Friday, 24 September 2010
The fish bowl isnt actually as small and cramped as it looks, because the bowl is round is magnify's the fish so that they appear a lot bigger. But if you were thinking its abit bare, your right, i should put something in there for them to hide in - in fact i was just saying that to my mum a few days ago.
Ive had the fish for about 9 years and they seem healthy so i assume that they are not stressed. They were in a bigger aquarium until it cracked and so i bought this bowl for them about 4 years ago. I think its big enough for them, although of course the bigger the tank, the better.
Now back to the original post...
Today its so windy outside and the sky is covered with grey clouds. I'm sitting here with the hum of the radiators wrapping me with comfort whilst the wind swirls around the inside of our chimney, its very cosy in here. On days like this i love to potter about the house tidying, rearranging, and sorting. Little D follows me around and i involve him in as much as i can - it takes twice as long but its much more interesting and he enjoys it.
The fish tank has been scrubbed and refilled with fresh water and it looks so beautiful on the kitchen worktop with the light glistening off the glass stones and the bright orange of the goldfish makes me feel happy too. Its a shame my camera couldn't capture the scene more honestly.
Laundry has been sorted through and put away, a million pots have been washed (i used almost everything in my kitchen yesterday making jam and then Caribbean fish stew so there were lots of pots left over to wash this morning), photos have been transferred from one album to another, outgrown clothes have been packed up ready to be stored in the attic for baby number two one day insha'Allah, and little D's baby book has been updated.
Next stop - scrapbooking all of the magazine clippings ive collected in recent months.....
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Now that we have a much bigger garden im hoping that within the next five years i should have put in enough effort to have an established plot which will insha'Allah provide us with something to eat on nearly every day of the year. Now that would be wonderful!
I think the most productive plant so far has been our courgettes. We've eaten two big ones in a tuna and courgette flan and a tuna and vegetable pasta bake, with some to spare for my mum to take home.
There are at least another four on the plant at the moment. Ive only put two in the compost bin so far due to them being dark and soft. Fortunately they were only small ones.
The courgette flowers have been fascinating, opening and closing throughout the day depending on the weather. And such a glorious colour!
Im not partial to orange and red flowers in the garden (i prefer pretty pastels and creams instead) but i have been pleasantly surprised by these courgette flowers.
Friday, 17 September 2010
So of course, when my husband informed me that we would be having guests last night, i had to bake up something delicious with some of our apples. I chose to make a golden apple teacake as we had all the ingredients in the house already...
175g unrefined golden caster cane sugar
3 medium eggs
175g self raising flour
half a teaspoon of dried ground ginger
2 or 3 apples, peeled, cored and chopped into small chunks
40g unrefined demerara cane sugar
Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 / 180c / 350f and line your baking tin. I find that the easiest way to line the baking tin is to tear off the correct size sheet of baking paper from the roll, line the tin and then tuck the edges under the tin. When you add the cake mix the paper will get weighed down and it just makes filling the tin so much easier.
Cream the butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy, and then gradually add the eggs.
Gently fold in the flour, and then the ginger and apples.
Spoon the mixture into your lined cake tin and level out the top with a spoon. Then i always take a pair of scissors and trim all around the edge of the tin to make the baking paper neater - it prevents any overhang from getting in the way.
Sprinkle the demerara sugar over the top evenly.
Bake for 45 to 60 minutes (until a skewer or knife come out clean) and cool on a wire rack.
This should feed 6 people, and its delicious! Its very moist and the top turns golden and crusty, im certainly going to try making this one again insha'Allah.
Thursday, 16 September 2010
I would love to know if these kinds of small pictures have a name? I have a few more dotted around the house, and hope its a collection that i can keep adding to.
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Amongst the woodlice, worms, slugs and centipedes i was very pleased to find newts - four of them in fact! Three of them were very dark, almost black, and then there was a smaller one which was shades of brown and sand. This afternoon i went back out with my camera and found two them still in the same spots as before.
Ive always hoped to own a garden which would be a habitat for newts ever since i first discovered them as a young child (perhaps 5 years old?) in my great Aunts pond. I remember her garden as being wild and large with flowers and grasses and a pond just full to the brim with newts. We used to catch them and hold their shiny black and orange body's in our small hands, and absorb their tiny details before releasing them back into the pond. Time spent at my Auntie Rene's is one of my most vivid childhood memories. She lived in Belper, a small Derbyshire town, and her garden backed onto open fields i think. She was a wonderful woman, never had children but always loved having us around.
Today's discovery has really inspired me to find out more about her life. I bet there's lots of things i could learn from somebody like my great Auntie Rene.