Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Normanby Hall, Nr Scunthorpe

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

White Flag Warrior

My ‘song of the moment’ – White Flag Warrior by Flobots ft Tim McIlrath. I’m not usually a fan of rap/hiphop but I love this song :)

We’d rather make our children (We request to negotiate)
Martyrs than murderers (We come to you unarmed)
We’d rather make our children (We desire to communicate)
White Flag Warriors (You cannot do us harm)

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

HDR Photo #1

My first attempt at HDR photography (link) – not the best subject or quality but it was mostly about figuring out how it works :) Definitely a technique I’ll be trying again… with better subject matter though!

For comparison here is the ‘original’ next to the HDR one. This isn’t computer trickery as such – it’s just combining several differently exposed photos into one.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It’s all in the presentation



Handmade soap, all ready for gifting :)


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Homemade Gifts – Crayon Rolls

Just finished two ‘crayon rolls’ for my nephews – pencil crayons for the older one (5) and wax crayons for the younger one (2).  I used the tutorial at

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I have a confession to make…

I weigh 20 st, 8,5lbs. Yes, you read that right.

I joined Slimming World about a month ago, and I am truly hoping this time will be it. My ‘lightbulb’ moment.

So anyway, I decided to start blogging about it. Just one more tool in the motivational arsenal!

Back later, when I’m not late for work ;)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Playing with my macro lens…

Monday, May 24, 2010

The major planting session of the year has been completed over this weekend (two evening sessions to avoid the worst of the heat). I now have in 8 buckets of salad potatoes, 6 tomato plants, beans, , mange tout peas, cabbage, spinach, garlic, 3 courgettes (may regret that!), strawberries, salad leaves, 2 chilli peppers, and aubergine and sweet pepper (just one of each as a last ditch effort at outdoor growing). I have a cucumber to plant out in a week or two as well, and more spinach ad salad leaves, and possibly some kale (they’re looking a bit unhealthy at the moment). All this goes in my two small beds and pots on the patio. Photos to follow!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

‘Nothing in the house’ lunch boxes

A lot of the people I work with spend a lot on buying ‘fresh’ salad boxes and sandwiches, mostly with the excuse that there’s ‘nothing in the house’. Well, here’s my ‘nothing in the house’ lunch for tomorrow:

‘Clear out the fridge’ Pasta Salad –
Time to prepare: 15 mins.
Put pasta shapes on to cook. In a bowl mix mayonnaise (i use low fat), 1/2 a teaspoon of mustard, a dessert spoon of white vinegar (i use the stuff from the pickle jar!). Taste, and add more mustard/vinegar if you feel it needs more flavour. If i have it lurking in the fridge i add a teaspoon of pesto. Finely dice whatever veg you have to hand, ie: red or white onions, (bell) peppers, carrots, celery, courgette, mushrooms, chives or spring onions, tomatoes, cucumber, etc. This is great for using up leftovers – today i used some raw veggie sticks leftover from lunch on friday, 1/2 a red onion that was lurking in the fridge, a chunk of courgette. You can also add things like peanuts (really!), apple, or pickled cucumbers, all chopped up fine. And of course meat if you eat that sorta thing ;). When cooked, drain the pasta and add to the mayo mixture, stir well, then add the veggies. I usually add a couple handfulls of frozen sweetcorn or peas if this is for the next day.

Carrot Cake:
Ingredients – Flour, Sugar, Sunflower Oil, Carrots, Eggs, Cinnamon and a handful of (optional) dried fruit.
Time to Cook: 20 mins to mix everything together, and then about half hour in the oven.

So i spent about 40 mins to make lunch for the next couple of days, and carrot cake snacks for a while (can be frozen too).

And people ask me what on earth I eat as a veggie ;)