Thursday, 21 June 2012

10 things

  • This weekend, Graham will be racing in Trail Marathon Wales - a marathon through the stunning forests of Snowdonia National Park.
  • This part of Wales is one of my absolute favourites, and I am very envious of his three-day trip.  I am staying behind in London with the children, but in a few years I'd love to go with him (not to run - but to walk the course beforehand if I'm allowed).
  • We've been eating a great deal of pasta this week.
  • Cam has been eating bigger portions than Graham - teenage boys' appetites really are extraordinary.
  • As part of his training, Graham has been running home from work semi-regularly.  This is a 22km run from West London to East London, passing all sorts of fantastic sights.  He took photos the other day and has annotated them and put them into a Flickr set which you can see here.
  • I went on a little spending spree at Abe Books last week, and picked up four cookery books for under a tenner (including postage).  Goodness, I love this website.  Most of the books were Elizabeth David ones that I somehow didn't have in my collection - she published more than I realised.
  • Each day this week I've been into the garden, very early in the morning, and picked all the snails off the clematis, the rhubarb and the tomatoes - and then given them to the hens who shriek with excitement at this bonus breakfast.
  • Breakfast for the hens
  • My clematis is looking better than it has done for years.
  • I just finished reading The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, which I loved.  I might have to go an rummage on Abe now for an illustrated guide to the language of flowers - there is a Kate Greenaway one out there, which would be excellent.
  • I loved this wonderfully written article about roast chicken.  I often roast chicken in a similar way to this - covering it with herbs and spices in butter, and then serving it with a heavily scented rice.


  1. Ugh at picking off the snails, you're a braver woman than me! And thanks for the Abe Books tip - I'd never really thought of looking on there for things like secondhand cookery books, I always thought of it as more of an antique books sort of place.

  2. I've been doing the snail-pick as well but alas, no hens, so we feed ours to the green bin (the bin men must think we're mad!) Isn't Abe wonderful- but oh so tempting too...

  3. Loved my run home with Graham - thanks for that! And we don't seem to be having too much of a snail problem this year (yet - touch wood).

  4. yeah... no snails here either... but perhaps is because the boys throw them all over the fence to the 'nasty' neighbours!! Shhhh.

  5. Mmmm, roast chicken and scented rice sounds heavenly.

  6. love that picture of the slug...

    just found your blog; wonderful!


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