Have you ever written a Lipogram? They are very difficult, but not impossible and can be a fun way to spend an hour or two!
Three excellent poems from Joy: one about Spring, one about the gun and one about Charlotte Bronte.
Hives in New Zealand
As the spring days begin to lengthen, we are reminded that soon the long, glorious days of summer will be here – or at least we hope! But in our gardens the year is already well advanced with the garden echoing to the sound of humming and buzzing emanating from a variety of winged creatures including the ever industrious bees.
I am delighted to welcome Tony Laithwaite of Laithwaites Wines to answer some questions for Oapschat.
This is another great recipe from my current box of Simply Cook meals. We are 'travelling' to Korea this time!
I was not sure what to expect of Vietnam, would they be anti west? Was there still animosity over the war? I needn't have worried, the welcome was warm and genuine.
Between 2004 and 2006, David Thomas experienced a series of disasters in his life, culminating in being told that he only had terminal cancer and only a short time left to live.
By Masturbius (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
A few weeks ago an invitation dropped through our letter box inviting us to a reception on board HMS Argyll. It has been a some years since we were last on a ship. Edward was a career Naval Officer for many years, so it was going back to the past.
My box of Simply Cook recipes and ingredients to try is proving irresistible!. The next dish I cooked was Hot Cajun Meatballs.
Early spring is always an anxious time for the dedicated water vole fan. Each year, some colonies come back as strongly as ever, some might disappear, while others decide to shift themselves along the water course and pop up where you didn't expect them.
I have to admit that I do tend to cheat with curries and use a well known jar of curry sauce, so this was going to be an interesting and hopefully, an enjoyable experience eating this type of curry.
What do you do with a mob of middle-aged people who will not accept that the fun is over?
Interview with Kate Cotton And Louise Ferguson, Founders Of Skinny Tan And Backed By Dragons Den Kelly Hoppen and Piers Linney
Today I am thrilled to be interviewing Kate Cotton and Louise Ferguson founders of skinnytan.co.uk.
Whenever I speak, my accent betrays me. I am an Aussie, and despite more than 15 years living in the UK, I still speak like an Aussie.
This poem was meant for my greyhound friends, but applies to all rescued pets.
For as long as I can remember I have had a passion for taking photographs. The first camera I owned was bought in British Homes Stores and cost less than five shillings. It served me well for several years, however the cost of a roll of black and white film and the developing was always a problem. With my meagre pocket money I would save like mad so I could afford a 12 picture roll film and then before I knew it, I had finished it!
Copyright Columbia Records
On April 12th 2015, me and my husband (I can’t say my husband and I, or I would sound like the queen) left our home in Cornwall and set off ‘up country’.
Our first stop was in Laos, Luang Prabang to be exact (Luang meaning ancient and former capital and Prabang is the name of the golden Buddha that was left in the temple when the capital relocated).
Would your readers be interested in a Yorkshire based fiction e-magazine?
Me? Get scammed? Behave yourself! A cynical old ex-journalist who knows all about due diligence? Who's done hard selling and studied the psychology of selling? Never!
Do you help run a group, club or charity that benefits older people? Could your organisation do things better with a £500 award?
My four young children were growing up (far too quickly as far as I was concerned), but then comes a moment: a moment that makes you stop and think. Perhaps they are appreciating living in the countryside after all? The link between us humans and those other living beings is not so tenuous after all?
Some more 'facts' that are circulating around the internet, source unknown. Thirty five of them in all. I do not know if they are 'facts' or not!
Coffee, lots of different types of coffee, all strengths, all flavours, some instant, some ground, some good, some awful. So, I saw the website https://www.pactcoffee.com/and they have very kindly sent me a pack to try!
Snow Maidens, a Star and an unknown quantity - read on!
We lived halfway between Hereford and Ross-on-Wye ('in the middle of nowhere' as far as the children were concerned). The two older children were bussed into Hereford every school day and, consequently, did not have the opportunity to see much of their friends outside school hours during their first few months at senior school. Well, I knew that countryside life would be a big bonus for them as far as their future memories were concerned, but totally depriving them of their friends company except during school hours would have been too much of an imposition (having children brings back memories for all parents – no matter from how long ago).
The weather has just begun to warm up, the daffodils and forsythia have just about flowered (although they seem very late this year) and I have just begun a spring clear out. This is a prelude to the spring clean. And for which, there is a reason.
Our countryside building renovation project was in full swing. I had taken the biggest gamble of my life. I had given up on my big-money job in London, uprooted my family and moved them (all six of us) to the quiet, idyllic county of Herefordshire (one of only three areas in the whole of the British Isles to be officially classified as 'An Area of Peace and Tranquillity'). And boy did our little David affect our peace and tranquillity on one (un)fateful day.
Today I am interviewing best selling novelist Janice Horton.Good morning Janice and thank you for agreeing to answer some questions for us.
On average I take one long haul return flight a month...in economy. Over the years I have learned several key things to make the experience more pleasant, more business class rather than walk-on-cargo. As I am a novelist, it goes without saying that I will have at least one paperback with me and at least a dozen novels on my iPad for the journey. I normally have noise cancelling headphones especially when I need to work.
Here is my version of roast leg of lamb. I buy my joints of meat from a "proper" butcher (Andre Gourmet in Torrevieja). It may seem expensive but, there is always enough for two days meals for two people and usually some remaining for a snack or a sandwich.
Living in the countryside inevitably brought us into contact with – my younger two boys in particular – guns. There are plenty of guns in use by country folk: clay pigeon shooting, shot guns (to get rid of vermin) and air rifles (for target practice), in particular. And it didn't take long for my younger two to pick up on this from their local school friends. Another (seemingly unrelated, but very much related in this case) countryside activity is bartering.
Here are a few bits of trivia for you to look through. These are from an email which is circulating widely. I have no idea who wrote these 'facts', but some of them are interesting!
My husband and I have an iPad and I love mine, but it's the first gadgety thing I've had, that I've taken an interest in. I wonder if my lack of enthusiasm over gadgets is something that happens when you get older, a woman thing, or just me?
It was the year 3015. During the last 1000 years, Earth had faced many disasters, mostly man-made. Global warming projections had proved devastatingly correct. Rising sea levels meant almost a third of the planet was underwater. In fact, you could take a glass-bottom boat to view part of New York under the sea – hailed as the New Lost Atlantis.
Cambodia, another South East Asian country remembered for all the wrong reasons.
I picked up a book bargain the other day, ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’, by Bill Bryson.
Hush little baby
Where the tree-top grows
Lost lonely moonbeam
Where a dark light glows.
Ever thought about taking up Quilling? I am interviewing Tina K Burton today and am about to find out for myself!
On Saturday February 14th Helen Vereker Singers performed in Sainsburys Hereford in aid of Herefordshire Carers Support. Here is a video, directed by Helen Vereker and filmed by Ken Joel, husband of our good friend and contributor Margaret Joel.
We're always being told how good it is for us to exercise, and how a daily walk can keep us trim and healthy, but what if we can't find comfy shoes to fit due to extra wide or swollen feet? This spring, Cosyfeet are launching a pretty, sporty shoe for ladies with extra wide feet. Called the Belle, this supportive shoe is made with soft, premium leathers.
Whatever has happened to that quintessential treasure of Englishness the tea room? Years ago they were in abundance, but now they seem to be on the decline.
We finished season 4 of our ghost hunting show, Calamityville Horror in style – on board the luxury passenger ship, the SS Great Britain.
I have been sent some meals from Oakhouse Foods to evaluate and am now going to share my comments with you.