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July 2010

Corny’s Make-Over #Wordless Wednesday

Posted on 28th July 2010 in childish/ corn/ garden/ wordless wednesday

My lovely corn plants have come on a lot in the last two weeks, see Corny to see how much they’ve grown. But every day I look out at them and feel the urge to draw faces under all that windswept hair…. today it got the better of me!

I know it is very, very childish – and probably poisonous – but I couldn’t help it, OK   😮

This is my first entry into TheGallery – I hope it doesn’t lower the tone too much?!

Mmmmm Cake

Posted on 24th July 2010 in cake/ chocolate cake/ gifts/ the cake nest

CAKE

What is there not to love about cake?

Even the word is nice. It starts with a C, I like words that start with the letter C. It is one of those words that only has happy connotations – yes yes, I know if you are dieting then it becomes a tad taboo, but, that is because it is so nice.

Ooooh at this point I feel the need to say that this is NOT a sponsored post.

The reason I have pointed that out is because this post is about one specific cake maker. A very lovely lady called Abi who is @thecakenest and makes just the nicest cakes I have ever tasted. So much so that I felt moved to write this post. Good cake should not be kept secret!

What I love best about The Cake Nest is that you can join a cake club – you can sign up for a weekly or monthly slice of cake! Or, just order a one off. How fantabulous is that! They come lovingly packaged and Abi will happily add a personal note if you want her to – making this the perfect gift.

I have tried 2 different varieties of @thecakenest cake, I have tried a deliciously moist chocolate cake that has a hint of raspberry through the chocolate frosting – a very professional cake with deep, rich flavours.

I have tried the all chocolate cake – OMG yum doesn’t even come close!

I can see from the website that there are many other options – my only dilemma is what to try next? Think it is going to be the chilli chocolate cake – not sure that it could compete with the all chocolate cake but it sounds intriguing and just HAS to be tried!

WELL – are you ready? Feast your eyes on these!

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S is for… STORM

Posted on 22nd July 2010 in poetry/ writing workshop

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So now it’s your turn. What prompt did you choose? 5. Storm


There is a storm coming

Building coils of dread, tighter

I can feel it in every sharp breath

Is it time for fight or flight


There is a storm coming

But will it wash away

Will it cleanse and repair

Or will pain remain


There is a storm coming

The greyness fills me

A leaden weight within

Like spadefuls of cloying wet sand


There is a storm coming

It’s anger is loud, it brings thunder

The greyness wraps me

In a blanket of familiar pain


There’s a storm coming

Do I hide from the dark

Or dance in the streaks of light

How will I know the difference

K is for… Kids’ Kitchen

Posted on 18th July 2010 in child/ children/ cooking/ masterchef/ son

Today my boys have taken over the kitchen!

They have made their breakfast (cereal and brioche), made their lunch (grated cheese sandwiches) and for the finale they have made @DhruvBaker1‘s ‘Easy peasy chicken curry’ and some chocolate muffins!

Here is how they got on in Kids’ Kitchen

To start with, need to thank MasterChef 2010 winner Dhruv for his recipe and hope that we’ve done it justice! The recipe (and many more) can be downloaded from The Big Lunch website


This is youngest son, who turned 9 last week, he has expressed an interest in becoming a chef, so let’s see how he gets on! We don’t have a whizzy blendy doodad so this is him using a mezzaluna to chop the garlic and ginger.

Ok, so now he is adding some chopped chicken. As mummy is a bit squeamish with bones we’ve gone for just chicken breast, although the recipe does suggest that you can use whole chickens that you’ve cut into pieces. The onion is a bit rougher than the recipe suggests as again I don’t have a whizzy blendy thing, we’re hoping it won’t adversely affect the overall result.

Seems like an awful lot of fluid! Fingers crossed it will reduce ok and make the ‘thick sauce’ alluded to in the recipe – find out in 40 mins! One thing that you can’t convey on a recipe or indeed a blog is the smell – it smells amazing!

It has reduced beautifully, sauce is quite thick now and tastes gorgeous. Nice one Dhruv!

And so, dessert

This time we have the 10 year old, he has no interest in becoming a chef, but a LOT of interest in chocolate cake!

His only questions during this whole process were “Can I have the bowl?” and “Can I have the spoon”

These babies taste as good as they look! Have a feeling they will be to die for if warmed slightly in the microwave and then served with some cornish ice cream. Mmmmmmm.

C’mon C’mon C’mon C’mon TAKE THAT!

Posted on 15th July 2010 in Crushes

….and PARTY!

You know what they say ‘you can take the girl out of her teens, but you can’t take the teen out of the girl’…. hmmm, no, that’s not right. Was it something about horses and where they prefer to drink? Or was it more about mountains? No idea now. Anyway, my badly made point is that I’m pretty sure any girl who screamed herself hoarse watching Take That way back when, will admit to being a teensy bit excited about todays news ;o)

I was a bit late to the ‘fancying pop stars’ party. My friends at school all swooned over George Michael (no comment) and Duran Duran, whereas I would say I liked the music of KLF, The Shamen, Alexander O’Neal, Mel & Kim, Poison, Curiosity Killed The Cat, Matt Bianco, Bon Jovi, Cameo, Oran Juice Jones, Run DMC etc but I liked them because I liked their MUSIC….

I remember the day I first became aware of Take That. I was all grown up and at my boyfriend’s house in Boston, Lincs. He and his brother were both kick boxing instructors so there was no shortage of fit men around. Top of The Pops was on, and the brother said “oh I suppose you fancy these too?” I looked up and saw:

I remember thinking, ‘yes, yes I do’ whilst loudly protesting that I’d never heard of them, but from that day onwards my love affair with Take That began.

I think it was the video for Could It Be Magic that cemented our relationship (me & Take That) dear lord, I thank you for that day.

Lordy, Mr Mark Owen, I loved you a big lot in this vid….. and Mr Robbie Williams I have to confess I lusted after you just a tad too.

I watched their videos over and over and over. I knew every word to every song. I had posters, books, badges – I literally joined the fan club. I wrote to Gary, I think at one point I did actually believe that if only he could meet me Mark Owen would realise I was the one for him… The kick boxer boyfriend came and went, but Take That were always there for me.

Another boyfriend, aware that he had to compete, played Back For Good for me on his guitar. Bless, that was actually quite sweet, but let’s face it – he wasn’t Take That!

I have seen them live 3 times, once with Robbie and twice without. I have to admit that by the time Robbie left I wasn’t that upset because I was massively and exclusively into Mark by then. I do however, remember my flat mate crying. We shared a flat on Oxford Road in Colchester, it was a ‘very nice’ part of town, an octagonal building, posh, with Laura Ashley sofa and a fecking great framed pic of Mark Owen on the lounge wall ;o)

I have reluctantly grown up a little since then and fortunately am no longer obsessed with pop stars (although I am still a boy band fan…) but I loved Robbie anew when he released Angels, what a bloody great song.

I was so, so pleased for Gary when Patience came out – it proved to everyone again how great HE was, after being trounced by the Robster.

My friends who I went to see TT with recently said I was ’embarrassing’, but then again they said that when we saw Jason Donavon too, and Savage Garden (he is SO pretty) oh, and when we saw Let Loose….

Anyway, I hope this TT reunion is being done for the right reasons and I hope that some more life changing (yes, I actually used those words) songs are to be released real soon.

C’mon boys, relight my fire!

M is for… My Mistress

Posted on 14th July 2010 in Blog/ friendship/ Twitter/ writing workshop

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3. Who’s your boss? Who (or what!) is in charge of you and your life?

This is EASY.

Much as I try and deny it, Twitter Is My Mistress. For example, today is my day off work. At work I spend the day in front of an iMac and I beaver away at my desk for hours on end. So, today – on my day off – I have mostly sat at home, in front of an iMac and buggered around on twitter for hours on end.

I did just break momentarily to do the washing up. That would be the washing up that I would have done last night, had I not been on twitter. I did have to go for a blood test this morning which took approximately 1.5hrs (30 mins to walk there, 30 mins to wait, 30 mins to walk back) I spent most of the 1.5hrs wishing I had a phone from which I could tweet….

I blame @MinaCab for this as twas she who introduced me to my mistress. She came to my house, plied me with cake, pulled many things (except the obvious) from her bra and then insisted that I join Twitter. Being a meek, subservient, do-as-I’m-told type of a girl I immediately signed up. And was immediately disappointed. “I don’t get it” I said. @MinaCab then explained the virtues of twitter to me and told me that she went to senior school with Andy Parsons (and did a reasonable Andy Parsons impression it has to be said) yet still the appeal of Twitter eluded me.

Yet it nagged at me. Why didn’t I ‘get it’ I am not especially unintelligent, if other people could ‘get it’ then why couldn’t I?

Every now and then I would throw a tweet into the void. Not a lot happened – to be fair I was only following @MinaCab @PlanetJedward and @StephenFry so it was fairly obvious that my banal tweets weren’t about to set the world on fire.

Then one day I did a #hashtagtweet and got a reply, from a real person, a stranger…. Ooooh this was intriguing. So I looked at the strangers ‘followers’ and added a few of them, and they followed me back. Suddenly my banal tweets started getting responses.

This then trigged a ‘ray of light’ a moment where the earth moved, the stars aligned and the heavens collided (never sure what with) – suddenly I GOT TWITTER. I got it, I understood it, I loved it.

I started following @richardm56 I’m not a daytime TV person so although I knew who he was, I wasn’t a stalker fan, but people said he was Mr Twitter, so I followed. He was funny. He made me laugh, I replied to a couple of his tweets – and he replied! I told him some mad tale about Binky (Richard’s late mail sherpa, long story) asking via the medium of Derek Acorah for him to follow me back – and he did! LOL. Twitter rocks!

I am now ‘friends’ with some amazing people on Twitter. My ‘real life’ friends ‘don’t get it’ and they pull that face at me if I mention it, so I don’t anymore. My husband, tolerant man though he is, is dubious of my twitter relationships.

Without Twitter I would never have spoken to @jakubhlavacek a lovely (but rude) gay guy from the Czech republic. I would never have exchanged, time, cake and publishing with @thecakenest – I would never have started a blog if it were not for the likes of the lovely @porridgebrain @cosmicgirlie @JfB57 @Princess_L_88 @cafebebe @vegemitevix (and too many more to list, sorry). I would never have had extraordinarily bizarre conversations with @PowerFairy my life would not have been enhanced by knowing @DrewParky who to me is a little ray of sunshine. I wouldn’t have seen the smiley face of @Superrealpj I wouldn’t know that sock cats are awesome if it weren’t for @_pussygalore I wouldn’t have received lovely, supportive messages from @busyhobs or have ever known about the Tots100 or @The_MADs if it weren’t for @swhittle. Without twitter I wouldn’t have had a lovely chat with @MyDaddyCooks or have tasted his simnel cakes and brightened Archie’s day with Thomas goodies.

Without Twitter I would never have started coffeegate…

I have lovely conversations with lots of wonderful people, including: @LivingwithKids @kateab @PaulaMaher @MissMarch1130 @1chicmama @hooker1uk @Caroljs @MeTheManAndBaby @Jon_Stead @cassiemwilliams @becaboop @KayAndHerBoys @SheilaW10 @The_Moiderer @Nudieprincess @bumblingtweets @ocean_design @christinemosler @gillyjamjar @utterlyscrummy @lbyrne74 @himupnorth @Debbie_Ireland @Delakobic @PeterWanless @SingleMummyUK @mediocre_mum @thekidscoach @TheJellyMonster @peabee72 @Henrys_Mummy @Metajugglamum @realityrose @Barb1963 @teamvaughan @newdaynewlesson @salamicat @nicolalalalala @ShortyMcStompy @balloonbaboon @blottedcopybook @benspex @mummylimited @chrisandharvey @freyerj @justinheron @tradingnothing @Rosa_lingerie

I’ve dropped phones down toilets with @SweetPeaParties. I love the gentle humour of @PippaD and everytime I read her name the song by BabyD pops into my head! I respect @Andy_Golding, I experienced a military clean up from @RAFairman, laughed at the IT Crowd with @kookoocachu @daddacool and @tattooed_mummy. I’m grateful for techy advice from @spences10. I laugh every time I see the name @AhcomeonnowTed. Quite early on in my twitter life, I was inspired by @Angiebabes999. I got trust from @SingleDadsDiary I got to do a guest blog for @SmittnbyBritain and I read STOP ME by the brilliant @Bookwalter

I LOVE the secret postclub, thank you @notefromlapland

I enjoy the humour of @GPforhire and @5tevenw

I am quite honoured to get the occasional reply from the lovely, talented and fairly easy on the eye ;o) @DhruvBaker1

And although I expect none of you will have noticed, I am reasonably fond of a nice guy called Bob @OnlyDads

My thoughts have #hashtags in them, as do things I put in texts and on facebook.

If I haven’t named you, please please don’t be offended. I follow 693 people – and I follow you all for a reason – it just simply wasn’t possible to list all 693 of you here (I did try, but I am very lazy) so if I follow you, I twitter-love you ok? Actually – if I’ve inadvertently missed you off, tweet me and let me know and I will add you :o)

So in answer to prompt 3 of @porridgebrain’s writing workshop: 3. Who’s your boss? Who (or what!) is in charge of you and your life? My one and only answer is TWITTER!

Corny #WordlessWednesday

Posted on 14th July 2010 in child/ children/ corn/ garden/ pieris/ plants/ wordless wednesday

This is growing, in my garden, next to it’s twin. In the same little bed there are also peppers, strawberries and tomato plants – oh and a pieris (it just looks nice ok). Nothing monumental except that I normally kill everything, I am the opposite of ‘green fingered’ maybe ‘black finger of death’ or ‘plant murdering fingers’ but defo not green. Yet these corn plants stand tall and sturdy and the children and I are watering them everyday and waiting for the day when they give us corn.

Blog of Substance Award

Posted on 12th July 2010 in Blog/ meme/ Twitter

The lovely, kind and generous Garry @himupnorth has awarded me the Blog of Substance Award. Now he did create a new rugged, manly badge for the this meme however being as I am a girl, I am sticking with the girly one as above!

THE RULES:

1) Give groveling gratitude filled thanks to the blogger who awarded you

2) Share your five word blogging philosophy

3) Nominate further bloggers of substance

Until this moment I hadn’t really considered that I had a ‘blogging philosophy’ however I shall now attempt to come up with one in just 5 words. This is difficult for me, I tend to prefer to use as many words as possible, but here goes:

WORDS   FELL   OUT   MY   HEAD

RANDOM   THINGS   THAT   I   THINK

HONESTY   AND   INTEGRITY   RULE   OK

TELL   IT   LIKE   IT   IS

You may have noticed that was just a smidge over 5 words…..but if I had to pick a lone 5, then I would pick the last 5 – TELL  IT  LIKE  IT  IS.  Although to be fair I think the top one is probably more accurate ;o)

Now I need to pass the award onto others. I personally think that everyone who takes the time to sit write a blog deserves a Blog of Substance award, as such if I have ever visited and commented upon your blog, it’s fairly safe to say I think yours is a blog of substance. However, in order to play the game,  some people for me to pass The Blog of Substance Award onto:

First and foremost was going to be @Metajugglamum but I see that Garry already tagged her (damn you Garry) so instead I move to:

@SingleMummyUK

@becaboop

@NudiePrincess

@TheJellyMonster

and
@elainescott77

Ladies, I pass the Blog of Substance award on to you, well deserved in every case.

H is for… Haiku

Posted on 9th July 2010 in haiku/ poetry

feelings wait unchanged

lives rush, oblivious how

hearts stop, until now

 

sleek, black, handsome cat

sits, waits, aloof yet alone

until I come home

 

time, shifts, waits for none

minutes rush, running past fast

laughing who was last


numbing, yet, lifting

soothingly warmth rushes in

hello there to gin



deeply cut, feel none

life ebbs, tide washes me clean

yet I feel no one



new words, unspoken

virgin pages now broken

new book I love thee

C is for… Cat Chat

Posted on 6th July 2010 in cats/ charity/ Feral/ kittens/ rehoming centre/ volunteer

I have just added the autumn 10 newsletter for Cat Chat (@CatChatCharity) below and sadly have to say that this is the last one I can do for them due to my current workload.

If you visit the Cat Chat website you can find local rehoming centres near you and view pictures of cats and kittens who need homes. You can find out lots of useful information about cats and pet care, you can seek expert advice and even chat with other pet owners on the Cat Chat forum.

You can also buy gifts for the cat lover in your life!

There are many ways in which you can support the charity and help cats – visit the website now to find out more!

VIEW THE NEWSLETTERS:

Autumn 10 newsletter:

http://www.catchat.org/newsletters/2010_autumn.pdf

Summer 10 newsletter:

http://www.catchat.org/newsletters/2010_summer.pdf

Spring 10 newsletter:

www.catchat.org/newsletters/2010_spring.pdf

Winter 09/10 newsletter:

http://www.catchat.org/newsletters/2009_winter.pdf

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