Latest news.

Hello blog followers, all three of you, I think one of those is me!  I know there are lots more people reading, so please click the link to be official if you like.  I’ve just joined a site called www.youwriteon.com

It’s where we post work, and review others’ work.  Enjoying it so far, and someone who kindly reviewed my story likened me to Nina Bawden who I have ashamedly not heard of.  Doing some research she loved Topsy and Tim books, they were what I read in the first class at school.  They made my early years at school vaguely bearable.  I could never understand why we had to play in a wendy house or empty water out of buckets into other buckets.  I’d been brought up on a plant nursery where I wandered round smelling the flowers.  When I wasn’t admiring the blooms, I sat doing jig saws with grandparents and reading and writing.  So, a Nina is on my list of books to get.  Her books look such good fun and similar to the kind of thing I’m aiming at.

I’ve also joined www.goodreads.com

Seems a good place to be, except that you tick on all the books you’d like to read; mind is a long list.  Also I’ve ventured onto www.smashwords.com

Think I’m maybe spending too much time joining up to sites instead of writing.  Just to let you know that I’ve sent something out, I went to see ‘Bridesmaids’ the other night with our daughter.  Fabulous fun and laugh out loud comedy.  I’ve sent out a review to one or two places.  Something I’ve never done before.  (The review I mean, not going to the pictures.)

Had a great day out on Sunday at a local air show.  Just my cup of tea, gazing up at the sky watching wonderful old aircrafts doing amazing stunts.  The highlight of the afternoon was the appearance of an American ‘Mustang.’  The actual one that was used in World War 11, glad we remembered large hats, suncream and lots of ice, tonic and squash.  Don’t think me or hubby have ever had three ice-creams each in any one day ever.  Always a first time for everything they say…

Air show.

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Good News.

I have good news for anyone following my blog, and who’s blog I follow.  Dah da da daaa…  You are no longer on a blog roll! Thank goodness.  Now you’re on the list of ‘friends who blog about writing.’  I nearly added, and who follow me, but that sounds a bit ‘gay’ as my daughter would say.

So as you can see I’m still playing around and having fun with the blog design.  I’m going through my previous blog followers, and trying to update everyone back where you belong.  On my little long list.

I picked up a copy of Prima magazine today.  The next wise words competition is Schoolday Memories.  Send to usual address, Prima Magazine.  I’m sure we all have plenty of those.  Some I’d rather forget as well.

Updating my new blog.

I’m in the process of updating my new blog.  It would be nice to have all of the followers from the blogspot one on here.  As you see I’ve added Patsy and Sally as I know their blog address.  If anyone would like to be added to the blogroll, (sounds a bit rude doesn’t it?  Not sure I’d want to be on a blogroll)  please let me know.  Still experimenting.

Seville Marmalade

This cute marmalade pot is holding the Seville marmalade that I made last night.  Very tasty.  Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients.

1kg Seville oranges.

1kg Sugar.

3pts water.

l lemon.

Method.

Wash and scrub oranges, then cut into quarters, removing any pips.  Same with the lemon.  Put in a large metal pan to simmer away for two hours.  After this time, take the rinds out, and slice into thin strips.  Remove any pips that you see at this time.  don’t worry if you miss a couple as they float to the top later.  When all the skins are shredded, add the sugar and stir constantly for 20 mins – half an hour.

The marmalade goes sticky when you place a teaspoonful on a plate at the stage when it’s ready.  Remove any pips that may be floating on top, and pour with a ladle into a warm, sterelised jug.  Pour into clean and sterelised jars, enjoy.