Thursday, 2 June 2011

10 things

  • I am very excited to be going camping this weekend.  Old, dear friends, sunshine, good food, celebratory drinks and all the children running wild in the woods.  It will be an excellent weekend.
  • Another old, dear friend has started a blog.  Since she moved up north I very rarely get to see her, so I love that I can keep up with what she's been doing and cooking more easily now.  Check out the malteser cupcakes and her Mum's wonderful bread pudding (which I made last weekend and went down a storm with the whole family).
  • I am late to the party, but listening to Adele's 21 album at the moment.  It is fantastic.
  • I find that I very rarely get sentimental about the passing of a stage in the children's development.  I am always ready for the next stage.  No more crawling?  I just loved that they were walking.  Sad to pack away the cot? No - just loving how sweet they looked in the big bed.  And so suddenly I find I'm excited about C starting High School and the soon-to-be teenage years.  Bring it on.
  • In this spirit I made him some new curtains - bye bye to the curtains printed with baby giraffes that I made when I was pregnant with him, and hello to bright, funky, green, abstract curtains.
  • Teenage lair
  • G is cycling 180km to Cambridge and back today - the same distance that he will have to do in his Ironman race this summer.  I still find it hard to get my head around the distances involved.  In the actual race he'll already have done a long swim, and when he gets off his bike he'll then run a marathon for the last leg.
  • I am still a couple of years off 40, but I suddenly find myself seeing the point of gardening for the very first time.  This feels like some kind of middle-aged enlightenment.  When I turn 40 will I want to get myself one of those kneeler pads?
  • I'm baking a great deal of soda bread.  Mainly because it's so quick and easy. Weigh ingredients, stir, plonk on baking sheet, bake.  All done in 50 minutes.
  • Soda bread
  • I've also been making these onion bread rolls, which are delicious - especially with a couple of rashers of bacon and  a squirt of ketchup inside for breakfast.
  • How did it get to be June already?


  1. Have a wonderful time camping! I do have a kneeler pad for the garden, but no handles on mine and it is made by Birkenstock so fairly cool--at least that's what I tell myself! The onion rolls look amazing. And I can't imagine cycling to Cambridge and back--whoa. K x

  2. The kneelers are brilliant but I think you are far too young to contemplate one just yet! I wish I could have a chunk of your soda bread....mmm.

  3. Thank you for the lovely mention x Hope you have a wonderful time camping xx

  4. Soda bread is also known as 'emergency bread' in our house. As in, I-made-soup-for-dinner-and-there's-no-fresh-bread-argh-it's-an-emergency sort of emergency bread.

    And I'm totally with you on development stages too :)

  5. I used to be just like you about the children, but now the first has left home, and the second is about to, I feel nostalgic about absolutely everything, and past photos bring a tear to my eye ...

    Pomona x

  6. If he's headed to Cambridge again, let me know. We are not much further. The distances seem huge. I look at the map of Portugal I had one summer, when I biked it. Averaging 90-120km per day, and I was unfit and in August! The attitude to growing you have is very cool, It's a balance between regretting old stages and ruing new ones and rushing them. I wish I could have come camping with you all, but carless and spouseless (barbecue widow) I just can't get anywhere. I MUST get a day.

  7. parliment sewer,the good life,common sence.dan g sparrow


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