Circumstances evolved yesterday to allow me to stop over at Ian's boat for the night. He lives on a narrow-boat. There's a nice little pub across the road.
We had one or two pints and then ordered out for a pizza that cost fourteen quid!!
2nd May 2008, 11:03
Wonderful skies today over Northampton.
1st May 2008, 18:02
It's "Queen's day" in Holland today.
Queen Beatrix's birthday, and a public holiday.
Everything is done with an Orange flavour (the Dutch royal family is the house of Orange)
Unfortunately they don't celebrate it in the UK so I have to work through it.
30th Apr 2008, 12:15
It was 23 degreesC yesterday, lovely sunny spring day.
It's lashing down relentlessly today.
And I'm playing outside in it. This transporting straw nonsense is wrecking these brand new trailers too. These are farmers, not skilled fork-truck drivers.
28th Apr 2008, 10:24
"Special Pav Bhaji Masala"
(not too sure what's so "special" about it but, hey!)
It's a vegetable curry dish, in case you never noticed that.
Colly-flower rosettes, potatoes, peeled and cut into manageable chunks.
Garden peas (we only had a jar, frozen is betterer)
A green and a yellow Bell-Pepper/Capsicum/Pepper/Paprika (whatever you call
the damn things in your neck of the woods)
Two tomatoes, quartered.
A chopped-up onion, some garlic and a lump of ginger, chopped finely.
There are many brands of Indian spice mixes, I used "Mangal" from tesco, coz
they're cheap. Mix up four tablespoons of the powder with a little water to
make a babypoo-like paste (it contains chillies, coriander, cumin,
cassia(?), cannelle(?), cloves, black pepper, bay leaves, caraway, mango
powder, star anise and salt (unlike babypoo, hopefully))
Fry up the onion for a few minutes, then add the paprikas, garlic and
ginger. Fry to soften.
Add the toms and the "babypoo" stir furiously, the idea is that the toms and
the rest of the veggies get a bit "mushed".
Add the peas towards the end so as not to smash them up too much (we don't
want fish-and-chip-shop mushy-peas, not today)
The collies and spuds have been cooking in another pan, did I mention that?
Drain them off and add them to the mix, stirring and breaking them up.
I added about a cupful of plain yoghurt towards the end because it was fiery
as hell in there. It didn't help much.
Annie had made a lovely vindaloo in the oven, just to cool things down a
Mike spent most of the meal stood next to the fridge, filling his glass.
27th Apr 2008, 21:24
It's a short window of opportunity, they cultivate these endless fields of
colour for the bulbs, not the flowers.
In the next field they were going over them with a sort of giant lawn mower,
hacking the flower heads off so the green leaves can concentrate their
energies into dividing the bulbs underground.
On the road in the distance there was long, long traffic jam of (mostly
German) coaches all trying to get into the "Keukenhof" (a big botanical
garden based on the tulip).
27th Apr 2008, 16:17
There is cake!
Yvon is 40 today!
26th Apr 2008, 20:08
Today is the first day this year that could be called "warm".
Tomorrow's going to be even warmer (22 degrees C)
A funny thing about being away all week is seeing the big changes in the
garden every time I come home.
Especially at this time of year of course.
26th Apr 2008, 16:28