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Harki-Parki-Parker-Posey goes to the Vet (Peri stays at home)

Cigarettes and queue-skey and a wild, wild woman!!

Today I was cross. This morning I was in two supermarket queues and they were both long and interminably held up by people buying – look away now if you smoke – horrid boogelly cigarettes. These people jumped the queue to buy cigarettes. I left. I left both places. Once the Labradors were waiting in the car. Once I just couldn't stand up or stand it any longer. I went to the Local shop ( League of Gentlemen Shop!) and paid extra, but was served straight away.  After a cup of tea and two toasted ham, cheese and chilli sandwiches I felt better.

Yesterday I went to the Madcages for a BBQ. Very nice it was too and then after, the women sat in the ‘good’ room and we had a lovely long chat all afternoon till the early evening!!! I took some Lemon Muffins and I made a lemon syrup to pour over them.  We had gourmet sausages, marinated chicken and chicken on skewers!! And layered garden salad. This is another great salad and it is best made the day before you need it : this saves time and allows the flavours to permeate through the whole thing. I have included the recipe below.

The weather has heated up. It is sultry and humid and 25C ( 82ish F?) That is warm for only about half way through Spring. We have been for a walk this morning and now the Labradors are snoozing. Harki is not well. I am making an appointment for her this afternoon, hopefully for tomorrow, to see the Doctor. She My_new_woolcraft_bookis itchy and not her usual playful self. She has been licking her paws and scratching her legs and belly. She has played for a little while with Mr Frisbee, but not a lot. Poor Harki.

My new pattern book came from the  Ebay today. It is a Patons Woolcraft book. I don’t know the date but it has both the old and new money prices on the front.  I recognise some of the patterns and all of the stitch Library!! Project : Voldemort is complete!! Huzzah!!  It needs a little wash and  an airing in the fresh air and it is all done!!! Thank you to Rachael and My Secret Pal for their suggestions for sock ideas. I am still meditating upon the possibilities. I must knit more of Arisaig before I lose the plot entirely there!!! I also have to start my Secret Knitting Coven Santa Friend Pal thing as well!!!

There is only one photo today, and that averages out at 3 each for the last 3 posts. Pictures are like buses, first there are none and then 3 come at once. This morning I watched The Closer. I like it a lot. I really like Kyra Sedgewick’s character and I know so  many of the other – Hey, it’s that guy! actors who people the show that it is doubly amusing. Soon lots of shows will finish for the year and we might be lucky enough to get some good Summer shows. I know Numb3rs starts this week. How I love that show already and I haven’t even seen it : but a show about Maths!!! What’s not to love? Maths, my favourite thing!! Yes, I know I have about a bazillion favourite things, I’m no Maria, but nevertheless, a show about Maths!!!!!!! Very Cool.

Also very cool is Suzi - Happy Birthday Suzi for yesterday!! (The Labradors send licks and wags!!)

Layered Garden Salad

from AWW Best Recipes from the Weekly

  • ½ an iceberg lettuce

  • 250 g ( 2 cups) frozen peas

  • 2 hard boiled eggs, sliced

  • 250 g mushrooms, finely sliced

  • 125 g tasty cheese, grated

  • 1 cup of mayonnaise

  • 2 tbspn sour cream

  • 2 tspn French mustard

  • 1 tbspn lemon juice

  • 2 spring onions, chopped

  • punnet of cherry tomatoes, sliced

  • 2 rashers of bacon, chopped

  • 2 tbspn parsley, chopped

You can used whatever salad ingredients you like, the Madcages had frozen corn, but you can add capsicum, red onion, whatever you have .

Shred the lettuce and place in the base of a salad bowl. Sprinkle the frozen peas (uncooked) over the lettuce the top with the mushrooms, eggs and grated cheese.

Combine the mayonnaise, mustard, sour cream, lemon juice and spring onions and pour over the salad, spreading an even layer.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, but overnight is better.  Fry the bacon till crisp and drain. Top the salad with the tomatoes, bacon and parsley just before serving.



i hope harki feels better soon. my little coco throw up twice yesterday. i hope she'll be better when i go home later. if not, i'll have to take her to the vet tomorrow. i saw some grass in her vomit. guess she must be grazing on grass yesterday. eeks!!


You are not going to believe this but I once owned that WW cook book and lent it to someone and yes you can guess the rest, that was the last I saw of it. I have since listed it twice on buy it now at ebay with no luck and the main reason I wanted it was for the recipe you have so kindly posted, so a big thanks.

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