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To the Beach!

It’s been a lovely sunny day – well, it was before about 4pm when an almighty thunder storm hit!

We made the most of the sunshine and headed off late morning to see the latest art exhibition at the Burton Gallery in Bideford. Quite interesting! It was prints done by Picasso, Matisse, Dali & Warhol.

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My favourite was Dali’s ‘Blue Owl’ – amazing what can be done with a biro and scrubbing circles!

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All that culture was exhausting – coffee and cake required! Mmmmmm!

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Suitably feed and watered, we headed to the beach to walk it off!

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Beautiful day and Westward Ho! beach is so lovely to wander along.

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Finally we called at the supermarket to pick up a few bits so I could make a curry – I made ‘Chicken with Fried Onion Sauce’ and a cabbage & pea side dish – all from Madur Jaffrey’s Indian Cooking book. Scrummy food! Full now! 🙂

Tomorrow – hoping for more sunshine and a bit more shopping.

Have a scrumptious Saturday!

 
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Posted by on 17/05/2013 in Personal

 

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Holiday Day Out

Such a lovely day – one of those Winter days I long for – dry, sunny and cold. What do you do when it’s just 1 degree at 11am? Head for the beach!

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Not quite the beach – but Ilfracombe. We walked a bit of the South West coast path, then around the harbour to say hello to the lovely Verity.

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That’s her good side – the other side is fascinating.

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Unfortunately she is still surrounded by scaffolding and work stuff – it will be so nice when she is set free.

At Ilfracombe we did lunch at the Landmark Theatre – also known as ‘Madonna’s Bra’! No prizes for guessing why!

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From there we went to the Art gallery exhibition preview. Hubby has two pictures exhibited. So proud of him!

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Finally we called at the supermarket on the way home to pick up a couple of bits and pieces.

Smashing day out!

Back to work tomorrow – have a marvellous Monday.

 
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Posted by on 13/01/2013 in Personal

 

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Art, Shopping & Marmalade

Busy old day! It started early for us – being Saturday & all that. We had to deliver a couple of hubby’s paintings to a gallery this morning for an exhibition starting tomorrow. Exciting! I’ll try and take photo’s for you!

After dropping off the paintings we headed into town for a bit of shopping and of course coffee at Nero’s. Town was quiet – no idea why!

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It was a bit damp and cold – but nothing extreme. I wanted Seville oranges to replenish our marmalade supplies, so hit the market and got 2kg of oranges and 3 lemons for less than £5 – bargain!

Then we did Sainsbury’s and finally home just in time for lunch.

The afternoon has been spent making 16 jars of marmalade.

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Step 1 – cook the oranges!

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Step 3 – Boil up the pith and pips, sieve and chop up the peel adding it to the liquid. Add the sugar & boil, & boil, & boil!

Finally – plop into jars and all over the kitchen!

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That took me all afternoon! Phew! Well worth it though, a cheap way to get great tasting marmalade.

Tomorrow we are going to the gallery to see the art exhibition, then maybe somewhere with a beach – depending on the weather!

Have a super Sunday!

 
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Posted by on 12/01/2013 in Personal

 

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Art & Tart

The menu planning has gone a bit wobbly today. I had planned low roast lamb a la Nigel Slater (rubbed with garlic and rosemary crushed with olive oil) but I had forgotten that we were due to be out all afternoon!

I am nothing if not flexible, so tomorrows fast was moved to today and I’ll do the lamb tomorrow!

So, the church bells woke me at 9.30am and I spent the whole morning faffing, cleaning and washing. I had a bowl of soup for lunch and then we headed out. Hubby volunteered us to steward the Burton Art Gallery’s Christmas exhibition from 2pm until 4pm.

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There were some lovely pictures on show.

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I love the zebra, but I think this lovely dog is my favourite.

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There was pottery, jewellery and craft work as well as pictures. Love these Christmas bells!

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We met some nice folks in the two hours, had two cups of coffee and one lemon tart. Oh – that was a fabulously lemony lemon tart! That’s it for food today – I’m already looking forward to that lamb tomorrow!

Happily I am working at home tomorrow, and have my appointment with the doc to get the results of my chest X ray and blood tests – fingers crossed!

Have a marvellous Monday!

 
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Posted by on 09/12/2012 in Personal

 

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Out & About

Another lovely day – cold but sunny out today – ideal for a trip out & about.

We started the day quite early (for us) with the church bells ringing. I don’t mind – it’s just a startling way to wake up! The morning was spent cleaning and tidying, then we had a quick lunch of soup before heading out.

First we went to Atlantic Village – a shopping centre in Bideford. It’s ages since we went there – it hasn’t changed much – apart from the welcome addition of a Nike Outlet shop! I was most pressed with the range of stuff and the prices – but managed to come away without spending anything!

Then down into Bideford to the Burton Art Gallery.

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Today hubby handed in four paintings for the Winter Exhibition. They have to go before a ‘hanging committee’ who decided if they are good enough or not. Evidently it’s quite hard to get accepted, so we are not holding our breath – but it would be nice! Fingers crossed for him. He should know by Friday and we have invitations to the preview next weekend.

While we were there, we had coffee on the Cafe du Parc and then headed into Barnstaple. We are almost out of bird nuts, so called at a store just outside town and bought a big bag. I hope the birds appreciate all the effort we go to – not to mention the cost!

Finally home and a quick coffee before we headed out for a walk around the block.

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It was very nearly dark!

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The moon was out – good job we went prepared with reflective jackets on.

Dinner was salmon, marinaded with ginger, orange and chilli, then oven baked for 17 minutes. I also did celeriac mash and peas. Such a lovely fresh and filling meal.

Time to relax now – have a great evening and a motivating Monday!

 
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Posted by on 18/11/2012 in Personal

 

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Scratching at Wood

Not a lot to report today as we have spent the whole day learning how to do wood engraving by a lady who has exhibited at the Royal Academy. Lucky people!

We spent the first half an hour being shown the wood and tools and the basics, then got given this –

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Just a small test piece to learn how to use the tools. My first masterpiece!

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Then we got some more instruction and a bigger bit of wood. This time it took three hours to get to this –

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My final print –

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I don’t suppose the RA will be calling but I am happy that in just one day I have made and printed my own wood engraving!

That leaves tomorrow to get all the chores done. Have a smashing Sunday!

 
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Posted by on 03/11/2012 in Personal

 

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Quickly!

I’m going to keep this short – Strictly is on in a moment!

Today everything has been done quickly! Do you have those days where you do a bit of this and that all in a rush? I had one today!

We went into town first and called at the cafe where hubby’s paintings are being shown.

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Looking good!

We had a quick coffee in Nero’s, then went to see the newly restored 14th Century building of St. Anne’s Chapel.

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Beautiful building that has taken years to renovate.

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A friend was exhibiting some of her artwork their, so an opportunity to support her and see the lovely building.

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It’s lovely – you can read about it here:
http://www.barnstapletowncouncil.co.uk/st-annes-chapel-barnstaple-history.asp

Culture over, we did the shopping then home to some cleaning and housey stuff!

Lovely day.

Have a super Sunday!

 
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Posted by on 20/10/2012 in Personal

 

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Interlude

I’m having one! We are at the Art group’s monthly meeting and waiting for the buffet to arrive!

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The table is pretty –

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I hope the food is as nice as the flowers!

I have worked at home today and watched the fog and rain from the peace of our office. I made lentil and ham soup for lunch – first time I have done this combination and it was lovely!

Oh -food time!

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A bit lacking in veg, but tasty stuff – chicken was nice!

So, now we are being treated to a talk by some world famous sculptor. I’ll report back in a moment!

I’m back! It was Luke Jerram – very interesting chap! He made a beautiful engagement ring for his girlfriend which had a recording of his proposal on it! Their wedding rings had lenses that project pictures of themselves! A few other projects included Using retina images, a Sky orchestra, Street pianos and Glass microbiology.

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Really interesting!

Time for bed now – have a terrific Thursday!

 
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Posted by on 10/10/2012 in Personal

 

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Interlude

I’m having one! We are at the Art group’s monthly meeting and waiting for the buffet to arrive!

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The table is pretty –

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I hope the food is as nice as the flowers!

I have worked at home today and watched the fog and rain from the peace of our office. I made lentil and ham soup for lunch – first time I have done this combination and it was lovely!

Oh -food time!

20121010-195055.jpg

A bit lacking in veg, but tasty stuff – chicken was nice!

So, now we are being treated to a talk by some world famous sculptor. I’ll report back in a moment!

I’m back! It was Luke Jerram – very interesting chap! He made a beautiful engagement ring for his girlfriend which had a recording of his proposal on it! Their wedding rings had lenses that project pictures of themselves! A few other projects included Using retina images, a Sky orchestra, Street pianos and Glass microbiology.

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Really interesting!

Time for bed now – have a terrific Thursday!

 
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Posted by on 10/10/2012 in Personal

 

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More Art!

It’s been quite an arty weekend! This morning started late, so I spent most of it chopping veg for soup. I have three days in London at a conference this week, hubby is coming along too, so it was time to clear out the veg fridge!

I made celery & potato soup for hubby, and threw the rest (swede, carrots, broccoli & courgettes) into another pot for me. Chopping veg takes ages doesn’t it! While the soup simmered we headed out for an early walk.

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Spot the rugby ball! We went out early as we had to pick up hubby’s pictures from the weekend exhibition at 4pm, and then be at the opening of another exhibition at 5pm! Busy busy!

We had the soup for lunch, faffed about a bit and then went out. Pictures collected, we headed out to the next exhibition. Happily this one is on for a whole month, not just the weekend!

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Hubby has three pictures in this one – this is my favourite –

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We couldn’t come away empty handed, so bought this lovely hand made Yew wood vase –

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Light is all wrong now, but you get the idea!

Tomorrow it is back to work, and back in the office for meetings. It will be a short week though as Tuesday we go to London for my conference on Wednesday and Thursday. Should be fun!

Have a marvellous Monday!

 
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Posted by on 30/09/2012 in Personal

 

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