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All:  I have an excuse for not doing the grass.  It's just started raining here. Drat... :rolleyes:

 

Col

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Well thats the weekly shop out of the way, Mrs P still has a cold (wouldn't dare call it "women flu") today I will be ripping up the small TV rooms laminate flooring and fitting a carpet, much warmer I think,if I get  time I might have a ride around the local villages on the trike for an hour or two,the weathers not looking too bad, could do with cutting the grass in the back garden but I think that can wait til next week, just scraped a load of green stuff off the greenhouse roof as well,seem to get plenty of that around here,last month I was on the bungalow roof scraping chunks of moss off it, looked like big green hedgehogs all over the back, the sun don't get on that part of the roof hence the moss growing, anyroadup enough from me,

have a great day all of you and enjoy what you get upto

 

Rog

 

ps, Good news about Catfan feeling a lot better

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Col, and anyone else who might be interested.

I too have never been to the opera or the ballet, both ridiculous spectacles but with great music. A few years we did go and see Bartok's Bluebeard Castle, at the Royal Concert Hall. I mention this because it is being performed there again on January 6th. It is being performed by the National youth Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder (the Halle's conductor). This would be a nice introduction to opera in that there are only two performers and it will be them singing without a full stage performance. The highlight of the performance is the opening of the fifth door when the orchestra lets go into the loudest sound. I have put the YouTube link to this into this message, but be aware, listening to a live orchestra playing this is much louder and more dramatic. One of the great musical experiences. If you are in Nottingham on January 6th you  might like to go and see/hear it. There are two other pieces being performed before the opera, both very listenable.

   

 

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Today is the first day of two family celebration meals. The first one tonight at the 'Garam Masala' Indian Restaurant at Cannock, for my nieces 50th and tomorrow my sister in law for her 80th, eating at 'The Three Hammers Golf Club/restaurant' Coven. Blow the diet. Snot working anyway:biggrin:

 

My mam used to bake a caraway seed cake quite often and all of us and our children remember this treat with affection, so, along with my nieces gifts, I have attempted to replicate Mommas speciality for her!!! You all know my love of sweet things, and you would think baking cakes would be my second nature. Well. Wrong. 'Can't bake a light cake to save my life'. Last night I baked my offering and as usual , it resembled a sweet smelling aromatic house brick. So, disappointed but not surprised, this morning I will attempt another one.  Could do with the help of our resident cook 'Plantfit' where are you Miduck.

 

The only positive to come out of all this baking is that...........we will have to eat the first bake. Sorry I mean 'Brick'. Can't waste it can we?slywink

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Mix the sugar,butter and eggs in a mixer then FOLD in the flour gently with a wooden spoon (not a mixer) until well blended with the wet ingredients,don't rush it you need to keep it well aerated,if you mix it too quickly or for too long it won't be light enough, so easy does it

 

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I always use my hand electric whisk, same one I have used since my ma in law gave it me in the 1960s when she had a new one. Will try a little harder today, I think I could possible rush the sugar and butter bit too quickly. It meks me arms ache if I do if for a long time. Any way PF, I will take your advice and see what happens.:biggrin:

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Just checked my recipe  notes,

Cream butter ans sugar together until pale, (use electric mixer)

Beat the eggs and add to mixture

sift over flour and fold using a large metal spoon,

mixture should be of "dripping consistancy" if not add a little milk

 

Rog

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35 minutes 'constitutional' on the rowing machine shave and shower..ready :biggrin:

Today should be a little less stressful than yesterday, just and easy day pressing pears to make champagne perry. Yesterday I collected my fishing wagon (old X Trail) from the gear box specialist who had fitted a new box. Petrol light came on when returning home so went into Morrisons petrol station and filled up. Got in the car and it would not start. Turned over well but no ignition. Tried to text wife but phone just out of money. Being deaf I had no chance of making a breakdown call but the Morrisons help desk staff went out of their way to assist me. Made all the calls for me and even sat me in their cafe with a cup of coffee while waiting for the RAC van. RAC van turned up within the hour and could not find a fault and then asked if I had a spare key. Spare key started the car first turn! Apparently there is a chip in the key that can fail or be dislodged and immobilise the car. I am writing a letter to Morrisons in praise of their well trained and helpful staff. Also asked Mrs PP to shop at Morrisons a bit more - she was shopping in Lidl  when all this was happening. 

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Carni, my dad loved caraway seed cake, and would make it himself. As a kid, I would not touch it, perhaps because I called it toe nail cake! 

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Forgive me if this lot is too big. CliffTon, miduck, I hope you will make it smaller for me. Hopefully you can see what an unorganised cook I am. Do you like my 70s apron and 50s mixing bowl and mixer. None of your retro stuff here, all the real thing. Not to mention the made in the 40s cook. The cake on the right (A Rich butter recipe) is now on the bird table. It looks OK but unswallowable. The seed cake on the left( Ordinary Sponge Cake recipe) is not bad, so I will wrap it for my niece(Poor Gel). Thanks for the tips PF,  but as you see, I am an hopeless cake . I mean case! :biggrin:

 

 

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They don't look too bad at all, you could always drizzle some whiskey and lemon icing over the top if you want to liven it up a bit,  slywink

 

forgot to mention, the cake need to be in the oven for 40-45 minutes at 180 degrees but if it's a fan oven knock the temperature down to 150-160 degrees,

I could never work out why my cakes always either burned around the edges or came out too hard until someone told me about the ordinary oven and the fan oven, you probably know that anyway but just thought I'd mention it

 

Rog

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Today a large department store in Newcastle called Fenwicks will show its christmas windows an  event started in 1970. This year there is a difference "armed police" as there are huge crowds there is a fear that it could be a target. I feel very sad that the world has come to this, not only sad but horrified that such a simple pleasure could attract an attack by the dregs of humanity.

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59 minutes ago, carni said:

Forgive me if this lot is too big. CliffTon, miduck, I hope you will make it smaller for me. 

 

I assume you mean the photos.  Nobody in their right mind wants the cake making smaller.

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Help. I have just clicked on the picture numbers on my post,  no cake pics, but a message has come on saying Postimage is not secure and someone might be trying to steal my information.What do I do.

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Who would want to steal your cakes Carni, they must be good

 

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Can you see the pictures now? When I click on the numbers all I get is a message saying 'My connection isn't private' and the cakes don't come up?

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I got that same message

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When I first put the pictures on, they were there. There wasn't a problem.  But the line of numbers has changed and now all I get is that message. You aren't missing a lot with the pictures, but the message is worrying.

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Dunt pull yersen down meduck the cakes looked lovely, all I can see now is a set of numbers,youve not deleted them from postimage have you? try login out of postimage then login back in I had a similar problem when I first started with postimage, might be worth a try

 

Rog

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Thanks PF. I have tried to Log out and also to view my images on PI and it wont let me do anything. The message just keeps coming up. I don't know why, because I was able to add the pictures in the first place. PF, I think you saw them. Perhaps I have developed a security issue. I will have to wait until I can get someone here to look at my Laptop for me..

 

Yes I did see the two pics still on PI, but when I tried to add them again, that is when I started to get the message again. Sorry I forgot that bit!

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I have just tried to log into postimage and get the message" your connection is not secure" so I can only assume they have a problem at their end

 

Rog

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5 hours ago, carni said:

Forgive me if this lot is too big. CliffTon, miduck, I hope you will make it smaller for me. 

 

Everything with Postimage now seems to be back to normal.  I've resized the photos and what you see now is the new versions.

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Thank you CliffTon Miduck. I will have to learn how to resize them, so they don't waste so much space. 

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On ‎02‎/‎11‎/‎2017 at 10:36 PM, DJ360 said:

 

I go to a few classical concerts, but I've never been to either Opera or Ballet.  I must do something about that. 

 

Col

hi if you do go to an Opera make sure that its a well known one, went again to Theatre Royal last night to see little greats opera "Trial by Jury" and "Trouble in Tahiti" very disappointed as not a lot went off found it quite boring so If you go to an Opera first time try something like "Madam Butterfly" or Taming of the shew" I 'm sure you will enjoys these, don't worry if its not in English as there are TV screen's telling you what is being sung.

PS If you have not seen "Warhorse" then go me and master went to see it in London  not an opera of cause but well worth seeing.

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