Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Kissed With Colour in Lacock

It was a day kissed with colour in the little village 
of Lacock outside of Bath, England.

I have Cherry Pie @ Cherie's Place to thank for
this wonderful suggestion to visit Lacock. 

We were greeted by the Lacock Village Fair upon arrival.
A nice little surprise to end our three day weekend to Bath.

It was a grand day out. 
The streets were buzzing, children wore grins from ear to ear
and laughter could be heard from one side of the High Street to another.

Home now... organizing and filing, 
deciding what will come next....

One more week left of school holidays.
Did I mention that I now have a grin from ear to ear??

How about you?
What did you get up to over the weekend?

More in Bath, England...

Lacock, England

Saturday, August 28, 2010

What a difference a comment makes!

Smiles all around...

Thinking happy thoughts and sending out a 
big thank you to Susie @ The Mill House

for sending me her ideas of things to see and do
for our upcoming trip to Bath.

I put a little request at the end of my post over at Finding My Way
for suggestions and Susie responded with a full itinerary.
I am so excited!

Susie and I started our blogs around the same time 
and somehow managed to find our way to each other. 
She on her move from Australia to England 
and me from New Zealand to England. 

Susie was followed by Sarah @ Semi Expat in OZ 
who moved from England to Australia.

They have both kept me 'in the know' ever since.

If you haven't met Susie and Sarah, 
be sure to stop by,
and tell them I said hello!

This is one of the things I love about the blogging world. 
Sharing ideas.

It makes me want to send out a big group hug to the blogging world!
Consider it done!

Thank you all for your kind words this week.
I am so excited and thankful for the many new
friends I have met recently too.

What a difference a comment makes!

Best wishes for a wonderful weekend
A long weekend for many!

Jeanne :)

Images: 1, 2, 3


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Friday, August 27, 2010

A Little Retail Therapy and a few questions...

I took my daughters for a little retail therapy today. 
My eldest, Miss Christine, is back in town 
and I had the two girls all to myself.
What better time for a little investigative work.
As we stood on the escalator, going up to the next floor, 
I casually drop into the conversation...

I say: "So, do you know if Dad has bought my birthday present yet?"
Daughters reply: "Yes"

I try again: " Are there any stores we should not go into today?"
Daughters: Silence...pretend to look distracted.

I try a different tact: "Does that mean I should not pop into Brora today?
Daughters turn to mother and say in unison: 
"Mom, you are so obvious, nice try. But it won't work".

Ok, I tried. I have to give myself credit for that :)

I love September, not only is it my birthday (11th) month, 
it also signals the start of Autumn fashions.
My favourite time of year.

I am mad about capes at the moment.
 I also love the idea of slinging a sweater
around my shoulders with a brooch. 
Nice touch by Liv here.

Images: 1, 2


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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

On my Bookshelf...and yours?

I was playing with my camera 
the other day...as you do.
It was morning, 
the house was quiet, 
everyone was asleep,
 the coffee was brewing
and I had an idea.

I went to one room and took pictures of a few of my books.
Just random shots..I wasn't thinking much of it.
Just playing.

I then got to thinking....as you do.
I wondered how many other readers collect books 
and if they are as nostalgic as I am.

Here is my bookshelf...
how about you?

and the lucky last...
My very first keeper.

Many of these books and I go back over 20 years,
some as recent as last month. 

Books take you places, don't they?
Great memories and great dreams for the future.

If you are interested in doing the same, 
I would love to see your bookshelf.
I am going to add a link at the bottom of this post.
Feel free to join me, anytime.

PS..for more books on my bookshelf, 
go to the top of this page and click on 'LIBRARY'.

 PS..to photograph your bookshelf, 
shoot as is and rotate image to create stack effect.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Spittal of Glenshee and Dalmunzie Castle in Scotland

Come with me thru the Spittal of Glenshee
where the glen is green
and the land reaches out to the sky.

I will take you to a place
where you will be reminded
of the virtues of a life well lived.

This is a place that will tweak your
culinary curiosity. 
You will be fed the most delicious dinner
and wake up thinking about it the next day
and most likely thru the rest of the day 
until the next meal is served.

Your first impressions will be challenged.
A Castle? A Lodge? A Hotel?
All of the above?

No matter.
The questions will subside as you embark on your first
walk thru the Highlands and wander back
 to what will soon become your favourite 
spot to sit and rest. 

Afternoon tea will be served..or as in my case
a beer...whatever your passion after a long stretch.
It will be waiting for you and served by staff with bright smiles
and cheerful dispositions....all Aussie.

Yes, Aussies, as this is a Castle in Scotland
owned and staffed by Aussies. 

We left happier for the experience.

We ate, we walked, we explored,
we laughed, we dreamed, we relaxed... 
in Scotland at Dalmunzie Castle.
An experience to remember.

More travels around Scotland...
Come with me thru the Spittal of Glenshee

images~ me 

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Summer Lovin and it tastes so good...

I have been remiss on my Summer Sunday posts.
It is all that summer lovin...things slip by.....

We had guests for dinner last night.
The menu was easy and it tasted so good.

A summer's day
A summer's menu

It all starts with the apron.
It must be a summer apron :)

and then....

A little something to get started:
Sliced carrots and hummus (easy!)
Kalamata Olives and Picholine Olives (easy!)

Fire up the Grill:
 Lamb and Mint Skewers
Chicken and Garlic Skewers
Wild Boar Sausage
English Sausage
Chicken Sausage
BBQ Pork Ribs 
(a la the local Butcher)

Couscous and Chickpea Salad with Orange Balsamic Dressing 
(recipe below)
Tomato, Basil and Olive Salad 
(recipe below)
Grilled Asparagus, Yellow Pepper and Red Onion
(recipe below)

All made with beautiful, fresh vegetables...

Followed by
A Little Sweetness:
A choice of-
Lemon Tart
Treacle Tart
Cambridge Burnt Cream
(a la the local market)

with choice of:
Alphonso Mango Sorbet
White Chocolate Ice Cream
Assorted Berries

and the final touches...
a few flowers from the garden
and my favourite summertime candle

I had a surprise visitor too...
who decided to make a crash landing 
into our kitchen window

and then decided to stay awhile 
to check out the view

so beautiful.....

There you have it...
a summer menu
a summer day
a summer friend 

and a few recipes..
one from Australia
one from New Zealand
and one from me :)

Tomato, Basil and Olive Salad
Serves 4
4 thick slices bread (I used ciabatta)
olive oil
80g (2 1/2 oz) rocket (arugula) leaves
5 tomatoes, thickly sliced
5 bocconcini cheese, torn (I used Buffalo Mozzarella, yum!)
2 tablespoons finely chopped black olives or tapenade
2 tablespoons basil leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil, extra
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Preheat the oven to 200 C (390F). Roughly tear the bread and toss with some olive oil. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper and cook for 10 minutes or until crisp and golden to make croutons. Place the rocket on serving plates and top with tomatoes, cheese, olives, basil and croutons.
Spoon over the combined olive oil and vinegar to serve. 

Couscous and Chickpea Salad with Orange Balsamic Dressing
Serves 2-3 large servings
1 cup couscous
1/4 cup currants (raisins)
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups boiling water
300 g can chickpeas
1 red pepper (capsicum)
2 spring onions (green onions)
1/2 cup Kalamata olives
2-3 tablespoons fresh mint
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped

Measure the couscous, currants and salt into a large bowl. Add the bowling water, then cover and leave to stand for about 5 minutes. Open and rinse, then drain the chickpeas. Cut the pepper into cubes about the same size as the chickpeas. Thinly slice the spring onions. Fluff the soaked couscous with a fork, then add the chickpeas, diced pepper, spring onions, olives and most of the chopped mint to the bowl. Prepare the dressing by combining all the ingredients into a screw-top jar, then shaking to combine. Pour the dressing and toss salad to combine, then garnish with the remaining chopped mint.
Note: If you are not a purist, you can use pitted Kalamata olives. Pour about 3/4 dressing on first and taste. Add more if needed.

Grilled Asparagus, Yellow Capsicum and Red Onion
(a la Jeanne)

Select vegetables and quantity needed. Snip the bottom of the asparagus, cut capsicum into strips 
and slice the red onion. Pop into a large ziploc food bag.
Add sliced 2-3 pieces of sliced lemon and give a gentle squeeze with one.
Drizzle your favourite olive oil into the bag along with a little shake of sea salt.
Zip, shake, marinate for a bit and toss onto the grill or frying pan.
I serve at room temperature.
Good for leftovers with a bit of hummus too.

Bon Appetit 
Best Wishes for a Wonderful Day!

Join in on more Summer Sundays 

images~ me
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