The most placid of creatures: all they do is munch grass all day long then return to sleep and get milked in the morning (or slaughtered). But they never complain.
Christmas cards! Love 'em or hate em the seasonal flurry is with us. Soon it will have developed into a full blown blizzard and the annual game of trying to find extra space to display all those expressions of seasonal good wishes from people we only ever hear from at Christmas will be underway.
As I type this, it is pouring down, so dry January does not apply to the weather outside! On a more serious note, Fentimans are supporting #DryJanuary and have very kindly sent me a case of their fabulous drinks for me to sample. As a lover of their ginger beer for years and more recently, traditional lemonade, this will be a pleasure!
Our USA Road Trip - 4500 Miles Taking In The Grand Canyon, Durango, Colorado, Route 66 And Much Much! More! Part 1
I have been friends with Janice for about 30 years!!! We met at Hampton Park Playgroup. My eldest is now 35 .......the youngest 32......and Janice's two boys are of a similar age. From the playgroup our friendship carried on to Hampton Dene Primary School.....through to Bishops School. We then lost touch (as you do) as the boys went on to Sixth Form/Tech college and varying universities.
Exercise. It's a bit Marmite, isn't it? You either love it or you hate it. Personally I'm not averse to a dollop of Marmite spread on a lettuce leaf and rolled up, cigar fashion – it goes down a treat.
Kettle Chips - Much More Than Your Average Crisp - Stilton, Salsa, Mesquite, Cheshire Cheese And Many Other Delicious Flavours!
There are crisps and there are special crisps. These are very special crisps, they are even called chips!
Rather than confront New Year Resolutions head-on, I think you should creep up on them and catch them by surprise. That way, you'll be more likely to keep them. (Just a theory.) That said, I've never been very good at it myself. Unfortunately, they too often involve losing ugly fat which has, somehow or other, attached itself to my slimmer self when I wasn't looking.
Last week I said I would write about Corsica and Palma de Mallorca.
We continued on our journey aboard the M/V Sovereign of Pullmantur Cruise Company, and went ashore at Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica, and the island's largest city.
They are beautiful, graceful birds, soaring so high in the sky, with eyesight as sharp and powerful as ours – when looking through powerful binoculars.
Gift cards can be really popular to receive. The recipient can buy whatever suits him or her from the stores associated with the gift card scheme or on line where the list is endless. You don't have to end up receiving some awful cd you know will never be listened to or a scarf that will never be worn.Instead, you choose what you want when you want to!
This great independent film is well worth seeing and your support for it will be greatly appreciated.
I recently saw a fashion article in Woman's Weekly about winter boots to fit problem feet. I was especially interested in some boots with an Elastane 'front', which stretch to fit. They're a well thought-through problem solver and they look great too.
Nudging the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman, this country — stub your toe and you'll strike oil— juxtaposing old and new, with its varied landscape of ravine, desert, mountain, ocean and wadi, advanced in just 44 years from isolation to modern state.
As 2014 draws to a close, it is time to reflect on what www.oapschat.co.uk has achieved over the last twelve months.
These are traditional small cakes that are crisp on the outside and gorgeously gooey on the inside.
Bunged Up 'Doze'? If, like me, you appreciate a natural approach to healthcare, you might like to try this highly effective remedy for instant relief from bunged up noses.
My son told me about Georges Perec, a French author who wrote a 300 page lipogram which means he didn't use the letter e. As e is the most widely used letter I was fascinated by this. Here is my (much shorter) lipogram.
I am back from my Mediterranean cruise and thought this week and next week I'd tell you about some of the highlights. We embarked at Valencia, Spain, which is about an hour from my home, but the journey took us about two hours by the time we stopped at various pick up points along the way.
Here is my review of some of the more unusual stories that made the headlines in 2014. This is only a snapshot, but I hope you enjoy reading the articles I have chosen.
Ginger - In Its Many Forms Is Delicious - The Wonderful Aid To Digestion, Nausea, Travel Sickness And Much More!
I have been a fan of ginger for years and eat Gin Gins every day. My favourite ones are the original ones in the green box!
The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London
Sunday 7 December 2014
Forty years ago this week a folk song about homeless people narrowly missed the Christmas number one slot in the pop charts. 'Streets of London' peaked at number two in the 1975 New Year chart, and Ralph Mctell became a TV celebrity and household name.
I am a model! Well ok, I'm not really, but I am modelling two products for Damart in my own home!
Digital cameras have been a boon to most photographers, and most especially those who enjoy taking pictures of wildlife. The shy, contrary nature of animals in their natural habitat tends to make them tricky subjects to capture, so for the modern photographer there's real freedom in the knowledge that you can fire off hundreds of snaps at once, in the hope that one or two will turn out to be half-decent.
Gardening - The Joy of Planting, Including Clematis, Calistemen And Ferns. Not Forgetting Watching Birds Feed.
First of all before I start my article I must say that any link between me and a gardener is pure fiction.
Winter Weather In Britain - Will It Snow in the 2014/2015 Winter? Will We Get a White Christmas This Year?
The papers lately have been warning us of a cold winter again with talk of snow on Christmas Day. Will it happen I wonder.
As Winter draws near, food consumed changes in most households.
This recipe is a bit of fun for us all to know what NOT to do when making our Christmas cakes!
It's billed as the place to see when you visit Paphos and during our one-week stay there, my wife and I decided to give it a go.
Photo courtesy of Will McCarthy Music Productions
Over the years I have seen Ralph Mctell perform many times and each time, there always seems to be a new selection of wonderful guitars.
Fentimans Soft Drinks Selection - Ginger Beer, Curiosity Cola, Victorian Lemonade And Many Other Flavours!
I have been a lover of all things ginger as some of you will know form aprevious article I have written. My favourite soft drink is Fentimans Ginger Beer.I contacted the company to ask if they would be interested in being featured on the website and I have been sent a case of Fentimans drinks to evaluate.
Copyright Warner Brothers
The fifties were coming to an end and music was really starting to take off on all levels.
Back in October I finally went with my husband to Israel. Niall was there as a gap-year Kibbutz volunteer in 1985 and it's a place I've always wanted to visit but it just never seemed to be the right time to make the trip together.
Photo courtesy of Will McCarthy Music Promotions
I asked Ralph Mctell when did he realise that he wanted to be a full time musician and he told me that you just don't dare believe it can happen.
This is a new feature which will be available every Thursday, where I choose my top three YouTube videos of the week.
Copyright Transatlantic Records
Last week(14th October 2014), I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my all time favourite singer songwriters, poet and author Ralph McTell.
Red feathers puffed against ice-crystal,
All is quiet.
White shivers across the grass,
As branches glisten in the morning light -
So there we were in the P & O waiting room in Southampton. I had dreamt about going on a cruise since I was a little girl.
We all love to receive flowers at any time of the year, and following on from my article last year, I am once again thinking about the bouquets I am going to send to a few special people this Christmas.
Photo courtesy of Galloway Gazette
In August this year Cosyfeet announced the winners of this year's Cosyfeet Community Award and I can announce that Priory Knit Wits were the lucky recipients of £500!
Since when did Britain become so Americanised? I know I haven't lived there for nearly eight years but come on, Black Friday? What is that all about?
Crackers - And Other Christmas Traditions,Including Sackposset, Christingles, The Twelve Days Of Christmas,Eating And Drinking!
It was an Englishman, Tom Smith, who introduced the world to Christmas crackers. A baker and wedding cake maker by profession, he visited Paris in 1840 and found the bonbon - sugared almonds wrapped in a twist of tissue paper.
The first introductory 'Whistle Stop Tour' of Italy's most famous cities almost scrambled my brains.
I was so frustrated yesterday, trolling around and around a well known department store looking for a decent pair of warmer 'winter' trousers.When you are on limited time, and you have to visit so many different places in the store to look before you can even decide which to try on, it becomes a chore rather than a pleasure doesn't it.
Holidaying in Talsarnau - One Of North Wales Hidden Beauty Spots - Beaches, Mountains, Walks and Much More. Day 7
Saturday September 27th
This was to our last full day in North Wales. The rain was lashing down. The sheep and cattle in the fields near to our cottage looked bedraggled and sad. Did they know we were soon to be leaving?
Next box to be ticked was Mesa Verde. To be honest tho' we hadn't heard of it.....it was only when visiting one of the Welcome Centers that it was mentioned.
Holidaying in Talsarnau - One Of North Wales Hidden Beauty Spots - Beaches, Mountains, Walks and Much More. Day 6
Friday September 26th
We were up bright and early as today was the day we were treating ourselves big time! The rain had stopped but it was very misty and murky. We drove to Porthmadog to catch a train on the The Welsh Highland Railway.http://www.festrail.co.uk/ The train was called Welsh Pony. We had booked into a First Class carriage!