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Midweek Minion


A Lovely Weekend

I've had a busy old time this weekend.  It started on Friday night with a meal out with the two men in my life. A treat for my Birthday.  A meal out at my favourite restaurant, the Anchor Inn in Irby.  Masks were worn from car to table, table to loo and table to car!!  The service and the meal were excellent as usual.  A free bottle of fizz may have also been on the menu.  Mindful of the 10pm closure times we were back home in plenty of time. Saturday saw me putting up new shelves in my craft room and sorting my wool into colours.  I have more wool on the way (but don't tell anyone).  I also started a mandala even though I said I'd have a whole month off crochet whilst trying to fix my tennis elbow.  It's just a small project to get me back into the swing of things. Washing and ironing were also thrown into the mix on Saturday as Sunday we went to the zoo to see the elephants.  I wanted to see how they were doing after the death of the matriarch, Thi a few weeks ago.  We …

One from the Archive

I'm still wishing we could have gone on our "Big" holiday this year for our 25th Wedding Anniversary, but sadly it was not to be.  Here instead is our holiday to Vernon, France in 2011.
Ten Things - September - September 10, 2011 I completely missed August's Ten Things as I hadn't long been back from holiday so this month I thought I'd share a little of my trip with you.

::  Bayeux Cathedral

 ::  Bayeux War Cemetery - all these boys died on D Day - 6 June 1944

::  Monet's Lily pond - Giverny

::  Downtown Vernon

::  Strawberry tart from my favourite shop in Vernon.  Patisserie Rose.

::  Evreux Cathedral

::  Memorial on Omaha beach, Normandy

::  My boy outside Notre Dame, Paris

::  The above mentioned Notre Dame

:: and finally my favourite.....The locals of Vernon all sat facing away from the river Seine!!

Midweek Minion


The Black Pearl

In 2013 the 'Black Pearl' was launched on the beach at New Brighton.  She was built by local artists Frank Lund and Major Mace and is maintained by a small group of locals who have even had to help rebuild the ship twice; first when it was destroyed by Winter storms and again when it was set alight by yobs just six months later.She has been a much loved ship to young and old alike, has seen many a budding pirate walk the plank and has encountered many storms.    Unfortunately one storm in March 2020 saw her ship-wrecked beyond repair.

As before there are plans afoot to rebuild her.  Watch this space.

TV Shows you never thought you'd watch

Forged in FireEach week, four of the best blade smiths in America put both their skills and reputations on the line. The competition is fierce. In the first two rounds, contestants face-off, forging blades they hope can withstand the judges’ gruelling tests. Only two smiths will be left standing and continue on to the final round where they’ll have four days at their home forge to create an historic blade. It takes a certain mix of brains and brawn to be crowned the Forged in Fire champion and take home a cheque for $10,000.At first I thought this as something hubby would watch by himself, but I actually quite like seeing how they make things out of old tools and farm machinery.  I now know my 1080 steel from my Damascus!! Mortimer and Whitehouse - Gone FishingAfter one had a triple heart bypass and the other suffered heart problems  comedians and lifelong friends Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse share their personal and hilarious life experiences while travelling around the UK fishin…

One Photo - Twenty Words

Was I miles away in my own thoughts or staring at the locals on the prom.  We will never know.

The Demelza Blanket

My friend asked, recently, if I would make a blanket for her to give to her mum as a Christmas Present.  Luckily, I had just finished a blanket and was wondering what to start next so said yes straight away.

She chose the wool and the order arrived in just a few days.   I didn’t want to just do stripes soI chose a pattern from Ravelry called The Demelza Blanket by Catherine Bligh, that looked complicated (but not too complicated) and I loved that it was a mixture of stripes and granny squares.

Next, I had to work out which colours would go best together and which size hook to use to get the most out of the wool and make the blanket as big as possible.

In between bouts of tennis elbow I crocheted like mad and had the blanket finished in five weeks.

It was all finished off with a faux leather label from a company I found on Etsy.  It came all the way from Lithuania and added that finishing touch it needed.

Friday Quote

It's always good to remind yourself once in a while.

Spicy Rice

This is my go to recipe for those days when you just can't think of what to have for dinner.  I always seem to have the ingredients to hand and they are regular items on my shopping list.
I found the recipe about 6 years ago in one of the Hairy Dieters cook books.  They make it with pork but I prefer to use chicken.  You can add extra spice if you like it a bit hotter.
Spicy Rice

·2 tsp olive oil or you can use Fry Light·1 medium onion, diced·500g chicken goujons cut into pieces·50g chorizo sausage, skinned and cut into slices·2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced·1 red and 1 orange pepper, deseeded and sliced·100g green beans, trimmed and cut into short lengths·1 tsp ground cumin·1 tsp ground coriander      1 tsp paprika·½ tsp hot chilli powder·150g basmati rice (or arborio rice if you like it more like a risotto)·

What a Week

What a busy week last week was.Monday was a Bank Holiday and as hubby was off work, we made one last trip out before I went back to work the next day.We only went across the Mersey to Speke Hall as some of the local National Trust sites were closed again due to local restrictions.Speke Hall is a small NT property just outside Liverpool and extremely close to the airport but there weren’t many people there, so we didn’t feel too cramped.You can read about the Hall here.Tuesday saw me head back to work after the six weeks summer holidays and boy what a shock it was to be out all day and having to use my brain.I didn’t stop all day and was absolutely shattered by the time I got home.I’m getting too old for this working malarkey.Maybe I should consider part-time!!The rest of the week was much the same.The office is always a busy place during the first week of term, but it is soon forgotten once the children come back.I was so pleased to see them and say hello to our new starters.I really …

Funny on a Friday

Slimming World started again this week and this just about sums me up at the moment.

Currently - September

It's time again, to play along with Anne from In Residence for the monthly "Currently".
This month we are: Appreciating, All the hard work that has been done by the amazing staff at work.  They have gone above and beyond to get the school ready for our children returning tomorrow.  We have 122 children with autism and moderate learning difficulties, most of whom haven't been in school since March.  We also have 22 new children starting which can be a difficult time for them.The staff are the most dedicated people I have ever met and it is a pleasure to work with them all.
Anticipating, What the scales will say when I go back to Slimming World.  I have a feeling they are going to give me really bad news.  Try as I may I just can't seem to shift the last few pounds I've put on during lockdown and the summer holidays.  Still, in the grand scheme of things this year, it really isn't anything to worry too much about.  And I do try to worry less!!