Yesterday I received some late birthday-cum-souvenir presents!!!! There is a gorgeous Journal that I think I will use for knitting. I always have good intentions of keeping a diary, but hey, I blog now!! And it is so pretty that I want to see it and use it as much as possible. There is Raffles of Singapore tea!! The tea is a dark warm colour and quite strong, so I like it!! There’s a cloisonné beaded thingy for attaching to your mobile, but mine is so old is has none of the modern attachy parts!! I am thinking it should go on a handbag. There is a tiny good luck green angel and the most lovely lacquered box with an old piece of pottery encased as part of the lid. Thank you Cathy P and Michele P, oh two P names. Cathy P is a teacher and has just been away on holidays . Michele and her husband run a B and B on the river, but she has just been on a big holiday as well.
Yesterday I knitted away on the endless but soothing rib for the Arisaig Cardigan. How do you pronounce that? I found two errant purls way down the rib, but I unravelled the stitches and picked them up correctly again. I have knitted 12 cm which is almost 5 inches. I do like it enormously ( Oh I have gone all Famous Five, jolly hockey sticks, rah, rah, rah!!) but I want to be up to the lace pattern ASAP. I have just refilled the printer cartridges at the special Printer Cartridge shop. It is only $22-50 for the B&W and the Colour, quite reasonable. I am a miser though, I usually only print in B&W draft!! Now I can print out the pattern and stick it in my knitting journal.
My Secret Pal sent me 3 Dr Who quizzes : this General Knowledge one from the BBC where I scored 16/20, a Which Doctor are you? ( I am apparently the irascible First Doctor) and then another Quiz where I scored 10/10!! She also sent me some information on the Crochet Cast on that I did for my Wizard Socks ( Wizard, old thing!! Tally Ho! Secret Seven) This method is different to the one I used so I will try it for the second sock. I had terrible trouble undoing the crochet. Thank you Secret Pal!!!
Yesterday I had to have a small cry when I heard that Simon Wiesenthal had died. I was overwhelmed by the incomprehensible cruelty the Nazi’s perpetrated, and then by the overwhelming innate goodness of Simon Wiesenthal. He caught the man who sent Anne Frank and her family to the camps. He was a man with a mission. I feel the same way about Nelson Mandela too : locked up on Robin Island for about 29 years and he had the grace and understanding, not only to forgive the people who imprisoned him, but then to change the way a whole nation, and the world, lived. I took more than a moment. The Labradors were a bit worried…
Today on our walk Harki ran all the way down to the dam and had a swim alone. ( I expect she has stone bottles of ginger beer cooling in the water) I didn’t see as it is extra uphill walking but she came back wet all over and very pleased with herself. Michelle, it is a good thing that Harki has lost weight!! She must be thin so her hips and joints are free from arthritis as she gets older. It is a constant battle!!
My Delicious magazine arrived today, only 2 days late this time. I also bought the new Donna Hay. Aunty Captain Mrs Archer would like a fruit tart, not berry, I though apple?? I will make pastry this afternoon and then take it to her house tomorrow. We are watching Battlestar Galactic TOS, then the Miniseries and then finally Season 1 of the new series. This is the 5 year plan!! Next week I am staying home all week. No tea, no visiting, just sleeping and a walk every second day for the Labradors. During the school hols ( Naughtiest girl is a monitor) I saw all my friends and we did things during the day and I wore myself out with visiting. I need to potter about and recuperate. I will knit, back my Christmas quilt, and maybe do some sewing. This afternoon I hit my head on the washing machine lid – it fell on my head, I was hot from being in the car and it was 2 pm and I hadn’t had lunch and I was all cross and boogelly. I have had juice and a cup of Raffles tea and some Potato and Pumpkin Sunflower seed Bread and there is a cool breeze. I feel slightly less harried now…..
- 300 g plain flour
- 2 tspn baking powder
- 165 g caster sugar ( I like to use half caster and half brown sugar)
- 250 ml sour cream
- 2 eggs
- 125 ml vegetable oil
- 2 tspn grated orange or lemon rind
- 1 or ½ cups grated carrots – Peel the carrots first!!
Preheat the oven to 160 C ( 140 ff) and prepare 12 muffin papers or a tray. Sift the flour, baking powder and sugar and then mix through the carrots. It is important to peel the carrots before you grate them as the skin has a bitter taste. Coat the grated carrots well with flour as this helps to stop it sinking to the bottom of the muffins. Whisk the eggs, cream, oil and rind together in another bowl. Fold the sour cream mixture through the flour and carrots. Don’t over mix. Spoon into the muffin cases and bake for 20-25 minutes. You can add some uts or even dried fruit to these as well. You can dust them with icing sugar, but an orange or lemon drizzly icing is lovely too, or even cream cheese blended with a little icing sugar and extra rind.