Saturday, 30 May 2015


Another curry recipe from the Slimmers World sauce book, this time Balti.

I changed the ingredients a little bit, using (drained) tinned tomatoes instead of fresh, chilli and ginger powder instead of the real thing, I missed out the fenugreek and fresh coriander leaves (didn't have any) and added some celery which I just happened to have in the fridge and which needed using up. Also, as usual, the quantities were halved.

As I don't have a food processor, I gently fried the onion, garlic, chilli and ginger then added a bit of water and simmered until the onion was soft.

All the other dry ingredients were measured out

and added to the pan, along with the tomatoes, celery, and water

and simmered gently for about 40 minutes - until the sauce was nice and thick.

At the same time I had also cooked 200g of stewing steak, which I then stirred into the sauce and served on a bed of pilau rice.


Thursday, 28 May 2015

Week Twenty-one

Day 141

It was our 27th wedding anniversary and a beautiful day, so we went for a walk on White Sheet Down

 Day 142

I bought some petunias for the hanging baskets

Day 143

This very attractive lavender is growing in the raised containing wall just outside the conservatory,

 Day 144

as is also this gorgeous pale blue flag iris.

Day 145

The pansy has over-wintered in an old hanging basket, and will be replanted in the front (yellow) garden soon.

Day 146

No strawberries yet, but plenty of flowers

Day 147

My first finished piece of artwork - a copy of Monet's "The poppy fields", to hang on our bedroom wall.

How was your week?

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

It was quite nice . .

this morning, so at lunch time we had a time-out on the deck. From where I was sitting, I could see:

beers on a tray

washing on the line

pots that need emptying

a climbing hydrangea

a splash of purple

over the fence

a fig tree

a freakily long flower on the wisteria

and the spot where I've been working.

Monday, 25 May 2015

A freak . . .

. . . flower on our wisteria

Friday, 22 May 2015

Our second walk of the year

Thursday was a lovely bright and sunny day, which was lucky, because it was also our wedding anniversary and we had planned to go for a walk if the conditions allowed. Conditions were perfect, in that although bright and sunny, it wasn't too hot. I had found us a decent circular route to walk, ending at the Red Lion in Kilmington - however, although we did end up at the pub, the circular walk didn't quite work out, as the planned route was to take us through a field of cattle with lots of young calves, which neither of us fancied, so we just continued to walk along in a straight line until we'd covered roughly two and a half miles, then turned round and returned along the same route.

From the car park we climbed up an escarpment to the top of White Sheet Down, then carried on along the ridge, heading roughly south-eastwards. The rest of this post is just photos to give you a flavour of our walk. Enjoy (we did).

Thursday, 21 May 2015

The Twentieth Week

Day 134

GO and EG bought me a basket of plants for my birthday last week, the flowers are starting to open now, and smell lovely, I love this variegated ivy next to the spotty ribbon.

Day 135

Several of you have asked, on and off, how I go about collecting the illustrated numbers that I use on this year's 365, well, I take photos of numbers whenever I see one that might do the job, then I cross it off my chart - see below. I try to always keep a couple of weeks in hand, just in case.

Day 136

I've started painting, something I've been wanting to do since I retired (7 years ago!).

Day 137

In the evenings, while sitting down (sometimes watching TV), I like to have something to do with my hands. My current project is a quilt for GD2.

Day 138

I don't think I would have paid the full price (£29.99) for these slippers, but they are well worth the sale price £9.99 that I paid for them

Day 139

A rather spectacular sunrise this morning.

Day 140

Yesterday started with a spectaular sunrise (see above) and ended with stormy skies and the biggest rainbow I've ever seen - too big for one camera shot, so today you get two photos for the price of one.