Sunday, 27 April 2008

Yogurt Cake and 3 silly boys in a boat

A delightful lady who I nursed gave me this recipe for an easy cake which lasts well ( unless you have a family like mine who don't give it the chance to keep!) I'm not a great lover of yogurt but I promise you really don't get a yogurt taste. This is how it's made;

1 individual yogurt, any favour you like but not natural.Toffee or chocolate is nice.
Pour into a bowl
Now use the pot as your measure and put in
1 measure oil
2 measures sugar
3 measures self raising flour
2 eggs

Mix it all up well, add anything you like such as
dried fruit
cherries
chocolate chips

Cook in a slow oven for 1 1/4 hour 150 c in the middle of the oven.

I call this Christine's cake to remind me of her. Sadly she has since passed away but every time I make this cake I'll think of her.

My youngest son went out on Saturday with four of his friends to a local river. They had an idea to walk about 2 miles downstream and to 'sail' back in a two man rubber dingy. Not suprisingly the boat couldn't handle five 16 year old boys and the bottom fell out! Not to be outdone three of them continued with the mission and used it like a ring to float back to where they had come from....however they came to a division in the river and took the wrong tributary. After climbing up into a field they found themselves face to face with a rather large bull who gave them the idea he wanted them off his land, so back into the water they went until they got to a safer field to cross despite some inquisitive bullocks...this is all in bare feet! They eventually found their way back to the start where the other two lads were waiting and wondering if they should call for help as they had been gone for FIVE hours by this time! He is now suffering from a nasty case of sunburn and a flea in the ear from his mother!!!!

Saturday, 26 April 2008

Night Shift


Oh dear, last night I was on a night shift and I'm not brilliant at nights! We only had seven patients but they kept us fairly busy all night. It's evening now and I've only had about 4 hours sleep in the last 36 hours so am feeling a bit spaced out! Went for a walk....or rather a slow amble this afternoon at Durleston www.durleston.co.uk
near Swanage. It was a lovely day and while we were there a passing gentleman who was walking too, pointed out some orchids which he said are called Early Spider Orchids, and I took this photo of it.
During the early hours of this morning there were a couple of foxes outside the Hospice making a huge row..and there is always a robin that sings during the darkness in one of the trees outside.
Well I'm going to sneek off to bed now, I've been rewatching my Poldark DVD's recently, a bit of escapism is lovely before you fall asleep!

Friday, 25 April 2008

National Trust



Himself and I had a day off and went to Somerset to see three National Trust properties, Barrington Court, Montecute House and Tintinhull gardens. The photo is of Tintinhull Manor. The gardens are a bit sparse at this time of the year but maybe we'll go back in the summer. I loved these tulips....if anyone knows what they are called could you tell me,I'd like to grow some next year. We were lucky with the weather, showers were forecast but we managed to dodge them all and had a dry day. We also managed to eat in two of the tearooms, the National Trust do make good food, we had soup and a roll which was delicious and Himself managed to fit in a cream tea later in the day!
It does you good to get away, even if it's only a day and just chill out.
There was a Holly Blue butterfly flitting around the garden and I saw the first red damselfly of the year near our pond. At Monecute I saw a Swift...summers coming...yippee!!!

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Evening walking



We took the dog out this evening to a local country park, it was a lovely evening lots of birdsong and best of all we saw a little lamb just born, still wobbly legged and wet, his mother licking him to clean him up. The photo above is the best I could get but you can just about see them. Also saw a Green Woodpecker. I've got a couple of days off work now so looking forward to that, my husband has got Thursday off too , we are hoping to go and visit a National Trust property for the day.
Well I'm going to creep off to bed now with a good book...all the menfolk in my house are watching the football on the TV so I'm outnumbered! Currently reading Francine Rivers book, 'Voices in the Wind' it took me a while to get into it but now I can't put it down!

Monday, 21 April 2008

British Superbikes




Yesterday we went to see the British Superbikes at Thruxton, amazing although the guy we were supporting, Tom Sykes came off in his second race of the afternoon. All OK and he got back on another bike and came in eighth in the end.

It was really tiring just standing, sitting where you can all day. We all caught the sun even though it didn't feel that warm.


My new Asparagus pea seedlings are growing well, a friend at work gave me some seeds, I have never grown or tasted them before so it's a bit of a novelty. They don't look like peas do they, I think I shall put them in with the sweet peas and see what happens.

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Nanny's Rose Garden Quilt



This was a quilt that I made about 22-23 years ago for my Grandma who at the time was terminally ill. She loved Roses so the shapes were meant to denote a rose. It was made by hand in Laura Ashley fabric of the time. It's beginning to look a bit tired now but she enjoyed it and used it as a comforter. I believe I got the inspiration from an American magazine that I had got hold of somehow!...they were hard to get hold of here in the UK at that time.

I was musing with a friend yesterday about how perfect everyones lives seem in blogland, we only need to show what we want to show...and maybe thats how it should be. I look at other peoples blogs and they all seem to live in perfect homes with perfect lives..is it me!!!!

Monday, 14 April 2008

Lambing time

Meet Martha.... isn't she lovely. This afternoon my friend,








Suzie and I went to visit another staff nurse we work with called Jenny. Jenny and her husband have moved into a beautiful thatched cottage with a bit of land and she is hand rearing three orphaned lambs. Martha is the oldest and there are two others who are being bottle fed still. They have some white ducks and chicken and two dogs. The garden was full of birdsong and we saw a Nuthatch while we were there.
Jenny made us a cup of tea which we enjoyed in the garden whilst a Buzzard circled overhead and we relaxed in the peace and tranquility of the country.
Me and Mr Goose have often dreamt of running a Bed and Breakfast place in the country somewhere and I must admit to thinking that we should get on and do it before it's too late. Our children are growing up and becoming independant and now we do not have any dependant parents ( for a while ) maybe it's a good time.......

Sunday, 13 April 2008

Country walking


Well I did manage to persuade himself to come out for a walk last night, he was quite keen actually! Walked up on the purbeck hills and watched a stunning sunset which I took a photo of but didn't come out so well on camera. It was so quiet, just the cows mooing and Blackbirds calling as they were busily making their nests. We walked for about 3 miles and didn't meet another soul until we got back into the village.This photo was taken before the sun started to set looking eastwards, the sea is just the other side of the hill. The wild garlic is beginning to flower a few bluebells and primroses around...Spring is here!

Saturday, 12 April 2008

Crafty afternoon


I have just got home after a craft afternoon at church where several people showed different crafts such as Pottery painting, paper making, card craft, patchwork and quilting. I did patchwork and three people came to learn the basics. One of them really was enthusiastic and I think she will carry on at home. I showed them how to make a small block using foundation quilting which they made into a potholder. I was surprised at some of the women who turned up who I thought wouldn't be interested in the so called 'gentle arts' but really enjoyed the chance to have a go. The peace and gentle chatting and laughter that went on for the two hours was lovely and we all agreed we'd like to make it a regular thing. I suppose it's a bit like the quilting Bee's that used to happen in the USA, maybe they still do...let me know if you belong to one, I'd love to know how they work. Oh well, off to walk the dog now, hopefully out in the countryside if I can persuade Mr G!

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Quilted cards


These are some little cards I have been making using scraps of fabric and then putting a little embroidery onto it. They have been fun to do but I think I have probably sent all my friends a card for birthday's or whatever so I'll have to think of something else. I like the idea of making something from nothing and the frugalness of it appeals.
I am making up a few little kits of patchwork as I am showing people how to do basic patchwork and quilting at our church this Saturday. There will be 5 different crafts for folk to try out and I'm doing one of them. Someone else is doing card craft, another is doing painted pottery. It will be good to see what other people do and the creativeness of folk.

Monday, 7 April 2008

Mair's funeral

We said our farewells to Mair today, the service was lovely taken by a friend of ours who is a Minister. It was a very Welsh service with two of the songs sung in Welsh, and we came out feeling uplifted by it. Afterwards about 30 people came back to our house for eats which was a bit cosy but nice that they came. I will miss Mair so much, since her husband died 3 years ago I have spent alot of time with her and she became my friend as well as Mum-in-law. Rest in peace Mair...and we'll see you again one day.

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Snow


It snowed! It's really unusual for us to have snow here, admittedly it was only here for an hour and then it thawed but it was long enough for us to get up, pull on some jeans and walk to a local viewpoint (about 10 mins walk) and have a snowball fight on the way! Came back cold and wet but had such alot of fun...had to get changed then and go to Church.
It's not only rare to get snow here but even rarer in April! The last serious snow I remember was in February 1977 when I was a Student Nurse.

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Saturday

I had to work today but we only had 4 patients so it was a little too quiet, but actually probably just as well as we have a bit of staff sickness so it doesn't matter that we have less staff. I really enjoy palliative care and it's not as grim as it sounds. I meet some of the bravest, most cheerful people you could ever wish to meet....it makes you count your own blessings.

I have been for a good walk this evening at a local country park which goes down to the sea and the harbour. Lots of birds around as the tide was out and I had left my binoculars at home ! Saw a lovely heron with a perfect reflection in the water.

The wider family are starting to arrive tomorrow for the funeral on Monday, I have cooked loads as some of them will be here for tea tomorrow evening as well as the "do" after the service. I have tried to be sensible with my eating and I certainly have not overeaten or binged.

Friday, 4 April 2008

Brimstone butterfly

Spring has sprung! I sat out in the garden to have my lunch (not too much of it ...honest!). Took a kitchen chair out there by the pond and was rewarded by seeing a beautiful bright yellow brimstone butterfly fluttering around the flowers, alighting on one or two before flying off. The big bumble bees are beginning to come out too. Lots of newts in the pond, unfortunately eating all the tadpoles! It really feels like Spring now.