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Well now Dear Reader, we may have had a hurricane, we may have had further torrential rain and high winds and we may have had ‘Amber alerts’ (which do make me giggle) but despite all of this, we had a rather lovely Saturday morning last weekend. And so it was that we found ourselves on the beach with two out of the three small folks.

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At their ages they don’t need much amusement beyond stone skimming and shell collecting and there was plenty of both

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It’s a real treat to still have weather that’s reasonably good enough to get out with a coat and hat for a blustery walk. It blows the cobwebs away and it’s great to see so many folks out and about with dogs and kids just enjoying what we have on our doorstep.

We made some shadow pictures although TG does look alarmingly like the grim reaper..

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We’d all had enough after about an hour or so and as Madam had decided that cookery was the afternoon’s activity of choice, off homewards we went.

The cakes went ok despite much arguement discussion about the best way to crack and egg. Observe the concentration…

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The biscuits however didn’t quite go to plan and drew a withering look and a “well they ALWAYS work out fine at OUR house Nanny” from Madam…..

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It was one of those – look awful, tastes great moments but the Smallest Baby Boy was not deterred by such minutiae as the look of the thing and pronounced them most ‘licious Nanny

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Whatever the weather (well unless it really is slinging it down) it’s great to get out and about. It gets dark so early that there is no excuse necessary for lighting the fire and relaxing with a glass of wine in front of the Autumn telly schedule. It’s time for gravy and plenty of it, stews and pies and mash and root vegetables, custard and cakes with cinnamon and mixed spice. The festive season will soon be upon us and I am preparing for a marathon of children and friends. We cooked for 15 last Christmas Day – wonder if we can top that this year? This weekend I shall be making Creole Christmas cakes and the Christmas chutney is already maturing nicely along with its very best friend the runner bean variety. There are plenty of things to be getting on with if the weather doesn’t play ball but if it does then I feel a few more trips to the beach and walks coming on. Be rude not to!

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Don’t panic Dear Reader (not that I’m sure you were for one moment). I have not shuffled off this mortal coil or been abducted by aliens or been struck dumb (more’s the pity some might say). No indeed. I have just been inordinately busy with the show, holiday let changeovers and work.

However, just in case you had thought that I might be being idle, I have achieved one or two things in amongst hurricanes had! During the build up to the great windiness that was Sunday here on the blustery Isle (fastest gust of the hurricane recorded just off the Needles at 99mph…) I did a small amount of nesting or cooking as it’s otherwise known. It was a day for the using up of things grown and I made a rather tasty tomato and chickpea soup (the picture does make it look a touch unsavoury but it was ‘licious Nanny)

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I also made a pie of sorts with the last of the Bramleys from the tree which was rather lush and included some sultanas, cinnamon and almonds not to mention a liberal sprinkling of dark brown raw cane sugar……also ‘licious Nanny and even more so because TG will not eat cooked fruit in any form (school hangover thing). Net result – pie all for me and the muffin top now more resembling a pie top….

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There was also a luscious lemon cake which began life thus

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And ended up looking thus.

No. There are no pictures of the finished baked cake because by the time the camera battery had recharged it had been eaten IN ITS ENTIRETY. Honestly, men!!

In any case, by the time the winds had whipped themselves into a frenzy the house smelled most pleasantly of things domestic. We were lucky and got away without any damage to home or person and for that I am indeed thankful. There but for the grace of God and all that…

The only other thing of any note which has occurred as that I have made a little guest appearance over here – they are a very up and coming company based on the Island and I was very delighted to be featured on their blog. I’m itching to do some proper writing and this is my first venture beyond the drivel on here. So if there are any more of you folks out there who’d like a ‘guest’……let me know.

Well I am off now for another week of board treading and general slog. I am hoping to see the small folks at the weekend having been given the 5 year old ‘but you’re always TOO busy to see us’ guilt trip….they always know how to push the buttons don’t they? More amends to make!

 

 

 

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