Monthly Archives: June 2008

Food Monday ~ Summer Fools

Summer Fools

Fold any one of the following fruit mixtures (cooled and liquidised if you wish) into ½ pint each custard and cream mixed or custard and Greek yogurt.

1 lb gooseberries (cooked) with 2 tablespoons Elderflower cordial.

Cook 1 ½ lb Rhubarb with rind of 1 orange and 2 tablespoons orange juice. Sweeten with a little honey.

Mash 12ozs raspberries with a fork and swirl into the custard mixture and a tablespoon Crème de Cassias.

Halve and stone 2lb red-skinned plums and cook gently with 3 tablespoons Sloe Gin.

Peel and cook 1½ lbs cooking apples to a puree with ½ teaspoon ground ginger and the grated rind of 1 lemon. Put a crushed ginger biscuit in the base of each serving glass and spoon over the fruit fool.


Simple home made custard

500ml milk
25g caster sugar
4 eggs

Warm the milk but DO NOT let it boil.Beat the eggs and sugar and slowly add the warm milk.Strain the custard into a saucepan or into a heat-proof bowl placed over a pan of simmering water.Cook over a very gentle heat for 15-25 minutes, stirring all the time with a wooden spoon, until the custard thickens to the consistency of single cream.Stir well around the sides as well as the base of the saucepan to prevent lumps forming.Do not let the custard boil.

As soon as the custard thickens, pour it into another bowl to stop further cooking.

Sunset of life

Another Sunset

Inside every older person is a younger person wondering, ‘What the heck happened?’

To my deafness I’m accustomed,

To my dentures I’m resigned,

I can manage my bifocals,

But Oh! How I miss my mind……

I have no idea who wrote it, do you?


Back streets of Dublin

Leaving Dublin Castle

What I like about the blogging fraternity is that generosity seems to be their middle name.

Sharing of time, skills, ideas and friendship are as natural as rain in Ireland.

Thank you one and all.

To the Legal Occupier

An envelope addressed like this was stuck in my letterbox yesterday.

I only found it when a young man called to tell me he could save me money. You know the type… a cold caller selling something or other and if you even cough they have forgotten the half learned speech that was supposed to make them a millionaire never mind save me a shilling! I usually give them their five minutes, well in other circumstances he/she might be my child desperate to get a foot on the working ladder. I never purchase items or make major changes, on the word of door to door sales people. I prefer to think things through and do some research.

Now back to the letter.

To the Legal Occupier,

Some time ago, we were advised that no TV receiving equipment was being used to receive TV programmes at this address, and therefore no TV Licence was required.

That is very true; I have had several letters and visits over the last ten years since I disposed of my telly. It is the next little bit that has me worried….

Our standard practice is to now visit your address to confirm that no type of television receiver is being used there to watch or record TV programmes as they’re being shown on TV. This includes the use of a TV set, digital box, DVD or video recorder, computer or mobile phone. Our visit should take no longer than a few minutes.

I have no TV set or digital box. I do have a computer with a DVD player in it and a mobile phone does that make me a criminal?

And bless me father, I once made a mini video (approx 1 min long) on my FinePix A330 that I uploaded to my blog!

Now if I disappear in the near future worry not, I will be staying at Her Majesty’s pleasure, three meals a day, but not at Buck House!

Thursday Special ~ Cinderella continued…

Cinderella continued…

When I was a very young child, I liked nothing better than having stories read to me. One of my favourites was Cinderella. I think you all know the story so I will skip the ball and the slippers bit and bring you up to date….

Cinderella is now 95 years old.
After a fulfilling life with the now dead prince, she happily sits upon her rocking chair, watching the world go by from her front door, with a cat named Bob for companionship.

One sunny afternoon out of nowhere, appeared the fairy godmother. Cinderella said, “Fairy Godmother, what are you doing here after all these years”?

The fairy godmother replied, “Cinderella, you have lived an exemplary life since I last saw you. Is there anything for which your heart still yearns?”

Cinderella was taken aback, overjoyed, and after some thoughtful consideration, she uttered her first wish:
“The prince was wonderful, but not much of an investor. I’m living hand to mouth on my disability allowances, and I wish I were wealthy beyond comprehension”. Instantly her rocking chair turned into solid gold. Cinderella said, “Ooh, thank you, Fairy Godmother”
The fairy godmother replied, “It is the least that I can do. What do you want for your second wish?”

Cinderella looked down at her frail body, and said, “I wish I were young and full of the beauty and youth I once had.” At once, her wish became reality, and her beautiful young visage returned. Cinderella felt stirrings inside her that had been dormant for years.
And then the fairy godmother spoke once more: “You have one more wish; what shall it be?”
Cinderella looks over to the frightened cat in the corner and says, “I wish for you to transform Bob, my old cat, into a kind and handsome young man.” Magically, Bob suddenly underwent so fundamental a change in his biological make-up that, when he stood before her, he was a man so beautiful the likes of him neither she nor the world had ever seen.

The fairy godmother said, “Congratulations, Cinderella, enjoy your new life.” With a blazing shock of bright blue electricity, the fairy godmother was gone as suddenly as she appeared.

For a few eerie moments, Bob and Cinderella looked into each other’s eyes. Cinderella sat, breathless, gazing at the most beautiful, stunningly perfect man she had ever seen.
Then Bob walked over to Cinderella, who sat transfixed in her rocking chair, & held her close in his young muscular arms. He leaned in close, blowing her golden hair with his warm breath as he whispered…
“Bet you’re sorry now that you cut my nuts off”

Looking through..

Walking in Lucan 1

Taking the camera for a walk in Lucan

If you don’t fit, put the camera through the the gate…

Gate Lodge

Gate Lodge at Italian Embassy

I enjoyed my walk through Lucan but not the difficulty of finding a parking place!

You Can Do Better…

Dublin\'s Fair City

Dublin’s Fair City

Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and…… have to blow your nose!

If at first you don’t succeed………get new batteries

Where there’s a will … I want to be in it.

Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.

On the other hand, you have different fingers.

I’ve taken a vow of poverty. To annoy me, send money.

Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

Do you have a favourite saying?

Food Monday ~ Oriental Salmon Fillets

Oriental Salmon Fillets
Serves 4

4 salmon fillets skinned
3 tablespoons Soy Sauce
Juice of a Lime
2 teaspoons freshly ground Black Pepper
Bunch Spring Onions shredded
Bunch Coriander

Place the salmon fillets in a shallow dish. Mix soy sauce, lime juice and black pepper and pour over the fish. Cover with cling film and leave to marinate for 30 minutes. Remove salmon & grill for 5 minutes basting with the marinade during cooking. Transfer the fish to warmed serving plates and scatter over plenty of shredded spring onions & sprigs of fresh coriander.

Just Do It

So you want to know what I did.

I attended

I did, and it was fun!

Andy puts us on the list!

Apart from the Tekkie Presentations I learned….

The story of Good Coffee 😀

How to shave 🙄 by

How to improve my life

Conference Essentials: Water, Internet, Coffee, Electricity,Signs and I will add Loos.

How works the system used by Richard Jolly to Live Stream the events of the day.

Phil & Davy check the light

Phil & Davy check the light.

I had the chance to network (did I get that right?) with new people and made new friends, now I have new Blogs to follow.

In the afternoon Darragh Doyle and I led a conversation on Blogging:

What it’s about, how you should (and shouldn’t), how to enjoy it, sharing your stories, selling your brand and ideas, building your audience. Using blogs and social networking together, for your benefit

Quotes from the day:

I really enjoyed your conversation technique. I wouldn’t have said anything otherwise… ~ Phil O’Kane to Darragh.

Barcamp Belfast was great fun yesterday, the event, the presentation, but most of all almost everyone engaging at the event is what made it ~ Davy Mc

Andy, Phil and others put tremendous effort into the preparation for and all during the day. I know that we attendees appreciated their efforts. Many thanks

I came home with booty:

My Booty

A new T-shirt (Elly have we swapped lives?), a laptop bag, badges and money!

Thanks Andy for the bag it will be put to good use. I found the four ‘AU’ badges and the penny inside one of the pockets, no tenners I promise! I will keep them until the next photo walk.

Darragh I will wear my ‘Hugged’ badge with pride.

P.S. Darragh suggests that all the Toyboys who received ‘A Grannymar Toyboy’ badge should have a photo taken wearing it and post it on their blog and link to me… That boy has some funny ideas 😉 I still have a few to pass on.

I look forward to the next BarCamp and hope to see you there.

In a Word

Well you need something to keep you amused while I am busy at BarCamp Belfast today!

One Word Answers Meme borrowed from Tiger lamb Girl.

Only one word can be used in your answer and it can NOT be used twice.

1. Where is your cell phone? Pocket

2 Your significant other? None

3. Your hair? Shor

4. Your mother? Deceased

5. Your father? Dead

6. Your favourite time of day? Morning

7. Your dream last night? None

8. Your favourite drink? Gin

9. Your dream goal? Wakeup

10. The room you’re in? Lounge

11. Your ex? Cremated

12. Your fear? Hypothermia

13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Alive

14. What you are not? Jealous

15. Your Favourite meal? Dinner (with friends)

16. One of your wish list items? Energy

17. The last thing you did? Type

18. Where you grew up? Dublin

19. What are you wearing? Clothes

20. Your TV is? Nonexistent

21. Your pets? Spiders

22. Your computer? Desk

23. Your life? Interesting

24. Your mood? Calm

25. Missing someone? Elly

26. Your car? Mazda!

27. Something you’re not wearing? Jewellery

28. Favourite store? Arnotts

29. Your summer? Mild

30. Your favourite colour? Cornflower

31. When is the last time you laughed? Now

32. When is the last time you cried? April

33. Your health? Unpredictable

34. Your children? Daughter

35. Your future? Unknown

36. Your beliefs? Simple

37. Young or old? Ancient

38. Your image? Approachable

39. Your appearance? Tidy

40. Would you live your life over again knowing what you know? Yes