Saturday, 28 March 2020

Appreciation Of Rules

I’m very appreciative of the rules that have been late down by the government this week. I’m a rule follower especially when it comes to authority so obviously I’ve only been making essential trips and combing them to like prescription collection and picking up some yogurts.





But oh the tweet and twirl of the birds and the sky oh the blue of the sky and the sweetness of the air.







Friday, 27 March 2020

Store Cupboard Bread And Butter pudding

You’ve still got that a Christmas panettone lurking about knowing what to do with it , fear not.


Ingredients 

Sliced Christmas panettone sliced and buttered , you could use any bread then just add dried fruit . You could even use sliced bread rolls or any cake that is starting to go a bit stale.

3 pints of custard 


Method 

Preheat your oven to 180 c or comparable gas mark 

Slice the panettone and butter it 

Place the butter bread / panettone in an oven proof dish.

Make 3 pints of custard, one pint at a time .What I did was just make it cold following the custard powder instructions.

Bake in over for about 40 minutes at 180 c or has mark 4




Thursday, 26 March 2020

Day 3 Appreciate The Cat



The cat is smiling within I’m sure !

It’s an odd time for pets to as they think I’m sure you should be going out now , I’m pretty sure my cat surfs the internet when I am not at home.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Day 2 Appreciate Hopes

Of hope to come I appreciate hope , I appreciate my life , I appreciate me . I appreciate taking to my neighbours over the fence but 2 metres apart.I appreciate the sunshine. I appreciate me , I appreciate the rules in place to protect my family society and me.






Monday, 23 March 2020

Day 1 Appreciate

I never more have appreciated the flowers



Flowers are amazing they’re little jewels on sticks and they’re so magnificent.Flowers ate a natural cheer and I love flowers , I was so appreciative the other day when on an essential shopping visit Lidl gave me free flowers and it was much welcomed cheer.

We need to cheer our flowers as unsung heroes , flowers ask no adoration from us .

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Tweaking Normaility

The world is rather a funny place at the minute and I am not going to even mention the c virus word just as long as you're all washing your hands for 20 seconds then that is all that matters.Normality is never overated I have to sat and nothing is more important than trying to keep a routine.Though I haven't gone to the gym this week , I am still remaining active by doing shopping and going for walks and it is a joy to look up as Spring is finally on its way and this gives me great joy.I have made sure that I stare at the tree in my garden everyday just seen the buds know that the blossom is on its way.There is nothing more pretty than tree blossom it really does brighten up the sky and against the backdrop of a blue sky oh my it will have instagram models and supermodels running for the hills.

I gardened for about 15 minutes just tidying up a few plants round the garden and I have never felt more alive especially when a rose thorn dug into my nail bed ( ouch and yes next time I will make sure I am wearing my gardening gloves )


And I am having a battle with the cat it is seriously playing mind games with me and suddenly declares it no long loves the cat food I have provided it with . This is how it goes it meows I put the food down and voila it turns it back and slinks off through the cat flap! 







The joy of the Spring crocus 




Watching the birds on the feeder ( or trying to ) the cats sworn enemy Sid vicious




Jack looking at his sworn enemy Sid vicious 

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Coconut Sticky Rice With Roasted Beetroot , carrots , onion and broccoli

I was never one for Beetroot much it was that purple thing in the jar that never seemed to do much except look purple but the other way when I happen to order some cheap Beetroot with my shopping , I got a lot more beetroot than I was expecting to get.So what did I do with it ? well given the size of it I could have practised entering into the Shout for the Olympics but anyone who has actually seen my throwing ability from the 80's at school would advise against this.


Ingredients 

Coconut sticky rice ( you could make your own or use one of those packets )

Roasted beetroot 

Broccoli 

Diced carrot 

Method 


Heat some oil in a pan

Fry the onion , then add the diced carrot and chopped broccoli then add the coconut sticky rice 

Keep the ingredients moving in the pan 

Next add in the roasted broccoli

and drizzle over some sweet chilli sauce 



Put onto a plate or in a bowl and enjoy 





Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Daffodils The Yellow Tickle Of Spring

It’s Metrological Spring but if only the sky got the message ! Yellow is the colour of the day you seriously can’t failed to be cheered by the yellow of Daffodils.They are a triumphant trumpet of colour



Daffodils the yellow tickle of Spring which we all need go let your eyes be tickled and let the yellow warm your heart soul and mind.

Go be a seeker of the tickle of Yellow.

And whilst we are all singing Happy Birthday washing our hands I think I would much rather recite some lovely poetry.

Friday, 28 February 2020

Thinking On the Sunshine

We are a world away again from the sunshine , the other day here in brightest Derbyshire we had a glimmer of sun that rare and noble beast which showed it's face  ( does the sun have a face ? not like the one in Telebtubbies I might add) .But at the moment the sunshine is rare as rare as a slug riding a cat into battle shouting a battle cry and then there are other questions I ponder why don't butteflies use umbrellas.But hey the sunshine will return I hope and that is what is needed a glimmer of hope to step onto and each glimmer of hope gets us to wear we want and need to be.


I love sunshine I do , I do think the rain and gloom is sometimes a bit of a nemesis a ptomaine villain if you will to be booed and hissed at with you wanting to shout at people



"It's behind you "


The other day on way to volunteer at a local infant school I came across a purple fence , it was bright and on your face but it was just a fence but it so much more than that on  a day like today when it is yet again raining like it is going out of fashion.It offers brightness in an otherwise dull day and on the day I saw it was bright and sunny it stood out all the more and made me smile, just think about that a simple purple fence made me smile.


You see different isn't scary or to be frightened of although it can be at first, I fully intend to live and love my life every which way I can everyday and without sounding like a positive quote instagram blog it is about first learning ro love yourself and really not knocking those achievements however small they might seem.I have put a load of washing on and actually nearly put a second load on! go me !

I have to be my own cheerleader at times and that is why social media is important to me but at the same time I no longer get hung up on social media , I don't actually know if anyone will read this and go I understand where you're coming from and gosh this struck a chord with me.

Aldi Sausage One Pan Casserole

I call it Aldi one pan sausage casserole because that’s exactly what it is , I don’t beat around the bush.Not a sponsored post I just love sausages.

Ingredients 

Aldi super skinny sausage cut up into reasonable size pieces ( you get 6 sausage s)

4 carrots sliced thinly which ever way you want 

2 potatoes thinly sliced 

Diced onion 

Tin of chopped tomatoes 

Onion gravy granules 

Any thing else you want to chuck in , I chucked in some left over chicken slices 


Method 

Fry the onion first 

Then add the chopped sausage 

Then add the thinly cut potatoes and carrots fry for about 10- 15 minutes 

Add the tin of tomatoes and fill up the empty tin with water and throw that in 

Sprinkle in onion granules 

Stir and keep striking for about 20 minutes and voila 



Aldi Sausage One Pan Casserole

Aldi Sausage One Pan Casserole



Tuesday, 25 February 2020

How To Get Things Done And Achieve Your Goals For The Day

Firstly if you own a cat or any kind of pet that places demand your day then I’m afraid you can pretty much scrub out achieving what you had planned for the day.My day started silly stupid no one should be waking this early - I had a headache it was 4.30 not a minute after it a minute before.

I glided downstairs effortlessly to the kitchen where the cat was waiting and demanded feeding.This was all before I could actually toss some paracetamol down my throat followed by a glass of water chaser.Then as I had left the kitchen door open the cat had slinked our so I had to go find him then drag myself back to bed.


When I woke up ( again ) at a more acceptable time there upon making myself breakfast and a cup of tea.Then I thought about the things I could achieve with my day then the cat happened again.




Disclaimer a cat or any other pet may seriously hamper your goals and achieve

Friday, 21 February 2020

Being Autistic To Me Is Like Wearing 2 Hats

Firstly I’ve always been autistic I didn’t suddenly wake up one Spring and thing “ Ooooh I feel different now “ I’ve always been different and it’s my different. Childhood was clunky I mean not many 3 year old years just sit and watch classic films.It was  70 s and no one battered an eyelid you were either good , bad , troubled or aloof somewhere in between.

I was the aloof one the one who at ballet thought collecting imaginary shells from the seashore was a whole load of hell .I have the coordination of a hippopotamus from Fantastia so no ballet wasn’t for me.


The struggles of academic life were always there as I had all the ideas and brightness but couldn’t actually communicate my ideas on paper. And maths was my mortal enemy I couldn’t do it however much I tried , it was only later I discovered I’ve got disculia. I was the weird genius type who knew all the answers.But just because you know the answers actually applying yourself in a comprehensive way on paper is hard.

Friends were a mismatch as I was the weird one who liked Dungeons and dragons and museums.Being autistic as I was obviously that way from birth when you get to school especially myself it was if I was prey on the African plains. I found children could sense I was different and would go in for the attack physically and verbally.This pattern followed me all through school I’m sorry to say.

Career wise it was the same pattern with work colleagues with must not understanding my aloofness.I feel that I’d be very good at coding or something like that because I’ve great attention to detail when I need to

So you see I wear two hats the one where I didn’t know I was autistic and the one where o found out I was autistic and the good thing about those two hats is that one fits upon the other making one combined hat.



But I endeavour like an adventurer through life because it’s one life and I’m going to make it count.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Why I Love Cats

Why I Love Cats



I have always been a cat lover. I love all animals  except this one time when I decided to let my sister in laws rabbit bounce bounce in the front room because it was giving me sad bunny eyes from its hutch.But the problem came when it had obviously tasted freedom it just wouldn't go back in its hutch and I couldn't pick it up and had to put a washing basket on it to trap it and then it hopped around moving the washing basket as it went.I rang my husband to come home from work to help me deal with it. Cats really are my favourite, I find random cats everywhere though cats are never random more sheer bloodyminded springs to mind.I love that cats come in all shapes and sizes , my late Aunt had a cat called Kit and if it sat on your lap your never moved as it claws sunk it ( it didn't want you to move )  Cats have such majestic swagger and totally don't care as they walk away having shredded your kitchen roll or toilet roll , cat feels no shame they're proud of their misdemeanours.I have had many cats over the years from my childhood cat that just to knock on the letter box to come in to Rollie who died a few years ago who was an absolute evil devil in the fluffiest way.




And I love cats because they are part of my exercise routine as the cat will come in through the cat flap and demand to go out the front door.All because it thinks the weather will be different on the other side of the house !
And my cat can look like my bank manager by keeping an eye on my purse as I puruse the internet then viciously her followed by a pair of slippers everywhere on the internet.


And I love the fact is obviously a fine food critic and can at the drop of a hat detect that the shed load of his favourite food has had a sudden change of recipe ( even though it hasn't ).And did you know that cats are actually closet interior designers I mean talk about keeping your light under a bushel.They will immediately alert you  to out of date trends in furniture and wall covers by clawing at them till you find something they approve of.It is a very expensive process but a true artiste always suffers for their art , it is the true encapsulating nature of a genius.

Monday, 17 February 2020

A Glimmer Is All That you Need

Today today oh the blue sky oooh how i love the blue sky it is very blue and so uplifting as I was beginning to think i was living in Mordor under the eye of Sauron.Some people love Winter and they cling to it with all their might now I don't mind it if I can at least see some sort of sky it doesn't have to be blue ( that is a delightful bonus ) but I would rather it was not the inky dark chasm of doom over my head.


So celebrate the glimmer of blue sky shout shout how glorious it is ! Blue sky makes you do appreciative I think as I spy the buds on the tree that will spring into a riot of colour. ( not this tree as it’s a Fir ) but the tree in my garden.





Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Just Give Me beans On Toast

Just give me beans on toast this Valentines !



Slap an extra twenty pounds on a bunch of flowers in the name of romance , romance yes romance that language of money come the 14th of February and though while people say you can't put a price on love this seems to be the opposite in the emails I am seeing.I have even had an email for a bike for valentine which yes is very practical but I already have a bicycle I am much more one for practicality and yes there is romance in practicality one year at Christmas I had a Dualit toaster and you know many years later that toaster is still going strong ( I love my toaster very much ) I feel like some sort of toast soothsayer .

Prior to Valentines this year we rand away to Stratford upon Avon not to join the Royal Shakespeare Company but to have a general amble around the sights of this lovely place and you know that Shakespeare is a right little entrepreneur as they even charge to see where he is buried there is a very nice little old lady who asks you what you wish to pay and then you pop and see his grave.I love the freedom to to stuff as as when I choose which I am very lucky to be able to do.


Valentines I feel is just a commercial licence to print money and don't given get me started on the "Bae mine " wordings on things ! .I had not even given any thought to what I shall be eating this Valentines as a parent of a son at university my cupboard is bare.Beans on toast yes I could have beans on toast but cut the toast diagonally just to mix it up and be exciting.

I am thinking I could do with a nice set of kitchen knives and yes that could be a Valentines present , practical is as practical does and no beating around the bush.I remember having one person I knew where for Christmas they gave each other a shed between themselves ( not a shed each ) .

And this weekend what is termed Valentine weekend I am going to a football match , I have no idea of the rules but I won free tickets and it is an opportunity to get fresh air.Last week I went to the Halle orchestra having won some tickets to see the orchestra preform some Nashville music .

So I wish you the perfect anti Valentine’s Day 



Photo courtesy of Jane from 
onions and paper blog  do pop over to her from great cards and tasty recipes.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

The Joy In Small Things

Sometimes you have to take joy in the small things, and this is something I'm continually proud of. To find things that bring me joy and to celebrate the small accomplishments as well as the big ones.

A giggle Yes a giggle , laughter is often the best medicine they say and last week saw me entering a text competition but silly me I mistyped the number and somehow ended up signing up to a sex dating service .I got a reply saying “ did I want to get down and dirty” I made sure I put a stop reply straight away.The only getting down and dirty I do is cleaning my kitchen.

The cat is a constant source of amusement








And my son who is at university asks for pictures of the cat rather than pictures of us ! 


I love charity shops I breeze round them after I’ve been say to the gym &  survived the gym should I say.And I find the weirdness of life that is filtered out like a stuff plug hole the the stuff that just won’t go down the plug hole.





And the little things of joy build up like a set of nesting dolls much like the ones I found today.






Thursday, 23 January 2020

For The Love Of Travel

I love travelling I really do and I really like Heathrow airport as I find the planes flying early exciting , not the getting through security so much I think I have seen one too many programs on them stopping people.And My handbags have a number of time made the machines go haywire but I have never been arrested not that I am doing anything wrong... blimey it sounds like I am incriminating myself here and I am sure Billy Bryson doesn't write like this at all !

Why is travel important I think it’s important as it not only broadens the mind but heart and soul as well and you don’t just have to jump on a plane you can travel in a number of ways.I know a work colleague of my husbands cycles all round Europe with organised cycle travel companies where yes a plane was part of it but you could travel yourself by Ferry etc.I can’t swim so I’m not going to be swimming the English channel unless I have arm bands.

Travellling makes me very excited and it’s the best form of therapy and self care for me, travelling is a kindness and I believe so much in kindness. In a busy world where you are bombarded at every stage with news and information it is refreshing to just be somewhere and explore , I think the information overload crunch came when brushing my teeth through an app ( yes my toothbrush has an app ) it continued to tell me the news.

In this world you have to create your own resilience at times and quietness I find helps me create their resilience and that is why I love travelling.Sunday saw myself and my husband go to Elgar's birth place and it is a utterly charming National Trust property and they have been in charge of it now for around tow years.And in being in charge The Firs has seen visitors numbers rise from around 8,000 to over 30,000 and I think Elgar would have loved this and the joy of music is essential to out wellbeing I believe.
















Friday, 10 January 2020

Cats Are Metaphor For Life

Cats are a metaphor for life I am so sure of that fact , take this morning in fact as the cat was resting in his Amazon box I know I know we tried normal cat beds but cats and boxes eh they just can't be pulled apart .There are some combinations that go together like Strawberries and Cream and Gin and Tonic.Cats and the laser red dot they’re made for each other they wonder where it has come from and where it goes to. Cats have taught me to pay attention to life , studying everything they do and don’t appear to do but there’s a lot going behind those cats eyes let me tell you.The moment you try to photograph a cat they just won’t sit still they immediately go into cat inspection.


My head falls off not a mention from husband . ;)

Cat appears looks solemn “ what’s up cat “ he says


I find all the cats in the garden centre but alas they’re not for sale as one of the them was working security







One was a walking duster ...




Owning a cat teaches you patience and also time is very much different with a cat it sort of freezes esoecially when you’re face to face with a cat as you have the inevitable blink off.

And then there’s the IT department who aren’t always up to the job ..




Cats make me very happy indeed and they don’t charge for any therapy sessions unless you count cat food and cat treats and a ping pong ball and the red laser dot. Actually come to think of it I wonder if Shroendinger kept other pets and they were dead on the inside.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Back to The Grindstone

Back into Yorkshire for a quick trip to drop the number one son off at Hogwarts



or rather the University of York where he’s in his last year of archaeology .It’s all go for the dissertation and there is constant assessments on top of this ~ being a student is hard work !When I was at the supermarket the other day I saw a friend whose son had also just gone back to university and she asked if I was missing my son and I was like "Nah a bit .. it's nice to have the space back ! ".Roles in families change but the ties and emotions of life and love remain the same well my son doesn't have a picture of us at university he has one of the cat !

But it’s nice to appreciate them when they’re back and the food disappears just like that and they roll in late late on New Year’s Day - awwwh youth.But university is a tough old money pit not only for the student and for the parent as well.And We do all we can to help and I am pretty sure we would have had a new kitchen by now if we weren't helping and I I could have been the new Nigella !

It all go for me on the fitness front and the hiccup of Christmas I don't think I have gained too much and I full intend with the aid of noise cancelling headphones to hit the gym, I am not going to turn into a self pouting gym bunny but a little fitness goes a long way in life.And whilst I have to adhere to the stats of weightless as that is a personal goal of mine this New Year I refuse to be one of those who panics over their blog stats and follower numbers I have very organic in the way I blog and what I blog about is very much personal recommendation.

Also I’m taking my life back for me doing as much or as little as I want ! I need to reset my mind and soul I spent too much of  2018/2019 being put through the ringer emotionally and physically.But I’m determined in 2020 all that changes with me being firmly in control/ some people might not like that but you know what I and my family come first.

I have bitten the bullet and actually booked a holiday for this year to Corfu and I have never been it is very important to me that I have this period of time to relax with my husband.My second cousin died last year and I was very close to him as he gave me away at my wedding as my own dad decided not to and stayed away from my wedding.

I want to continue rewinding myself as I truly love the outdoor as I feel free and unrestricted , it is so important to let your mind and soul fly free.



Thursday, 2 January 2020

Re wild Yourself

The short cut can be the longest journey but oh my is it worth as you re wild yourself with nature ,re wilding can occur anywhere you don’t have to be be in the countryside to re wild yourself.I am lucky enough to live with spitting distance with 4 farms and have every day horses walking down my road. Your can re wild yourself in an green space to here the rustle of the branches before Spring comes gently knocking or to hear the birdsong of the hidden beauty of nature , birdsong is truly beautiful and truly beguiling it is the pied piper song of nature.









Get out with nature and beyond !






Nature has huge health benefits and getting outside requires no gym membership and is free!