Tuesday, February 23, 2016


I'm having a Tiggerish sort of a day.  My head is full of many things, most very small, but all seem exciting and I want to do them all at once.  This is some of what the inside of my head looks like this morning:

ordering more silk scarves and paint
photographing some of my new scarves because they'll fit today's Photo A Day prompt
painting, drying, washing, ironing at least one more scarf before I take the photos
organising online postage for two items
taking advantage of the sunshine and continuing with preparing veg beds
walking to Waitrose
cooking up aubergine & tomatoes for supper
preparing the materials to make card and paper daffodils with Holly
going (by car) to collect my vit D prescription before I forget
sending a couple of emails
putting together a shop delivery
preparing for a visit to my parents
sorting out some scrap metal for the tip
phoning a friend ...

... and breathe. 

I clearly can't do them all today.  But sometimes Tiggerish days feel good (though they'd be exhausting every day).  And two coal tits just visited my coconut feeder.  Not long enough to have their photo taken, so you'll have to make do with one of my regular robins.  They don't seem bothered by the camera as long as it's the other side of the window.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Is it really two months?

I'm still here.  I notice it's around two months since I posted here last, though.  I can't honestly say why the lapse.  There's been nothing in particular to stop me.

Possibly my online time has been distracted by taking part in a Photo A Day challenge.  I'm not being obsessive about it but other than when I had flu for a few weeks, I've been keeping up the daily challenge.  The one I'm doing is focussed on a Facebook group, which provides the prompts.  I don't always post in the group but am keeping a Facebook album of the challenges myself.  You don't have to be on Facebook to view the photos here.     
If you're unfamiliar with Facebook albums, click on the first photo and then after that you can click on the right arrow to move forward through the album.

In the mean time I have been enjoying and planning some holiday experiences.  For me, a holiday experience can be an actual holiday away but equally can be an experience which is out of the ordinary or a particular treat.  Yesterday I went with two friends to Casamia Restaurant in Bristol and enjoyed a fabulous tasting menu.

I could write a lot about the experience, but instead I'm just going to post photographs of the food with the occasional note if the picture needs any explanation


Under the intensly flavoured cardamom foam lurked a hen's egg and confit of duck.

The vinegar "caviar" on the mushroom risotto was possibly the most exciting taste experience of the evening for me.

The photo isn't out of focus - you're looking at liquid nitrogen vapour coming off the dish!

The miniature meringues on the passionfruit dish were flavoured deliciously with tarragon ... 

... and the transparent tuiles in the variations of mandarin dish contained rosemary and thyme (and another herb which I've forgotten.)

There was also a tiny carrot cake and chocolate fruit and nut on a stick to finish, however no time to photograph those because we had to leave in a hurry for our taxi.