Making new friends in Whitstable

After we took Jeanne and her mom up on the Kent Eye, we headed into Whitstable for a walk along the beach and to stop for hot donut on the beach. We made a little friend of a cheeky starling who was posing at the next table for a bite of our donut.

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Up, up and away

… high in the sky!

We took Jeanne and her mom on the Kent Eye which is the temporary Kentish version of the London Eye to get a bird’s eye view of Canterbury and the area. It was quite amusing especially since you can steer the pod round yourself so you’re facing the other way. Do you think that is why Jeanne is smiling? :)

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Lazing about in boats

A very brief pop in to say – hello! I have been having a most fun-filled and brilliant but busy time. One of the nicest moments of the whirlwind of the past few weeks is having Jeanne and her mom to visit. I miss them very much and feel that we should have tried harder to kidnap them but here are a few photos of our Canterbury river trip. :)

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Best in Show

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This was my entry for Best Repurposed Tea Cup. I was so pleased with finding this vintage WI tea cup. I donated it to the silent auction and kind of wish I’d found my own WI tea cup but I was thrilled to be able to help my WI.

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I also entered the Most Outrageous Vegetable. I kind of saw a friendly camel! Maybe…. !!

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Our president created this incredible basket of vegetables.

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M made a repurposed tea cup bird feeder.

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Another of the repurposed tea cups – a floral display.

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I also entered ‘Best Shop Bought Cheat’ and won a prize for my Pepperidge Farm cookies :)

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We were all very keen to win this wonderful cup!

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This carrot won the cup!!

Prize Crochet

Our Women’s Institute was having a ‘Best In Show’ competition this month and I made some rosettes to award to the winners of the categories.

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Sushi Night!

Look away now, Jeanne! :)

I’ve been a bit stressed of late so haven’t been updating my blog but now things are a little less stressed, I’m catching up :)

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We’ve had a Japanese student to stay for the past couple of weeks and one of our duties as hosts is to give them dinner so to make her feel at home, we did sushi one night. I also saw some very delicious looking sushi on 2paw’s blog.

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This is pao’s effort before he rolled it.

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I like cucumber in mine and this cucumber was grown by a friend by mine. It was more like a pickling cucumber but quite tasty in my sushi.

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pao was very serious about his sushi.

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Didn’t he roll well?

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They didn’t turn out too badly, did they?

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These were my efforts :)

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I tried a Japanese food called natto . It is an acquired taste!!

We had a really fun evening with our new Japanese friend. :)

Caturday: Handsome and Prissy

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I was happy to meet my handsome friend Tigger again the other week.

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He is rather dashing.

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He is rather nice. I do like a ginger cat.

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Just a few steps away, I bumped into this prissy ginger madam standing my a tree and looking like she owned the place.

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She did rather make me smile :)

All scone!

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I’ve been feeling a bit poorly of late – very tired, virally, not in such good shape so pao has very kindly been cooking a bit more. On Sunday, we saw some photos of a very lovely looking set of scones at someone’s house and he was up and in the kitchen making them. Very light and fluffy and tasty they were, too! In case you are wondering, here is the recipe!

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Tamyra gives her approval.

Pizza night

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I love pizza and when I saw a recipe in a checkout magazine for homemade pizza, I thought it was a nice idea. pao made the dough with my KitchenAid mixer and these huge dough balls awaited me when I got home this evening.

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Yes, yes, I know it is supposed to be round….

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A bit of defrosted Dorot sauce for the base meant I was good to go for a quick dinner.

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A little mozzarella and some anchovies – ten minutes in the oven and dinner is served! Perfetto!! :)

New pad

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pao has very kindly spent some days off fixing up my office and it is almost done now.

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It has already had a feline stamp of approval. Sirius had been round earlier.

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Apologies for the baldness of Tamyra – she is fretting a little. Lots of upheaval with moving things round is not her favourite activity.

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I have a lovely collection of vintage embroidery – complete and incomplete. I asked for a cream colour on the walls so I could add the colour with accessories.

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I think Tamyra approves!!

mumblings from the beleagured mrspao