curiouswombat: (Rohan)
Starting with the second part of my subject line, [livejournal.com profile] gillo posted a link to þā Engliscan Wikipǣdie!

This is not a Wiki page about Old English - it is Wikipedia written in Old English/Anglo Saxon. Anyone interested in languages will love it - as will any of my Tolkienrim friends with an interest in the Rohirrim.

Secondly - I have continued with the 'new recipe a month' project. This is another one from all those Good Food magazines D-d treated me to last year. Nothing very complicated, but certainly tasty and worth repeating, this month I made bacon & ricotta oven-baked frittata.

Very easy to make, clear instructions, and it came out just as it should. Look.... )

My back is a lot better now, too. I am still treating it with a lot of care though.
Mood:: 'content' content
curiouswombat: (Spring)
posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 09:43pm on 05/04/2014 under ,
One of the paper-white narcissi in my garden was blown over and snapped its stem, so now I have it in the house in a small vase;

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I don't suppose it'll last long as it has been in bloom for a good week outdoors already, but just for now it gives me pleasure.
Mood:: 'content' content
curiouswombat: (Bake on)
posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 06:28pm on 03/04/2014 under , ,
This is the cake from yesterday's post, now it has been cut into;

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It was clearly a hit - she passed on an e-mail that said "Full marks to your mum – epic cake!"
Mood:: 'satisfied' satisfied
curiouswombat: (Bake on)
posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 10:33pm on 02/04/2014 under , ,
Tomorrow is D-d's birthday. We are going out for a meal and so she won't be home to have cake.

But during conversation on Sunday, when she took me out for lunch, I managed to volunteer to make her one to take to work with her. And then there was this, well it was more a pattern than a recipe, that I wanted to try...

So under the cut is a step by step of cake construction. Read more... )

It's a good job I did it last night - my back is playing up this evening and I really wouldn't have had the patience.
Mood:: 'sore' sore
curiouswombat: (Mums are like buttons)
posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 06:54pm on 30/03/2014 under
I've had a lovely day - with chocolate, a visit to my own Mum, and being treated to an excellent lunch at Milntown.

I just want to share this with you all, not just the Mums.

I have it noted in my files as being passed to me by [livejournal.com profile] bojojoti, and we used it in our prayer notes in Church today.


To those who gave birth this year to their first child — we celebrate with you.

To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you.

To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you.

To those who experienced loss this year through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away — we mourn with you.

To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.

To those who are foster mums, mentor mums, and spiritual mums – we need you.

To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you.

To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you.

To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you.

To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience.

To those who lived through medical tests, school tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst.

To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you.

And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you.

This Mothering Sunday, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.

by Amy Young
Mood:: 'lazy' lazy
curiouswombat: (Haldir)
This is probably the penultimate chapter - unless the characters get some hare-brained ideas over the next couple of weeks!

Chapter Twenty Five; There's Always a Morning After
Words; 2,430
Chapter Rating; PG
Disclaimer as chapter one

Previous chapters are here.

Read more... )

As always, please point out any errors (I think I got east and west right this time!), and comments are always exceedingly welcome.
Mood:: 'lazy' lazy
curiouswombat: (notes from a small island)
posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 04:22pm on 25/03/2014 under , ,
I've got a whole week off! This is just to use up my annual leave before the end of March, which is the cut-off point for our work 'year'. So a week to do things like spending an hour in the dentist's chair, this morning, and having my hair cut on Thursday. I didn't do the weekend shopping as usual, as I knew I'd be able to do it when the supermarket was quieter on Monday.

As it was a lovely morning yesterday I decided to go for a walk up Douglas Head before going to Tesco (very close by). And I remembered to take the camera so I have a few pictures

Under this cut... )
Mood:: 'lazy' lazy
curiouswombat: (notes from a small island)
posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 09:16pm on 23/03/2014 under ,
A miscellany of pictures...

Last night S2C went to pour himself coffee only to find it had gone cold. The heating element had gone on the coffee maker. So, this afternoon I went out and bought a new one. Less convenient than the old one, which had a removable water reservoir and so was easily filled. But, of course, that was such a good idea that they don't make them like that any more...

But the new one is very pretty...
Look.... )

And now a picture I took during the week. This is of a boat in the boat repair yard in Ramsey...

I think they have their work cut out.... )

And, again totally unrelated, yesterday was Messy Church. Our theme was 'family' as it is so close to Mothering Sunday. I was doing the food related activity, and had children making portraits of family members using small shortbread biscuits, butter cream, and lots of coloured fondant!

S2C and D-d in biscuit... )

And a few pictures of the ones the children made, and their cards for their Mums;

Under this one... )

Bet you wish you had your portrait in shortbread and icing!
Mood:: 'amused' amused
curiouswombat: (B2MEM14)
At last I can post my B2ME story here as it has now been unveiled!

So;

My prompt: The turning of the year brings feasts and holidays. It's time to enjoy the bounty that was saved for the winter. Create a story or a work of art featuring a Winter seasonal food. Bonus for including a recipe.

And I was prompted to write what is, basically, a Returnverse Gap-filler.

This is the story of a small elfling arriving in The West expecting to be reunited with his parents... Or further adventures of The winter Elfling from In The Winter Garden.

Word count approx 6,000
Rated G.

Read more... )

Writing this has taken me a little while, which is what has delayed the next chapter of The Valinor Trail - but that should be posted within the next week or so, too.
Mood:: 'happy' happy
curiouswombat: (Chaos and Panic)
OK - this is a quick résumé of my week at work starting last Friday.

Friday; computer in community hospital won't let me access my patient notes. Techie is nice middle aged lady who understands why this is a problem, recognises the cause of the problem, gets someone else to remotely fix it. Hurrah!

Monday; encounter identical problem at main hospital - however I was prepared, had written down name of person who corrected problem remotely on Friday, and managed to contact them so they were able to do the same fix. Cause is, apparently, a system update.

Tuesday; into my own office to find I can't log onto the system at all. Neither office-mate is in so I eventually try one of their computers to find it isn't just my lap-top... ring our own admin support to discover entire government system has crashed. Can't even ring patients as I can't access notes or schedule for the day - do some sorting of paper stuff, and some shredding. Finally enough of system restored for me to do some proper  work about 10.30 - good thing our bit is regarded as a priority - other bits, like the courts, were down much longer, D-d tells me later.

Wednesday; into office to discover the programme that handles my patient notes is down - something to do with Tuesday's 'fix' I gather. However, I knew where I was going and who I was going to see, so just went. Called in at Mum's at lunchtime as I was nearby - she is convinced, after conversation with GP surgery (also on government computer system...) that the receptionist blames everything on computer problems and actually doesn't do anything. Reassure mother there really WAS a computer problem. She is unimpressed; a bit of paper was all you needed in her day...

Today; into office, everything works! Until about 9.30 when we get a message via the intra-net to explain that the main Isle-of-Man internet link to the rest of the world has been damaged and we are, basically, cut off from the outside world... Takes until 13.40 to mend, and then there is an enormous backlog - but at least it didn't really interfere with work!

Goodness knows what it will be like tomorrow....
Mood:: 'cynical' cynical

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