Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
While all my Northern Hemisphere blogging friends are starting to enjoy some warmer weather, and the first signs of Spring are starting to begin, here in New Zealand things are starting to cool down.
There are no more warm, balmy breezes or nights sitting out on the verandah watching the sunset.
The mornings are dark, and the evenings are closing in. The next few weeks will mean weekends spent getting the garden ready for Winter, and getting firewood stacked.
Autumn is officially here, and the signs are everywhere. Here are a few photos from our neighbourhood.
|Leaves are changing colour and falling...|
|Trees are already bare..|
|And all sorts of mushrooms and toadstools are popping up..|
|Even the new growth is changing..|
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
This week Kim's challenge was our own black & white image with any texture or textures from her range.
I have used Ugg Love black & white on my Autumn leaf image..
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Sunday, March 18, 2012
Taken a few weeks ago at a local garden that is open to the public. Huge ponds full of Water lilies and Lotus blossoms....
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Friday, March 16, 2012
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Thursday, March 15, 2012
|Quince is a member of the pear family|
No, I am more your "Easy Peasy" cook, choosing tasty , quick and easy, over slaving for hours in the kitchen.
One thing I do enjoy is using fresh "in season" fruit and vegetables when I can. If someone offers me fruit or veges from their garden I never say "no". So imagine my delight when I was offered a bag of Quinces, a fruit that I have never even seen in the flesh let alone cooked with. I have had Quince jam and jelly from the supermarket, but that was about it.
So, armed with my bag of Quinces, which I must say smell divine I set about finding an "easy peasy" recipe. Here it is..
5 Quince peeled and chooped into chunks
4-5 cloves 3 Cinnamon sticks - snapped
225g plain flour
pinch of ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 190C ( sorry not sure what that is in Farenheit)
Place the quince, cloves and cinnamon sticks in heavy based saucepan
Add enough water to cover the quinces
Bring to the boil and mix in the sugar
Cover & simmer for 5mins - uncover and increase the heat ( at this stage your kitchen is starting to smell amazing)
Simmer the Quince uncovered until the liquid thickens into a syrup - abt 15 - 20mins
Using a slotted spoon put the cooked quince into a buttered ovenproof dish - remove cloves, cinnamon sticks allow to cool
Place flour into mixing bowl, rub in butter until crumbles, add 75g sugar- spread onto Quince, I pressed it down firmly. Mixtogether the balance of the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle on top Bake 30mins. Serve warm with fresh whipped cream....... YUM!!
What is your favourite seasonal fruit or vege recipe? If you would like to share how about posting it on your blog and share it with us all...
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
My friend at Life in Red Shoes has just posted on her blog here and included the quote below..
So, these images are for you Red, life is all about cute as gumboots and even cuter umbrellas...
Images from Google images
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Shadows and reflection, taken a few weeks ago at the Auckland Domain..
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Friday, March 9, 2012
Not so much a fence, but a gate, I took this a few weeks ago, before I sprained my ankle. Haven't been for a walk for three weeks now and am really looking forward to getting out and about again.
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Thursday, March 8, 2012
if your life was a game of Scrabble what would the words of your life be
It has taken me a few days, but here they are , in no particular order
Family Present and Past
Freshly roasted coffee beans
Summer fruit, especially berries
Pineapple Lumps ( A New Zealand chocolate treat)
Smell of the road in Summer after it has rained
Laughter and giggles
Emma and Lucca
Bland Bay, Northland
Beaches in any season
Salt Lake City, Utah
Evette, Stephen andSamantha
Sunsets from our front verandah
Open fire in the Winter
Roast Lamb and fresh minted peas
Gee Gee's Restaurant
Live, Love, Laugh.....
And of course I haven't finished yet, this is a list that will never be finished...
What would the words of your life be?
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Hi everyone, it's been awhile, so I thought it was about time I let you know what has been going on here at home.
Firstly, I would like to say "Thank you" to all of you who have commented on my cute photo on the header of our Blog. It was taken a few days after I first arrived here at my new home, Dad had decided to roll up some newspaper for me to play with, and I had a great time tearing it apart, I think Mum did a great job capturing me at the right moment.
Things over the past few weeks have been a bit different, with my routine changing because Mum sprained her ankle while we were out walking. She is getting better, but I can't go for walks at the moment, so we have lots of play time before she goes to work and when she gets home.
One of my favourite things to do is to play with this amazing squeaky toy that I have, it makes the best noise ever, it just squeaks and squeaks and drives everyone crazy. After a few minutes of playing with the squeaky I like to 'chill' and relax....
Sunday, March 4, 2012
It is now officially Autumn here 'down-under', it is definitely a little cooler and darker in the mornings, I love Autumn and look forward to posting some gold/red shadows when Autumn starts to show it's beauty..
In the meantime, I found this leaf in the lane outside the Physiotherapists this week... I sprained my ankle a few weeks ago and am having treatment, poor Max no early morning walks for him for at least another two weeks.. :(
Saturday, March 3, 2012
So, this morning, after I left a comment about Time Travelling on a friends Facebook page, I got to thinking about who I would like to meet if I was a Time Traveller....
Would I only choose to meet happy people,who lived in far away places, with a romantic feel, with warm weather and where there would be no pain and suffering? Not possible, I decided, because pain and suffering is all part of life.
Of course I could have a hugely long list, but I have chosen a few.
MICHELANGELO - The Sistine Chapel Ceiling: Michelangelo was a sculptor, and had to learn how to paint in the technique required to paint the Sistine Chapel Ceiling. Although he had many assistants to help him, he did the bulk of the work himself, taking over four years to paint the over 5,000 feet of frescoes and 300 painted figures. I can't imagine what damage he would have done to his body, and how his back and arms must have ached. I would love to have just been there, looking up watching all that amazing work being done, and being part of that atmosphere with all the noise and smell of paint and plaster. I'm sure there was a lot of yelling coming from the Master as he worked on the ceiling.
MAHATMA GHANDI - 1869 - 1948 He played an integral part in India gaining independence from Britain. He was a believer in passive resistance, believing that acts of violence only provoked negative reaction. What would it have been like, travelling around India in the 1940's, watching him as he talked to the people, with all the hardship he would have endured , being imprisoned for his beliefs,
A great and humble man..
AMELIA EARHART - 1897 - 1937 The first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic in 1928 and the first person to have flown both oceans. In 1937 she mysteriously disappeared while trying to circumnavigate the globe from the equator.
What an amazing person to be around, she was passionate about flying and about women being able to do anything. An inspiration.
Famous Quote: The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune...... Amelia Earhart
An Artist, a Humanitarian and an Adventurer......
Who would you choose to go back in time and meet if you were a Time Traveller?
Friday, March 2, 2012
Not so much a fence, but a gate, found on a recent walk....
I love the wood and the interesting metal handle, it looks like a piece of farm equipment.
Go to the link below to see what the other fences from around the world.
- Friday Fences #26
- There's a change in the air...
- Textures Tuesday - Autumn Leaf
- Shadow Shot Sunday..
- Friday Fences #25...
- Easy Peasy Cooking...
- Into Every Life a Little Rain Must Fall...
- Shadow Shot Sunday..
- Friday Fences - #24
- The Words of Your Life...
- Moments with Max....
- Shadow Shot Sunday..
- Time Traveller...
- Friday Fences #23
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