Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Cookery challenge January

The cookery challenge for December and January was :-

Photos of food you have made or eaten over the break.


For me the ingredients for memorable food are those that are freshly or traditionally prepared, made with love and eaten with family or friends, so choosing a few items to include here has been quite a task!
The first dish was at my nephews wedding on a very wet Saturday before Christmas, which despite the rain was a magical occasion. The Eton mess (above) was so beautifully prepared and is one of my favourite desserts.


Babsi from Country lovers sent us this traditional Dresden Stollen from Germany for Christmas.

Mary's Ginger Log a retro 70's pudding

Chocolate Marble cake made my daughter

Home-made bread. This recipe is so easy and  tasty you just need to mix the ingredients leave it overnight and cook in an enamel cast iron pot .It needs no kneading and the results seem to always be good!


 Home-made courgette and cheese soup and home-made wholemeal bread



We have a new pub/restaurant in Weymouth that specialises in home-made pies. This spinach and feta pie was fantastic.

What has been your most memorable food in the last 2 months ? Was it your Christmas meal or something else? Doesn't Christmas seem such a long time ago now! To see other participants see the following links:-


Lucent Imagery        http://www.lucentimagery.com/index.php/tag/cooking-club/ (cooking club founder)
Explody Full                                  http://explodyfull.com/category/cooking-club/
Adventures of the Ordinary   http://adventuresoftheordinary.wordpress.com/tag/cooking-club/
Christa to the Max                      http://christatothemax.wordpress.com/tag/cooking-challenge/
Polka Dot Pearls                          http://polkadotpearls.blogspot.com.au/search/label/cooking%20club 
Juanita Tortilla                             http://www.juanitatortilla.com/search/label/Cooking%20Club

If you are interested in joining future cookery challenges please contact Lucent above.

Sarah x

Friday, 25 January 2013

Winter trees

The trees may be devoid of leaves but there is still a beauty to their structure particularly against the bluest of skies. I find so often one or two pictures will provide the inspiration for a post.We were recently out on a walk, with camera in hand and each tree we passed seem to say "photograph me,"so that's exactly what we did!





The rolling Dorset countryside in its winter glory



The path had turned into a stream with all the rain we have been having.





This is the last visit to the willow tree that I have been following for the past year with Lucy at Loose and leafy. For earlier visits see my tab at the top of the page. I was hoping to capture a picture with the tree covered in snow, but alas it was not to be. If you look carefully you might see a slight covering of snow on the distant hills!




I hadn't walked this way for a while as it has been too cold and I was surprised to see one of the huge branches, which on my first visit contained a garden table has been cut down. I expect this is because with all the rain we have had in the past year there was a likelyhood of the branches blocking the stream. The tree looks rather ugly now but I'm sure new branches will sprout in the spring.


I found this video that fits in with this posts theme. The Winter Willow poem was written by William Barnes (1801-1886) in Dorset dialect and  was put to music by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). around 1903. William Barnes was born in Dorset and spent most of his life here, he was a minister in a country parish and wrote about country life and local scenery.

The pictures the accompany the music are obviously not local, but remind me of the wonderful winter pictures I have seen in blogs this past week.


Welcome to new follower XinHui Sin Hui from Octavia dont spy. Wishing you all a very good weekend.
Sarah x

Monday, 21 January 2013

A walk in the park in the snow


Monkey puzzle tree

I have been enviously looking at so many blogs showing beautiful images of snow. The snow we had in Weymouth was very wet and turned immediately slushy and disappeared -not at all photogenic! In Dorchester where I work 7 miles away (11km) it was a different scene.


So my lunchtime was spent in the park enjoying the beauty of the snow..... 



Welcome to new followers Jani,   PJ fromThe snail garden,  Hannah from Fealte and Rosebud, Sherry from The rusty pearl, and Maa from Maas journal. Thank you for joining in and Jani if you have a blog please let me know.

Sarah x

Sunday, 13 January 2013

A coastal light


Many of my blogging friends rather than have a list of new year resolutions have choosen a word to concentrate on this year. I chose two words as for me they are inter-linked - TREASURE and LIGHTEN. Over the past few years we have continued to simplify our lives and it is still an on-going process. It frees up more of our time to have more treasured moments.

It was such a beautiful day on Friday that I decided to walk Daisy before doing the food shopping and I'm so glad I did, it will be one of those moments to treasure.......

The boats in Weymouth harbour
The light down by the harbour at 8 o'clock was wonderful, the tide was in and the sea was calm.


The advantage at this time of year is you don't have to get up at 5 o'clock to catch the sun coming up.


The sun was so bright that I thought that this photograph wouldn't work!


Above the harbour is the Nothe Gardens with views over to Portland. It was deserted apart from a few other dog walkers.



Yesterday we had heavy rain and hail. We managed to escape outside for a short walk between showers, the picture below is such a contrast compared with the others. It was still breathtaking as the sun broke through the clouds and highlighted parts of the land and sea below.


 I hope your weekend included some treasured memories too, if so I would love to hear them.

Welcome to my new followers In my wild Eden , Vanessa and In the company of plants and rocks, I appreciate your company!

Sarah x

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Help in the garden

Before my daughter went back to Uni she helped us by doing some clearing up in the garden with cutting down plants and removing the last remaining leaves.

We also had help from another member of the family too! Twinkle always appears whenever she sees us gardening in the hope she can join in and get under our feet and in amongst the undergrowth!



We were so busy working that I only took the photo of Twinkle and it was only later I went out for the camera, so I'm sorry that these following pictures are on the dark side! Daisy decided she was going to join in  too, she knows she is not allowed on the garden !


It's lovely to see a few early signs of spring the hellbores (Lenten roses) are starting to show their first buds.


I love the fresh green of the stinking hellebore(bear- foot) hellebore foetidus.  It  also provides rare nectar for bees and insects at this time of year.


I saw the first bunch of tulips in the shops this week, and couldn't resist buying an bunch to remind us that spring is just around the corner.


We had an appointment with the consultant today and the news is that it appears that the prostrate cancer has been caught in the early stages.My husband  now needs to decide what treatment option to have. Thank you for your thoughts.I have been surprised to discover how common this cancer is and why it doesn't have a larger national awareness and profile.

 Sarah x

Saturday, 5 January 2013

I must go down to the sea again


I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,



And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;




And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sails's shaking.
And a grey mist on the sea's face and a grey dawn breaking.



I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied.
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying.
And the flung spray and the blown sprume, and the sea-gulls crying.



I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gyspy life.
To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife.


And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And a quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick is over.
John Masefield (1878-1967)



For my first post of 2013 I am have shared with you my favourite poem about the sea. My great great grandfather spent most of his working life at sea and travelled around the world (including China, Canada, New Zealand and Australia) from  the 1850's to 1880's and I always think of him when I read this! The photographs above, apart from the sunrise and moon, have been taken this week as always, I love to be down by the sea.

We would like to thank everyone so much for your comments in the last post, they helped and encouraged us so much.  There have been many that have told me that they are experiencing health problems too and we are thinking of you all too and send you our best wishes.

And finally welcome to my new followers Greenthumb and Stephen from HA Missions.it is lovely to have you on board!

Hoping the first weekend of 2013 is a good one for you too.
Sarah x



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