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Hello my name is Donna. Thanks for visiting. I live in an Edwardian house in inner city Manchester, I love Baking, car booting, hunting around charity shops, and crafting.I work full time.I have two grown up children. And lots of spare time.

Friday, 25 October 2013

AWOL!!!!

I think I may have started every  post for the last six months with this, but I am such a BAD BLOGGER!!
I haven't blogged since  May!! My god where has the time gone.
I'm not going to make excuses I have just been really busy and had no time for anything. 

As you know we went to Iceland..


Then we went to Turkey



This is Geoff Power gliding 35000 feet up. There was no chance I was going up there!
We had never been to Turkey before it was really beautiful.


Here he is up there and the beautiful blue lagoon where we stayed.



Then we took our youngest daughter  to Santorini because she hadn't been well.





The view from the caldera and the beautiful sunset.
I am really going to try and come on here and document my life.....

Monday, 20 May 2013

Iceland 2013

Hi I really don't know whats wrong with me. I really can't be bothered with anything.  Thanks for all the messages I really do appreciate them.Anyway we went to Iceland for the weekend and it has perked me up a little. I am going to have to put the pictures on Flicker because we took that many.
And  I am going to make a promise to my self that I come and  blog at least once a week.A I read my favorite blogs.



Thursday, 2 May 2013

Off to the craft show

We are off in to Manchester tomorrow. We are going here http://www.sccshows.co.uk/13mm_see&do.html We are going to try and get a few ideas. I really should spend the time in the garden its such a tip. Might try and do that this weekend seeing as I'm off four days!!!

I will show you whats there and what goodies we get.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Out of sorts

Sorry for the lack of post but I have been out of sorts. Just couldn't be bothered with any thing, any way I think I've pulled myself together.
I went off to a car boot a couple of weeks ago and got a little shelf for £2.00 I am going to paint it soon, and a little bird cage type thing for £1.00

And I made some Beer bread yesterday it was lovely.
The recipe  is here http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/1388/easy-beer-bread.aspx

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Happy St Georges Day

Happy St Georges Day


 

 

England

The earliest documented mention of St George in England comes from the venerable Bede (c. 673–735).[7] He is also mentioned in ninth-century liturgy used at Durham Cathedral[8] The will of Alfred the Great is said to refer to the saint, in a reference to the church of Fordington, Dorset.[8] At Fordington a stone over the south door records the miraculous appearance of St George to lead crusaders into battle.[7] Early (c 10th century) dedications of churches to St George are noted in England, for example at Fordingham, Dorset, at Thetford, Southwark and Doncaster.[8] In 1222 The Synod of Oxford declared St. George's Day a feast day in the kingdom of England.[8] Edward III (1327–1377) put his Order of the Garter (founded c. 1348) under the banner of St. George.[7] This order is still the foremost order of knighthood in England and St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle was built by Edward IV and Henry VII in honour of the order.[7] The badge of the Order shows Saint George on horseback slaying the dragon.[7] Froissart observed the English invoking St. George as a battle cry on several occasions during the Hundred Years' War (1337–1453).[8] Certain English soldiers also displayed the pennon of St George.[9] In his play Henry V, William Shakespeare famously invokes the Saint at Harfleur prior to the battle of Agincourt (1415): "Follow your spirit, and upon this charge Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George!'" At Agincourt many believed they saw him fighting on the English side.[7]
[1552] wher as it hathe bene of ane olde costome that sent Gorge shulde be kepte holy day thorrow alle Englond, the byshoppe of London commandyd that it shulde not be kepte, and no more it was not.
St George's Day was a major feast and national holiday in England on a par with Christmas from the early 15th century.[10] The Cross of St George was flown in 1497 by John Cabot on his voyage to discover Newfoundland and later by Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh.[11] In 1620 it was the flag that was flown by the Mayflower when the Pilgrim Fathers arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts.[11]
The tradition of celebration St George's day had waned by the end of the 18th century after the union of England and Scotland.[12] Nevertheless the link with St George continues today, for example Salisbury holds an annual St George’s Day pageant, the origins of which are believed to go back to the 13th century.[8] In recent years the popularity of St George's Day appears to be increasing gradually. BBC Radio 3 had a full programme of St George's Day events in 2006, and Andrew Rosindell, Conservative MP for Romford, has been putting the argument forward in the House of Commons to make St George's Day a public holiday. In early 2009, Mayor of London Boris Johnson spearheaded a campaign to encourage the celebration of St George's Day. Today, St George's day may be celebrated with anything English from morris dancing to a Punch and Judy show.[13] Additional celebrations may involve the commemoration of the 23 April as Shakespeare's birthday/death.
A traditional custom on St George's day is to wear a red rose in one's lapel, though this is no longer widely practised. Another custom is to fly or adorn the St George's Cross flag in some way: pubs in particular can be seen on 23 April festooned with garlands of St George's crosses. It is customary for the hymn "Jerusalem" to be sung in cathedrals, churches and chapels on St George's Day, or on the Sunday closest to it. Traditional English foods and drink (e.g. afternoon tea) may be consumed.
There is a growing reaction to the recent indifference to St George's Day. Organizations such as English Heritage, and the Royal Society of Saint George (a non-political English national society founded in 1894) have been encouraging celebrations. There have also been calls to replace St George as patron saint of England, on the grounds that he was an obscure figure who had no direct connection with the country.[14] However there is no obvious consensus as to whom to replace him with, though names suggested include Edmund the Martyr,[15] Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, or Saint Alban, with the last having topped a BBC Radio 4 poll on the subject.[16]
Religious observance of St George's day changes when it is too close to Easter. According to the Church of England's calendar, when St George's Day falls between Palm Sunday and the Second Sunday of Easter inclusive, it is moved to the Monday after the Second Sunday of Easter.[1][2] In 2011, for example, 23 April was Holy Saturday so St George's Day was moved to Monday 2 May. The Catholic Church in England and Wales has a similar practice.[3]

 

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Happy Birthday Dad

My dad would have been 88 today Happy Birthday dad xx


Friday, 19 April 2013

Housework!!!

This is what I have been doing this week. Cleaning, cooking and working!

Monday, 15 April 2013

Homemade slow roast tomatoes

I have been busy making these today. They taste amazing and they are so cheap to make.

Slow roast tomatoes recipe

Ingredients

12 medium to large vine tomatoes
3 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp of sea salt crystals
3 sprigs of thyme
50-100 ml of olive oil

Method

1. Start by slicing your tomatoes straight down the centre, then cut each half into
wedges, making sure they are all the same size. Repeat with all the tomatoes and
place on a tray with the skin down and the middle of the tomatoes facing up.
2. Drizzle your olive oil all over, sprinkle the salt over, roughly chop the garlic and sprinkle
over, then pull the leaves off the thyme and spread over the tomatoes.
3. Place the tray in an oven on the lowest heat possible gas mark 1 (100C). Allow to dry
out slowly - they should take about 5-6 hours. Keep checking every hour, you don't
want them to completely dry out so they're crispy, they need to be slightly flexible.
4. Once dried out. You can put them in a jar and cover them in olive oil, put the lid on
and you can keep in the fridge for up to a month.

 I also had a go at Rolo pretzels they are delicious!

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Weekly round up

I bought these lovely glasses for a £1.00 and these bigger ones for 50p
 
I made Jamies pizza in 30 minutes surprising easy and it was delicious! I am trying to blog on my phone which is proving a bit difficult.
 

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Mrs Browns Boys!

I went to see this last night http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F00497DDEF9DD0F.

We had booked it in December. I went with Tasha and  a work colleague and his wife  who's birthday it was yesterday. She said it was a lovely birthday present. I have still got face ache from laughing so much.If you have never seen it have a quick look. It is so funny.




Friday, 12 April 2013

Ill again

I am full of a cold again. But I am nice and snug because i am working on my blanket

Saturday, 6 April 2013

The Cake and Bake show

I haven't blogged this week because I have been working all week, and haven't had time to do anything else.
If you reed my blog you will have seen all the cakes my daughter has made. Well this came to town and she just had to go.http://thecakeandbakeshow.co.uk/manchester/

The cakes were amazing. We bought lots of goodies as well. I will show you tomorrow.
A spring display all edible

Wedding Cakes

Wedding cakes

Wedding cakes

Competition entries

Simple but effective

Wizard of Oz

This was the winner

Can you see the Ruby red slippers

The wizard of oz

More of the ginger garden

Ginger Garden

This smelt wonderful

This was scrummy

This was amazing

Wow look at this

A little person



Toadstools in the making

Sugar flowers

Amazing creations

Reminds me of summer
A well earned cocktail!

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