Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Making Raspberry Jam in New Zealand!

Husband and I are visiting our daughter, (my step-daughter, actually) and her family in New Zealand, for Christmas.  I may say, a very different experience for us, Christmas in the warm sunshine, however we are making the usual preparations for the imminent festivities.  Except that they are a bit unusual for me. We have been jam making.

Now, in spite of my blogger name, making jam just isn't my forte.  Usually something to be avoided at all costs, as, apart from one very good batch of strawberry jam (obviously), it is mostly disastrous.  Chutney, I excel at, but that is for another time!

So, making jam.  I had been out with SD, picking raspberries from the garden when she declared we would make jam. I demurred, explaining my past history with the procedure, but was told firmly that this was easy, foolproof even and I would be doing her a massive favour if I just got on with it.  So I did!  And it was foolproof!  And the result is delicious!  I am thrilled!

I won't be changing my name of course because it's a whole story how I came by it.

 So the Christmas preparations continue, in the usual? way!  And I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you who read this a Peaceful Christmas Season and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014


H is for Hisbiscus


and Holly

Thanks to Denise and Roger and the ABC Wednesday team. For more looks at the letter H, please click here.


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

ABC Wednesday - F

F is for Flamenco

On a recent holiday in Spain we went to a local restaurant for Sunday lunch and were entertained by Flamenco dancers. 

I realise how this next picture appears but I'm sure the only thing he was Feeling was the music!

I found these tiny Fans whilst we were on holiday, perfect for a handbag.

Thanks to Denise and the ABC Wednesday team. For more looks at the letter F, please click here.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

ABC Wednesday - E

Recently our 3 Exhuberant grandchildren (ages 14, 11 and 10) were Expected for a visit.  I was very Excited.

They have plenty of Energy and Enthusiasm so Each day, quite Early, we took them out until Evening to Expend that Energy and hopefully Educate them along the way. They all had different appetites for Eating so a variety of meals was Essential.   Being Elderly (in our 70's), we were glad to Escape to our bed at the End of the day.

We had Exceptional weather Every day, the time didn't seem Endless and we did not Experience Exhaustion, (though it was close)    Their behaviour was ExemplaryEventually they left to return to their parents, our home felt Empty and I am Eagerly planning the next visit.

Thanks to Denise and the ABC Wednesday team. For more looks at the letter E, please click here.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Donkey Derby update

Thanks to everyone who commented on the Donkeys!

The derby did take place last week, the rain held off long enough and only started again during the last race.  They managed to raise £1300 that night.  (the previous week in better weather the total for the night was £1800).  At the end of the six week season the total proceeds will be split between 3 local charities.