Monthly Archives: May 2013

Top secret chocolate brownie recipe

Heat oven to 180/gas 4

Line baking tin with greaseproof paper

Break 250g dark chocolate into pieces, put into glass bowl with 175g butter/marg and melt in microwave (Other melting techniques are available).

Mix 3 eggs, 250g sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 150g plain flour in a larger bowl.

Then add melted chocolate/butter and stir again.

Finally, stir in 100g chocolate chips.

Bake in oven for half an hour.

If you can, let it cool before cutting up and eating. Makes about 24 pieces.

*Can use white chocolate/chocolate chips instead if you desire, but this is very sweet.


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From the train

Naked man standing at his window
A miniature railway going around a garden
Concrete steps in the middle of a field
Sheep, cows, pigs, horses
Deer, rabbits, birds of prey circling overhead
Disused stations, forgotten lines
Steam trains waiting for their big day out
Sea, river, stream, canal
Abandoned cars
Canal boats, sail boats, battle ships
Solar farm, wind turbines, power station

High bridges, dark tunnels
Old viaducts, level crossings
Raindrops racing down the window
Castles in good repair and falling down,
Tiny back gardens of terraced houses
Sweeping estates

Ever changing, never changing pattern of fields and footpaths
Flooded one moment, bone dry the next

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100WCGU#91 – No messing

100 word challenge this week gave the stimulus ‘…there’s always a sting in the tail…’


‘Take care when dealing with your fellow Scorpio. They are passionate, hard-working and loyal, but mess with them and there’s always a sting in the tail.’

So read Claire’s horoscope that morning, and her thoughts turned, as ever, to Rod. Both Scorpios, both feisty and argumentative, but making up was always amazing. Today though, there was some serious making up to do. A surprise party had been organised, against her better judgement, and things had not gone well. In fact, Rod had not come home that night. The message he sent read ‘I’ve found someone else.’

She took the scissors from the kitchen and headed upstairs.


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Eden Project – my big day out

So, for my half term treat I finally got myself organised to go and visit the Eden Project, like I said I would back in December.

It cost £104 on the train to Par, not bad considering I only booked two days in advance, and total travelling time was just over six hours. I love looking out of the window on a train, so this was not a problem! I stayed at The Royal Inn, which is right next to the railway station. The room was a room and the food was amazing. I will stay there again.

Anyway, Eden. I saw on their leaflet that they do a discount for ‘green travellers’ which was a bonus since I was intending to walk anyway. The ‘given’ walking distance from Par to Eden is 4 miles, along cycle trail #2. It only took me an hour and included some hills, so I don’t think that the journey was that long. The first view of the project was amazing, round a corner and there it is, just nestled in its clay pit.

It’s a place I’d LOVE to take my class, but distance makes it somewhat tricky. There’s an amazing touchable model at the entrance. The paths are accessible and the majority of information signs also have Widgit/CiP info on them, sadly many of these are too small for purpose and it took me a while to notice them. You’d think working with it all day…. oh, and there’s a changing places toilet too.

Anyway, the external gardens are well laid out, with paths so that you don’t have to double back on yourself too often. The range of planting is amazing, and I can imagine it looks very different as the seasons progress. The sculptures also are great, I think I took as many photos of them as I did of the plants!

Inside the Biomes is again, amazing. Having been to the real rainforest, I was impressed with what I saw, and braved the high platform for a different view. How lovely to see bananas growing as well. I had lunch in the Link (yummy) and an ice cream in the Mediterranean biome. By this time, it was raining, so that one was very busy and I didn’t enjoy it so much.

Again, the Core building (love the architecture) was heaving due to the weather, so I popped in but didn’t stay too long. On the way out I had to visit the plant shop. The restraint due to being on the train was amazing…and was the excuse I needed not to buy up the whole shop.

I’m already planning my next visit!

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Holiday diary/walking and trains

At least, I think it’s Tuesday.
So, despite the best efforts of the weather forecasters I just about managed to stay dry today. I decided to take a chance on the weather and walked along the south west coast footpath, from Par to Charlestown. Of course, I stopped on beaches on the way, and to enjoy the view. At Charlestown I went in to the Shipwreck museum. It was good, but too many exhibits in too small a space and an overwhelming need of a red pen or two. Still…


I then walked in to St Austell, but wasn’t feeling like shopping, so it was straight to the station. I realised it was far too early to return to the hotel so I got on the train the other way and went all the way to Penzance. On the train journey I had the misfortune of a drunk man talking to himself on one side and a couple arguing about how often they see each other in front. Out of the window, the best thing today was the old tin mines. Next time…

On arrival in Penzance I still wasn’t feeling the shopping. So I decided that the best course of action was to walk to St Michael’s Mount across the bay in Marzilion. Along the beach I went at quite a pace, splashing through the water. Was fun, but two miles of beach walking hurts. I had enough time to take some photos of the castle and buy an ice cream before turning around and back to Penzance to get the train home. I reckon I’ve walked 10 miles, on two separate parts of the coastal path. Tired now.

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