Monday, May 21, 2012

My VW Campervan-itis

Yes my secret is out, not just I want, but I must have, I love and adore this van and I hope some day to drive one when I retire. I have the days counted so - keep up and watch this space for an update.

Spring cleaning

The day mam commissioned my daughter and I to spring clean the heirlooms, each one had  a special story to tell. Mam told us both about each one with pride, a very special day..............

The golden Hen ta never laid an egg in  the past 45 years, a present for my mam from one of the many holidays that we had in Galway

The globe off the oil lamp that my ma had in Leitrim 73 years ago (It has a little crack in it) sh!! 

The beautiful glass cake cover that my Granny Canning had when she first moved from Co Leitrim over 70 years ago, now a treasured heirloom for the family

The green glass cake stand that my mam still has on a shelf in her kitchen, this piece I have fond memories of as a child. It miraculously appeared when some important people came to visit us. Sandwiched with no crusts were placed on it, some cakes and cookies. Mam won this at a field day in the 1940's on a wheel of fortune ticket!! How lucky was she, I adore this piece........

The old plate that adorned my granny's dresser in her kitchen

The brass kettle that I brought her from my honeymoon in Spain in 1981

The original milk bottle that we all miss, the bit of plastic never came up to scratch, I miss the bottles and the noise of the milk-man in the morning rattling the bottles as went around early to collect them and leave new full bottle, a lot of work, but well worth it, yes they were the days!!! 
Thank you for sharing my spring cleaning day with my Mam and her special little bits and pieces, they al sit in her kitchen glistening from the scrubbing that  they got recently.  

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Nasty weather and an empty cupboard

What to do with an empty biscuit tin and empty cupboard - Bake! Bake! bake
Yes a miserable night in and nothing to munch on with my white tea so............... out comes the Kenwood Chef, crack the eggs, flour everywhere and a bit of magic.
Yes!!! The end result an apple tart, shortbread cookies and lemon drizzle cake and its gluten free, I am thrilled with the cake, has been awhile since I have had a lemon drizzle cake, a real treat.

 I now realise that someone has helped themselves to slice of my apple tart, not funny.
Wonder who that was??

Now maybe Mr Pat visited and maybe not, do drop by and enjoy looking at my bake in, just remember that you only get to look....

Monday, May 7, 2012

Salad Time

This is the remains of my lunchtime salad, (nothing like fresh greens) it was enjoyed by all with poached salmon and home-made chips, thanks for that family!!
Bon Appetite.....

The survival of the Basil Plant

This is a major accomplishment for me, I have tried so many times to grow basil and alas it departs my good company for some reason or other, I usually blame it on over watering or wrong area for sunlight capture, anything and everything.
This time I was a little selfish and made no effort at all and look what happened, it looks so well I am afraid to use it, hence the size of it and getting larger, this week I will use it in my soup and pasta dishes and if it departs my good company, I will update you....................

Bathroom update

Yes at last, I got around to making some changes to the bathroom, my new accessories were enhanced by my treasured lavender candle that my good friend Margie gave to me. We had a memorable experience last week concerning a certain 4 wheeled object, "Dear Landy"  Margie's landrover had a bad day and needed some TLC.

I think that the new white crockery adds to the dull windowsill, I have purchased some nice new ivy that I hope to train and trail from the windowsill to give a whole new dimension to the bathroom.