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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

My Latest Book....

I'm excited to have put together a little book for Pens' birthday, to celebrate the day at Monsalvat.
Just press on the link to have a peek...

my new book

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

More From Monsalvat...

Views from the back of the Great Hall.

Inside the building behind the Great Hall, (the frame near Penny looks like a halo)
Bright colours and tame Peacocks.

The Chapel, and the gardens.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Birthday Picnic At Monsalvat...

The setting... the beautiful grounds at Monsalvat.

The food....and of course Birthday Cake.
The beautiful 'Birthday Girl'...Happy birthday Pen.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Autumn At My Place...

The first Autumn leaves have begun to appear in my garden.

So pretty in the evening light

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Looking For Love...

This is a leaf in the shape of a heart that my Mum found
and my Dad mailed to me...
just goes to show you can find love everywhere.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Memories Of Edinburgh...

In the mirror.

So cold we bought scarves and umbrellas and hats
(mine looks like some sort of dead cat)

Miss Muffet in Glasgow.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Birthday Afternoon Tea ...

To Celebrate our birthdays, Marj and I had,
 Strawberries, Grapes and Chocolate.
As well as Smoked Salmon, Blue Costello, Chicken,
Black Olives, Sun dried Tomatoes and Smoked Oysters.
With a glass of bubbly, it was so pleasant.

Perfect Pears...

The Pears are so beautiful at the moment,
 for eating and also for admiring.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Fun At The Park...


Having fun with new and old friends at the park.

Trout For Dinner...

Yesterday I was given a Trout that was caught locally,
 and we ate it stuffed with Garlic and Parsley rice.
It was delicious.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Look What The Cat Dragged Home...

Fede and Max after a hard weeks work picking 'Gladiators',
 or was that Gladiolus. I've been begging them to bring some home and here they are.
They work hard and come home caked in mountain dirt, but every things OK when it's payday.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Candles On A Cold Night...

There's something so beautiful and warm about the light that comes from candles,
and the reflections and refractions that are possible,

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Flowers On My Bench....

They are so beautiful, thanks Marj.
Thanks to Karen for the note about the flowers as well.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Kitchen Love....

Little Yellow Tomatoes from the garden
(thanks Helen, they have been the most prolific)
Tiny Black Tomatoes, and big red Italian Tomatoes...
with Free range Eggs...what else do you want?

I'm watching Carlucio on SBS and (hate to say but it makes me cry)

the love that is put into food and living is really moving.
Can't go past the Italians for inspiration.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Thinking Of Curry...

The other day I made curry and these are some of the things I used, it was a bit of a tribute to ''KH's'' recipe,

What I cooked Last Night

Just be sure to scroll down to the Chicken Cashews and Lime recipe.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Poached Pears...

They look and taste beautiful.

Core and peel the Pears.

Gently poach them with the zest of an Orange, the zest of a Lime,
The juice of 3 oranges and a good dessertspoon of Sugar

I served mine with a drizzle of the syrup, some Flaked Almonds,
Cream and chopped Dried Cranberries.

Good hot or cold.