Friday, 30 April 2021

Beauty In The Ordinary Day

There’s beauty in the ordinary which in turn makes it extraordinary and I’m so very glad I see the world differently . It’s wonderful to be out and had have the joy of exploring again .

Wirksworth is a lovely gem of a place in the Derbyshire Dales and you’ll fall in love with all the nooks and crannies of the beckoning adventures of the streets, lanes and countryside on the fringes.

Thursday, 8 April 2021

April Is Full Of Freshness

April is full of freshness especially if you’re wearing a loose weave jumper and no month offers more hope than April.A garden is always a work in progress and my garden is no different , for the last few days I’ve pottered around in it .I sown seeds I’ve been given of which I’m very grateful. 

The previously rickety rockery is taking place after all these years , it needs some alpine grit or some such cover.

April offers still the dappled blossom on the trees as they make way for the leaves.

And there’s no greater inspiration than the great outdoor s and today I went along with my husband to the site of a old colliery.The colliery is called the New Lount colliery and there’s so much to see do definitely warrants another visit.

lorry weigh bridge

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Why Oh Why Did People Ever Put Carpets In Their Bathrooms ?

 Hello out there !

Long time no blog so I thought I would drop a line or 2 and say I will be blogging more frequently ! I am going to aim for blogging once a day !

Today's thoughts are "Whoever thought bathrooms in bathrooms was ever a good idea ?"

 I have had someone come to put lino down in my ensuite and I have to admit it has taken years and for my sins a carpet has been in my ensuite.It was just one of those decorating and home furnishing jobs that we just got round to and yes we still don't have a light shade in the ensuite either and no I don't know why?

Lockdown has accelerated a few jobs and then at the same time slowed down others , I have got to go back and chase kitchen fitting quotes again .As now the old kitchen is now the bane of my life mocking me at every turn with its fake peeling wood effect covering , I think Stonehenge is newer than my kitchen though I would not be shocked if a bunch of Druids started worshipping in my kitchen as it would just be my luck that my kitchen was built on a sacrificial site probably to Marmite.

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

The Biggest Leap

The biggest leap is believing in yourself especially when you’ve been beset constantly with setbacks.For myself it has been everything from mental health to being harassed.A pandemic hasn’t helped I’ll be honest and add into the mix a returning university student who didn’t get their graduation or the last year of university experience it’s hard. 

Friends not seen and family nor hugged it’s been a long slog of a year and I’m picking up pieces of self. It starts with a cup of tea then telling the gardens it is pretty . The season Spring is one to embrace and the Tulips are starting to emerge even though one has snapped I’ll blame the cat. The blossom are tickling the trees and there is optimism in the breeze .Not a banana bread is in sight and I never did bake it nor did I watch Tiger King.

The cat I’m sure is happy and I’m happy to have the company of the cat even though it’s nicked the sofa having progressed from nicking my chair.

Monday, 29 March 2021

Sunshine Oh So Beautiful

Today I leapt out on the quest of a walk and I’m honoured to live near some lovely countryside.

But on my quest of a walk I encountered a wizard because all wizards are actually trapped in cat form nowadays.

And of course when you encounter a wizard they ask you three riddles before you can carry upon your quest.I think I might of got one of the questions wrong as the cat I mean wizard did try to climb up my leg vertically!

Saturday, 27 February 2021

I kept A Cactus Alive

 It started with a cactus or 3  from Tesco and I thought I can keep them alive , I can be the hero that these cacti’s deserve .And for a while we were a happy plant family staring out through the kitchen window season s com in grand going .But then as lockdown stretched on and on without me even baking banana bread .Also I bought an airplant that has a post box in it , it was lonely in the garden centre which more than likely saw me coming .

I went out to the garden centre again , I masked up and it wasn't busy . The garden is valuable to my mental health been staring at 4 walls for bloody months. And I did pick some other plants in the reduced section as I believe on giving objects that are now on their luck a chance in life.

Oh and I got a knobbly bobbly cactus it’s called Gorden 

“ Gordon’s alive “

So it is all go in the garden even though the weather at the weekend was very much Fools Spring , but still a start is a start and Spring is a very hopeful month I mind after the bleakness of Winter at times.At I think at this very moment in time with can all do with a little seed of hope to plant in our souls , and I have just noticed the first bloom on my tree as well and it makes my heart and soul so very glad.

Thursday, 18 February 2021

3 scraps craft challenge

I’m not sure if 3 things craft challenge is a thing but I thought I’d have a go .First was a scarp of lighthouse paper then it was a golden tassel lastly come coloured string.

I already had the white card blank . I stick the lighthouse paper at the top and in the white space I placed the tassel if it was a seed head blowing on the wind . Then I used the coloured string ad the stalk of the seed head .

Sunday, 14 February 2021

AURICCHIO Provolone Cheese Recipes


I love cheese I am quite the cheese fiend and I love recipes with cheese in and on ! and I think back fondly to my holidays in Italy which involved a lot of cheese dishes well when in Rome as the saying goes . I used some AURICCHIO Thin slices of mild Provolone cheese 100 g in a variety of ways and this month at Ocado the cheese is on offer 

Thin slices of mild Provolone cheese 100 g.
Thin slices of strong Provolone cheese 100 g.
Thin slices of smoked Provolone cheese 100 g.

These are all on offer to buy or any 3 for £6.00 from 17th Feb - 16th March. 


80 g of macaroni pasta per person ( to serve 4) 

500 ml milk 

2 tablespoons of plain flour 

Knob of butter 

Mustard teaspoon or 2 of 

4 slices Provolone cheese

80 g Cheddar cheese 

20 gParmasan

Knob of spread/butter


Preheat your oven to 1800 c

First cook the Marconi and then set aside 

Add the flour in a saucepan and add the spread/butter over a low heat

Stir to form a roux 

add a little of the milk and stir until smooth 

Keep adding the rest of the milk 

Whisk as necessary add in the cheese the Cheddar and the Parmesan 

Put the cooked macaroni in an oven proof dish then pour over the cheese sauce 

Cook for 30 minutes 

Makes some croutons and sprinkle over the top of the macaroni cheese add over the cheese slices and bake for a further 15 minutes 

You can switch up the taste of your crotons by perhaps as I did cooking them straight after cooking some bacon to impart some extra special flavour into them.

I also do like the occasional burger


500 g good quality mince 

1 small onion diced up

1 egg

seasoning to taste

salad items to taste


Mix the mince with the diced onion 

and bind with the egg

Divide the mince into 4 piles roughly about the size of a tennis ball

The flatten then to an acceptable width with the plan of your hand 

 Then cook on a grill for about 10 -15  minutes 

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Pasta - Barilla, Rana
Rice - Riso Gallo
Flours - Polenta Valsugana
Tomato and Vegetable Conserves - Cirio
Cheese and Dairy - Auricchio, Parmareggio 
Fish - Delicius, Medusa
Herbs and Spices – Cannamela
Tuna - Rio Mare
Cured Meats - Negroni
Soya and Rice products - Valsoia
Olive Oil - Filippo Berio
Vinegar - Ponti
Bakery - Colussi, Misura, 
Dried fruits – Noberasco
Jams - Santa Rosa
Coffee - Lavazza
Herbal Teas - Bonomelli
Water and Fruit Juices - San Benedetto, Santal 
Wine - Zonin, Santa Margherita 
Spirits - Vecchia Romagna
Cherries and Syrups - Fabbri

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

3 Evils Pigeons

3 Evil pigeons that is the start to the birds appearing in my garden , I can see them now as I write this while I stand in my kitchen staring out in the wonder and the pigeons are there staring .I see them bobbing their heads will they look at my form varying positions on my neighbours extension . I think they're the neighbours that own the cat that look s like a serial killer because this cat is as hard as nails. 

I move into kitchen to make a cup of tea and they’re there staring making notes on when to try and kill me.I’m pretty sure they are there in the dark as well . You might think they’re all sweet a myth portrayed by Mary Poppins with that song 

“Feed the birds”

I go for my regular pandemic walk and I’m sure they’re stalking me . Pigeon s will take over the world I’m sure of it.

Monday, 25 January 2021

How I Came To Be Diagnosed as Autistic

How did I come to diagnosed as Autistic ? I mean I did not happen to pop into into my shopping basket one day as a 2 for 1 off or find in in the bargain bin with a CD of a long singer long past their Christmas prime.It was a gradual lighbulb moment like a cartoon symbol appearing over your head and it helped in my previous existence I was a special needs teaching assistant working hosting with Autistic children who had an infinity with me.

I was tripping to the doctors with various things thinking something in me didn't quite fit and at one stage a doctor did ask if I heard voices and it was at this stage I felt like turning round looking over my should and say

"We don't hear voices do we now people "

I was the free range child the one running about and climbing trees and jumping out of windows , I have to add these were ground floor windows.

I think I was very much the child who was like Wednesday Adams from the Adams family except I had bobbed hair fashioned by the hairdressers from hell.And I never really like my hair as it went in only 3 styles but in time I have learnt to like it for it is part of me and I won’t  be bent to the whim of anyone

I was sort of repellent to friends unless they were boys and I got on so much better with them .

I struggled with school work though despite being capable in thought , it was the committing those ideas to paper that was the chore . I always had on reports 

“ Claire asks very searching questions “

I could not at all get maths it is and still is like voodoo for me .

It’s is culmination of life events abs indeed working as a SEN teaching assistant that prompted me to see what that nagging issue was in my life .I’m the lost generation of Autistic women from the 70,80 90 s as everyone thought Autism just affected boys ,but we now know that isn’t true .

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Use Up What You've Got Cottage Pie


Yesterday it was Turkey Keema with peas and jolly tasty it was too and I had some left over so I decided to turn the leftovers into a Cottage Pie , 


Left over mince 

Tin of green lentils drained and mixed with some butter 

Gravy enough to cover

Mash to cover 


Put the left over mince in a oven proof dish 

Next add the gravy to it

Then add the layer of buttered lentils 

Bung it in the oven at 180 c for 20 minutes 

And while this is cooking prepare some mashed potato 

After 20 minutes put the mash potato on top then put back in the oven for 20 minutes.

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Slow Cooker Turkey Keema With Peas


One onion fried 
2 garlic cloves ( crushed )

1 tbsp mild curry powder 

1 packet of Turkey mince 

2 tins of chopped tomatoes or 1 can of tomatoes and 200 ml of reduced fat coconut milk 

250 g peas

Flaked sea salt 

Freshly ground pepper 


First fry the onion 

Then whack everything else in the slow cooker 

Add that fried onion 

Now I didn’t have coconut milk so added 2 tins of chopped tomatoes and a little water 

I let the slow cooker do it’s magic for 8 hours on slow 

Thursday, 7 January 2021

Lockdown Antidote Day 2

 After yesterday when Joe Wicks tried to break me with his hip openers ( you have to read yesterdays blog post to get this ) I have decided to look for more gentle online exercise videos more suited to me and much to the happiness of the cat who look perplexed at me flaying round the floor like a Octopus in a Thrash metal band.I nearly walked outside yesterday but declared it too slippy and beat a hasty retreat instead with a nice cup of tea , I think it is also a bit of lockdown Stockholm syndrome .So today I will figure out the exercise bike and stop drying everyones pants on it.

My cat after he’s noticed we’re not going out as much...

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Lockdown Antidote day 1

A lockdown antidote sounds like a very posh Aunty you might have stashed somewhere in your family.Another lockdown another whole heap of can of worms but I digress and today my sights are set on the mighty Joe Wicks saviour of Lockdown fitness and all round nice guy.

I thought as Michael Bubble returned to his Christmas cave then Joe Wicks would emerge and low he did like a prodigal Jesus and he can cook to boot.I thought that maybe just maybe I could do with some flexing up as the only excercise I’m getting is opening the front door to see the Amazon or Ocado person sprint off down the road like Usain Bolt ( they’re heroes and I’m grateful to them )

I found a 10 minute warm up which Joe assure me would be ideal before I threw myself into lunges and all manner of other athletic poses. Joe and myself started off well but then he got onto hip openers and I was 

“ Easy tiger we’ve only just met “

I think anymore hip flexing then my spleen would be able to be removed from my nose.