Friday, 21 December 2012

Making tinned sardines taste better

(Written on a mobile phone). Sardines are a healthy food, altough not so good for them, but tinned sardines don't taste that good.
I tried adding mustard, miso paste and ginger. Didn't work that well. Any ideas?

Thursday, 8 November 2012

A super healthy breakfast or snack that is quick and simple to make

All the measures are approximate, don't bother about being exact...

Put about a small cup of oats into a bowl. Add about 1/3rd teaspoon of turmeric, about a teaspoon of ground ginger, about a table spoon of olive oil and about 1/2 teaspoon of raw sugar (any brand is OK).

Add some hot water, this snack does not require cooking, and mix.

Add fruit such as raisins, blueberries, blackberries, sliced banana - almost anything - and as much or as little as you like.

Add some yoghurt or a yoghurt drink, mix it all together and enjoy.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Black Mink near the River Frome

I was taking a bike ride in the Frome valley near Tincleton in Dorset where I saw that I could get under a bridge over a small semi tributary of the main river. I didn't have my camera with me. After a few minutes a jet black mink walked under the bridge on the other side of the river. It must have known I was there but it didn't seem concerned.

This picture is of a similar animal taken from: and I would like to give full and proper credit to the person who took this photograph

Monday, 21 May 2012

A TESCO trick

This blog was never intended to show anything negative. I have heard that TESCO trick customers and this weekend I came across just such a trick. If I had bought more than just one item I would probably have missed this TESCO trick. Here's the evidence.

I saw two bags of watercress advertised as a twin pack for £1.25. When I went through the check out I was charged £1.30. Please see the photographic proof.

When I looked further I found that the each pack in the twin pack contained only 35g of watercress making a total of 75g for £1.30. The Co-op sell 85g for £1.  So the twin pack contains less than the normal amount and TESCO are charging more. This is a clear trick.

This post should go 'viral' and millions of people should watch out for any other TESCO tricks that might trap the unsuspecting customer. Beware when you shop at TESCO

The last part of the trick is that TESCO make each bag of the twin pack as large as a Co-op pack even though both packs put together contain less than what is in the Co-op bag. All this is no accident it is a deliberate customer trick.
Please forward this post to as many people as possible and teach TESCO not to trick their customers.

Finally I have done all this on my mobile phone without too much difficulty. It is now possible for consumers to publish trick like this.

I do intend to send a link to this post to TESCO and see what response I get.

Horse chestnut blossom

This horse chestnut blossom seems to be growing from the ground - but it's not.
The nut(s) won't have far to fall in the Autumn...

A cherry tree bears fruit for the first time

These decaying blossoms will soon become delicious sweet black cherries. The first time this tree and her neighbours have borne fruit.

Birth of an apple

From the apparent decay of a beautiful blossom comes the birth of a new apple.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

middle class vandalism of a Frome river bridge

The first photograph shows the 'normal' or non vandalised side of a 19th century bridge over the river Frome. In the area where Tess (of the D'Urbervilles) had her happy period. The other side shows how it has been vandalised over this winter period.
Why middle class vandalism? Look at the colours, you'll see these 'hippy' colours at every festival such as Glastonbury. Glastonbury and similar festivals are almost entirely middle class - they are the only people who can afford to go.

A fortified manor house

This is Woodsford Castle by the river Frome. Its not a castle but a fortified manor house. You can see by the archways that it dates back to Norman times or very soon after. I wonder what or who the original owners were afraid of. Perhaps the locals of Dorset in those days were a bit less conservative than they are now?

A beehive by the river Frome

This beehive is miles from any house in the middle of nowhere next to the river Frome. It looks to be unused by a bee keeper but the bees certainly like it.
If I knew anything about bees, there should be lots of free honey.

Monday, 23 April 2012

who could invent such a device... and why?

Spring 2012 in a Dorset church yard

A secret tunnel under a country church

This is an old church window blocking a tunnel that leads from the grave yard under the church at Turners Puddle Dorset

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Cycle touring in Dorset a place to stay overnight

I am a touring cyclist in a small way and could provide overnight self contained guest accommodation for genuine touring cyclists in rural Dorset to include comfortable sleeping for two people, shower and a kettle for £7.50/night for up to two nights. Food in the village pub or I could cook a meal. graycougar at bt 'nter net dot com, plus 44. (0) 77 99 78 six 53 nine. I would need at least a week's notice.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Blogging on the mobile

Some time ago I had a sailing boat and longed for the day when it would be possible to work almost anywhere. To a large extent I am dependant on vodafone making it affordable. Providers like GiffGaff make it affordable so why don't vodafone?

This is the first entry on a mobile phone away from home. Good old Google, come on and 'play up' vodafone you're holding up progress...

Monday, 19 March 2012

A Dorset Woodland Dew Drop

A dew drop in a Dorset wood in spring reflecting the wild garlic that is growing in abundance all around.
I like wild garlic but find too much makes me tired, especially the next day. Seems to have a muscle relaxant effect so I just add small amounts to food as a flavouring.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

An isolated burial mound

An isolated barrow overlooking a combe in Dorset.

The fallen tree in the foreground looks a bit like an animal protecting the burial site and animals use the pine tree as a rubbing post. A closer look reveals quite deep scratch marks on the tree.

A bet this is a bit spooky at night?

Trapped in Dorset

An illegal trap but still in use in parts of Dorset, particularly near pheasant rearing pens that are nearly always 'off the beaten track'. You can still see the leg bones of the fox that was caught in this trap, where's the rest of it?.