Monthly Archives: December 2011

Hamish’s first visit to the bungalow

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The last battery hen

This is a cute story providing publicity for one of my favourite charities – The British Hen Welfare Trust – but I don’t think an extra 200 square centimetres per bird, which is about the area of two beermats, makes … Continue reading

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The Wrestler and Black Swan

I watched The Wrestler earlier this year. That got me interested in seeing Black Swan, which I finally watched last night. These two are the best films I’ve watched this year. Both were directed by Darren Aronovsky, who claims that … Continue reading

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Foodie christmas presents and gravy

We had our Christmas Day early as we’ll be working on the actual day. Here are some of my presents: I used the mezzaluna and board to chop up sage to add to the gravy I made to go with … Continue reading

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Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

Tonight, at Birmingham Symphony Hall, the LSO performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. It was simply stunning. I don’t mind admitting that was moved to tears. A night like tonight reminds me that life is full of beauty and wonder. This is … Continue reading

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Lemon cupcakes

I made these using a recipe from my Primrose Bakery book. They were a bit dry and not light. Also, I took them out of the oven when they were still ever so slightly undercooked. They’d cooled by the time … Continue reading

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Children’s computer animated films

I love all of these films. Some are more original than others but I could watch them over and over again. There’s no better way to cheer myself up.

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The Nutcracker

Last night we were treated to a fabulous buffet: which was followed by an evening at the ballet. The Nutcracker was magical, breathtaking and very moving. The music, dancing, costumes and set all come together to create something of immense … Continue reading

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