Monday, 19 April 2010
Bread, butter, wine, and salt and pepper were all excellent. Why mention such things, the reason was that the salt tasted so good, that I just had to ask what type it was. I love good salt and sadly my stash of sun evaporated salt from the basalt salines of Riviere Noire in Mauritius is coming to an end. I have other salts too in the cupboard.....
The waiter brought the tub of salt, and it was the new Cornish salt which we had seen recently mentioned in one of the many food programmes. I managed to source some at Waitrose, but then I found that our salt grinder, as I had previously found with the Mauritian salt was not working on this slightly damp crystalline substance.
Today my new salt and pepper mill from Salt and Pepper Mills Plus arrived. The ceramic Crushgrind mechanism is very efficient and easy to fill as there is no central metal bit. The salt grinder will grind any salt...and it is very easy to alter the grinding size. I've had quite a few grinders till now, and this is way ahead of the bunch. It works, it really works...so now I have to find a home for my existing set, which is fine for the big hard crystal salt sold specially for salt grinders. I'm not too worried about salt intake as my blood pressure is towards the low side, and if my age is guaged by my blood pressure, I'm still in my teens. I've come to the time of life that I really want things 'to see me out', even that is many years off! And now we have a grand daughter to pass it on to.
Saturday, 10 April 2010
We went into Stratford today, ostensibly to get Mr S fitted out with some new clothes, but we seemed to veer towards the baby sections, where Mr S played with new toys!
Friday, 9 April 2010
I'm not certain of the spelling of the little girl's name, so more details to come later.
Mr S and I are delighted to have a grand-daughter.Today for the first time I am a Grandma. There is a huge smile on our faces.
Monday, 5 April 2010
Last year I acquired some miniature geraniums, which performed beautifully. I've overwintered these mostly in the conservatory, but getting bored with bringing them into the dinning room each evening, since Christmas I have kept them on south facing window sills. I've re potted three and taken some cuttings.
One pot of Royal Norfolk Dwarf Geraniums which had three plants having started to flower was kept as it is, and is brightening up the dull days.
I have so much more to learn about taking pictures, manipulating them, and uploading them. I can see so much of what is wrong with this one...but the reason I'm posting this picture is that I have just learnt how to crop a picture showing the whole plant and then resize it.
I was chatting to some friends at the Kenilworth Knit and Natter Group, and we were sharing our experiences and enjoyment of our blogs. Mandy explained how she had been cropping and resizing her pictures and this gave me the impetus to try something which I had been thinking about. Next time I go to the library I shall look out for books on photography, until now I have been working on the principle of point and shoot and hope for the best.
Working at my blog, and encouragement of friends has driven me to try new things and to improve on them. For me this takes time, it must be over two years since I started with my digital camera and blog, and I have learnt so much, and hope to go much farther.
The pigs were enjoying a mid afternoon snooze. This 'toy' farm is beautifully set out, and there is a range of animals: cart horse, cattle, sheep and lambs, goats, geese, hens, and ducks. The barns have interesting crafts such as stone carving.
The interiors of the houses were set out as they would have been. The beds were made up with thick linen sheets and hand woven blankets, and as food had been cooked at lunch time in the kitchen, the house felt homely and lived in. In the parlour there was a beautifully carved piece of furniture catching the low sun.
As usual exit is only via the shop and there was plenty to tempt, including a well stocked sweet section.
Sunday, 4 April 2010
After that there is always a visit to the wool and quilting shops for me, and a peek at the trains in the toy shop for David.