...random jottings on what may be happening in my life at any particular time, not necessarily anything earth shattering, just ordinary every day stuff; and photographs, mainly taken by me, my GKB and other family members as we travel through this journey called life...
One day earlier in the week my GKB suggested we go for a walk on the beach at Brighton. It was a grey day but not cold, even though we look like we are wrapped up against the weather. In reality we were in short sleeves under our jackets but there was a bit of a stiff breeze blowing off the Pacific Ocean.
In the pic above my GKB is standing on the bottom step,
there is about a metre drop down to the beach from here
where the sand has been eroded by the sea. It was interesting hauling ourselves back up when we got back.
Just strolling and refreshing my soul :)
The tide was going out so the beach was good and wide.
Well, what has been happening in the last few weeks? Not a lot really (apart from Christmas of course) and I have to admit I am enjoying just relaxing before the year gets back into full swing.
Christmas Day found us over at number one son's home with all the family. The only one missing was eldest grand daughter who was on holiday with her fiancee ... but we'll let them off this year :)
After we had eaten the main course we exchanged the presents.
This is always a fun time and usually the youngest child gives
them out. This year though he thought he was far too old for
that, being the grand old age of 11, so number one son did the honours.
After this we had our desserts - the mains had had plenty of time to settle. Below are DILand eldest grandson rolling the ice cream.
They are the family foodies :)
Yes, he has a cigarette in his mouth. No it is not lit.
DIL had been worried there wouldn't be enough food, she had never done what I suppose is a 'pot luck' Christmas dinner before but this is our normal. All in all we had a lovely Christmas with everyone. And there was more than enough food!
New Year's eve was spent at home and we were in bed before midnight but listening to the countdown on the radio.
I have started going out for walks again, and no this is not a New Year's resolution. I was relaxing in the bath one evening between Christmas and New Year and thought to myself that I would start going out walking 'next week sometime'. But I decided to start straight away, the excess weight convinced me :( So I am pleased to say I have been out walking every evening since and so far am enjoying it.
Eldest daughter gave us some freshly picked peas and
broad beans a couple of days ago so I spent a very pleasant hour sitting under the sun umbrella in the back yard yesterday
morning shelling and podding them before the day got too hot.
And yes, there are enough left for the pot :)
And of course we had a super moon a night or two back and it was quite spectacular. Not long after my GKB took this the sky clouded over, which often seems to happen with these super moons in our neck of the woods. This is the best one we have seen.
I found this recipe while looking for my Christmas cake recipe so I decided to try it. It is delicious and was a hit with everyone who tried it. It's also a great alternative to the traditional Christmas cake and a lot easier to make :)
I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as we do.
200 grams dates
150 grams mixed peel
100 grams green cherries
100 grams raisins
200 grams walnut halves
250 grams brazil nuts
100 grams flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
170 grams sugar
Line a 6 cup loaf tin with 3 layers of paper 5cm higher than the tin.
Combine fruit and nuts in a a large bowl.
Sift flour and baking powder and add sugar - mix with fruit.
Beat eggs until thick and creamy and pour onto fruit etc - combine thoroughly.
Spoon into tin and spread evenly.
Bake at 150 degs C for about 2 hours.
Leave to stand for 10 minutes then turn onto cake rack.