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Country fun...


....known as 'darting' here in the countryside. We keep ourselves amused.Photo copyright Ian C.Original link
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How the ordinary can be extraordinary...


We're enjoying the sun at the moment, a rare commodity in Northern Europe. The field where I walk every morning and evening is bustling with vibrancy and activity. Within all the turmoil of life at its summer peak, we take the burst of life which this season brings for granted. Just like in our everyday lives we forget that the ordinary is equally extraordinary. We may too busy, too harassed and too self-absorbed to recognise that small gestures can be reassuring, calming and life affirming. A smile could make your day for example and equally, just smiling at someone else could lift their spirits too. I was reminded of this by watching the grass this morning, the seed heads standing like sen...
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Love is....


....sharing pyjamas...Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Cooking is for the birds...


...so easy. Our supper tonight. Anyone can do this. Bake haddock fillets in knobs of butter with salt and pepper at 220 degrees C uncovered. On the stove, fry one bunch spring onions, coarsely chopped in dash olive oil. Add a ton of chopped garlic, one blanched, peeled tomato cut into cubes and a dash of dry white wine. Simmer. Add the juices from the fish. Add cream. Simmer 'til thickened. Add the fish. Serve with roast potatoes or chips and a salad. If you want to learn how to cook, get an old French cookbook such as Escoffier. Modern celebrity TV 'chefs' have simply ripped off traditional European cuisine as their own and they can't actually cook.Photo  copyright SvD.Original link
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Pretty Poppy


In the field this am. They are everywhere this year and lasting longer than usual. Oh, so pretty. This wild variety does not have a sinister side and bees love it!Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Missssster snake made himself comfortable...


We had been watching the tadpoles grow and had even swotted up on when their legs would appear and how long it would take before we had little frogs racing to freedom from the safety of their pond. Unfortunately as is often the case in life, there are those who lie in wait as sworn enemies. Enter Mr Snake who was seen slithering into the pond and then basking in the sun looking somewhat pleased with himself. The tadpole population is currently zero and the carp are starting to worry. Mr Snake has taken up residence in the compost where his wife/girlfriend/mistress has given birth to several eggs. We're assuming Mr Snake shed this skin, how he found the time we don't know!In the compost. Phot...
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Guess where porridge comes from...


....oats.Ten steps from my front door.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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The bleeding obvious


Helpfully, the fish counter at my local supermarket advises me that the raw turbot on sale contains fish.And this is the finished product. I'm still alive, in case you're wondering.Photos copyright SvD.Original link
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In memory of those who died for us...


...THANK YOU. You will never be forgotten.#DDAY75 #LESTWEFORGETThis evening in the field. Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Lambless...


We're both feeling a bit blue now that the lambs have begun their final journey. The farmer told us this morning that the first lot went to market yesterday and that the price is lower than last year. We observed that the ewes had been shorn on Tuesday which is usually a sign that they are no longer feeding their lambs who have reached the required age and weight to go to market. We had started walking past the fields and telling the lambs to eat less as we could see that they were quickly reaching 40kgs or the 'death' weight. The fields will be quieter and less interesting without seeing the lambs climbing onto bales of hay and pushing their mates off with a mischievous kick. Our terrier wi...
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My idea of Heaven...


....has always been proper food. I would rather cook a lovely, nourishing meal and open a bottle of vino than go to a restaurant any day. Apart from fine dining in France, I generally feel underwhelmed when I go to restaurants. I can tell that the meat is not the best, the chef has used shortcuts and the dish is overpriced for what it's worth.Food is also love. You cook for those you care about because you want them to stay healthy. I remember my late mother saying that she put her heart in her cooking. My idea of Hell is to eat processed food which is not satisfying or nutritious; food that is cooked from scratch has an energy or vitality that nourishes the body. Processed food that has pas...
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Meadow at last!


Where we live, the countryside has been cruelly plundered and year after year for example, the farmers will replant without letting the land rest. Wheat or rapeseed are the preferred crops or sheep, and plenty of them! Sheep farming is particularly popular on otherwise arable land and talking to our local farmers, it is a wonder they make a living considering that last year, all they got per lamb was £75. I've noticed a decline in natural meadows in the past few years and this is a great shame. Our native orchids and other flowers such as buttercups, plantains, marjoram, fennel, dandelion, thrive in meadows and I fondly remember when I lived in Surrey being able to count dozens of different ...
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Waste not, want not...


Last night's supper was a hearty soup (more of a potage) made from Sunday's leftover roast lamb. Sauteed chopped onions, carrots and garlic. Add lamb cut into cubes, the lamb bone, leftover gravy, potatoes, 1/3 cup red lentils, half a Swede, chopped, a teaspoon dried thyme, teaspoon chili flakes, salt and pepper. Simmer for 45 minutes stirring often so that lentils become creamy.  Delish!Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Walking off The Full English....


Good walk in beautiful England. Covered 4.5 miles. Only hiccup was my foot went down a rabbit hole and it could have been a broken ankle but wellies saved me!This morning. Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Has Brexit happened yet?


Or shall I go back to sleep?This morning. Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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We're still being controlled by the Germans and the French!


The town of Falaise in Normandy was invaded by the Germans during the Second World War. From accounts of townspeople, three German trucks rolled in, a number of German officers dressed in black descended and declared they were now occupying  Falaise. The surrender was immediate.Ironically, the castle overlooking the square in Falaise is where William the Conqueror grew up. William became Britain's first Norman King.And more ironically, The 'Falaise Pocket' was instrumental in ending the war and liberating France. This time, the Germans were forced to surrender.Like William the Conqueror and Hitler before them, the present leaders, Macron and Merkel are intent on controlling us.The white dove...
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Life goes at 4 miles an hour...


...in a narrow boat. I've seen ducks swim faster! We stopped at this pub last Sunday which was right on the canal and watched in awe as two boats entered the lock, sealed off one end and opened the paddles at the other end to fill the lock with enough water so they could sail on. For the record, this particular lock is inscribed 1856. The occupants of the boats were two retired couples who informed us that they will be living on their boats until the Winter, exploring England's waterways (and keeping the ducks company).Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Bayeux Cathedral


We managed to see the Bayeux Tapestry on our recent trip and found the experience incredibly moving. A pictorial description of events leading up to the Battle of Hastings, I would urge parents to show their kids this masterpiece of nearly 70 meters of cloth embroidered in wool and which is almost 1,000 years old! Today's fads and fashion will not endure as long, of that you can be sure. I wonder if computers and technology will be here in another 1,000 years; think about the detritus of obsolete computers and smartphones and where they will end up. Eventually the world will be a garbage dump and many species will become extinct. Seeing ancient works of art reminds us of the inevitability of...
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Look away in order to understand - Socrates


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A Symbol of Eternity


Saint Aubert, the Bishop of Avranches, founded Mont St Michel in 708 after having been visited in his dreams three times by the angel, Saint Michel (Michael, the most glorious prince of the heavenly armies). Today it is France's third most visited site receiving 3.5 million tourists per year.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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