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Easy Crusty Bread

I made this bread yesterday and thought we'd eat it with the pot roast I made and of course take pictures.  Uhm - didn't get that far.  Both loaves were plundered before the food was cooked. Needless to say I had to bake again this morning to get this pic. This recipe is dead easy but takes patience to let the dough rise properly. The 1st rise is 1 1/2 hours but the second rise is only about 20 minutes. ...

No Way!

You must be pigging joking! When I saw the theme for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge was “UP”, I immediately thought of this photograph! No, I was not persuaded to climb up a snaking ladder to the top of this enormous slide. As I pointed out, I may be cabbage looking but I’m not completely mad. So, who’s daring enough to try one of these slides?

Weekly photo challenge – Create – A Bird of Paradise

As soon as I read the topic for the challenge this week, I thought of my grandmother and a piece of work she created when she was 76, after signing up for a night school course to ‘learn something a bit different”. Her eyesight was getting worse and she was suffering with arthritis in her hands, but once she had started the embrodiery course she was determined to see it through. The result of her labours was framed and put on show in the town ...

The new normal

I have this problem…I’m in slow motion while the rest of the world keeps on at the regular pace. I’m always a step behind, and I can’t seem to catch up. I keep waiting for things to get back to normal, but I’ve finally realized this is normal now. My new normal. I’m keeping busy – much busier than I expected, actually. I’ve got tons of things going on, meeting new people who don’t know me as Stephen’s widow. My new/old blog is ...

5 Romantic Destinations

Image by Merlijn Hoek via Flickr Aaah Romance, whether it is a honeymoon or you screwed up and need to make nice with the wife one sure fire way is to go on a romantic getaway. Somewhere just the two of you so you can relax, enjoy each others company, rekindle that passion or just keep the passion burning. There are lots of places and everyone has their opinions but here are five to consider. Image from Be Hotels BE Tulum Hotel Located in ...

Mashed Cauliflower Not Mashed Potatoes

A low-calorie, tasty alternative to mashed potatoes is mashed cauliflower. I actually think they taste better although you may not be able to tell the difference by just looking at them. Since going to a primarily whole food plant-based diet there are only a few things I really miss. One of them is the butter on and sour cream in mashed potatoes. After watching everyone at Thanksgiving scarf them down I decided I had to pacify myself with a big batch ...

Fruit Shakes Can Make Meals Sing!

Fruit is one of those things that we never seem to quite get enough of and vegetables is the other. But there are ways to get the daily recommended allowance of these items and this article will attempt to address that problem. Some experts tell us that we need to eat fruit at least twice in a day, but I see no earthly reason that one simple shake cannot have the entire days worth. Of course, before you do anything that I ...

Grandma's Iris patch

The Iris is called, "The Poor Man's Orchid" by some folks.  I can understand why. The Iris is fragrant beyond belief, especially after the first dew of the day has fallen or there has been a soft warm rain. To a small child, the perfume of a whole patch of Iris is a heady experience indeed ---almost intoxicating with it's freshness. It is, to a little lad, like myself at the age of Five, almost as good as the smell of Grandma Herself. My ...

How To Change Your State For Success

How To Change Your State For Success

If being successful requires a positive attitude and a happy outlook on life, how might we achieve that for ourselves? Well it’s often about a change of state. We can do different things to help put us in a different head space. Here are some suggestions…. Begin by creating a place/space in your mind of rest and recuperation. Often we get creatively blocked because we have been trying too hard. Time to lighten up. Sometimes this can mean returning to a ...

Finished Triangle-Loom Project

Now that you've seen a work-in-progress on the actual loom, here is one of the finished triangle projects. Versatile, it can be work as a cozy wrapped scarf, or shawl-like:

My One And Only Time On Stage

So there I was, in a theater packed with a thousand people, all eyes riveted on me as I stepped out onto the stage. I felt weak as a blade of grass and I could feel my heart beating in the middle of my forehead. My palms were wet and my shoes were filling with ass sweat. If I were wax I’d have melted away. The stage was situated in a new multi-million dollar center being dedicated to the music director ...

Artists Need Space

Artists need space in more ways than you might conventionally interpret that. Of course we need space to create in – a studio or designated space that is ours for only that purpose. You cannot get by for too long just using the kitchen table, if you are serious about your art. Top of my ‘wouldn’t it be nice if’ list right now is a beautiful studio…. Beautiful Studio I love the grand space in this room! Big sigh of Appreciation….. When you move ...

Piglet’s Plot in May

This year I’m keeping a photographic diary of my humble vegetable garden; what’s growing when, where and how well. Despite being away for nearly two weeks I’m pleased to say my friends did a sterling job looking after all my fruit and vegetables. Everything was just as I’d left it(alive), but almost twice the size! The onions planted at the end of November are now ready. I’m not sure if I should lift them now, or wait until the green stems die down. ...

What are Groundcovers?

If you are a regular reader of this flower blog, you may have noticed that sometimes we would say that this or that plant would be perfect for use as a groundcover. But do you know that we mean by “groundcover?” A groundcover (or sometimes, ground cover) is a plant used in landscaping to cover up and beautify empty areas, while preventing soil erosion and suppressing the growth of weeds. There are many different types of groundcovers available, ranging in sizes, forms and ...

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let the battle begin

i have just watched the most amazing linkage of all things dear to my heart .. from the master of the universe, stephen colbert. if he runs for president .. he’ll have my vote. if you live in america catch the latest pirates of the caribbean on the 20th of may, and then get your affairs in order …. if you’re having one keep going, if you haven’t one, start having one and then prepare for the end of the world on the 21 of may ..

oh well it’s been fun, goodbye, goodnight for now, give me a call ( collect ) if you want an affair.

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