Monday, 28 March 2016

Memorandum Monday - March 28th

Linking in with Sian at:  From High In The Sky

Lakeside Encrusted In Ice

So what is new from the patio;  we survived the ice storm & several long power outages.  The ice storm rolled in Wednesday late afternoon & stayed around until Thursday afternoon.  We lost power for several hours on Wednesday & most of all day Thursday & again for a few hours on Friday.  Thankfully the ice did not cause damage to our trees other than a few branches down. On my walk Sunday there was a lot of chain saw noise.  Ice has melted off the trees, now to clean up the debris.

The newly returned Robins are really struggling in the cold & one blog group I follow along with were asking people to put out berries such as blueberry & raspberry for the Robins, which I was happy to do.
 
Canadian Robin Red Breast


 New movie; The Danish Girl, which I quite liked & it made me cry.  Eddy Redmayne is an amazing actor, HE totally disappears into the characters he plays. Alicia Vikander certainly deserved the Oscar for B.S.A.
Yew Jewelled With Ice
New recipe for Easter Sunday pudding - Hot Cross Bun Bread Pudding.  It had cranberries & chocolate bits in it.  I got the base recipe from Eagle Brand Condensed Milk advert in a cooking magazine. Their recipe called for Egg Bread.  I got the idea for using hot cross buns in a bread pudding from Mel at My Silvery Moon
 
Pine Tree In Ice

New to me book series I have started is The Morland Dynasty by Cynthia Harrod Eagles.  This series starts with a family in 1434 & the author is supposedly taking the Morland family right up to the present day. Currently there are 35 books in the series.  She originally started to write the series as a commission for teaching students (in GB) history in a connecting / interesting way.  I am a huge fan of history & historical novels & I am missing Downton Abbey. I need a fictional family drama to follow.  I have just finished book 1 of this series, The Founding  & ready to start book 2, The Dark Rose.   The Morland Dynasty has a Wikipedia page.
 
Sunset

 "As the light approaches the earth, it takes shape like clay pressed beneath a seal; it is robed in brilliant colours"    
                              ... Job 38:14

I hope that everyone has a brilliant colourful week ahead.









  





24 comments:

  1. incredible ice images and good to hear you did not suffer major damage. Hot cross bun bread pudding sounds fabulous. Have a great week

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    1. I must say the hot cross bread pudding was oh so rich but oh so tasty. We had to give away as we would have eaten the entire pan!

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  2. Super pics! Thank you for the robin. It's a shame the storm that created the conditions for these lovely scenes was so troublesome in other ways. Most importantly though, you're safe and well.

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    1. Yes the Robin was for you :)
      On Friday night the sunset had set off the ice in such a breath taking way, easy to forget the power outages & just enjoy the beauty.

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  3. Your photos capture the ice storm brilliantly.

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  4. We had hot cross bun pudding on Sunday made by my brother. It looks so cold with you. I gave the birds here some blueberries that had gone past their best. It took them a while to try them and then they were all gone!

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    1. Our poor birds are eating pounds of birdseed each day. The Robins were most appreciative of the berries. If you had told me when I was 18 I would be caring about birds in a few years, I would have called you mad. I really enjoy the variety & pleasure they all bring to our garden.

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  5. Beautiful photographs, but so cold! I'm really ready for spring! Thirty-five books in a series? That's a big commitment. :-)

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    1. Thank you Karen. I have a bone chill & I do not think I will warm up until July! I will get through the first 3-4 books of the series & decide my commitment from there.

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  6. I've been eating hot cross buns here too. Our Marks and Spencer do mini ones..so I can eat more than one at a time. I'm hoping you get rid of that ice soon: it sounds as if you had a chilly Easter. Just right for staying in and reading..I do like the sound of that series

    Have a great week

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    1. It seems hot cross buns only make an Easter appearance in the shops, so I stock up in the freezer. I really enjoy toasted & a mug of tea. I am hopeful of being totally charmed by the Morland family.

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  7. I admit that I remember waiting for the second book to be published all those years ago - I did enjoy them, although I haven't read the last few. Perhaps I should start again. The hot cross bun bread pudding sounds luscious.

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    1. I was lucky enough to find several at the second hand store & I am hoping I can get the rest from the library.

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  8. I can't believe that you are still living in such frozen temperatures - when will it start to warm up?! Fab photos though.
    I try hard to only buy Hot Cross Buns at Easter time so that they stay a special treat, it annoys me that some places start selling them around Christmastime!

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    1. April starts with warmer days & less risk of snow, although we have had snow in May. Rule of thumb is May 24th weekend is when you can start planting annuals outside.

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  9. Lovely icy photos, glad you are ok after the storm.

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    1. Thanks Barbara. I think the poor old world is having unusual stormy weather everywhere, seasons beginnings & endings are not in the normal range anymore.

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  10. Oh my goodness what georgeous images. I'm glad things have settled down for you, weather wise.

    And I must say that pudding sounds fabulous. Have a lovely week xxx

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    1. Thank you Sandra. The pudding is all gone & I should not make again, very rich too many calories.

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  11. I began reading your post this morning and had to get up and put a jumper on! That ice storm... the mere thought brought a shiver to my spine. I also wanted to mention I am another Downton Abbey mourner...oh how I miss it!!
    Mardi x

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  12. Wow & Brrr! Hot Cross Bun Bread Pudding sounds like a great treat for a cold day!

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  13. Lovely photos. Glad you made it through the ice and the power outages - those can be devastating. And the pudding sounds delish.

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  14. Sorry to hear all the issues with the ice storm - it basically missed us. What there was quickly changed to rain before morning rush but still there were those who invariably don't know how to drive. You'd think living here they could cope with such things.

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