Quiche From Mars

Hi, This week’s Blogger Challenge is to talk about food. Where to start with this one? 🙂 People’s relationship with food seems, to me at least, as varied as there are people. It’s – not to be Master of the Obvious – something we cannot go without. Okay, if you’re a sparkly faced sun dodger, maybe you drink, you fictional pedant, but it’s still food, even if it’s not eating 🙂 I’ve been fat, I’ve been too thin and now, I’m probably on the heavy side for my height. The thing is, I love the varieties and wonderful combinations of flavours, scents and textures that there are in the culinary world. I’m not a portion size queen: I’d rather have […]

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Rurban therapy

Hi, If I had to pick a month that was my favourite, I think I’d have to say it was September. For me, it’s the slow turn to Autumn, but without the sharp cold, nor rain of the later months. The evening sky is beautiful and the heat of the summer has faded. There’s less to do in the garden, more the time to enjoy long, leisurely walks and, if you know where to look, to enjoy a spot of blackberrying, picking apples or collecting sloes (hello, Mr Gin!). I find picking blackberries a very relaxing pastime. Sure, there’s that slight frisson of worry that you’ll snag your trousers / top / hand, but I find that stops me drifting […]

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“Just switch off your television set and go out and do something less boring instead?”

Hi folks, Larks, how to start this one? There we go, just type the first thing that comes into my head and off we go eh? That normally does it and I wouldn’t want to spoil you by actually writing something witty and clever now would I… although it would be nice. 😉 I’m a bit torn (Ed: no, not like that) over today’s post. On one hand, I sort of want to talk about the week being a bit pants (topped off nicely by a failed attempt at Invasion), but I’m conscious that to dwell on the negative isn’t particular good for my mood, nor does it make for interesting read. So, if I’m not going to complain about […]

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“Still looking for answers if only one,
Turn my back the urge has gone.”

Hey all, I remember Monday fairly well. The journey to school, packing bags, wading through work emails. After that, everything seems like a bit of a blur. Not a drunken or robotic loss of memory, just… well, this big rush and then I found out it was Thursday. I like my time at work to go quickly, but maybe not quite so quickly! 🙂 Funny, but as a kid, you’d be sat in your least favourite lesson – Maths, no French… no, most of them if I’m honest – and how the time dragged. A whole 40 minutes of being sat at a desk. But now? Forty minutes is just a good kip or a ride home if the traffic’s bad. I […]

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“In Number 69 there lives a transvestite,
He’s a man by day, but he’s a woman at night.”

Hi, The week gone has been a bit unusual. For a start, the house has been only half full as both the Ever Lovely Mrs Jones (Ed: TELMJ?) and Wee Man haven’t been in. The latter was visiting his cousins and, as I write, still is, while *ahem* TELMJ is making her way back from a week long course somewhere down south. That’s left me holding the toddler, so to speak. That’s been nice, lots of father/daughter time: plenty of cuddles, a few books, an occasional snack and the odd tantrum. Her, not me, as way of a change 🙂 I think we are coming out of the Terrible Twos, so Little Miss’s language has really come on. I’ve really missed Mrs […]

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