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Jan 8th, 2018

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A Blast from the past

Yesterday I made a flaky pastry chicken pie for lunch. The reason it is a blast from the past is that the recipe comes from a cookery book which I won as the “Junior Drama Prize” in 1981 for my starring role as Oblong Fitz-Oblong in the school play. A lot of the recipes are […]

Jan 4th, 2018

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Grandma’s Recipe Book

This is my Grandma’s Recipe book. She was born in 1898 so I guess this was created in the 1920s and 1930s. Funny to think you would now just do a quick lookup on the Internet rather than bothering with writing stuff out from clippings. Having said that – I can remember making a similar […]

Jan 4th, 2018

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Some good cat pictures

This is Tora assisting with taking down the tinsel. Afterwards he seemed so exhausted that he was happy to settle down with his brother. Poor Schrodi was on the chair first and then Tora invaded it – this is after they have been fighting off and on for weeks as the weather has been so […]

Jan 3rd, 2018

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Donich Path Notice

Thank goodness that the Forestry Commission have posted some notices on the Donich Circular path forbidding the use of motor vehicles. Not only have there been trail bikes seen going up there – but the Dutch army actually took an armoured car up there. They have been told by the FC to repair the path […]

Dec 29th, 2017

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Snow Joke in Earra Ghàidheal

Woke up this morning on R’s birthday to heavy snow. We went out and labouriously cleared the 72m driveway – although I will be surprised if we get any deliveries today. The cats assisted us by running up and down complaining loudly. Here is me in the Lama hat which N and J brought me […]

Dec 19th, 2017

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Christmas Cakes

I made a cake for R and I, one for my parents and a vegan one for my sister-in-law V. Ironically the vegan one looks the best of the three as it has raised the highest. I used the Mary Berry Recipe for all of them – but for the vegan one I substituted butter […]

Dec 18th, 2017

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Cat with an instinct

Don’t know how he does it, but Schrodi has a real instinct to locate himself everywhere he finds brand new clean sheets, particularly if they have also been ironed. Here he is sleeping on the pillow in the spare room which is going to be used over Christmas.

Dec 16th, 2017

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Bit of a cold snap

Incredible beautiful at the moment although cold and very slippy. Here are a few photos. R and I cleared the drive twice today.

Dec 13th, 2017

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Run up to Christmas

Last night I put the tree up. R is normally an expert on detangling the lights which always seem to knot themselves in the bag. Unfortunately I was a bit stupid last year and put two sets in the bag together, such that they had inextricably welded themselves together. In the end we had to […]

Dec 12th, 2017

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Well done to R!

As anyone who reads this will know we have been deeply frustrated by our lack of Internet access since we moved in here. Basically we have been paying an awful lot more money for an awful lot less data than we got in Livingston for an awfully long time. But I have to give it […]