August 2010


The local transport authority started putting these along the road early last week:

They are there so drivers can see where the road ends and the grass, or in most cases near me, where the ditch starts!! Last winter I saw lots of cars in the ditches near me as they had slid off the road. The snow had completely filled and covered the ditches and most drivers never knew they were there until they slid into them!

It only seems like the week before that they removed them, now they are putting them back again!

Now I know winter’s just around the corner. I hope it’s not as bad as last winter, snow from the 15th of December and it stayed on the ground until the end of March.

Where did the summer go??

I have spent an hour this morning assessing the damage after the wet and windy weather we have had over the last couple of days. I have lost a load of apples from the apple trees and 1 of the roses has been snapped at the stem. It seems to be alive still but it’s the only stem I have on this old rose so hopefully I can fix it up and secure it too a trellis.

I have been seed collecting too and collected a few poppy seed pods, sweet pea’s and also Pot Marigold or Calendula officinalis. These are German seeds and they call them Ringelblume.

I love these as they have beautiful yellow and orange flower heads which the insects love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One other thing I have done this morning is pick plums from one of the trees we have. I didn’t go up any ladders this time as last time I fell off! Instead I took the one’s I could reach. I managed to get 3 kilos of plums and there’s still more higher up in the tree. Add them to the 3 kilos we got last week and we have picked 6 kilos of plums from one tree. I am pleased with that as I am sure the other half will be too.

Happy Birthday to You.

Squashed Tomatoes and Stew.

Bread and Butter in the Gutter.

Happy Birthday to You!

It’s also a very special day today for someone who I know. Yep the old timer has a birthday today! No not me but the boss, she is 21 again today so Happy Birthday to her!

Oh well that’s enough fun for one day, better get back to writing now!!

Here’s a simple and quick recipe for you to enjoy. You can enjoy this at anytime of day too so if you are in a rush and stuck for something to eat try this.

Garlic Toast

Ingredients

  1. 2 rounds of toast.
  2. 1 clove of garlic
  3. Olive oil

Method

  1. Put the bread under the grill and lightly toast.
  2. Peel the garlic and cut into small pieces.
  3. Butter the toast then sprinkle the olive oil over them.
  4. Add the garlic then toast again until golden brown.

Eat straightaway for a lovely and alternative breakfast or supper.

I posted this on my Yahoo blog but wanted more people to enjoy it as it really is a great simple snack.

I think I have mentioned this before but I am going to say it again, I love to cook! I have started to add some recipes on here PLUS on my environmental blog, Sensible Living. I have just added a really good recipe for Chicken cooked with fresh vegetables taken from your garden. Go over and look and if you do try it let me know how it turned out.

I love cooking and trying new recipes so here’s one I have tried recently.

Hot Tomatoes with Cheese

Here’s a simple recipe using tomatoes and basil from the garden. It’s a perfect recipe for a starter dish when one is having a dinner party, or for a simple afternoon snack. What a wonderful way in which to use your tomatoes and basil.

Ingredients

  1. 6 tomatoes from the garden
  2. Thin slices of a strong cheese or goats cheese
  3. Olive oil
  4. Basil leaves from the garden
  5. Ground black pepper

Method

  1. Take the tomatoes and slice in half.
  2. Grill for a couple of minutes then remove and place a slice of cheese on each half.
  3. Top with ground pepper and put back under the grill for another couple of minutes.
  4. Remove and sprinkle with olive oil then place basil leaves on top before serving piping hot.

If you try this let me know how you went on.

A couple returned from holiday to find their Agave plant had grown to 8 metres high!

BBC News – Cornwall homeowners shocked by plant\’s growth spurt.

The latest internet sensation:

Skateboarding Hungarian Catholic priest becomes internet hit – Telegraph.

Oops!! What NOT to do on live TV!

BBC: Weatherman Tomasz Schafermaker Caught Live Giving Presenters The Finger | UK News | Sky News.

I would have panicked:

Bees trap deputy inside car for 3 hours – CNN.com.

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