Month: January 2016

52 Stories – week eleven – Your name?

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Hello and welcome to another Wednesday where I share a story I’ve scrapped and hope I’ve managed to get the story all down.

Your name?

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My ‘test’ if you will, to knowing if I’ve succeeded in my quest to capture the story, will be that if I can just quote the journaling I’ve used on the page and not need/want to add anything here in the post to explain it further, then I have done it, I’ve got all the bits of the story down.

Here is the story from this page –

It’s all B’s fault. She told me that when they asked for her name in Starbucks she made one up. Alex was her choice. I thought it was so funny and didn’t really like giving my name so started to do the same. Except in the services on the way down to Heathrow, tha barista’s got their own back…..Alice!

The takeaway from story number eleven/would I add anything more?

Yes, I’d like to add lots more to this one. I think I was limited to space because of the frame I’d chosen to write in. It does get the jist across but not all the details. For instance we’ve been doing this for years, well ever since the UK Starbucks started asking for you name, which I still don’t really ‘get’. I would have like it fit that part of the story in too, that I just don’t see the need to ask customers for their names, unless it’s a very busy coffee shop! Maybe I’ll do another page with all the extra details on.

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52 stories is a year long series or adventure in my story telling. Can I get the whole story onto a layout? Am I telling the stories I want to tell? Read the inspiration post here.

A standoff in the quest for a photo

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Not looking.

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See, I said I wasn’t looking.

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Nope.

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Absolutely not.

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Fine I’ll play ball, just so you’ll let me in the house…..

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Just kidding!

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Photo a Day – week forty four

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No sooner do I say it’s been mild than we get snow. I need to say it more often…..

Good job someone has his jumper ready.

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The snow came in the evening and was that perfect consistency, it clung so beautifully to the trees.

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This week saw the return of a photo project I’ve done before. I haven’t played along to the fullest this week but I did get this red candle. Read all about color//colour over here.

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Roasting sweet potato and carrots for soup.

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They painted the solar system….

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Found more red.

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So love these plants.

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Snow and sun and everyday things. What will we find next week?

The breakfast love affair continues – cinnamon rolls

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I was looking back at some photos of our US trip the other day and found myself longing for a cinnamon roll. I only had a couple while we were over there but they stuck in my memory for all their buttery delicate spiciness.

Cinnamon rolls are not a staple over here in the UK. We have leant towards the French for our breakfast pastry delights like croissant and pain au chocolat. This bun is said to have originated in Sweden and they have them around Christmas time in Denmark. You can get a cinnamon swirl in Starbucks but generally you don’t find them in bakery shops here.

After perusing recipes online and looking through our bread maker recipe book I decided that Chelsea buns was a pretty close match in terms of dough so I loaded up the bread maker and hunted out the jar of ground cinnamon.

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As you can see it is an enriched dough that includes an egg. Just look at that pale yellow goodness. Our bread maker takes 2 hours 20 minutes to knead the dough, to the stage below, so this recipe is not something you can really have for breakfast unless setting the alarm for 5am….

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I decided to try both cinnamon rolls and Chelsea buns so split my dough in half. Bit of a mistake on my part here as what I should have done is rolled the dough out and just covered half with one filling and half with the other. Doing it my way resulted in mini buns.

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And I should have paid closer attention to the corners of the dough and made it a proper rectangle instead of  Melanie haphazard shaped one!

Once the dough is rolled out cover it with melted butter…..

And then the filling of your choice. For the Chelsea buns I used soft brown sugar, raisins, sultanas and mixed peel with mixed spice.

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And for the cinnamon, soft brown sugar and ground cinnamon.

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Then I rolled it up.

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And sliced.

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And arranged in a tin. Here they are after another 30 minutes proving in a just warm oven.

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They flopped over a bit, I think this was as they were taller than they were wide because I had spilt the dough. Never mind it’s all a learning curve. Baked for 20 minutes.

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Yum.

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Double yum.

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Conscious of the amount of butter and sugar I had already poured into these beauties I went for a simple icing sugar and water topping. Next time I’ll use lemon juice instead of water to add a little zing.

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Cute and I have to say that both versions were delicious.

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Looking forward to trying the recipe again… all in the search for a perfect roll of course.

One Little Word® – 2016 – Whole

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I’m joining in again. I’m keeping it low key, not making any rash statements. I have joined in on the workshop again and we’ll just see how this year rolls.

I almost picked a different word because Whole is the word Ali has chosen and I don’t want to follow her ideas for the word. But this year I wanted a looser word, if that makes sense.

I am sort of coming to the conclusion that really it doesn’t matter what word you pick. The purpose of having a word is to be more intentional, more thoughtful, more active throughout the year and you can ‘fit’ those things in around your word.

All that said I do admit that one of the reasons I am drawn to whole is the idea about whole food. Not whole foods as in a health food shop, although that features, but just taking time to think about the idea of whole food and trying to eat more of it and less processed. We’ll see.

What’s your word?

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One Little Word® is an idea developed by Ali Edwards read about it over here.

And read other posts about my words here.

52 stories – number ten – Jump

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Hello and welcome to week ten in this story telling adventure.

Jump

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My ‘test’ if you will, to knowing if I’ve succeeded in my quest to capture the story, will be that if I can just quote the journaling I’ve used on the page and not need/want to add anything here in the post to explain it further, then I have done it, I’ve got all the bits of the story down.

Here’s the story from this page –

She’s a danger girl. Okay so jumping off a swing isn’t exactly dare devil but you get the drift. Right now she jumps. Her fearlessness both scares me and makes me smile. Go out there H and do it. Be fearless. Take that feeling you get just before you jump and be all of it. Jump my darling girl. Leap.

The takeaway from story number ten/would I add anything more?

For years when I made pages about my nephews or nieces I only told the story of the event or perhaps I didn’t add many words at all. Sometimes I still do simply tell the story of the event because that’s what I want to document. But sometimes I want to say more. I know that many scrapbookers use their pages as a place to write about their hopes for their children. Now that I’m older and have a different perspective on childhood I can see the beauty in that approach.

That is what I chose to do here. My hopes for my niece. The photos were of a perfectly lovely day last summer when H was happy for me to snap away and she swang back and forth jumping off or standing up on the swing seat. I could have told that story, of a lovely hour or so spent in her company. But I went a different route and I managed to get it all there on the page.

I think it’s good to remember to go that different route sometimes.

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52 stories is a year long series or adventure in my story telling. Can I get the whole story onto a layout? Am I telling the stories I want to tell? Read the inspiration post here.

30 Vegetarian Pizza’s – Balsamic onions and Brussel sprouts

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Recently we were inspired to try a new pizza and I managed to grab my camera, adjust for the kitchen lighting, and grab a photo before we devoured the lot.

I know this looks a tad overdone but they are caramelised onions so did get a little scorched lucky for us it didn’t affect the amazing flavour. I found the recipe here.

And I know what you’re thinking… this combination cannot work but oh my it so does. We tried both with and without tomato sauce and decided both were equally delicious.

Our version used white onions instead of red because that’s what we grow and it used our very own sprouts too, we just sliced ours. I can’t decide why this pizza is so good it must just be that the flavours work great together in fact we liked it so much we tried it again last Sunday. And that leads me to note that you really do need those onions to be good and caramelised because they weren’t quite there on our version two and the flavour didn’t work so well. So char those onions and save me a slice.

Photo a Day – week forty three

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Lets see some more, eh?

I think I mentioned it has been quite mild here and this is the proof. Daffodils in January?

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I have been talking to my niece about ‘prop boxes’ in an attempt to encourage her with her photography. It’s something I heard about over here. We visited my Mum to raid her button tin and add to our collection of ‘props.’

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Chewing or should I day destroying…

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Trying to do the salad thing again for lunch at work.

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A brief ray of sunshine early and I grabbed the camera to take advantage. This metal watering can sits abandoned in this spot all year long and was peerfectly placed against the greenery that day.

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Took the macro lens out and found ice nestling in this Artichoke head. Love how the faint sunlight works here.

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Rosemary. Oh! I adore herbs.

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Okay onward we go.

The click tick list – Photograph 100 Gardens – Sissinghurst

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One great way to cheer yourself up in the winter is to think about the gardening season to come. And I’m doing that but I also thought it would be good to share some of the gardens we have visited over the years.

And let’s not forget that all of the gardens go towards crossing off one of my list items too.

I thought we’d start this foray into gardens with one of the most famous.

Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens

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We have visited this amazing garden three times now the last visit was June 2015. We were away camping and late one day we decided to make the hours drive for a visit. The country roads took longer than we had expected which meant that we arrived late and only had about an hour before the garden closed.

As we had Buddy with us, who isn’t allowed in, we took our whistle stop tours alone. Me first, then Gav. So the downside was that we didn’t have much time but as you’ll see from the pictures, the up side was that we were virtually alone! In this garden that is a tricky feat to achieve.

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There is something for every aspect and everyone in this beautiful place. Meadows, formal areas, mixed borders, rose gardens, hot gardens and of course the famous white garden.

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To see the amazing rose arbor in full bloom you have to visit in June. When we went it was only just coming into bloom. But even without the roses the white garden is a stunner with formal brick paths, box hedging, quirky pots and such a vast array of white plants used so cleverly.

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I was interested to see that out of all the photographs Gav and I took, separately remember, we only duplicated one scene actually standing the exact same spot!

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You can tell who took which as he’s taller than me so gets a different angle on all those hedge tops but I was lucky enough to get a little of that golden evening light in my shot.

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They excel at everything here but one of the clever design features are the vistas that are incorporated into the garden.

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And playing with texture. Stone, rustic old brick, a wooden gate and a punch of hot pink.

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It is one of my favourites and if you ever get the chance, in June, or at anytime a visit is more than worthwhile.

52 Stories – number nine – The four legged purchasing team

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Hello and welcome to another week in this story telling adventure.

The four legged purchasing team

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My ‘test’ if you will, to knowing if I’ve succeeded in my quest to capture the story, will be that if I can just quote the journaling I’ve used on the page and not need/want to add anything here in the post to explain it further, then I have done it, I’ve got all the bits of the story down.

Here’s the story from this page –

After a week or so we found our rhythm when purchasing stuff. We mooched and selected and made out way to the checkout. I did the talking and Gav handed me the correct coins. No pockets full of change for us oh no, we’re getting rid of it as we go with our four legged approach.

The takeaway from story number nine/Would I add anything more?

Okay so I’m smiling about this one. It’s a pretty simple story and a little tongue in cheek but actually totally true. I liked including the receipt from Walgreens and a random photo of our feet. It’s another one of those things that we would forget.

The only thing I’d add isn’t to the writing but to the overall design of the page. I think as it’s jokey it needs to look more whimsical but the story I am happy with.

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52 stories is a year long series or adventure in my story telling. Can I get the whole story onto a layout? Am I telling the stories I want to tell? Read the inspiration post here.