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Thursday, December 5th, 2013

I’ve already managed to address people’s comments over at Fat Dormouse, but I’d like to address some of your lovely comments here too.

So: Pompom, Elizabeth and Mags commented on my Pause in Advent post – Mags enjoying sitting with the animals, and remembering again that God accepts us and uses us just as we are, Pompom contemplating our need to learn to love, and Elizabeth appreciating the simplicity and message of “Eddi’s Service” Although, on the face of it, it is a fairly dum-de-dum poem, I find there is something that lingers in the memory.

It’s funny how blogging every day in November took hold of me – I was determined to do it, but as I said on “Summing it up” I did feel rather banal at times. Kim thought it was an achievement – I’m not sure it ranks that highly, Kim, but still…! I hope you enjoy my Pause in Advent too. Faithful Mags & Pmpom told me how much they appreciated my posts; well, I certainly appreciated their comments!


My new snow boots post rang a bell – Angela contemplating her lack of snowboots, & both she and Mags agreeing that in the depths of winter bedsocks are a necessity. I would definitely sign up to that! If I have cold feet I can’t sleep, and I am more prone to cramp. I have a wide choice of bedsocks!


Mags told me about her love for Murder Mysteries.  I belonged to a theatre company (The Really Horrid Production company) who acted out (and involved the audience!) in Murder Mysteriers in restaurants around Milton Keynes. I loved it because (a) it was acting/ improvisation (b) we got paid (c) I didn’t need to learn lines (d) we got given food. What’s not to like?!


Mary Katherine & Mags commented on my exploding tin of condensed milk story – Mr D certainly wasn’t amused. And we are still finding blobs of toffee sauce in odd places! The latest was on November’s page of the kitchen calendar – only discovered as our fingers stuck to the page as we turned to December! I think Mags’ suggestion of the patisserie for next time is a good one – I went to a very posh patissier yesterday. The cakes were NOT cheap, but they were absolutely gorgeous!

Here’s the display of cakes


Here’s the shop

Mags & Pompom commented on the photos of my walk with Cathy…Mags even made the tiniest suggestion that she’d like to be there in person. Well, let me say here, Mags, we’d love to welcome you here!  Blogging really has made me feel that I am friends with people I’ve never met – and then when I do meet them, I discover that they are even nicer that I imagined them to be!

So, there we have it. Some of my comments on your comments.

How true that is! Forgive me for not being as faithful in MY commenting.

Being Crafty

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

As I said over at Fat Dormouse I don’t “do” New Year resolutions – simply because I never keep them. But I am going to announce here that I’m planning on trying to be a bit craftier this year. Until I find a job – or at least more teaching hours – I will have a few hours spare a week, which I want to try to fill with crafting – either to sell, or to enjoy for the pleasure of doing it.

When in the UK, I went to a discount store, and bought quite a lot of crafting blingy stuff; I also bought two card making magazines that came with stamps and pretty papers. I don’t have much experience stamping, and would like to find out more, so I may try to visit some You Tube sites to see what I can discover. One of the items I bought was a set of 12 coloured luggage labels. I’ve decided to use one of these a month,  (hopefully on the 1st of each month, but that may change to the first weekend of the month) to create a sort-of ATC. I’ll store these in my SMASH journal and also blog about them…As the year goes by, maybe I’ll become more proficient, but for now, here is my effort for this month:

On this side, I’ve used two stamps, one from a free set of travel themed stamps, and the other from a set of mini stars and suns stamps. I used Color Box inks in Copper and Cranberry to stampwith, and I used Joy Crafts sparkling self adhesive ribbonon the side of the tag. The little button was free with one of the magazines, and the sentiment was something I bought a long, long time ago. It means “Happiness, Love, Health” which is something I wish everyone for 2013.

The other side is like this:

For this side, I used letters cut out of a magazine (it was tricky finding a “J”!) and the tartan ribbon that was on my Ship of Fools Secret Santa present. I thought tartan was suitable for the Hogmanay/New Year theme. The sentiment, from the same source as the other, means: “A New Year: A new start”. The embellishments were from a pack I bought in Noz – I can’t remember who they were produced by, I’m afraid – and the sticky gold ribbon (which I notice is peeling up and needs to be stuck down again) is from a set of gold peel off stickers by DD designs (I think!!)

This is the page in my journal:

this shows the pockets I’ve made, which should fit 6 of the labels in.

I look forward to showing you the others as the year progresses!

P.S. Writing down what I used made me feel like a proper craft blogger! Unfortunately, as most of my things come from Noz and are unwrapped & put into the right storage boxes as soon as I get home, I don’t always know who manufactured them! Still, it’s nice to try!

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Thank you for your lovely comments & greetings on my last post.

Floss: I’m not sure I could be bothered with all the faff of making a Galette des Rois, though if that’s your thing, then why not? I would usually buy mine at the Boulangerie, but I was in ShCarrefour, so I bought it when I saw it. I was happy that the fève (or should that be féve?!) was a proper King, so he will be added to my crèche next year (so we’ll have a monster-donkey-with-no-ears and four Kings!)

Anna: I have passed on the love and purrs from Zoe to my Kitties. They return the compliment!

Linda: We didn’t wake to any bells or fireworks at New Year – mainly because they’re not common in France! That’s one of the blessings – November the 5th (and all the weeks leading up to it!) don’t exist here!!! The fireworks we do have are all well-regulated public displays. Huzzah!

Thank you for your greetings, Tractor Girl. I hope Milton Keynes is still treating you & Karl well.

Mij – I forget you are a Liverpool lass too. It was lovely to be back there – I know there are less-than-salubrious areas, but I do love the city. It’s one of the places I’d be happy to live  if we ever went back to the UK (though maybe to live near rather than live in!) There’s no rush with Father Ted – but it would be nice to see you anyway.

Okay, not such a waste after all!

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Thank you to those who persuaded me that a day spent enjoying yourself is not wasted…I suppose I didn’t really think it was, but as I can allow entire days to drift by in doing nothing productive I started to wonder…Maybe it’s a throw back to my mum, who can’t sit down if there’s something she feels needs doing. Even when she’s staying here on holiday, and I’m relaxing with a book, she’s trying to find potatoes to peel, or clothes to iron. Which is great, except then I feel I should be doing something, and start fighting her for the potato peeler!

Anyway, I wasn’t completely unproductive. Here is a gallery of the cards I made. Although the cards aren’t bad, I have to say my photography leaves something to be desired!

Is it a good plum chutney?

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Ferijen asked me this question and yes, I think it is. I adapted it from a Rose Elliot recipe (Sweet Spiced Apricot chutney in “Vegetarian Cookery”) I use this as a basis for all my chutneys, using what I have and adapting what I don’t have. So for the plum chutney I used:

  • 1.8 kg stewed plums (no sugar)      – instead of apricots
  • 2 small onions, chopped                  – instead of apples
  • 100g raisins
  • 1 pint red wine vinegar                     – instead of distilled vinegar (altho’ maybe it is distilled?)
  • 350g granulated sugar
  • 1 big splat of Lazy ginger (ginger purée) -instead of ground ginger
  • 1 big teaspoon of Lazy garlic         – instead of 3 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp (about) of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp (about) cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp (about) of salt

Put all the ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil then cook gently for about 1.5 hours, until thick. Stir occasionally. Then put into sterilised jars. Keep for 4-5 weeks before using.

We’ve already tried this, without waiting, as I had a half jar filled, so I thought we should use it up. Maybe it’s a little sharp, but better that than too sweet, I think. If you try it, I hope you like it.

The Kittens Cometh…

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Contractions have commenced…

Agatha asked why Pugsley as a name, as apparently Pugsley was a horrid child. I have to admit that I never watched The Addams Family, so don’t know the characters at all. I picked the name up while watching Pointless on TV – the challenge was to name members of The Addams Family, and the name appealed to me!

D’you think it would become a self fulfilling prophecy if we went with the name anyway? Would the kitten grow up to be a nasty cat?

Maybe we ought to go with a name that is a food-related item starting with P – we had Pumpkin, we have Pomme…so we could have Poppadom? Pork Scratching? (!!!) Pancetta? Potato? Any other suggestions? If you give us a name which we choose, I promise I’ll send you a prize!!!

The Pigeons were Safe

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

To give Ian some peace of mind: The Pigeons were on the other side of the glass.

A Cat Food called Ron

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

A special Hello to Ian & Agatha who have been discussing French cat noises – last post Ian asked about the noises a cat made in France. I wrote a post replying, but – because I was in a hurry – I messed up the quoting tool and the whole post was a mess. So I deleted it. Agatha’s already mentioned the ronn-ronning, but here (hopefully tidied up a bit!) is the post I was going to post earlier in the week…

Oh…I go to find the draft and I find I’ve deleted it!!! I really am not very good at this Techno-lark, am I? It’s a good job Mr D is my Very Own IT Technician!

So, to recap: To me, French meeowing and meeping sounds just like English meeows and meeps, but my on-line French dictionary says (and this is where I messed up last time. Let’s see if I can do any better this time round…):

meow‘ found in these entries:


meow: WordReference English-French Dictionary © 2010

meow (cats’ sound) miaulement nm
meow (like cat) miauler v
meow (cats’ sound) miaulement nm

Agatha’s mentioned “ron-ron” which is the French “purr”. We refer to the dictionary again:



Pocket Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary © 2005 Oxford University Press:


  1. noun (of cat, engine) ronronnement m.
  1. intransitive verb (cat, engine) ronronner.
So it appears that Parisian cats might be understood by the more provincial felines, but whether they would understand the local patois I don’t know. I suspect the Parisian cats might be a little supercilious and look down their whiskers at the locals. But maybe I’m stereotyping here!
The reason I mention cat food in the title is that there used to be a French cat food called Ron-Ron. Manda*, our cat when we lived in Milton Keynes, used to really like this cat food, so whenever we came back from holiday we would bring her some as a present…
“So, Dormouse, what souvenirs did you bring back from France?”
“A bottle of wine and ten tins of cat food…”
Sadly, Ron-Ron no longer appears to exist – globalization has even taken over the pet food world, with Sheba, Felix, Whiskas and Go-Cat/Friskies being the main choices available.
*Manda lived to a ripe old age of 19 1/2 despite beiong diabetic for the last 5 years of her life, and neding 2 insulin injections a day. She was a beautiful “calico” cat.
OK. Let’s see if I’ve messed up the quotes this time! Press “Publish”, Dormouse!

And so it was…

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Much better today! Your prayers, comments and thoughts are much appreciated.


I see what you mean, Agatha

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

A rather thought provoking comment made about my last post…

I get the feeling that I offended you in some way, Agatha. That certainly wasn’t my intention, and I certainly do understand your comment that if I go into the classroom thinking I can’t control the class then I’m conceding defeat before we even begin. Maybe you’re right and I shouldn’t take up the post.

As to the thought that adults can be unpleasant too: oh, yes, I agree there. Perhaps I shouldn’t’ve phrased my comments about adolescents quite as forcefully as I did. But for someone who’s only dealt with primary school children, the thought of grown up children is a bit scary. I was trying to express this but obviously not very well. I have nothing but respect for Secondary School teachers and what they do every day. And I’m not sure if I can do it. But I’m thinking that I’d like to give it a go…

Anyway, I find with my sitting upright and typing my vertigo,which struck this morning, has got worse. So I’m off.