Month: March 2016

The click tick list – visit Sutton Hoo

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When I made my list a few years ago this place must have been in my mind. It’s funny how our brains work isn’t it!

I remember seeing the very famous helmet in the British Museum. I also remember wondering why they had taken the treasure away from the site and yet at the same time thinking I’d never get to see the place, where one of the most significant Anglo-Saxon discoveries was made, because it was such a long way away.

However, I still put this down on my list. I thought it was worth a visit.

When Gav and I were thinking about places to go for our recent week off work I suggested Suffolk. Somewhere neither of us had been, we could stay by the coast and I could at last visit Sutton Hoo.

And I did.

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In 1939 the fourteen burial mounds were excavated. They found many a robbed out trench but they also found the imprint of a 27 metre long ship and at it centre a burial chamber full of treasure dating to AD early 600 and including the famous helmet, a huge gold brooch and exquisite craftsmanship on everything that was found.

The site is now managed by National Trust and the burial mounds are a short walk through a wooded area from the visitor centre.

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There isn’t much to see as they quite literally are mounds of earth but I still enjoyed my wander around this historic place and the museum that is also on site.

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I learnt a few things and of course got to cross something of the list!

Photo a Day – week fifty one and fifty two

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So here we are at the end of another fifty two weeks worth of photos. I’ve just looked back to week one and I had high hopes of getting Gav to take some shots and having themed weeks etc. It didn’t quite work out, although I did have a couple of themed weeks and Gav has taken a few, but we always have next year! Anyway here are the last lot of photos for 2015/16. (I think somewhere I must have missed a week because week fifty two only has three shots….hey ho!)

Trying on shades with this girl who’ll be as tall as me soon, although that isn’t much of a challenge.

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Had to document the dismantling of the old greenhouse. There it is in a big old pile.

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Love my new little terracotta pots (and the light, always the light.) Now for something to put in them.

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Some of the hardware from the old greenhouse. They look like birds heads.

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Blurry, yes but so be it. We took H to see Swan Lake. We enjoyed it, not so sure about her.

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After many years wearing that red waterproof we went and bought me a new one. They let pooches in this shop not that he seems to be embracing the retail therapy….

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Coming home from work. Nothing I like better than a shot of my feet, why? I guess it’s a way of saying I’m here, this is me walking through life with cute boots on my feet!

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One of these days I am going to finish a blog post I started months ago about my experience so far with the macro lens. It’s a complicated business so for now I’ll just share these water drops on an Aquilegia leaf.

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Packing for a little trip and someone clearly doesn’t want to get left behind.

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And the last shot of the year. Gav and Bud and a sculpture we found in a village called Snape. They were sited in a very interesting complex of shops called Snape Maltings. Lots on interesting things to see in the converted brewing buildings including an antique shop that had so much ‘stuff’ my head was spinning. And if I’d have had a spare £600 an original London underground sign would have been coming home with me. But alas I didn’t.

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I may take a couple of weeks break from Photo a Day but will be back soon…. technology willing with other posts from our trip.

A little update

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We have been having technical trouble over here the last week or so. And now to make matters worse I have a stinker of a cold.

So I thought till normal posting returns I’d share a cute photo of Buddy. We went away last week and ate at a lovely hotel/pub in Orford called the Crown and Castle. They have a table for customers with pooches and set up a little blanket and water bowl for the dogs! And the food was excellent too with a menu for vegetarians. Win, win!

Be back soon I hope with the final installment of Photo a Day for last year and an update on the Click Tick list.

Read 2016 – Lord Peter Views the Body by Dorothy L. Sayers

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The reading around here is still slow and I am reaching for familiar things. When the new year rolled round true to my word I did put the lap-top down more and as well as that we brought back reading night which we both look forward to every Monday, so that’s positive.

I’m on a Lord Peter binge at the moment and currently reading my third in a row. The one pictured here is a series of short stories. Generally I don’t like short stories but I gave this one a whirl and ended up enjoying it very much. I always think that authors use short stories to try different approaches to their work. Test new waters or tell a story that is not their characters usual fare. That could be why I’m not keen but like I say on this occasion I thought the shorter stories were good.

After looking in several charity shops for more Wimsey novels and coming up empty handed, I bought all the novels I have yet to read second hand from Amazon. I’d like to say that I won’t pick them up one after another but I’m not sure I can follow through on that. Only time will tell….

Photo a Day – week fifty

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Snow came back this week, twice! But first a healthy salad.

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Sniffing.

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A trip to the garden centre with my Mum.

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A collection of tools from the greenhouse.

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Breakfast at work.

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A bright sunny day and work progresses on the new greenhouse.

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And then this.

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It didn’t last but it was so lovely while it was here.

52 Stories – week sixteen – All aboard

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Hello and welcome to another story.

All aboard

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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 –

If you were going to San Francisco I’d say you must ride the cable cars. It is an experience not to be missed. We took full advantage of our tix this time and rode at least four times. We even added a stop on our trips, the very quiet opposite end of the California Street line. The views are amazing, the fun, the excitement. All wonderful to experience. And my favourite is coming down the hill at night. You must stand on the baseboards and really feel the wind in your hair. Oh I love it so. And here in this photo the epitome of it all. Gav said it was the ‘Bar Car’ as those guys were having such a time as they passed us by. Yes you must ride the cable cars.

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

A longer story on this page. I’m happy that I does convey my love of the cable cars and the funny story of passing by this car that was overflowing with laughter and excitement. My writing did go a little all over the place though and to anyone else reading it might not be easy to follow so I think once again my takeaway is to write out the story first, to practice a little before committing it to the page. But overall just love this one.

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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.

Bun and Butter Pudding

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Last weekend I made this pudding for the first time and it was so easy and delicious I thought I’d share.

We were going to dinner at by BFF’s and for the last few years we have spread the cooking between us. If we are going to them I make the desert and vice versa. It works really great taking some of the pressure off the host. (My sis and I do the same thing too – except when she insists on doing both courses and then makes the most delicious Rice Pudding and I get asked by Gav why I don’t make Rice Puddings like that….. but I digress!)

Apologies if hot cross buns are just a UK thing. But I’m sure this would work with any spiced bread product just as well.

Assemble the ingredients and the ‘cookbook.’

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Cut your buns in half horizontally and butter. Reassemble and place in the dish adding the cubed marzipan and spreading the tops of the buns with the marmalade.

Then after warming the milk and cream, whisking that into the egg, sugar and vanilla you are virtually done. Just pour over and keep popping back to the dish for an hour or so to press the buns into the egg mix so that they get well and truly soaked through.

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Bake for 50 minutes and enjoy!

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It really was so good with the addition of the marzipan making this one of my new favourites.

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