Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Catch of the day...

...from river to table via the smoker...

Brown trout

Marinating fillets



Labour weekend saw my GKB out on a fishing trip 
and he finally caught something he could
 bring home and put in the smoker! 
We bought it a couple of years ago and 
this is the first time we've used it.

Hoping you've had a good weekend.
Until next time,

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Introducing 'Her'

Do you remember 'Missy the Manx minx'?

We looked after her for a couple of weeks at Christmas
 a year or two back, just after she came to live with our daughter.

Well she is now a mama herself and below is one of her offspring.

Meet 'Her', one of three kittens.
She has a lovely long tail.
Her brother has half a tail and her sister has no tail!
We can only assume the daddy was not a Manx, 
which means Missy is still a little minx :)

Monday, 12 October 2015

Then and now...

Back in the beginning of autumn I took this photo
 from the car park up above the motorway into town.
The autumn colour was just starting to show. 

This is what the same area (taken from a 
different angle) looks like at present.
Last week we had fire sweep through and as if that 
wasn't enough there were also gale force winds.

This is just a little bit of the damage.
Behind the treeline there are houses but
 fortunately no homes were affected
 although a lot of outbuildings were destroyed.
About thirty homes were evacuated 
and more in the vicinity were on standby.

You can just see one of the homes
 through the trees in the top left of this picture.
The cattery where Leo goes on holiday 
(my friend's cat) is up this road
 and had to be evacuated as well.
It's just on the edge of the trees.

The road on the left is the motorway 
so the fire came quite close. 
My youngest daughter lives about 500 metres 
up the road from here, their suburb was cut off 
with road closures at both ends.

Something I found quite amazing was this 
blossom tree with everything around it 
burnt black and yet it wasn't touched.
The crews watching for further outbreaks
 have just been stood down today 
and we are expecting rain so that
 will be a relief for everyone concerned.

I think a lot of people are counting their blessings this week.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Daybook entry for October...

I enjoyed taking part in The Simple Woman's Daybook community
way back in June so thought I would indulge myself again this month.
Back then I said I was going to make myself a hot ginger drink -
someone asked me how I made it and I have given the method at the link above.

For today July 6th 2015

Outside my window - the sun is shining and there is a warm breeze.
This a nice change as we have been experiencing 
gale force winds in the last day or so.
The street is quiet with just two kids wandering 
up the footpath with a skateboard and a backpack.
It's the school holidays - another week and they will be back
 to school until the Christmas break.

I am thinking - I should really be doing my daily reading
or sewing up that knitting I've finished.

I am listening to - easy listening radio. This is what I like,
music from the 50's, 60's and 70's is playing at the moment.

I am thankful for -  good health, I can still hear, see and get around,
so what more could I ask for?

I am wearing - red and white tee shirt, navy 3/4 pants and bare feet.

I am creating - I have just finished knitting a snood for my daughter.
I still need to sew it up and I have been putting that off,
 I find it a chore. It hasn't turned out the same as in the pattern
 but it is still okay, she's happy with it and that is the main thing.

I am going -  out for lunch with three other ladies, 
looking forward to it.

I am wondering - how I am going to sleep in this heat.
 I anticipate a lot of tossing and turning 
or sitting up reading when I should be sleeping. 
Maybe we'll turn the fan on in the bedroom, 
we don't have air conditioning through there.

I am reading - I have just finished reading
'My Sister Clare' by Sara Hylton.
I have just discovered this writer and have read
two of her books and found them very enjoyable.

I am hoping - this wind doesn't get any stronger, 
it is no longer a breeze!

In my kitchen - my good kiwi bloke has just made us a coffee
so I will take a break and join him.

In my garden - the spring flowers are getting a beating from the wind.
I've started tidying up and weeding but am pleased that some
of the plants are starting to bush out and hide the weeds, phew.

A peek into one of my days - today, lunch with the girls, 
two trips to the supermarket, 
once for a sick friend and once with Mum
 to do my own shopping and hers. 
Too hot to cook tea so tonight will be
fresh bread rolls with salad fillings :)
My GKB is easy to please.

One of my favourite things - on a hot day like this
 has turned out to be (28 C.) I love a bowl of
 fresh fruit salad and ice cream, any flavour will do.

A favourite quote - Never give up.
Never, never give up.
Never, never, never give up.
- Sir Winston Churchill.

Seems like good advice to me.