September 18th – Another delivery??

Our friends from Amazon arrived again today, this time with a house for a hedgehog that has been roaming in the garden.

We positioned it in the fenced of fruit tree area, to ensure the 4 legged children don’t disturb it, with some hedgehog food, mealworms and water.

I thought we’d retired from the B&B business, but we still seem to be accepting guests without charge ……

September 14th – visual associations….

Today’s picture is of a spiders web we saw covered in morning dew whilst in the New Forest over the weekend.

I weirdly thought of the song “I swallowed a spider to catch the fly”

Click the link if you haven’t heard it before, but I warn you, once it’s in your head it’s difficult to get rid of 🤣

September 7th – Park run

Our 4 legged children wasn’t sure about being held by this statue, erected to celebrate the park runs held here.

I used to run until my knee decided to play up. I really miss the physical and mental benefits of running, but have found that spin classes give me the same buzz and doesn’t damage the knee.

Whatever your age, I really recommend physical exercise of any kind that suits your physical ability

September 6th – Injuries…..

Today’s picture is of a label and a bit tongue in cheek.

I managed to injure my left index finger back in June, and although it’s hardly going to make any headlines, it has been painful when I bend it.

Anyway, after another X-ray, it appears that it is mainly soft tissue damage and I need to give it lots of exercise. One of the main reasons this has been frustrating is that it has prevented me from playing my guitar (which has pleased the wife 🤣).

Whilst in town yesterday, I popped into a homoeopathic shop and the kind lady suggested a CBD muscle balm. We read the back and had a chuckle with one sentence…..

September 5th – don’t throw food away…

We had a few sad looking vegetables in the fridge, and so my clever wife made a delicious soup.

Carrots, peppers, sweet potato, cumin, paprika, cannellini beans, leaks, tomatoes and courgettes, with some chili oil were thrown in the soup maker and the result was fab, mopped up with some warm bread.

When the kids were young, it was a great way of getting veggies in them, and I remember the guessing game we played, trying to identify the ingredients.

September 4th – Old pair of jeans grow on plants???

Oh…. I must get my ears checked,  Aubergines grow on plants 🤣.

Mrs L was given this plant for her birthday from a friend and she is delighted to announce that there are already 2 fruits (yes, fruit not vegetables), and lots more flowers.

According to Wikipedia…..Eggplant, aubergine or brinjal is a plant species in the nightshade family Solanaceae. Solanum melongena is grown worldwide for its edible fruit. Most commonly purple, the spongy, absorbent fruit is used in several cuisines. Typically used as a vegetable in cooking, it is a berry by botanical definition. 

All we need to do now is wait until it gets a little larger and guard it from our Greek house guest, as her speciality is Moussaka.

September 1st – A different treat…

Dad’s turn to cook again as Mum was doing her classes, but a request was made for Spinach pancakes (recipe here).

They were pretty good, but as normal I cooked too

many, so I wondered what to do with the spares???

Well, the dogs always have a chew after our dinner and join us to slob in the lounge, and so tonight their chews were wrapped in a left over pancake.

Their expressions were very amusing, and needless to so the pancake wrapper lasted 1/2 a second tops.

August 31st – Fungi

An amazing Fungi seen on a tree whilst playing golf this afternoon.

I am pretty sure it is a bracket fungi, but there are so many different types.

Bracket fungi feed on wood, either as living trees or dead logs, and the brackets are their fruiting bodies. These form shelf-like structures singly or in groups and normally stick out from the trunk or branches though some develop from infected roots and appear at ground level. They can vary in size from a few centimetres to the giant polypore (Meripilus giganteus), which can reach 1m across. There are scores of different species including the gruesome beefsteak fungus that looks like raw meat and produces red juice when cut, and the more attractive chicken of the woods, which is bright yellow and a gourmet delicacy.

There’s a great web site to give more info here.