Sunday, 4 December 2016

BEDD - December 4th

 My second Christmas cake for 2016.


A new recipe for me, from Eric Lanlard on Food Network.

A chocolate and orange cake with whole roasted hazelnuts, whole cherries, (my fave), and orange liqueur.

I have made 'my' version....more cherries, less walnuts and Southern Comfort instead of the liqueur. I checked out some 'booze' options and didn't fancy spending 12 quid plus on something that would hang around, even if we make cocktails all over Christmas, so I've risked it.

picture from Food Network
It's been in the oven for an hour and a half and is smelling gorgeous!
The picture above is from the website and shows how the finished cake should look.

Not sure if I'll decorate it like this, but it'll be a nice alternative to our regular cake, which I may actually cover in ready made marzipan and icing.
I am not a marzipan fan, so we shall see!
Zxx



Saturday, 3 December 2016

BEDD - December 3rd

My Christmas Cactus.
 
This one of those impulse buys. You see it sitting there on shelf and think " Ooh, pretty" and plonk it in your trolley, knowing it'll probably die before you get it home!


I've had this little plant for several years now.
Each year it flowers its' little heart out.

Probably one of the best £1.99s I've ever spent!
Zxx

Friday, 2 December 2016

BEDD - December 2nd

A very special loo roll holder.


When I went back to college for my final year, after a long illness, the group I was in had been students together for several years and were great friends.

Come Christmas they all pushed the boat out to make wonderful, fun, out-of-the-ordinary 'cards'.

Antony made us all these loo roll holders! (There was about 8 or so in the group).
He is now in charge of the Props Department at The Royal Opera House.
I think we all had an inkling he would go far.


I wonder if it is the only one left in existence?
Just another little tradition.
Zxx

Thursday, 1 December 2016

BEDD - December 1st

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me

a partridge in a pear tree.

This large picture is 50 years old! My dad made it for me to go above the fireplace in my bedroom when I was 6 years old.

It was more a chimney breast with an electric heater as opposed to an open fire, just in case any one is thinking H&S!  We did have open fires in the sitting room and dining room, so I became quite adept at building fires and raking out the ashes and bringing in the coal at a young age.
My mother hated all the work they involved, but I guess it was her left to do all the hard graft...my dad went off to work in London daily and I went to school.
It could be a hard life being a housewife in the 60s.

My picture comes out every year and sadly is showing signs of fading and the gold tape around the edges is long gone!

But is still a very important part of my Christmas traditions.
Zxx

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

100 Out; But Not Forgotten

Today my father would have celebrated his 100th birthday.

Daddy, mummy and me
I tried to find some photos from when he was a commercial artist, but to no avail.
But I've several from when he was a Desert Rat in Egypt.

June 1942
Mummy, my aunt, Daddy, his brother, (my uncle) and me
Climbing The Pyramids

Daddy, his mother, (grandma), me and mummy



Happy Birthday Daddy.
Gone but never forgotten, but always missed.
Oh to be able to have one more hug.
Zxx

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

I'm Going To BEDD

I'm going to blog every day in December.
(Or I hope to!)


I have been unravelling faster than I can darn myself up, which doesn't make for interesting blogging in my eyes.

But with BEDD, even if I don't get out of the house, I stand a good chance of having 'all things Christmas' to write about, even if I have to re-use old photos.

So, a month of foodie stuff, fancy outfits even slob-at-home days, deccies, cat photos, anything'll be game for a post.

It would be great if you fancy joining in!
Zxx

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Oh for October

I do hope that October is going to be a positive month!
It hasn't started that well with a miserable, wet and cold day, but tomorrow is supposed to be better. I find that the weather sometimes has a really rough effect on how I feel; think I may be dusting off my Lumie Lamp, one of those SAD-helping lights. It certainly won't do any harm!

It is a bit of a blow that on day one of a new month I am already beating myself up.
It is the Gala Night for The Tempest, a new ballet that Mr B has been working on and I had a ticket to go, but didn't make it. With luck, I'll get to see it in Plymouth at the end of this month, but, oh, the things I have missed out on over the years, with this damned depression.
Grrrr!


Also feeling a bit non-plussed about my body pain levels. My GP thought it might be due to a problem with my gallbladder, (which I then had to Google to find where it was!!), causing referred pain. I had an X-ray appointment on Thursday, which caused enough problems and upset just to get there. But I did and for all there is so much knocking of the NHS, my results were there for my GP yesterday morning. She was amazed!

My gallbladder is okay as are my other organs that were ultrasound-ed at the same time. There is some fatty tissue in my liver, which could be caused by anything from my being overweight to my medication.

But they did find an 8cm fibroid. Due to my age, it should start to decrease in size, which is good news. But it could be behind my bladder problems as it could be pressing on it. All in all, good news, but no reason for the pain, so a new prescription is being delivered by my chemist on Monday.

the view from the end of the road where we stay in Plymouth
Not the best start to the month, but my health is better than it could've been and I have a trip to
Plymouth to look forward, so, hurrah!
October...bring it on!
Zxx

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

August Break 3 - Handwriting

So, I'm not putting my handwriting out there to be deciphered.

This is a photo taken 28 years ago, when Mr B and I got together; an old fashioned camera with negatives and real photographs!

ran out of 'O's in this tin, that last word should be lots

Yes kids, I know you are always told not to play with your food, but we're adults and we're allowed!

The really bizarre thing is I don't like tomato sauce and spaghetti makes me retch. So I can safely say that this wasn't my meal!

Can you even still buy Alphabetti Spaghetti?
Zxx

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

August Break 2 - Leaf

Or, in this case, leaves!


On yet another grey damp day, this is what I can see from my back door. French beans, Virginia Creeper and an unknown tree on the other side of the fence.
Zxx

Monday, 1 August 2016

August Break 1 - Morning Light

The light this morning was not good.
One of those grey-white skies that makes my eyes hurt!

So I'm choosing a photo of Devils' Point in Plymouth, taken in 2010. As for the light, probably more lunchtime than morning, to be honest.


Just one of my fave photos of my fave places.
Zxx

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Is There Anybody There?

Hello!


Long time no blog.
Started doing more on Facebook and then found out all the joy I had been missing on Instagram.
But I miss the writing involved in blogging, the composing.

Way back in 2010, a fellow blog friend joined in with 'The August Break', something organised by Sarah Conway. I was going to start my own version, just for me to get myself back into it gently, but found out she is running it again this year.


It's a photo a day and this year there is a list you can follow if you are stumped for ideas.


I must admit, 2010 had quite a few shots of courgettes (!), as it was the first time I'd grown them and I was fascinated by these amazing plants.


So, let's keep our fingers crossed that I manage to get back into the groove! I'm hanging out for
No 31, August was...brilliant!
Zxx

Thursday, 12 May 2016

BEDM - Day 12, Poetry

Philip Larkin.
Larkin plaque, Belfast - geograph.org.uk - 596930
link
Thanks to a very inspirational teacher, Mr Hathaway, when I was 10 or 11 years old, got us to make 'Anthology of Poetry'.
I don't remember what else was in it apart from Larkin.

Image Philip Larkin, Poet & Librarian, Hull University
link
A family friend went to his memorial service and gave me her Order of Service.
It is one of my treasured possessions.
Zxx