Saturday, 31 January 2015


You can see this painting on the west wall of the Lingen Davies Centre in Shrewsbury.  My darling O/H is not too well at the moment and like so may other people,  we're having to make a few more trips there.  Don't know who the artist is, but the picture's been donated.  The position of the fishing boats, vibrancy of the colours of each one, the myriad of shades and splashes on the beach and in the water. I don't even pretend to know anything about art but I really love looking at this one. My skew whiff camera doesn't do it justice - sorry.

Camellias are out in bloom all around the hospital grounds. The colours are gorgeous. Mine at home, are just starting to come into bud.

Some wool samples in a glass display case in Hereford Cathedral

I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do in the long Winter nights. I bought a heap of wool, myself, from 'Coedy' and have started knitting a multi coloured throw. Got it all wrapped round me while I'm typing this.

It's freezing outside. Imagine a world without colour. Wouldn't it be horrible.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Going Bananas

Banana Cake
We've got 3 leftover ripe bananas in the fruit bowl so I made this cake today:~

100 grms (4oz) soft margarine
100 grms (4oz) sugar
150 grms (6oz) self raising flour
tsp cinnamon
tsp mixed spice
1 ripe banana
2 medium eggs
100 grms (4oz) sultanas
7 chopped glace cherries

Set the oven temperature moderately hot to about 180 degrees Celsius
Mix together margarine and sugar
Add the mashed banana and mix well
Add eggs and beat well
Sieve flour and spices and fold in to the mixture
Add sultanas and glace cherries
Spoon mixture into a 1lb loaf tin
Bake for about an hour - test the cake by inserting the sharp point of a knife through the centre. If the knife comes out clean - it's done.,

Allow it to cool and enjoy ~ ~

Sunday, 4 January 2015


Have just been reading Elizabeth at Welsh Hills Again 's reflective blog. The weather in this little part of the world as well was pretty cold last night. Ground rock hard and parts of the single track road, a sheet of glass. And a feeling as though the winter could well go on for ever. But the sun shone today and in a sheltered part, I noticed we had some daffodil bulbs struggling through. Even when you can't see a lot, it's still all going on there under the frozen earth and some day soon .......