Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Monday, 28 May 2012
The sun is out, the tide is in, so what do the kids of Tollesbury do when school finishes? They head for the creek or the salt pool and dive in, that's what! Actually there were a lot more children than you can see in the photos, but I didn't want to get to close in case anyone objected to me taking photos. They will swim until the tide goes and then they will wallow in the mud, before diving in the salt pool to clean off and head home for tea. Of course someone else who has been melting all day in his black fur coat loved his dip with all the kids around, in fact he is sulking now because I made him come home!
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Saturday, 19 May 2012
Last week a floor and this week, stairs, Pete certainly knows the way to my heart! He found these stairs laying in someone's garden just waiting to be taken to the tip, so Pete generously offered to take them off their hands. But as you know by now, Pete has chopped them down, tarted them up and now we have these lovely stairs, saving ourselves about £600 in to the bargain. What a difference it makes! Alfie is delighted that he can get up and down to his Daddy (he couldn't quite manage the ladder!) and I love just being able to go up and down, up and down, up and down just because I can!
Thursday, 17 May 2012
I have been looking for a really good tomato sauce for pasta for some time and also something to do with fennel. I have used fennel seeds before but not a fennel bulb. I found this recipe for this sauce from the bbc good food website (Super Veg Pasta Recipe) and I am now hooked. It was a fabulous sauce on spaghetti, Pete had it over pork strips and I think with a bit more stock and a whizz with the stick blender it would make a great tomato soup. I thought the taste of the fennel would be strong, but it really just sweetened the sauce. Next time I am going to add maybe some courgettes or aubergine, but then that's me; I always end up mucking around with a recipe!! (Oh by the way I didn't roast the peppers, just softened them with the onion, fennel and carrot!, anything for an easier life!). As a new fan, I will definitely now be growing some fennel.
Sunday, 13 May 2012
We have a floor! And it is almost big enough to change the barge into a nightclub! Seriously, it is lovely to be able to walk around and not balance on joists like we have for the last few months. We can finally really see the size of the living space and where things are going to go. Pete is now going to finish my cupboard in the pantry, so that we have some storage space. It is amazing how much 'stuff' we appear to have accumulated whilst living on the yacht and the space hasn't grown, so something has to give! Now on to the design, has anyone got a disco ball going spare?
Thursday, 10 May 2012
Monday, 7 May 2012
The rain has certainly been persistent the last couple of weeks and still we are not allowed to use a hosepipe! I had to make a trip to the allotment as the kitchen waste was beginning to smell, especially as I collect everyone's waste. Some of the allotment was underwater to the extent that I am investigating hydro agriculture! The raised beds were okay and what was in them was thriving. However so were the triffids! Let's hope for a drier week so that I can get up there with the strimmer and some cardboard and carpet.