It is nearly 4 years since ToriToo the Labrador went to Dog Heaven, but today her rose is blooming!! It is a beautiful Peace rose, given to me by a friend. When I look out the front window I can see Vundy and Tori’s Roses. It makes me happy!!!
ACMA spent Teachers’ Day at the school sports Carnival, awash with mud and slush. I think she is glad it is over!! Today I think about how I miss being able to teach. Then I have to have a 2 ½ hour nap in the afternoon!! I am planning to rest up and go to ACMA’s class and give them a little talk on the horror of War for Remembrance Day. I don’t scare them, we just talk about how awful war is, and how lucky we are to live here. I have to avoid anything other than the topic and be scrupulously unbiased!!!
These last few days have certainly brought up some interesting topics: teachers, Rosa Parks, Nat King Cole, democracy, elections, and Pretend drops in Peri’s ears. The Labradors have to have the same as each other. They can count if one gets more treats than the other. Harki is first, and Peri second, and Peri does get all bouncy and beserkerish if she misses out on something!!!
Next weekend is the big Deloraine Craft Fair. It is fantastic, but you can’t go every year – well I can’t. If you do, you become fixated on only the naff: the crocheted Doll toilet roll holders, endless stalls of whatever the current fad is. I am going next year. Absence makes the heart grow fonder…
Yesterday I bought a new Dr Who Fact file. It is so lovely. There were only 2, so I put it on my account!! I shall be showing special excerpts all this coming week!!! My Secret Pal sent me a link for excellent Dr Who patterns and I especially like the logos. Maybe I need a logo scarf? Or a throw?? I am not sure. I could have a green jumper with logos around the hem?? I really want to knit them. I expect no-one will want to be seen with me!!! I have 118 rows to go to complete Branching Out. It has so few stitches that I think the most time is involved in changing around for the right and wrong sides rows and marking off the row counting sheet. As I have had a very large nap I hope to finish it tonight!!!
Today there is a beautiful recipe from my Secret Pal using Earl Grey Tea!!!!!
Wherever you are, it is your own friends who make your world.
— William James
Chocolate Earl Grey Truffles
2/3 Cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp. soft unsalted butter
2 tsp. Victorian Earl Grey dry tea leaves
6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Bring cream and butter to a quick boil, add dry tea and let steep for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, finely shred chocolate and transfer to a bowl. Reheat cream mix until just warm and strain through fine sieve. Whisk until smooth over a warm water bath (place bowl with chocolate over a pan with hot water) and reserve covered for at least 2 hours in a cool place. Spoon level teaspoons full of chocolate mixture on a cold cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Roll each piece into a ball and dust with cocoa powder. Keep hands clean and dry as you roll the chocolate mix in cocoa. Keep in an airtight container in a cool place.