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What are you Reading?

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I've been making my way through a load of "Freebies" from Kindle but then remembered I'd bought this book when I first got my Kindle last Christmas.

House of Silence by Linda Gillard.



"My friends describe me as frighteningly sensible, not at all the sort of woman who would fall for an actor. And his home. And his family."

Orphaned by drink, drugs and rock n’ roll, Gwen Rowland is invited to spend Christmas at her actor boyfriend Alfie's family home - a ramshackle Tudor manor in Norfolk. She's excited about the prospect of a proper holiday with a proper family, but soon after she arrives, Gwen notices something isn't quite right. Alfie acts strangely toward his family and is reluctant to talk about the past. Alfie's mother, a celebrated children's author, keeps to her room, living in a twilight world, unable to distinguish between past and present, fact and fiction. And then there's the enigma of an old family photograph... 

When Gwen dis…

The end of summer

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It was officially the end of British Summer Time today as the clocks went back an hour.  It now means driving home from work in the dark.  Still the darker nights always mean Bonfire night is coming and so is Christmas.

I spent my extra hour today walking Moss around the pond. I love all the autumn colours at the moment.  Won't be long till they've all gone too.

 There were loads of these toadstool/mushrooms around today.  It was hard to see some of them amongst the leaves.


Hidden Veg Tomato Sauce

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This is a great way of getting vegetables into unsuspecting teenagers!!  It makes a great base for pizza or sauce for pasta.  Recipe is from Annabel Karmel.  Wish I'd had her books when Samuel was little.


Hidden Veg Tomato Sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped 100g/4oz carrots, peeled and grated 50g/2oz courgette, grated 50g/2oz button mushrooms, sliced 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar 400g/14oz passata (ready-sieved tomatoes) 1 teaspoon soft brown sugar 1 vegetable stock cube, dissolved in 400ml (2/3 pint) boiling water handful fresh basil leaves salt & pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the crushed garlic and sauté for a few seconds then add the onion and sauté for a further 2 minutes. Add the carrots, courgettes and mushrooms and sauté for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the balsamic vinegar and cook for one minute. Stir in the passata and sugar, cover and simmer for 8 minutes. Add the vegetable stock and cook for 2 …

Saturday doings

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Only two days left before it's back to work.  Still not to worry it's only another 2 months till we're on holiday again!!
In an attempt to make the most of the day I've kept myself busy.

I played taxi driver for the teenage one so he could go shooting.  It's a bit chiller than last time hence the woolly hat.

Ordered some new boots for the winter.  Lined for extra toasty toes.

Made Hidden Veg Tomato Sauce - Anything to get veg into the previously mentioned teenager - Recipe to follow

Tidied the kitchen.  Please ignore the state of the windows.  They are due to be plastered next weekend.
(They've only been like that for the last year so another week won't do them any harm!!)

I made a Christmas decoration.
and home made pizzas

I helped with some art homework.  I had thought the days of making things from pasta were over............but it seems not.  This now has to be painted at school!!

I watched Strictly Come Dancing and Merlin.  I like Merlin but Morgana i…

Don't work too hard

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Mum went home yesterday and before she went she said "Don't work too hard"!

Does this count as a quiet day?

Drove Mum to the train stationPut the bins out for collection (new system means a new bin!)Put some washing onBlogged for a bitStripped 3 beds and re-made 2Did some ironingListened to Radio 2 and managed a pathetic 9 points on PopMaster!!Did some shoppingWalked to the bank (which was shut for lunch!!)Made the supperStacked the dishwasherDrove Samuel to the local town for his Wednesday sports.Came home and made tea and toast and watched Elementary on TVTidied up before going to bed for a read.Lights out!!!

New to Blogland

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Meet my Mum.  She's very new to blogging but has taken the plunge with the rest of us.

Pop on over to One Beginner's Place and say hi.

It's too early!!

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This morning Mum, Samuel and I walked along to Baxter's to eat one (or two) of their delicious pancakes.

 I had noticed a few weeks ago that they already had their Christmas shop up and running.

It all looks very nice but..............................It's too early!!  We haven't had Halloween or Bonfire Night yet!!!

The man on the left walked straight into shot as I pressed the button. Naughty man!!

Millbuies

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Today the sun came out for the first time all week and in an effort to make the most of it I bundled Mum, Samuel and the dog into the car and headed off to Millbuies.

The colours there are amazing just now and the sky was blue.
 This is my favourite shot of the day.
 More colour.  It won't be long before all the leaves have gone.  They were falling like crazy at one point.

Baking

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More brownies anyone?  I'm just about to make a third batch since Saturday.  Someone keeps eating them all!!!


Halloween crochet

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I saw some knitted pumpkins on Facebook last night (http://www.facebook.com/MissPitchyPatchy) and thought I could do that.
 They didn't take very long (probably longer than they should but I was watching True Blood at the same time!!) and turned out OK.
The girl on Facebook charges £5.00 each for hers which I think is Waaaaaaaay overpriced.  I know they are all handmade but come on..........How much?


Hello Monday

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Hello to the first week of the Tattie holidays.

Hello to my Mum coming to stay for a week.
Hello to coffee and chatting.

Hello to doing lots of crafting and not much house work.

Hello to opening a bank account for The Teenage One.

Hello to taking Moss to see the old folk.

Look!!

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Look ........................... No Grey!!!
My hairdresser is a miracle worker :0)

Mrs Tiggywinkle

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Today at work we had an unexpected visitor.  Some first year girls found an injured hedgehog on the path on the way to school and brought it to the office.

We asked the janitors to put it in a box and look after it until the SSPCA arrived to take it away.  Unfortunately it really wasn't very well so they decided to take it to the vet where the vet checked it over.  Sadly it was too poorly so had to be put to sleep.  It was a shame as it was a cute little thing.

All pupils were anti-bacterialised before heading off to class!!

A Girlie Day Out

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Last Saturday the girls at work had a day out, (without kids and hubbies), and headed off to Inverness.  We all got different trains and did our own shopping etc before meeting up later on in the day.

My friend June and I started our day with a manicure......
followed by coffee and a bite to eat.  This was then followed by some shopping.  I have to say at this point I only bought a mascara and June didn't buy anything!!

We did however have time to try on some fur coats.....Here's me looking like a demented Dalmatian!!
and some very BIG hats.
 I think June wins that round :0)

After all that excitement we thought it best to go and have a wee glass of vino before meeting up with the others for a meal and a chat. We met them in Hootenannies which smelt like a sweaty old folks home and was reeeeally basic.  The only thing missing was the sawdust on the floor!! but from there we went on to the Mustard Seed Restaurant where we had a really lovely meal.  Next stop before the train hom…