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 ūü§£).

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 ūü§£.

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.

August 27th – Happy Birthday Alfie

Alfie turned 2 today, and he was rather taken with his portrait given to his Mum for her birthday.

As mentioned in previous posts, he is a real character and constantly makes us laugh with his antics, and constant jabbering, although his best days start with a walk, followed by food, washed down with coffee, a little snooze and then another walk, more food and a cuddle of the sofa. Not a bad life…..

Anyway, the lovely portrait was drawn from a photo by a student (Ivan Underwood) at Newquay College that Vicki knows.

August 26th – When in Cornwall…..

A pasty must be sampled…. We went on one of our favourite woofer walks, an easy circular walk starting in Mawgan Porth, and heading in land to St Mawgan, with the customary stop for coffee on the footpath and the lunch at The Falcon Inn in St Mawgan.

Cornish pasties originated as portable lunches for tin miners, fishermen and farmers to take to work. Housewives used to make one for each member of the household and mark their initials on one end of the pasty. The miners carried their pasties to work in a tin bucket which they heated by burning a candle underneath.

Anyway, no need to go down a mine today, it was yummy.

August 25th – RNLI

We took the 4 legged children down to Cornwall for a few days, to see their Cornish cousins and owner. A trip in Dizzy (our motorhome) wouldn’t be normal unless we had some wild weather, and today was no exception thanks to storm Francis.

This mean’t the furry friends needed to stay out of the sea despite trying to sweet talk the lifeguard on duty, but they did manage a splash about in the river leading down to the beach at Holywell bay.

RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards are busier than ever, rescuing thousands of people and saving hundreds of lives around the coasts of the UK and Ireland every year. In 2019 alone, they saved 374 lives and helped over 38,700 people. Their lifesavers will always be there to help those in danger in the water. But too many lives are still being lost. Around 150 people* die accidentally in UK and Irish waters every year. Globally, there are 320,000 drowning deaths each year**. It’s a huge problem, but one the RNLI is determined to tackle. Their vision is to save every one, which you can read more
about in ‘Our Watch‘, the RNLI‚Äôs strategic intent document.

The RNLI works with communities and partners in the UK, Ireland and worldwide to prevent people from getting into danger before they need their help. They do this by creating greater awareness of drowning and promoting safer behaviour around water. As a modern emergency service, and a charity, they depend on trained and committed volunteer lifesavers. As they strive to save every one, they also depend on thousands of dedicated volunteer fundraisers. The funds they raise, together with supporter donations, powers the RNLI lifesaving.

August 22nd – Water Lily

Our new water lily produced it’s first flower today, so I thought i’d share it with you. As normal I tried to find a weird and wacky fact …..

The bulb and root are¬†used to¬†make medicine. People take American white¬†water lily¬†by mouth for diarrhoea and apply it to the body for vaginal conditions, diseases of the throat and mouth, and for burns and boils, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Don’t try at home ….