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posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 08:52pm on 14/04/2013 under , , ,
A few pictures to illustrate the week.

Actually the first one is from last Sunday. It was the church AGM - and like most such, it is necessary, but not a lot of people want to be bothered attending. So we have the bribe of a free lunch... home made soup, with bread, and dessert - under the cut is a picture of the pudding as it was very pretty.

Raspberry meringue

Aren't our church plates neat?

On Tuesday I was on my way to do a couple of home visits down south, and stopped in Castletown to eat my sandwich lunch.

This is the view across the harbour to the castle -

Castle Rushen and harbour

Now... a couple of months ago, the subject for the week on [ profile] photo_scavenger was 'time'. And [ profile] cairistiona7 posted a picture of a clock in the USA that reminded me of the Millennium clocks in a couple of our towns and villages. So I posted a picture of one of them - here. I mentioned that there seemed to have been a very efficient salesman as there were certainly more of them around just like that one.

Look closely at that picture of Castle Rushen and see if you can spot another one of the Millennium clocks.

Here's a clue...

Castletown Millennium Clock

Wednesday evening and my sister e-mailed me with the news of my niece's engagement - a nice thing. But it must have distracted me because within ten minutes of getting that news I had managed to break the catch on the back gate when I went to take the bin in, and then snap the handle on one of the kitchen cupboards!

The cupboards have been there for about 15 or 16 years - S2C fitted them himself. So getting a matching handle was not an option. I must admit that a couple of times I have thought that new handles would 'modernise' the whole kitchen, but I never got further than a vague thought. But now it has to be done - because one odd handle would look very odd. So I have been to B&Q and bought 14 new handles... 13 to use, and a spare.

I have taken a picture showing the first new handle in place, replacing the broken one, with the old one on the next cupboard -

The old handle is on the right, the shiny new stainless steel one is on the left.

New handle

It's going to take us a while to do all of those...

It was a tiring week at work because I had another nurse with me - and somehow explaining what you are doing, as you do it, is twice as tiring as doing it - even though I do really quite enjoy explaining, too. So,; the last clinic of the week was on Friday, in Ramsey. The other nurse headed back south when we finished, but I was meeting friends for an early evening dinner in Ramsey.

I thought I would sit and read for half an hour before going to meet them - and I managed to fall asleep! Just shows it was a tiring week. I was only about 15 minutes late, thankfully, and had a very nice meal at The Harbour Bistro. Had I been more alert I would have taken a picture of my rum-flavoured creme caramel so that this post would be bookended by puddings - but sadly I forgot...
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posted by [identity profile] at 08:04pm on 14/04/2013
I enjoyed reading your update. I don't know why I enjoy hearing about food so much (maybe because I love making sure hobbits get enough of it), butI always like it when folks share their lunch, etc. experiences. :)
posted by [identity profile] at 08:40pm on 14/04/2013
I rather like making sure my hobbits eat well, too, when they crop up in my stories - and almost always things that I know and love myself!
posted by [identity profile] at 08:07pm on 14/04/2013
Oooh! Raspberry meringue - love it!

Your new handles are very smart - they'll definitely jazz up the kitchen a bit. It's wonderful how a small change can make the whole room look fresh :-)
posted by [identity profile] at 08:46pm on 14/04/2013
It occurred to me that my boozy blackberries (I make blackberry brandy - which is the same concept as sloe gin - and the fruit sitting in the bottom of the kilner jars is remarkably good...) would be excellent with meringue and cream - I must give it a try.

I'll take a picture when we get all the handles on - although there is no rush so it might take some time!
posted by [identity profile] at 08:07pm on 14/04/2013
I've had weeks like that - where it just didn't pay to sit down between events because I might sleep right through the next one. :)

It's easy to see how Castletown got its name. :) Great pics, as always.
posted by [identity profile] at 08:52pm on 14/04/2013
It's easy to see how Castletown got its name.

Not a lot of imagination going on there, was there? And the other town with a noticeable castle is known by it's English name of Peel - from Peel, or Pele, Tower ( Its Gaelic, so older, name is Purt ny Hinshey which means the port with the island - almost as prosaic, but a little more interesting!
posted by [identity profile] at 08:21pm on 14/04/2013
Very chic new handles! The whole kitchen will feel new.

I sympathise with the falling asleep - I've just spent the evening getting sorted for the boys going back to school and us back to work tomorrow (book bags, water bottles, PE kit, plimsolls, packed lunches, clean the shoes, etc etc...) and am rather regretting sitting down now since I shall have to get up again and I'm not sure I can...

Hope this week will be less strenuous for you!
posted by [identity profile] at 08:53pm on 14/04/2013
Hope this week will be less strenuous for you! - And you!

And yes, I think being spurred into doing the handles really will give the kitchen a whole new look.
posted by [identity profile] at 08:30pm on 14/04/2013
Those are very spiffy kitchen cupboard handles! And very nice church plates.

Our City clock looks like this (
posted by [identity profile] at 08:55pm on 14/04/2013
I do love the idea that, at some time, we actually got crockery with the church name on it.

Your clock is very different - and very, very, smart.
posted by [identity profile] at 08:35pm on 14/04/2013
Oddly enough, was discussing kitchen cupboard handle replacements only this week! We were agreeing that one-holed handles are much easier to replace, so well done for finding a suitable replacement. And they are very nice indeed. Much snazzier!

Nothing is harder work than being on show all the time. My inspections (which are mostly just chatting in offices) leave me incredibly drained, though they rarely last more than three hours. I used always to plan the London ones for mornings so I could take a half day and do something nice like go to an exhibition. Don't think I *ever* did it, in reality.
posted by [identity profile] at 08:58pm on 14/04/2013
You are absolutely right about the one-holed handles. The choice of new handles was limited by which ones were the right size to fit the existing holes - I was really pleased to find ones I liked that fitted.

I must admit that it will be quite nice, this week, to just do things, and be able to listen to radio 4 in the car rather than explaining why I just did what I did, or what we are doing next - even though I do find passing on what i know in my specialism really rather rewarding.
posted by [identity profile] at 08:50pm on 14/04/2013
I agree, the church plates are quite nice, as does the pudding placed on it. You really live in such a lovely part of the world :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
posted by [identity profile] at 09:00pm on 14/04/2013
I do wonder under what circumstances we actually got those plates - they've been there for a very long time; these days any new crockery is just plain blue.

You really live in such a lovely part of the world :-)

I really appreciate it more since I began posting pictures of it here.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:08pm on 14/04/2013
I love the castle. And the pudding - I wish I had one now. :) Raspberries are in top 3 of my favorite fruits. Actually, when I think of it, I think they're no 1. :)
posted by [identity profile] at 09:31pm on 14/04/2013
I like raspberries, too - but if I make something like that dessert I would have to do some with strawberries as S2C doesn't like rasps :(
posted by [identity profile] at 09:20pm on 14/04/2013
New handle: definite improvement!
posted by [identity profile] at 09:32pm on 14/04/2013
Thank you - I think it will look rather good when they are all done.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:30pm on 14/04/2013
Great pictures. Yum and I love the scenery and street pics.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:34pm on 14/04/2013
Thank you. It is fun comparing the so-different street scenes on your journal and mine!
posted by [identity profile] at 09:39pm on 14/04/2013
The raspberry meringue made me drool. I used to have them growing in my garden, and it was wonderful to just go out and eat them straight from the canes. The church china is rather charming. The new handles for the kitchen cabinets will make a dramatic difference, very smart and modern. And...having perused the menu for The Harbour Bistro I have to ask, what are Queenies? They seem to feature quite a lot. I'm feeling hungry after looking at all those food suggestions, so I think it is time now to go and have a nice bowl of Weetbix!
posted by [identity profile] at 10:05pm on 14/04/2013
Queenies are queen scallops ( - smaller than the usual scallops and 'sweeter'. They are very much a local speciality.

D-d and S2c are big fans - I'll eat them, but there are a lot of things I like more...
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posted by [personal profile] kathyh at 09:46pm on 14/04/2013
Mmmm...pudding! Love the new handles and that view of the castle is lovely.
posted by [identity profile] at 10:06pm on 14/04/2013
I think the kitchen will look rather nice with the new handles - I was very pleased to find that they were the right size to fit!
posted by [identity profile] at 10:03pm on 14/04/2013
I love the new handle! It's amazing how it transforms the door -- as you say, it will look like a new kitchen.
posted by [identity profile] at 10:08pm on 14/04/2013
When we finally get more of them done I promise I will post another picture.
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posted by [personal profile] jerusha at 11:17pm on 14/04/2013
I love the new handles!
posted by [identity profile] at 07:28am on 15/04/2013
Thank you! I think my accident with the old one will eventually brighten up the kitchen rather well.
posted by [identity profile] at 11:24pm on 14/04/2013
I did something similar in my kitchen for the same reason! Couldn't find a replacement that matched. It really does jazz up your kitchen! And I love the new handles. Very shiny and modern!
posted by [identity profile] at 07:32am on 15/04/2013
It is surprising how much difference it looks as if it will make. I'm just wondering about a new blind, now...
posted by [identity profile] at 01:03am on 15/04/2013
Handles really can make or break a room's decor, I've found. If only they weren't so tedious to replace.

The Harbour Bistro sounds my kind of place. And lovely church china... I've never known a church to have its own monogrammed dishes like that.

I spotted the clock in your photo. *g*

Here's to a much calmer week for you!
posted by [identity profile] at 07:36am on 15/04/2013
If only they weren't so tedious to replace.

I know - I did two, and I'm hoping S2C will do another couple today, and so on.

I do wonder how the church came to have the monogrammed china - it is pretty old - everything bought in the past 20 years or so is plain pale blue.

As for the clock - the odd thing is I'd never thought about it being there when I was trying to remember where the Millennium clocks were - I only really noticed when I went to take the picture!
posted by [identity profile] at 08:16am on 15/04/2013
There's something very soothing about a castle, stone harbour walls and yachts on calm water. Lovely picture.
posted by [identity profile] at 04:13pm on 15/04/2013
Thank you. It is rather peaceful - although a bit 'jigsaw puzzle-ish'. Perhaps I should make it into one on the jigsaw site.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:15am on 15/04/2013
Mm, meringue ... :-)
posted by [identity profile] at 04:14pm on 15/04/2013
I'd share... if it was possible to e-mail it!
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posted by [identity profile] at 09:44am on 15/04/2013
It's amazing how new handles can revamp something isn't it! Lovely photos as usual!
posted by [identity profile] at 04:15pm on 15/04/2013
Thank you. I do think it will lift the whole kitchen. Given a week or two to get them all replaced...
posted by [identity profile] at 10:02am on 15/04/2013
It is amazing the difference new handles can make.

Dessert looks yummy!

posted by [identity profile] at 04:17pm on 15/04/2013
The dessert was rather good. I do think the new handles will lift the whole place - so a bit of a lucky break, really.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:12pm on 15/04/2013
I'm waiting for dinner, and your pudding is most definitely making my mouth water. And yes, the plates are very pretty.

What a beautiful castle! I would dearly love to visit Castletown and spend sometime there.

I like your new handles very much.
posted by [identity profile] at 10:26pm on 15/04/2013
Castletown's castle (Castle Rushen) is almost completely intact - it is quite interesting to visit.

As for the handles - we now have three in place and each one really does improve the look of the kitchen - it is surprising how something so small can make a difference.
posted by [identity profile] at 04:18pm on 16/04/2013
The desserts sound and look delicous, as far as visible. Beautiful plates, too! I also agree about the cupboard handles, the new ones brighten up the whole cupboard quite nicely.

The harbour pictures remind me of beautiful summer holidays in Brittany... *iz having strong sea-longing* I may live in a beautiful part of the world and am envied by many to live so close to a medieval castle, but I'm definitely living far too far away from the sea! *g*

ETA: mind if I join photo_scavenger? I'm always so late with putting anything up and showing it around, something like this might be very helpful, apart from truly nice to follow.
Edited Date: 2013-04-16 04:20 pm (UTC)
posted by [identity profile] at 07:40pm on 17/04/2013
I think I would get the sea longing if I was far away from it, too.

As for [ profile] photo_scavenger - you will be very, very, welcome. Come on over ( - just click the relevant button to apply to join and I will clear your application within minutes!
posted by [identity profile] at 06:14pm on 18/04/2013
Your new handles are very fashionable. When we put in our new counter top and backsplash (the old one was hideous and had been painted and couldn't be cleaned well without scrubbing through--who paints tile?), we discussed updating our hardware. I'm not certain whether lethargy or frugality prevented the change, but those "antique brass" pulls still grace the cabinets. They seem rather sturdy, so I may not get an excuse or the impetus to change them!
posted by [identity profile] at 07:01pm on 18/04/2013
They are all done now - S2C finished them this morning before he went to bed - and they do look smart. But it took me breaking one to push us; so if yours are more sturdy you might have them for a while yet!
posted by [identity profile] at 02:42am on 19/04/2013
That raspberry dessert looked fabulous.

So does your new kitchen hardware!

Fully agreed about explaining things to someone rather than doing them yourself. That's been a recurring theme in teaching clinicals for nursing school.
posted by [identity profile] at 04:45pm on 20/04/2013
The handles are all on now - it does improve the kitchen a surprising amount, I think.

Teaching is tiring - I really think those who do it full time deserve all the time off they can get!

posted by [identity profile] at 07:20am on 20/04/2013
The pudding is gorgeous, and I think the new handles are a very nice, updated look! I love reading about your life! :)
posted by [identity profile] at 04:46pm on 20/04/2013
The pudding was simple but delicious, and the kitchen looks so much better now, it is surprising how much difference new handles make.


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