Sunday, 24 August 2014

A Christmas Cracker

I seem to have 'writer's diarrhoea' at the moment.  My 2nd little book is called A Christmas Cracker, and it's a bit naughty.  It's available at Amazon on Kindle and will be a paperback very soon.  Rudolph's Nose (definitely not naughty) will be on Amazon within the next few days.

Just click on the big picture on your left :)

Friday, 22 August 2014

My little dream has come true

Quite a long time ago I started writing two short stories, one of them over three years ago, just to prove to myself that I could do it.  Well both are now finished, one is published (see below) and one is very near.

Ever had a dream?  I'm not in this for money, in fact money has never been a motivation for me, you have to like (love) what you do.  To actually see this little book sitting on my table this morning was the biggest thrill, I can't begin to tell you!

It will be re-published on Amazon soon along with a 2nd book.

It is a gentle tale of two children who never lost the magic.  There is one 'dark' character in the book (the sitter) and she does get caught out by the children while watching a 'naughty channel', therefore not suitable for small kiddo's.  Aimed really at an older group who haven't grown up and want to get lost in a fantasy.

It also has a couple of recipes etc at the back plus some Christmas facts.




Enjoy xx

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Airbourne Show - Eastboure Seafront

Yesterday, myself and hubby went to Eastbourne to see the Airbourne show, and what a fantastic day it was.  Unfortunately we both thought the weather was going to be a bit overcast, as it happens it must have been one of the hottest days of the year, so now I am the colour of beetroot (who needs St. Tropez?).

We found ourselves with thousands of other people on the beach, here you can get the best view and for free.  Here are a few images of the day, mostly the fabulous Red Arrows x

Crowds as far as the eye could see, and the sad remains of the part of the pier that recently burnt down :(


Red Arrows putting on a wonderful display (so brave!!)



They gave everyone on the beach a heart message!!



Near misses!!





Two arrows flying upside down :(


A Lancaster bomber
Every time the bomber flew past the entire beach got to its feet, cheered and clapped.
Lest we forget.



If you look really closely you can see MAD wing walker people on top of the planes!


If you ever get the chance to go (each August) I would thoroughly recommend it :)



Friday, 15 August 2014

Red Hot Chilli Peppers

If you are lucky enough to grow your own, then preserving your produce is always a good idea.

So here is a little tip (partly taken from Jamie Oliver) for your chilli's.


Take the smaller chilli's, score a line down the centre from tip to bottom, and gently scrape out the seeds, if using fingers do not then put fingers anywhere near your eyes or face, if you do you will end up like this!  Not an attractive look.


Put little chilli's in a bowl and pour boiling water on and leave for 5 mins.  Drain - and the remaining seeds should be gone.  Ta dah!!

Meanwhile sterilise your jar, I just pour boiling water in and leave for a while.......wipe clean and put the following in a normal sized mason jar (or bigger sized jam jar).

1. Approx 5-6 black peppercorns
2. 2 teaspoons of salt (I used normal)
3.  Stuff the chilli's into the jar (tightly pack them in)

Meanwhile.............

Empty approx 3/4 or a pint of white wine vinegar into a saucepan, and  4-5 (depends on size of jar) dessert spoons of castor sugar, heat the pan (do not boil) until the sugar dissolves, pour mixture into jar right to the top and wait for it to cool before closing the lid.  Put in fridge for about 3-4 weeks - then EAT!!



For the the bigger chillies I just topped and tailed them, sliced them, and froze them.  Easy peasy.

This I may add is an experiment and it has not been tested, just so you know :)

Enjoy the weekend luverlies xxx






Sunday, 27 July 2014

Lammas Festival in Eastbourne

Myself and hubby celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary and stayed in a favourite hotel for a night, unbeknown to us the Lammas Festival was in full swing!

Lammas is an ancient celebration connected with the harvest, it is Pagan in it's origins.

Here are some images of that day :









Henna & hats!!



Spell bottles








xx

Friday, 18 July 2014

This is how I did it :)

Hello lovely bloggers!
Fancied making another beach themed piece of art, here's how I did it.











Pretty cute huh?

Also been treating myself to a few craft bits and pieces :)









Retail therapy feels good :)