Archive for April, 2011

April 30, 2011

Parmesan, penguins and beer

More posts on the Parmesan debate on Delia Smith’s website
(transcript here)

I’ve read a little more. Mr Cherry-Garrard has set off for Cape Crozier and the Emperor penguins. It still seems to me that no-one, not the men, the dogs nor the ponies were ever going to be fit enough to make it to the South Pole and back; and the supplies were woefully lacking and they all knew it. I get the impression Scott, knowing Amundsen was heading for the Pole was going for it no matter what. I may be doing him an injustice so I shall read a couple more people’s accounts then Ranulph Feinnes’ book, which praises Scott, then still be undecided…

Another beautiful, sunny day but quite breezy. I’ve had yet more Salt and Pepper bread followed by an apple and pecan slice (oh, the shame) but as I had no breakfast I felt justified. There’s beer in the ‘fridge and snooker on television for TB. I shall make a pot of tea (beer’s for boys, tea’s for girls) and snuggle on the sofa with TB and Cherry-Garrard

April 29, 2011

Softly, softly…

I have added a new page:  “Softly, softly”
Think of it as my campaign page…or not

April 28, 2011

Ways to promote….

Spending some time today promoting my work.
I need more ideas…all suggestions gratefully received.

Sunny day again but chilly again, too; even Ralph dashes out and back in again pretty sharpish. I’ve just made a big pot of coffee (freshly ground beans) and a Salt and Pepper Loaf keeps whispering my name :o)

EDIT: The bread began shouting at me so I ate ridiculous amounts of it just to keep it quiet and now I feel ill ’cause I’ve had too much starchy carbohydrate…

April 26, 2011

Gloomy day

Gosh…’tis dull and chilly and gloomy today. BUT, having had a brief discussion of A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry) with TB and online, it is, in fact a beautiful day.

I like this:
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”
Mohandas Gandhi

April 25, 2011

Easter weekend

Had a busy weekend collecting children, seeing family and eating too much. Need to drop four pounds over the next week which should be simple enough if I can keep away from bread :o/  Didn’t get much chance to read so Mr Cherry-Garrard has only just begun settling into the Hut at Cape Evans.

April 22, 2011

Sun and beer

House is clean and tidy. Blue check cloth on the garden table. Beer in the ‘fridge. Wine in the cupboard. TB will be home in about twenty minutes :o)

April 21, 2011

Migraine and snooker…

I didn’t get round to posting more yesterday as a migraine sneaked in around seven o’clock and whilst I was able to see again by eight, I felt pooped, so lay on the sofa with TB and dozed as he watched the snooker. He loves snooker (and pool) and is pretty nifty at it himself.

On this particular occasion he was invited to play at a local club, played ten frames and won eight :o)

TB has received another website testimonial, this time from the young man who passed first time Tuesday…it made me smile as it’s so heartfelt and natural: “Thankyou so much again dude!!
Your help and support has helped a major lot!!  your a legend!!”


Small logs and branches ready for the fire basket. These came from some trees we cut down last year to allow some light into the neighbours’ homes. They smell lovely as they burn and they keep the fronts of our shins warm as we sit around the basket…the rest of me stays a trifle chilly.

April 20, 2011

Page Updates

I have added to the NEWS and STUFF pages.

Toyboy had another student pass (that’s 12 this year) first time yesterday. Sometimes it means more than others. For this student it really will be life changing and being a part of that is one reason why TB loves his work.

Looks like it’s going to be another warm, sunny day. :o)
I’ll post more later.

April 19, 2011

The Worst Journey in the World

I have started reading this and have begun a review here

Another lovely day here. Lunch in the garden is called for :o)

EDIT: The breeze was a little too chilly for lunch al fresco so we ate in the kitchen. The Toyboy had a cheese, mushroom, onion and spring greens omelette and I had tofu scrambled with Marmite, onions, mushrooms and spring greens all served with new potatoes with soya spread (Vitalite) and rosemary. There would have been a picture to post but it looked so good we couldn’t wait to eat it. Now that TB’s gone to work, the breeze has dropped and it’s lurvly outside…the kettle’s on and my book is waiting.

April 18, 2011

The Secrets of Scott’s Hut

Last night I watched on BBC2 (it’s not often I watch television at all) The Secrets of Scott’s Hut: “Adventurer and broadcaster Ben Fogle has been given exclusive access to Scott’s hut and, in this programme, spends a few weeks there, on the remote Cape Evans in Antarctica, alongside a dedicated team of conservationists working to restore Scott’s weather-beaten hut and its artefacts – without disturbing the past.”

My mother-in-law-to-be once showed me a guide to George Bernard Shaw’s house, which she had visited. The best photograph was of his desk. I know, if I was there I’d be sneaking beyond the thick rope to touch his pen and that’s how I feel about Scott’s hut. Having just read his journal of the last expedition I wanted to be Ben Fogle…to stand where the men stood, to touch the table, walk through the stables. I’m all for preserving this but it does seem a dreadful shame no-one can see it. There were moments when I thought (more likely thought out loud)  “Wow” but if I’d been there I would have hooted (or pocketed something…)

George Bernard Shaw was a founding member of The Vegetarian Society