• Stuff I Like

    Badminton Banter

    I know my last post was a bit dismissive of the sunshine, well not the sunshine really, just the things that go on in my garden when the day is hot. This post is about something that occurred only yesterday, a revelation in fact, which came about when my son popped upstairs and dug out his skipping rope. He challenged me to skip for 10 seconds, which I did; after I watched him skip for 50. Not the kind of step over skipping, the jump over sort, real quick, like boxers do. I came to the realisation pretty early on, after I’d increased it to 20, that this was a…

  • Ouch!

    The Sun’s Contribution to my Series of Unfortunate Events

    The sun came out today, which my family and friends were very pleased about. 3 weeks ago England had a one-off day of lovely sunshine. It wasn’t hot, even though us Brits try and stretch our imaginations when recollecting a warm day, it was around the 15 degree mark; pleasant and hazy. It made me feel Tres bien, In uno stato d’amino vacanziero and yearning for a Nadar en el mar. These feelings made me hanker for a new sun bed, which I subsequently ordered from my catalogue, a bright pink shade (to attract flies and biting insects), as you can tell, I am not the brightest button in the…

  • Stuff I Like

    Stranger Things/Netflix

    I watched the last episode of season 2 of the American sci-fi series ‘Stranger Things’ the other night and I’m pretty miffed its ended. But season 3 will be available in July 2019, which gives me something to look forward to. It is set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s.  The first season is mostly about the disappearance of a young boy called Will, who is abducted by a creature from the upside-down world, and then subsequent supernatural forces occur in the town. A girl with psychokinetic abilities  helps the friends of Will and his mum to find him and aid the search. What I loved…

  • Eatables

    Stuffed Aubergines

    In all my 48 years on this earth I have never stuffed an aubergine.  It’s never been one of the things I would put down on my bucket list, but more to do with something I’ve never done that would probably be advantageous and fulfilling but not especially necessary. A bit like tasting a scallop, or finally reading the chronicles of Narnia or singing at a karaoke. Some of the stuff I’d like to do, but haven’t yet got round to it. But the other day I finally stuffed an aubergine and it was incredible. Here is my vegetarian version. Ingredients: 4 aubergines 4 tbls olive oil 1 large onion…

  • General

    Grief

    Grief can be one of the hardest things to talk about. It can stem from many things like losing your job, losing a loved one, the death of a loved one, a medical diagnosis, or the break -up of a relationship, amongst others. Can we overcome this feeling? and if not, can we learn to live with it? Grief is an emotional response to loss; and usually we think of the death of a loved one, which I’ll address here, the break- up of a relationship, which can affect our behaviours, our coping with everyday life and the accompanying physical symptoms that can be experienced. Some, I’ve discovered through conversation,…

  • Eatables

    Victoria Sponge…Kind of!

    Have you ever tried a proper Victoria Sponge cake? It’s the plainest of cakes, which is right up my street, because I am the ultimate plain Jane, enjoying rich tea biscuits, vanilla ice cream and anything else that gives minimum flavour. Actually, you can’t really put a Victoria sponge into that category, because when made well, they can be scoffed quite easily whilst emitting moans of exquisite pleasure, and a scoop of mashed potato will not do that, unless you throw in half a block of butter. Queen Victoria had this cake named for her. A Duchess of some town, introduced the concept of having sponge cake for afternoon tea,…