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..... and so 2013 comes to an end

As I arrive at the end of twenty thirteen And review tasks done and places I’ve seen, I count my blessings.
Parties to celebrate something or nothing Birthdays, marriages and a baby naming, As I count my blessings.
The loss of those close to us is hard to endure But being part of my life was indeed an honour,
So, I count my blessings

May the year ahead bring good health and challenges new, Have you decided on the things that you want to do? While counting your blessings.
I feel fortunate to have celebrated many events and achieved many ‘firsts for me’ this year; baking bread, going live on local radio, completing the A-Z blogging challenge and the Write1Sub1 weekly challenge and working on an allotment to mention a few. I have a several projects in mind for the coming year; making ice cream, continuing the W1S1 weekly challenge and appearing at a literary festival being some of them. Fellow blogger Maria at First Draft Cafe gave me the idea of A Jar Full of Happiness http://firstdraftcafe.blogspot…

A Garden Post

I have duplicated some pieces of this post on two other gardening related blogs I maintain, so humour me and trust me when I say it’s not a senior moment!

We can’t really complain about November this year as the weather has been quite kind.

Thomas Hood’s poem comes to mind; here is the last verse .... No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member--
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,

I’ve tidied my garden in a wildlife friendly way and planted up a few more tulips.Being able to see the bare bones of the plot gets me thinking creatively about my projects for next season.I should carry a notebook and pencil in my pocket as these are usually forgotten by the time the session is finished! The leaves seem to have remained until later in the month compared to last year and I enjoyed a visit RHS Harlow Carr.

The AGM …

A Fortnight of Films

I rarely visit the cinema (or go to the pictures as I call it), but just recently I have seen a plethora of films, all of which I enjoyed, experienced in a different venue and had their own merits.
As part of the UK Jewish Film Festival I saw the droll Blumenthal: Celebrated playwright, Harold Blumenthal, has passed away after succumbing to cardiac arrest while laughing at his own joke. Now, Harold’s estranged and jealous brother, Saul, must confront his personal hang-ups  to deliver himself from an epic bout of constipation. Meanwhile, Saul’s wife Cheryl and son Ethan must grapple with their own personal obstacles through a set of circumstances so improbably ironic they might as well have been lifted from one of Harold’s plays.

I have also booked for Hava Nagilathis week which finishes the festival in true celebratory style with obligatory dancing. Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Leonard Nimoy, Regina Spektor and more, Hava Nagila (The Movie) fol…

End of season at the East Yorkshire Coast

After a late start which turned into a wonderfully warm summer, the season has come to end.

We always seem to finish on a lovely day and this year was no exception .  As ever, it coincides with half term.

Looking forward to and already dreaming of next season!

Annual Autumn Trip to Northumberland

Instead of the wet and windy weather we frequently encounter on our visits, it was very mild and the sea was calm.
As well as stopping off at our usual haunts along the coastal route, we revisited areas we haven’t seen for a while.

Goodbye to a very special lady.

My auntie Edith passed away last week.  She was a very special lady for all sorts of reasons but I would like to share with you a story about her early years.  I wrote the story from the facts I gleaned from her over the years.

Flight from Nazi Germany

At the time I felt forsaken by my parents, yet excited at the prospect of seeing the sea and travelling by boat for the first time at 11 years old.How could I have known what would come to pass although, with hindsight, all the clues were there?
Life as we knew it changed from the time my uncle from Frankfurt came to live with us after losing his job for being Jewish.Home was a farm in a small village where we ran a little shop selling sugar, flour and suchlike, which supported my extended family.From the radio we learnt what was happening further afield and so did the other villagers, who no longer frequented our shop.The harvest workers, who had previously enjoyed hearty meals in our kitchen, failed to turn up that year.The other handful…

Baby naming, beetroot fritters and breakers

Spent a lovely weekend in London where we attended the baby naming of my latest great niece.We were treated to Salmon Coulibiac with fennel for Friday night dinner, tasty salads on Saturday and for brunch. 
On Sunday I had beetroot fritters at the Belsize Kitchen68 Belsize Lane London NW3

On the way we passed this statue.
Talking of food, here is another recipe from Patsy Collins, writer and blogger, to use up those apples.She says: Whisky apple cake is good. Put sliced apples sprinkled with whisky and brown sugar in the bottom of a dish, then cover with sponge mix and bake. Serve with cream or custard. Ginger cordial works well as an alternative to the whisky if you prefer.  Sounds yummy.
The beginning of the week saw high seas at the East Yorkshire coast.

 ....but the weather was fine, although windy, and we managed to do a bit of walking. The rough tides throw up all manner of things and I found some additions for my collection.