Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Extreme Close Up....

 She's a cat. She's called Ember & she is Queen

I took this photo a long time ago. Ember was still a kitten and on one of her excursions outside. She has managed to climb into a Clematis near the bird feeder and was just sitting watching and waiting for the chance to never came!

Don't forget to hop on over to The Gallery to view the other photo's this week.

Have a fab day

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Spring into action with Miracle Gro....

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts® for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Last week saw me suddenly spring into action in the garden, and having been a user of and fan of Miracle Gro products for several years in the UK, I was keen to carry on my association with them here in the US.

When I was contacted about writing a blog post for the new Miracle Gro Expand 'n Gro I was excited and really keen to do it, especially since it meant I would receive a sample of the product to test. However, my sample hasn't arrived in the time for me to be able to use it and write this article. In fact it hasn't arrived at all.

Still I do not believe this is the fault of Miracle Gro, and I refuse to be put off by it. There just quite simply wasn't enough time allowed, and I have held off writing my post until the last minute in the hope that the postie would bring my sample this morning - he hasn't! Ho Hum such is life...

Let me tell you about the product anyway.  

EnG Product Shot.pngIn the UK miracle has a pretty good reputation for producing quality products at reasonable prices. I am not sure what it's reputation in the US is like, but if anyone listens to me - they will be the market forerunner in a flash.

AdvertisementSo far this year, I have used 2 Miracle Gro products - Moisture Control Garden Soil & All purpose Plant Food




From what I have read about new Expand 'n Gro - the new product will take the place of both of the products I currently use - what more could a girl ask for. It is a combination of Coir and Plant Food. Coir is the fibrousy hair of the coconut, and many moons ago also had a use as a stuffing for mattresses (bet you didn't know that!). The coir is very lightweight and this is what gives Expand #n Gro it's lightweight texture that allows air to be trapped in the soil and make it a better environment for plant roots. The Plant food I think we all know is like plant vitamins, and I have no problem taking a vitamin tablet every day, so why shouldn't my plants! We spend so much money on plants every year, and yet so many people never give them a helping hand with some food every once in a while. Using New expand 'n Gro will take away the need to feed your plants every week as I do now, and mean that they get all the nutrients they need, giving us gardeners more time to sit back and enjoy the garden rather than slaving away in it for others to appreciate.

Expand 'n Gro sounds  a little like it is freeze dried soil. It expands when equal parts of water are added to it, meaning that instead of having to lug one of those enormous great bags around like you normally would at the garden centre, you only need to carry a bag a 1/3 of the size. This has got to be a plus to both male and female gardeners alike. Add in the fact that because the bags are smaller, they take up less storage space, and you are winning again. Then to make it even more perfect, this new compact soil has all the nutrients that your plants need and in such a supply that you won't need to fertilize or feed your plants for 6 months!

Is this for real? Apparently it is

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OK folks - I'm off to go and buy myself some of this wonderful Miracle Gro Expand 'n Gro - watch out for later posts because I will report back. I am going to use it with my tomato and pepper plants, so hopefully I will be able to bring you some photographs of some whopping fruits and healthy plants.

Enjoy the Spring and get yourselves out into the garden.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

You know it's Spring....

When I can be seen out in the garden.
Have finally decided it it warm enough at night to plant my Tomato and Bell Pepper seeds.
Hopefully this year we will have another bumper harvest, and this year I will be here as well to enjoy it.

I am planting some Avocado stones as well. They are from my new cousin's trees, so hopefully they will grow. Then we will have Figs, Apricot & Avocado trees in the garden - now that would be fabulous! Of course it means that my Tree rat patrols will need to be stepped up again, but thankfully since taking down the bird feeders, I have only seen the odd one running the top fence at dusk, and none actually in the garden, which is a good thing, although I have left my rat trap down to poison the little 'darlings' should they venture in!

The herbs that I planted last week seem to be doing well despite the recent torrential downpours, as are the Stocks. Sadly there doesn't seem to be any sign of my Californian Poppies which I planted in amongst the Stocks, but to be honest I can't remember how long they take to germinate.
And my baskets and pots seem to be coming along. The plants were really tiny when they were put in, and I know it will take them a while to fill out properly, but I think they will be pretty stunning once they do.

All in all I think we will enjoy spending time out in the garden this summer. It's definitely going to be the coolest place with the shade from the veranda - or whatever you call

Just need to get the garden sofa and chairs I have my eye on and it will be the perfect BBQ and chill out zone.

An Epic Journey....

Well I say epic.....don't suppose it was epic to anyone but me, but that's life!

My wonderful S phoned me yesterday and started the conversation with "Lou, I can't find my keys anywhere" I was on skype with my beautiful A so she was also party to the usual - have you emptied your bag, checked coat pockets...etc etc. Apparently he had checked everywhere - even OUT of his hotel room. He said his first thought was back at the hotel, but he called and apparently there were no keys in the room!

"I'm really sorry" he said, "I am going to need you to drive to LAX to meet me"
My daughter will tell you, I was all "yep sure, no problem, stop worrying" in my head I thought "Oh f*ck!"
S went on to tell me that the last place he actually remembers having his keys was at LAX when he flew out to San Antonio on Sunday evening.
"Don't worry" I said "I'll call the airport and the airline and see if you left them at the gate of at security"
Of course trying to speak to a human being when I rang LAX was out of the question "At the tone, please leave your name,contact number, flight date, flight number, gate and inside leg measurement, along with a brief description of the item lost......we will get back to you"
Even getting a number to call at Continential, sorry now part of United was impossible....their website said "please use the link below and complete the online missing item form - we will get back to you". This time along with all the other info, they wanted to know what seat S sat in, but they did give a big space to write my description of the missing item which was unusual.

Forms completed, I turned my attention to my route. I am pretty good at driving over here now and in the 4.5 months I have been here I have only tried to get into the wrong side of the car once, and thankfully that has been the only driving incident I have had. I amazed myself with how quickly I adapted to driving on the wrong side, sitting on the wrong side, 4-way stops, 2-way stops, Stop actually meaning 'stop' instead of rolling stop, and motorway driving where the road is 5 lanes wide and it is legal to over or undertake, thereby completely negating the use of the lane system as I know it - then of course there is the carpool lane which you may only use if there are 2 or more people in your car, and can only get into and out of if the road lines are dashed and not solid or double........Yep got all of that!! Unfortunately, I have not had to drive more than about 12 miles to get anywhere so far - and LAX is 35 miles from my home.

Yes, I can hear you saying it now - 35 miles isn't very far, and yes I agree. 35 miles is actually nothing, and, as my sister pointed out to me 'it's all freeway' - and that to be honest was the problem. It wasn't just one freeway, I needed to take 4 freeways according to googlemaps - the 210, 134,110 & 105....The 210 is about a mile away (surprised we can't hear it more actually) and the 105 would take me right into LAX - it should be easy......

Google Maps Route
I left at 1.50pm to give myself lots of time to get there to meet S's flight at 3.15pm. I got onto the 210 without problem. The 210 I am fairly used to. It has 5 lanes going either way and seems to have 2 speeds - clear and jammed...It was around 2pm so it was clear! The satnav on my phone told me to continue on the 210W and take the CA 134W - I didn't see any sign for CA134 W....then realised after the junction that I missed the junction so i took the next one hoping to get back on track - I needed to get to the 110 S. The satnav reasserted itself and told me to carry on driving down Orange Grove Blvd, in Pasadena. I was confused because this seemed to be taking me away from the junction I had missed, but it was the way I was being told, so I went with the flow. After about 5 miles I finally came to the junction that would put me onto the 110S and take me through downtown LA and out to LAX.....I do not like the 110. It may only have 3 lanes like I am used to, but it doesn't have a hard shoulder and the central reservation is only a foot from the edge of the inside lane - this is a seriously narrow freeway, and there were lots of seriously huge trucks on it. By now it was after 2 and traffic was starting to build a little. I managed to get through to Downtown without crashing into the central reservation of anyone else and here the road widened to accommodate 6 lanes and merge and diverge with another 2 or 3 freeways. Thankfully the sat nav on my phone kept me going the right way and I seemed to emerge onto a great plain of freeway - it was wider than anything I had ever seen before. Traffic heading north - into downtown LA was backing up but going south we were moving quite freely for the time being. It was still only 2.30pm.

I should digress here for a moment and explain the time traffic thing here in LA. People seem to start work early - 5.30 to 6am early. Consequently, they finish work early - any time after around 2.30. Traffic gets horrendous during rush hour - even out where we live in Sierra Madre. I usually try not to have to drive anywhere between 3 and 6pm because the traffic is SO bad.

So at 2.30pm traffic was showing signs of building up, but it was OK for me because I was going south. Or so I thought. Suddenly there seemed to be traffic everywhere and even southbound we were crawling along. It was weird! We had moved away from the open plain of freeway and actually looking around myself properly I realised that I was actually now caught up in LA's very own spaghetti junction (Spaghetti Junction is in the UK in Birmingham, and is a mass of converging often grid-locked English motorways). There was another freeway above me and something else off to the right, and all of it seemed to be choka bloc full of traffic. Looking at google maps, I can't for the life of me see what or whereabouts exactly this pasta bowl was - perhaps I imagined it, but anyway, once past it traffic thinned out and we were moving freely once more. The sat nav was telling me to take junction 14 for the 105W. I was in the 2nd lane from the outside and starting to worry because it was now getting towards 3pm and S's flight would be landing. All of a sudden I saw a sign to me left saying 105W "B*stards" I shouted - the junction was on the left side not the right as I had expected! (This is another thing I have discovered they do over here, they put what they call a junction on the inside of the road - actually most times the road to the right veers away and actually splits). Ahead of me, on the inside of the road, the inside lane was actually rising up and coming over the top of the main 110S and then sweeping across to the left! Holy moly, I was going to miss the junction! I put my indicators on and swerved like a maniac across 3 lanes and just about make the junction. Phew!!! Only it wasn't really phew at all. As the road took me up high over the 110, I realised that what I actually done was swerved across and taken the carpool junction, not the main junction. I could now see the main junction below me - Oooops I had swerved like a crazy person to take the Carpool lane, which legally I could not be in because there was only me in the car! I was driving at a crazily ridiculous height above the world on a one lane road, that would be so easy to drive off, because I had panicked!!!! What a stupid muppet I was! Thankfully the road came down again and rejoined the rest of what was now the 105W, but I was stuck in the Carpool lane and a glance in my mirror told me that the CHP were coming up behind me. Oh God, they were going to pull me over, Oh God! Oh God! - Talk to an imaginary child Louise - pretend there is someone else with you - These were the thoughts running through my head - as the highway patrol car came past me and didn't blink! PHEW!. I had made it to the airport, now I just had to find the right terminal (there are 8), park the car and find S.

S's flight was a little early and I did eventually find him, give him the spare car key and drop him at the long term car park. when he got to the car he found a note stuck to the windscreen, asking him to go to the security office as they had found his keys!!!!!!!!!!

 I circled around the airport until he text me to say he was on the move and would see me at home. Then I set off to find the freeway again to begin the drive home. I followed the signs for the 110, but ended up going  north to Westchester, where I then had to get the 405 north, then the 10 east, then finally the 110 north before I followed it to its end in Pasadena and then took a none freeway but familiar route home. It took me 2.5 hours to get home in the rush hour. S who went the right way back, but had to call into his office in Downtown LA, arrived home only 10 minutes behind me. However, he did arrive with the most enormous bouquet of flowers as a thank you for putting myself through the ordeal in order to rescue him, which I turned into 3 vases.
I had planned on making him take me out to dinner, but once we had sat down to unwind, neither of us felt much like doing anything, so we got the boys pizza and just curled up the sofa instead. This morning he has headed off to Palm Springs for a couple of days, so we are going to go out for dinner on Saturday instead.

A word to my family and friends - you can come and stay whenever you like, but please please, please, please try and either fly into Burbank (much closer) or plan a flight that arrives at the weekend or after 10am and before 2pm or after 7pm at night - that way I can reduce the trauma of the drive to a minimum!!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Gallery....Colour

I decided to use a photo taken on Boxing Day when we went for a day at the races at the Santa Anita Racetrack which is only 1.5 miles away from our home. As you can see it was a stunning day with temps up in the 80's, and I just love the jockey's colours in this picture as they come out of the starting gate.

Then cut to a photograph taken up in the San Gabriels about 10 miles behind where we are - looking across the mountain range - not bright and stunning colour, but such a huge range of colour.

Don't forget to go and check out the other great photos depicting colour over at "The Gallery"

Have a wonderful day

Friday, March 16, 2012


I sat here on the sofa last night and thought I would check my hotmail account. I don't use it anymore but there are one or two things that still need it so I keep it open....

One of those things is my Paypal account. It seemed like a major hassle to transfer it to my US stuff for the amount I use it, so I just left it attached to my UK account and with my old UK address as the address on the account. I have used it a few times, but was absolutely horrified to discover last night that some nasty evil person had seen fit to somehow pay themselves not once, not twice but three times through my Paypal account. The transactions were all on the same day and for the same amount £96.00

To say I was upset is an underestimate - I was beside myself. apart from the horror and feeling of invasion that comes with these things, there was also the added worry because my UK bank account has virtually nothing in it and these payments going through would cause chaos. I quite check online of my UK bank account showed me that it was now overdrawn, and of course yesterday evening in California is middle of the night in the UK, so there was nothing I could do. 

I did raise the issue with Paypal, and instigated an investigation from them. I changed my passwords, and my email address associated with the account, but because the account is linked to my UK account and with a UK address, I was not able to activate further security measures. I will have to wait for Paypal to finish their investigation and then close the account and open a new one with my US info - such a pain!

Anyway, after a weird nights sleep (hardly surprising with this lot running through my head) I was up at 6.30 this morning with the boys and then once they had left for school at 7am I was straight on the phone to my bank in the UK. I spoke with a very lovely lady, who when I told I was ringing about some fraudulent transactions on my account, said to me "are you talking about the 3 ones to Paypal for the same amount?" I was a little taken aback at her knowing immediately what I was talking about, but it does make sense. My bank account in the UK has no overdraft facility. It is the type of account that cannot be enabled to have an overdraft facility. I am not able to have a cheque book on this account either, or a credit card associated with it. This was a deliberate move on my part after I finally got rid of my hateful, alcoholic and abusive ex-husband, because, I was left with so much debt that he had created it was untrue, and to completely limit myself and my spending capability seemed the only way to get it sorted out!

Back to my tale - the overdraft or lack of overdraft, was the reason why the lady on the phone knew which transactions I was talking about. They had been entered onto the system through the day and made my account appear overdrawn, but then through the night when their system updated itself they had been 'bounced' back and my account was actually marginally in credit, which was a truly wonderful thing to hear. However, because officially there were transactions on my account without sufficient funds, the lady I spoke to said there would be a £15.00 fee charged for each of the 3 transactions. She asked me to hang on and vanished from the line for a few minutes. When she returned to the call she told me that because the transactions were not of my making, the bank was prepared to waive the £15.00 charges. They would also cancel my debit card and issue me with a new one, and they would take the added measure of withdrawing the Paypal consent on my account. Hallelujah!!!

Now, I just need to wait for Paypal to finish their investigation and then I can close my UK Paypal account and re-open one with my US details, and with as much added security as possible.

I always thought that Paypal was meant to be mega secure - but obviously this is not the case, and I will most definitely make sure I am more vigilant in the future when buying on the net.

Have a great day everyone

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Even Luckier....

I started off this week feeling so so much better than last week, but S was away teaching course and having meetings, so that was a bit of a let down, but hey if he doesn't work he doesn't get paid - and as I can't work yet, if he doesn't get paid, we  don't eat - it's a simple philosophy, but it works for (you can tell I am happier can't you?)

Anyway, yesterday was quite a good day, S's boss had asked me if I could help her do some reconciliation work for her taxes (seeing as I have nothing else to do), so I had driven over to her house to meet her for the first time and to collect the stuff that needed doing. Having only heard her on the phone so far, I didn't quite know what to expect, but she was actually quite lovely, and she laughed when I said that some days I was tempted to turn S's phone off when it got to 8.30pm so she couldn't call - and she even said, that was a good plan and I should do it! Anyway besides the help with her tax stuff, she asked me if I would like to help her pack some stuff up for her impending move, seeing as I had nothing better to do, so I agreed and arranged to liaise with her brother about coming over next week to help out.

All in all I was fee;ling pretty good. I came home and went off to my Tai Chi class which was a blast as always and I got to meet another English lady I had been told about who came to the class. It was so funny - our instructor introduced us and said that we probably knew each other already (is England really THAT The English lady was very friendly, and she has lived here for roughly 20 years, so was able to tell me about lots of places to go, including which supermarket sold English stuff, so I can finally get the Bisto Powder I have been dying to get hold of since arriving, and also the Golden Syrup that no-one seems to have even heard of over this side of the US although my sis can get it in, we chatted for a while with our Tai Chi instructor listening and laughing. I said to her, "do we sound alike to you?" and she laughed and said we sounded identical - well the 2 of us laughed - she is a broad Cockney and I am from Cheshire! We sound nothing alike, which was really amusing.

Well after my banter with my fellow Brit, I returned home and tried to call S. He had sent me a text message while I was at Tai Chi telling me that everything was fine, but could I call when I got home. When I called his number, it rang for a while and then went to voicemail, so I assumed that he had arrived at his hotel in Denver and had gone out for dinner or something, so I just left him a message and didn't really think any more of it. I decided to get on with some of the tax stuff while I waited for S to call me back. It got 9.30pm and the boys went off to bed and I started to wonder why S hadn't called. I got out his travel itinerary and realised that his flight to Denver was actually only just about due to land, so it was no wonder he hadn't called (silly me). Within about 10 minutes the phone rang, and the silly phone announcement said "call from S...". I answered, and asked how he was. S proceeded to tell me that the whole thing was a total nightmare. He couldn't get a rental car anywhere, it was Spring Break and where needed to be outside of Denver, the place was over-run with kids hanging out and having fun. The guys he was supposed to be meeting had rented a chalet or something. He couldn't get a hotel - yada yada yada.....I was thinking to myself "OMG this isn't good, it's getting late and he has nowhere to stay, no car to drive anywhere to find somewhere to stay". You know the usual stuff us women think of. "So what are you going to do?" I asked to which S replied "Oh I found a run down little house to stay at"...I was thinking WTF..."a what?" I asked...S said again "I found a run down little house to stay Sierra Madre!" I paused then said "You mean you're home?" and S said "didn't you hear me beep?" at which point I hung up the phone and ran through the house and out the kitchen door onto the driveway and launched myself at poor S who was just getting out of the car! After what seemed like an hour, I let him go...."Wow" he said "I take you're pleased to see me - I thought I would surprise you!".

Pleased and surprised were an underestimate!  I wasn't expecting S to be home until late on Thursday night, and here he was a whole 2 days early...I was beyond pleased and surprised....this was wonderful...and I know it makes everyone sick to hear it, but this is just another reason why I love my wonderful husband so very very much and why today I feel even luckier....

Have a fabulous day everyone!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Brighter on a Monday....

After feeling so low last week, I cannot believe how much better I am feeling now, just a few days later....
S and I went shopping for plants for the garden on Saturday and while he worked away on his truck (now renamed Clover), I got to work planting herbs in the newly cleared herb patch (Lemon Thyme, Rosemary, Lemon Balm and Spearmint) and in one of the borders I planted some Stocks which will smell divine and hopefully be a further attraction to our Hummingbirds. I also planted up a couple of hanging baskets, and some pots on the patio, so all in all it should look pretty good in a couple of weeks time when everything beds itself in properly. 

After all the hard work on Saturday, S said that he was taking me out to dinner. Nothing fancy, we just walked up to the little Bistro at the top of our road, but it was wonderful. A nice bottle of wine, and then we did what we always used to do and shared the 'Seafood Fritto Misto' starter and then the 'Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna' for a main course. The food was great and it was lovely to just sit outside in the evening sun and chat about everything and nothing. Then we ambled back down to the house and curled up on the sofa. It was my kind of evening!

Yesterday we drove south to Fallbrook, where S's cousins daughter lives. She came up to spend Christmas with us, but now her Mum (S's cousin) and Dad were over from Florida for a visit. It is the first time I have been to Fallbrook and the countryside is quite stunning - very green and rolling, a far cry from the desert we drove through between LA and there. L lives in a lovely little house on the side of a hill where you can see nothing but green rolling hills all around you. She has a dozen or more avocado trees and so we all walked out and picked 2 bags full of them before heading back to the house for a little alfresco dining and some great conversation. Later one my son G and L headed back out into the field to do some more fruit picking and this time came back with a bag full of oranges - Just look at the haul we got:

Avocado anyone?
Mid afternoon we had to set off for home - S had a plane to catch as he is away now until Thursday night in Oakland and then Denver, so I spent my evening editing photographs that I had taken over the weekend and uploading them to my Flickr photo stream in the hope of some positive critique.

The only place in town - yes that is what it is called!
This morning, some friends of S's called in and we went out to breakfast together. They were on their way home to New Mexico after a mini cruise and had suggested stopping by before they knew S would be away. I have never met them before, but they have been friends of S for years, and so I thought 'come on Lou, be brave invite them anyway' - so I did, and they came and fingers crossed, I think we got on like a house on fire. They are lovely people, and even if they weren't too impressed with me, I thought they were fab - so easy to talk to and get along with - so I'm hoping they like me too. They did suggest that S and I go up to them and stay for a few days with the boys, or that maybe we could meet up somewhere halfway and go camping together which would be really wonderful - I'll keep my fingers crossed!

So, now you can see why I am suddenly feeling so much better today than last week...I haven't met anyone I can just call and invite over for coffee or out for lunch, but I have people who have been a part of S's life off and on for years, and will now be a part of my life too - and that is a great thing, a wonderful thing, and I plan to revel in it for the rest of the week or at least until S gets back home on Thursday night....

Have a great week

Friday, March 09, 2012

So Lucky....

I think it would be fair to say that I haven't been having much of a fun time with things here lately. My attempts to meet people all seem to be in vain, and I am feeling a bit down about life in general....

You know what it is like when one thing gets to you - you start to make mountains out of molehills and the light at the end of the tunnel seems to be getting further away than closer. I know that because of stuff that went on in the past, I am more than capable of blowing things completely out of proportion, and turning a nothing into a something. Sometimes I just don't see things very clearly!

The last couple of days have been a little like that. S has been working from home which is good, but he worked all last weekend, and seems to have just been snowed under for the last couple of weeks. I do my best to keep out of his way, and not distract him from his work. I am around when he needs to blow off steam and I try to play devils advocate ad help him make sense of stuff when it gets stressful. All of that takes its toll on me, and added to my general loneliness at not really meeting any people and making friends, seemed to fuel my melancholy this week, and today, I spent most of the morning doing my best not to just sit and cry. S knew as soon as I got up that I wasn't right. He's good at that. He kept asking me if there was anything he could do to help, and eventually I decided a walk was in order, so off we set. As we walked, S got me to open up about how I was feeling and what the problem was, and we walked and talked, talked and walked, and by the time we got back to the house, about an hour later, my gloom had lifted and I am feeling so much more positive about everything....

So the point of this post is a thank you to my wonderful husband....

Thank you for being able to spot when something is even the tiniest bit off with me.
Thank you for knowing how to push me in the right direction to get me talking.
Thank you for actually listening to what it is I have to say, and for reassuring me that even though it may seem trivial and silly, if it bothers me it matters.
Thank you for showing such amazing patience with me, I know I am not easy when I am down, and I know that getting me to talk is like pulling teeth.
Thank you for being my best friend, but mostly, thank you for being you, the wonderful man that I fell head over heels in love with, the man who no matter how dark life seems, is always able to help me find the light at the end of the tunnel.

I am so lucky to have you in my life, and I appreciate even the teeny things that you do for me.

Truly, madly forever yours

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Kony 2012....

Have you seen the video on vimeo yet?
Do you know what Kony 2012 is all about?
Can you do anything to help?

If the answer to the first 2 questions is no then you should watch the video from the link below, and inform yourself. I had no clue what it was all about - until I saw the photograph - I recognised the man in the photograph, all right, and somehow felt a little ashamed for not knowing his name...

If there is one thing I cannot stand in this world it is the ignorance of the people living in it - over this issue, I have also been ignorant - but not anymore....

I am going to stand up and do my bit in support of Kony 2012, and I am going to ensure that everyone I know, knows who Kony is....

I want Kony to be the most famous person on the entire planet....

Please spend 29 minutes of your time and watch the video

Then if like me - it gets you! Do something to make Kony famous

Have a fabulous day

They have their own.....light

I sat for a while and pondered when I found out that the theme for this weeks Gallery photo was 'light'....
Should I be a smart ass and take a photo of a lamp or something? I can never really pull off the smart ass thing thing without looking like a total prat, so that was out of the question - then this morning it has come to me, and below is my photo - of what I think it stunningly beautiful natural light - just from the depths of the ocean, where these teeny jellyfish live.

Now you have seen my Gallery entry this week why not head over or back to 'The Gallery' to see what everyone else has to offer.

Have a wonderful day

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Terrine of Spring Onion & Chicken in Parma Ham....

OK folks, recipes aren't my usual thing on here, and I very much doubt that they will become one, but having made this the other day for the 1st time in about 3 years if not longer, and having had both the boys and S rave about how gorgeous it was, I thought just this once I would share with you....

Terrine of Spring Onion & Chicken 
in Parma Ham

Serves 6

110g Self Raising Flour
3 Eggs
1 Bunch Spring Onions (scallions)
200g or 12 slices of Parma Ham (thinly sliced)
2 Cooked Chicken fillets
2 Tbsp Milk
100g Gruyere Cheese

1: Preheat Oven to 180°C/350°F

2: Pre cook chicken fillets

2: Rough chop the chicken and set aside

3: Line a 2lb Loaf tin

4: Line the loaf tine with the Parma Ham, allowing the ham to hang over the edge of the tin.

5: Mix the flour & eggs, 

6: Add the milk and whisk together

7: Add the chopped Chicken and Grated cheese to the mixture and stir well

8: Put half the mixture in the tin, then add a layer of spring onions running lengthways

9: Then add the rest of the mixture, and fold over the Parma Ham hanging over the edge to form a parcel.

10: Bake in the oven for 1 hour, then turn out and leave to cool.

Serve with a crisp salad either while still warm or once cooled - Delicious!

If wrapped in foil, this will keep in the fridge for a couple of days and is just as good.



I'm sure they must be worth it....
I know they are worth it....
They are just a little bit sore at the moment....
It doesn't help that I bashed them with my phone whilst taking this picture for my friend in the UK....
Photo is pretty cool though really....

Welcome to me new teeth....
(Now I know I've lost the plot completely)

Anyway, now I have made my new cerec crowns visible to the world I am going to go and take some Ibuprofen in the hope that they will stop bloody well aching so much.

Have a fabulous day