X is for … X-Rated! #A-ZPhotoChallenge #AnimalTales 01/03/2016

Okay….promise me that you won’t zoom in on this photo of a squirrel…..and his nuts!!

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I SWEAR I had no idea until I got home and looked at the photo on the computer screen – honest!

I was actually disappointed with the quality of the photos I’d taken on my phone – every one was fuzzy, but there’s still…..erm…..a lot of detail on some of them!

This was one of my morning walks. It was a lovely one; late enough to miss the school kids and the dog walkers, so I wasn’t tempted to stop and natter, but I was absolutely amazed at the number of squirrels who were out and playing in the winter sunshine – so I stopped walking anyhow!

Usually I see the odd one or two squirrels, but there were masses of them, in very high spirits from the warmth I think. They were darting up and down the trees, jumping over the river and running in and out of the gardens which adjoin this wooded area. It was a lovely sight.

I did get one more reasonable-ish photo….

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I showed this one (thankfully not the other one!) to my nephew, Euan, who is three, and asked him what it was. His answer? A rabbit….

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Pop Up Pickle! #MySundayPhoto

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A pop up restaurant? In our little town? Really?! Well, there’s only one way to find out what that’s all about isn’t there? Go and give it a try!

The Pickle Shack have actually hosted the Honiton Grub Club in one of our local halls a total of four times now. This is the first time I, and my friend Mary, have been to try it. The concept is simple. They hire the hall, come along with their chef Josh McDonald-Johnson who has worked for several 2 Michelin starred chefs. You pre-book and pay, turn up, bring a bottle or two and have an amazing meal. They clear up, move out and it’s almost as if it was all in your imagination.

As you can see from the above menu, we had a wonderful feast all made from locally sourced ingredients, the details of which were supplied to us too and made for interesting reading.

Rather than whitter on about how beautiful the food looked and tasted, here are a couple more photos.

IMG_2091If you should ever hear of the Pickle Shack, if they pop up in your locality or they cater an event near to you, I most definitely recommend going along. Mary and I have said that we’ll be keeping an eye out for the next time they’re in town so we can book our places straight away.

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Popping Into Poole #mysundayphot

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I did think I’d taken some reasonable photos of our trip into Poole. It was a lovely sunny day and the skies were blue. However, when I got home they looked washed out and grey. Fortunately, this photo taken as we were leaving, moving along, through the car window, came out much better!

As with last week’s day out, things happened spur of the moment and not entirely to plan (as I’ve said before, when do they go to plan in this blog?!). We’d driven over to Poole for my husband to look at a car. He’d phoned prior to us leaving to check it was still available and arranged to meet the sales guy, told him how long we’d take to get there (best part of 2 hours). However, he forgot to take his phone with him so we missed the phone call and text message to say that the car had been sold as we were mid-journey. After delivering the news they didn’t suggest we look at any other cars they had in stock, so we decided just to leave, cut our losses and have a look around Old Poole instead. Good choice!

The harbour area is lovely. The views are stunning. The seabirds, as you may have seen in my previous post, were eyecatching and entertaining. Lusting after the yacht-age in the harbour was mouth-watering. Imagining living in the amazing water-side houses was good fun. So, forget about cars, take a trip down to the water, a wander around town, eat fish and chips and be happy! We will be back!

 

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Berry Head Revisited

No, we’ve not really been back, but I thought it was a shame to just leave the post there without adding more of the photos we took at the weekend. Hopefully some of those of you living nearby will be inspired to take a visit, or re-visit, yourselves (can I have commission do you think?!).

IMG_2708 You’ll be pleased to hear that you don’t just have to put up with my useless explanations of how the place works and what you can see. As well as an interactive visitors centre, there are handy information boards on the way around. There’s also the opportunity to listen in on the Berry Head Audio Trail; 15 points which take you on a journey from the tip of the headland right around the site, collecting rubbings on the way – there’s also a Children’s Trail.

Here are some more photos from around the site.

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Here’s a few of The Guardhouse Cafe too, just to persuade you that it’s a good idea to pop in there!

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National Libraries Day #MySundayPhoto

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Did you realise that yesterday was National Libraries Day? You did? Good! I hope you celebrated appropriately!

At work yesterday we had a lovely time. Our Friend Group were run off their feet supplying coffee and cake, running a sale table and tombola and we were visited by lots of very nice people who stopped for a cuppa, chat and to fill out hearts to stick on our boards with reasons they love their local libraries. Above is just one of three sheets that we’ve hearted-up so far, with borrowers having the rest of the week to come and fill in a heart too. We also had a fun treasure hunt for the kids to take part in while they were with us, with the prize of them being able to pick a sweet from a tub full of loveliness for their trouble. Not many of them were convinced by the rule that it was one sweet for them, one for me though unfortunately!

 

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A-Z Foodie Challenge – H is for … Hazelnuts

HAPPY WORLD NUTELLA DAY!!!!!

I’m delighted to tell you that I especially saved my hazelnut challenge for today knowing it’s World Nutella Day…..but of course I’m lying and it is in fact a very happy coincidence, although I will be celebrating World Nutella Day from now on!

I copied Linda this month and looked on Pinterest for inspiration for a recipe. I was, in all honesty, looking for a savoury recipe but when I found a recipe for The Moistest Chocolate Mug Cake and read the details (Prep Time 1 min/Cook Time 1 min!!!!) I was sold. If you’d like to check out the recipe for The Moistest Chocolate Mug Cake, it appears on the Table For Two blog here. It may have taken a MASSIVE 2 minutes to prep and cook but it took mere seconds for Holly and I to demolish it! I added a swirl of double cream and some crushed hazelnuts just to cover up for my guilt of not using the “real thing” in the recipe!

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Linda’s gone down the microwave path too this time with her Microwave Nut Caramels which were absolutely gorgeous to eat and gave me a real energy boost in the afternoon when I was flagging. Check out her blog to find out all about them – this is they….

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Will add Frances and her culinary creation soon and look forward to I is for Icing next time.