Monday, 26 July 2010


I've never seen, heard or smelt anything like it!

After reading about MimiMouse's visit to the Mayfield Lavender field, I had to go there too.

What a sight! We glimpsed the purple glow through the trees as we drove up the road and could smell the perfume too. What I hadn't expected was all the noise! The bushes were teeming, alive with buzzing bees and chirping crickets.

Whatever next

I've broken my reading mould! Rather than reading a Ruth Rendell crime or novels set in the early twentieth century, where women buy hats, worry about servants and eat boiled eggs for supper, I've just devoured two books written by men, set in the Noughties AND one was about American football!!

After watching the TV Book Club on Channel 4, I visited my local library to borrow those featured. It had a stand dedicated to the programme but the only books on display were those from the previous series. So, I took out The Silver Linings Play Book by Matthew Quick and Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby and really enjoyed both of them. Whatever next?!.......

from Juliet, Naked
"It was OK, Duncan thought, that he and Annie had never been in love. Theirs had been an arranged marriage, and it had functioned perfectly well: friends had matched up their interests and temperaments carefully, and they'd got it right. He had never once felt itchy, in the way that two connecting pieces of a jigsaw never felt itchy, as far as one could tell. If one were to imagine, for the sake of argument, that jigsaw pieces had thoughts and feelings, then it was possible to imagine them saying to themselves, 'I'm going to stay here. Where else would I go?' And if another jigsaw piece came along, offering its tabs and blanks enticingly in an attempt to lure one of the pieces away, it would be easy to resist temptation. 'Look,' the object of the seducer's admiration would say. 'You're a bit of telephone box, and I'm the face of Mary, Queen of Scots. We just wouldn't look right together.' And that would be that."

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Flutter By

Most Saturdays the ladies of our WI have a stall at a local church. They sell homemade cakes, sausage rolls, scones and jars of their jams and marmalade. The goods can be eaten there with a cup of strong percolated coffee or taken away in recycled ice-cream tubs. The current cupcake craze has passed them by so there is always an irresistible array of fairy cakes and, my favourite, butterfly cakes. This week's butterfly cake was eaten at home off the latest addition to my 'granny plate' collection.

Saturday, 17 July 2010


Apparently a sticker book = hours of fun!

Friday, 16 July 2010


Carrots and peas were part of our pickings from our last trip to the PYO farm. My small assistant was a great help with the podding, until she started to put the peas back in their pods......

They were then cooked up in to this unseasonal-looking Japanese dish, niku jaga - pork, onion, carrot, peas and new potatoes, cooked with soy sauce, sake, sugar and fish stock and served with rice.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Persephone Forum - Mariana

I really enjoyed taking part in last month's Persephone Forum on William - An Englishman. Such a good book.

The post for book 2, Mariana by Monica Dickens, is now live. I was a bit irritated by it the first time I read it but my second reading is turning out more calming. Perhaps the sunshine is helping!