Tu range in my wardrobe. I now have another in the shape of this longer length button down shirt.

A waterproof watermelon design shopping bag.

I really should count the number of scarfs I own! I do have loads but then I do wear them all the time and how could I pass up the opportunity of this large dotty one in a lovely neutral tone.

I think I've done pretty well so far, don't you?