Journey Forth

6 February, 2010

How not to park your van!!

Filed under: Funny,Life,Random,Thoughts,Winter — by Karen @ 8:09 am

January 2010 – Clee Hill, Shropsire.

The postman seems to have mislaid his van!

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Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy

Filed under: Life,Love,Poetry,Random,Thoughts — by Karen @ 7:42 am

Not a red rose or a satin heart.

I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.

Here.
It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.

I am trying to be truthful.

Not a cute card or a kissogram.

I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are.

Take it.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring,
if you like.

Lethal.
Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife.

Carol Ann Duffy

 

Carol Ann Duffy (born 23 December 1955 in Glasgow) is a Scottish poet and playwright. She is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at the Manchester Metropolitan University, and was appointed Britain’s poet laureate in May 2009.

What a thought provocing poem!

8 March, 2009

How Do I Love Thee

Filed under: Life,Poetry,Random,Thoughts — by Karen @ 7:20 am

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Elizabeth Barret Browning. (1806 – 1861).

I haven’t read this poem for a long time and really enjoyed reading it today.
Hope you enjoy it too.

Cats Again – Part Three

cats-and-food

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can we have some, please?

cats-and-friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet my friends.

cat-with-water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am thirsty!!

 

If you like this post, see also:

*****BRAND NEW*****   Cats Again – Part Three

Dogs:-        It’s a Dogs Life?, Dogs – Canine Capers!, It’s a Dogs Life? Part Two, It’s a Dogs Life? Part Three 

Cats:-         Cats Capers!,  Cats Cuties! , Cats Capers – New Edition!! , Cats Cuties Part Two, Cats Capers Again, Cats Capers……..Revisited,  Cats at Large, Cats Again – Part One, Cats Again – Part Two, Cats Again – Part Three

Monkeys:-  Monkey Business – Part One, Monkey Business – Part Two, Monkey Business – Part Three

Hamsters:- You are the weakest link – Goodbye,

Cows:-       I like the way you mooooo-ve!

Pigs:-        Pigs Delight Part One

Chickens:- Chick chick chicken

Squirrels:- Dancing Squirrels

1 March, 2009

Motivational Quotations

Filed under: Family,Life,Quotation of the Day,Random,The Good Life,Thoughts — by Karen @ 11:47 am

I received a motivational calendar at Christmas which includes some great quotations.

Although I have heard several of them before, I think listing them below is powerful and thought provoking. 

Inspiration

At times our own light goes out and its rekindled by a spark from another person.
Albert Schweitzer.

Determination

We will either find a way, or make one.
Hannibal.

Action

Deliberation is the work of many men. action, of one alone.
Charles De Gaulle.

Leadership

Do not wait for leaders. Do it alone, person to person.
Mother Teesa.

Dream

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt.

Commitment

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
Confucius.

Learning

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shouldes of giants.
Isaac Newton.

Creativity

We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance.
Benjamin Disraeli.

Excellence

We are what we repeatedl do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Aristotle.

Ambition

Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I accomplish.
Michelangelo.

Confidence

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
Samuel Johnson.

Ingenuity

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you will their ingenuity.
George Patton.

Teamwork

Light is the task where many share the toil.
Homer.

Sweet Pointed Red Peppers

Filed under: Family,Food,Life,Random,The Good Life,Thoughts,Vegetables — by Karen @ 11:22 am

pepper

 Sweet pointed peppers are a sweet variety of the common pepper. They are slightly smaller and due to a higher sugar content their taste is sweeter than that of normal peppers. They have a longish pointed shape and exist in three different colours, red, yellow, green. They can be eaten raw or cooked. They are suitable for stuffing with fillings such as cheese, meat or rice. They are also frequently used both chopped and raw in salads, or cooked in stir-fries or other mixed dishes. They can be sliced into strips and fried, roasted whole or in pieces, or chopped and incorporated into salsas or other sauces.

My favourite sweet pointed red pepper recipe is: Roasted Red Peppers

Ingredients
4 red sweet pointed peppers, cut in half and seeds removed
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 chopped onions
12 baby plum tomatoes
2 tablebspoon chopped mixed herbs
4 tablespoon tomato puree
1 chopped clove garlic
100g grated cheddar cheese

 Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/ gas 4.
2. Put the peppers on a baking tray and leave in the oven for about 7 minutes, until softened, but not coloured.
3. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, tip in the onions and fry until softened.
4. Add the tomatoes, herbs and tomato puree to the pan and cook for a few minutes.
5. Fill the peppers with the tomato mix, top with the grated cheese and bake for 15 minutes until the cheese is golden-brown and bubbling. Serve.
 
Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Serves 4

 This is an adaptaion of a Gary Rhodes recipe.
Its a really tasty dish and so easy to make.

How hot are your chilli peppers?

Filed under: Food,Life,Random,The Good Life,Thoughts — by Karen @ 9:56 am
I found this great site this morning all about chillis – www.chilliworld.com.

In particular, it talks about the scoville scale – this measures the “hotness” of your chilli peppers. The scale is a measure of the concentration of capsaicin in the pepper.

What’s the hotest chilli you’ve eaten?

Check this site out.

 

1 January, 2009

See the year through in fourty seconds

I spotted this on youtube this morning. Its amazing to watch and so much skill has gone into the making of the film.

See eirikso.com – the personal web site of Eirik Solheim for details, facts and figures of the film making. Great site.

Cats Again – Part One

cat-with-jigsaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can I play?

cat-wet-fur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m not happy about this!

 

cat-yawning2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can I have ten more minutes?

If you like this post, see also:

*****BRAND NEW*****   Cats Again – Part Three

Dogs:-        It’s a Dogs Life?, Dogs – Canine Capers!, It’s a Dogs Life? Part Two, It’s a Dogs Life? Part Three 

Cats:-         Cats Capers!,  Cats Cuties! , Cats Capers – New Edition!! , Cats Cuties Part Two, Cats Capers Again, Cats Capers……..Revisited,  Cats at Large, Cats Again – Part One, Cats Again – Part Two, Cats Again – Part Three

Monkeys:-  Monkey Business – Part One, Monkey Business – Part Two, Monkey Business – Part Three

Hamsters:- You are the weakest link – Goodbye,

Cows:-       I like the way you mooooo-ve!

Pigs:-        Pigs Delight Part One

Chickens:- Chick chick chicken

Squirrels:- Dancing Squirrels

20 December, 2008

Brussels Sprouts

Filed under: Family,Food,Life,Random,The Good Life,Thoughts,Uncategorized,Vegetables — by Karen @ 6:07 am

sprouts

Brussels sprouts are among the same family that includes cabbage, collard greens, broccoli, kale, and kohlrabi. They contain good amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid and dietary fibre.

 

 

My favourite sprouts recipe is: Sesame and Ham Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients
100g cooked ham
450g small Brussels sprouts
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 tablespoon sesame oil
knob of butter
salt
freshly ground black pepper

Method
1. Cut the slice of ham into 5mm dice and chill until needed. To prepare the sprouts, remove any damaged outside leaves, then halve each sprout.
2. Cook them in a large saucepan of rapidly boiling salted water for a few minutes until tender, but still with the slightest of bites. Drain in a colander.
3. While the sprouts are cooking, heat a non-stick frying pan and add the sesame seeds.
4. Cook on a medium heat for just a minute or two to roast the seeds to a golden brown. Remove the seeds from the pan.
5. Add the sesame oil to the plan, along with the knob of butter, and warm the ham in the bubbling butter and oil, then add the drained sprouts.
6. Increase the heat and fry for 1-2 minutes, then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
7. To finish, add the roasted sesame seeds, and spoon the sprouts into a vegetable dish.

Preparation time less than 30 mins
Cooking time 10 to 30 mins
Serves 4

Recipe by: Gary Rhodes

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