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Today is StLook_its_raining_1 Patrick’s Day : I love this day as you have to wear green!! Every day is St Patrick’s day for me!!!!!!

I am still knitting the first Dr Who ZUC sleeve. I keep being interrupted by the need for sleep. It is boring, and you don’t need to see it. I have a picture of rain on a flower for your visual entertainment instead!!!

After a brief window of access opportunity this morning my ISP was ‘experiencing difficulties’, and after 5 hours everything seems to be up and running again. This morning we had a fog, our first of the season. It has turned out to be a lovely day : it usually is after a foggy morning. When I was little we had the Bridgewater Jerry (sic) a big rolling fog th at would come down the river, not lift till lunchtime and then come down again in the early afternoon. The fogs here are mere puffs of smoke!!

The Labradors are so much happier now it is generally cooler. Harki is more playful and busy, and Whats_in_harkis_mouth_1 Peri  wants to play too. They had a bone this afternoon as they have been so well behaved, they can have another bone tonight when I go to a pseudo scrapbookin’ craft lesson. I am learning to make a concertina-like booklet.  It is too hard to explain, there will be photos tomorrow, I can guarantee that!!! Last night we all slept like tops, and this morning didn’t wake up till 8-50am.  I plan to have a little nap soon, in order to be able to concentrate tonight for 2 hours.

Richard Neville has had his satirical website  “closed on the advice from the Australian Government”.  The Prime Minister’s office has had it closed down. Whether or not you agree with Mr Neville’s opinion, he has the right to express it, and people have the right to read it. He is not inciting violence. He is being satirical. Feel free to access a spoof on a Howard speech in PDF form. Free speech rules. OK!!!

Auntie Captain Mrs Archer and I have, finally, watched the very last episode of Farscape : The Peacekeeper War. It has only taken sooo long that we almost can’t remember who some characters are. I  saw the beginning, and then the TV station chose to show Farscape whenever they liked, or not at all. I have only seen it sporadically and have missed whole series. When it is on special  ACMA and I are on a mission to purchase it all and immerse ourselves in the weird and wonderful world of Crichton!!!! I made the luscious rhubarb dessert from BH&G this month. It was to die for!!!!! I can remember the recipe, it goes like this…

Delicious Rhubarb Dessert

  • 2 bunches of rhubarb

  • 350g caster sugar

  • juice of one lemon

  • 50-100g raspberries

  • 1 punnet strawberries, hulled and chopped

  • 2 sheets puff pastry

  • icing sugar

  • cream, whipped – you can add rose water if you like

Preheat oven to 200*C (180ff). Line 2 trays and you need 2 more trays that will fit on top. Trim and cut rhubarb into 5 cm pieces and then place in an oven proof dish with the sugar and lemon juice and leave to stand for 15-30 minutes. Meanwhile, when the oven is hot, cook the sheets of puff pastry for 7 minutes, remove and cover with baking paper and then press another tray down firmly to squash the pastry. Return to the oven, still with the trays on top of the pastry, and cook for a further 7 minutes or until a bit more than golden brown. Cool on a rack and then cut in half, and then into triangle shapes.

Then stir the raspberries into the rhubarb mixture and bake for 15 minutes. It actually took mine 35-40 minutes : I didn’t want any hard bits, you’ll have to check it and see every 10 minutes I expect.  Remove from oven and mix through strawberries carefully. Cool to room temperature. To serve, place a good dollop of the rhubarb mixture, a triangle of pastry well dusted with icing sugar, more rhubarb, cream and then repeat as desired!!! It was like the nectar of the gods!!!!



Thankyou for the e-mail Cindy! However despite that, you are a wicked enabler!

One of thenm I don't have, it's the new travel issue! I've only seen it at the Wool Shack so far.
It has PIRATE knitting in it! PIRATES! You have so made my day, you must be lucky!

She who Smells Yarn

I love Farscape!! I especially Love Crichton!! that man is a HOTTIE!!!!

Hasnt the cooled weather been lovely? I hope it keeps up.

I cant wait to get to Westbury tomorrow for the sock fest!


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