Showing posts from February, 2010

Second Sunday of Lent


Wordless Wednesday


Afternoon Tea anyone...

This afternoon was a lonely one --- hubby and daughter out. So after the chores were finished I baked some scones, they always cheer me.
This is my favourite recipe,

Rub 2ozs of margarine into 8 ozs of s.r. flour till resembling breadcrumbs.
Add 1oz of sugar and 2 ozs of dried fruit.
Bind together with 1 egg beaten with 1 quarter pint of milk. I don't use all of this .
Roll out on a floured board till about 2 inches deep.
Cut into rounds, my mix made 6 scones.
Brush with remaining beaten egg and bake at 425 degrees for about 10 mins.
Cool on wire rack.

First Sunday of Lent

The Lord will cover you with His shoulders, and under His wings you shall find refuge. His truth shall surround you with a shield.

Feline update...

Firstly, I want to thankyou all for your kind comments on puss' condition, they are much appreciated.
Well on Friday I took Mog back to the vets, she had an abdominal scan which showed she had some inflammation on the lining of the gut, the sac in which all the organs are encased to be precise. They did a couple more blood tests but these showed a very slight diversion from normal values in albumen only. All her liver and renal and pancreatic tests proved normal. So the gist of it is we have an anti-inflammatory drug to give her and a diuretic to reduce the swelling, which has proved to be fluid.The course of both of these drugs is 10 days. She appears to be in no pain; she eats, sleeps and even plays normally. We will have to see what happens, although I love her very much if there is no treatment and the swelling of fluid doesn't reduce and increases to inhibit her breathing there will be only one course open to me...
However I am still hoping that decision will not have to b…

Neglecting my blog...

It is quite a few days since posting, neglecting my blog is not something I normally do but this last week has been trying.
I know many people have great trials and crosses to bear and what I am about to write is going to sound trivial to some and for this I apologise.
My dear cat Mog, has been to see the vet. Her tummy is all distended. After careful examinations we have some worming preparations to give her. But the vet is not sure what is the matter ---- ? liver failure, but she does not have all the classical symptoms. Her swollen tummy is the only thing the matter, no pain, no jaundice, no vomiting, no heart or lung failure. She eats and sleeps well and although in her senior years(10) she still manages to play .
If her condition worsens or there is no improvement by next week we need to revisit the vet.
She has always been a very gentle and loving cat, if the end is nigh she will be sorely missed!! WE ALL LOVE HER!!!
Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see her.

On the farm in February.

February is really preparation month on our farm. We are preparing for lambing which is due to start during the first week of March. The weather has still not been too good so the main task has been to supply the sheep with extra feed in the form of silage .The last few weeks of pregnancy are critical. They need extra rations, otherwise lambs and ewes will suffer.
As well as feeding , pens are being made in the buildings to house the new born lambs and their mothers if the weather turns for the worse.

Wordless Wednesday


Teaser Tuesday

I'm sure you know the 'rules' by now but here is a reminder ---

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

So here is my teaser for this week,

'At times it felt as if the whole future of Elizabeth and her subjects rested on his shoulders alone. How could he, one man, stand against the threat of the so-called Enterprise of England-- Philip of Spain's growing armada of ships now being assembled to invade the country and destroy the Queen?'

from page 26,'Martyr' by Rory Clements.

More teasers can be found


Ian Carmichael R.I.P.

It's sad to read today of the death of the actor Ian Carmichael. His talent provided wonderful roles in School for Scoundrels,The Colditz Story and among many others, my favourite Bertie Wooster.

Friday Funny.

Photo courtesy of this site.

Booking through Thursday


'The northern hemisphere, at least, is socked in by winter right now… So, on a cold, wintry day, when you want nothing more than to curl up with a good book on the couch … what kind of reading do you want to do? '

My choice on wintry days is either historical fiction or crime novels. Anything that will stop me gazing at the horrible weather, pure escapism is the order of a winter's day.
We have had another snowy spell and so I am about to start a book a very dear friend bought for me ----
Martyr by Rory Clements. Set in Elizabethan England it ticks all the boxes for me --- historical and crime.
Maybe the chores will be sidelined a little today and the couch will beckon.

What about you, which books brighten your Winter days?

Check out more books here.

Welcome to...

a new blogger--------

You know the feeling , it's a miserable working day --- rain or even snow --- and you are desperate to find something to brighten your day. Well , it's that kind of day, today, and I have been scouring the blogsphere for that elusive ingredient and WOW!! here it is --- a great new blog. Never mind the 3 ''R's' here are the 3 'C's' ----
Cookery, Craftiness and Catholicism, all discussed with a liberal amount of humility and a great take on family life.

Such a welcoming place!! DO take a look, leave a comment, it is well worth a visit.

Wordless Wednesday

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Weekend viewing.

Over the weekend I watched the above movie in two sittings. Oh my I loved it!!! Such a simple story but so romantic. I think it is a remake of an old movie,' The Shop around the Corner'.
The modern version stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. They acted well together and in addition to the good storyline the songs of a couple of decades ago really brought back memories.
Anyhow the real reason for this post is that there is a
reading challenge connected to this movie. It runs throughout the year, I'm joining today , click on the highlighted words for details and then watch the movie for sheer pleasure.

I've also been besotted with a another movie seen on T.V. a couple of weekes ago, unfortunately I only have the audio C.D., but it is wonderful, more about that in another post.