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Note to self

Knit previous 2 rows 6 more times, is 12 rows, not 6.

*doh*

*frogs*

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Arbroath

Pulled the few photos I took on my phone of my trip, here they are, this is Arbroath.

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Are we nearly there yet?

Nearly finished housework.

I thought I’d show you all where I’ll be. This is the B&B.

*squees*

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Happy New Year

I started the year with a bloke, by the end of Ne’er Day (New Year’s Day), I’d asked him to go. I’m not regretting my decision, I do regret the way I did it. However, at the time it was the only way I could do it.
When someone is being self destructive, and you have tried to talk to them and they ignore you. When you tell them that you won’t stay around and watch them self destruct and they don’t take you seriously. When even after that, you talk to them several times and point out they are still on the same path, they won’t hear you. Then eventually something snaps.
I snapped, threw all the stuff he kept here in to bin bags, and told him I had had enough and it and he had to go.
I have enough self destruct of my own to deal with, I don’t need extra. I don’t need the worry and stress.

Happy New Year.

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How can it be Thursday already?

The title bears no relation to the post.

So the Kiri shawl has about 2 rows left and the cast off, but I haven’t picked it up in about a week. I’d like to be able to say this is because I have been so busy knitting other things or spinning some of the mountain of fibre I have (thank you GoD lady). It’s not. Then again I have finished my Christmas shopping, tackled a laundry full size replica of Ben Nevis and defrosted my fridge/freezer (there’s no room in there for even a frozen bag of mouse farts btw). I think partly it’s because when I finish it I’ll need to block it, and I really can’t be bothered…

Talking of the fridge/freezer, I need a new one, I have ice forming in the fridge part, I thought it was because it needed defrosting, but it’s still doing it. Can’t really complain, it’s 11 years old, but the freezer is full and I’ll need to eat my way through the contents. Looks like I’ll be eating a lot of home made soup in January. I’m quite proud of the fact that there’s not a single ready meal in there, and the only ‘bought’ things are vegetables and raw meat and fish… Oh and a bottle of good vodka… Now there’s a thought… Wonder if vodka has a freezer life? May need to finish it as it’s been in there for about a year, there are only 2 or 3 shots left.

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Not dead

I have no internet… Well no computer right now, so no posts. I’ll be back as soon as I can get my paws on something easier to post from than my phone.

Happy knitting meantime.

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Lentil & Sausage Stew

My mum used to make something like this, I don’t have a recipe so today I made one up. It was very tasty, possibly a little salty. It’s as easy to measure the lentils in the jug as you need 5x the quantity of liquid to cook them in.

Here’s what I did

Ingredients

  • 1/4 pint of green lentils
  • 1/2 pint chicken stock (or vegetable)
  • 3/4 pint ham stock
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tblsp tomato purée
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 packet of kabanos (smoked pork sausage)
  • 1tsp sugar
  • black pepper
  • a little oil

Method

Rinse lentils thoroughly in cold water. Heat the oil gently in the pan and add the tomato purée and the sugar, cook lightly stirring until the sugars in the paste start to caramelise add the garlic. Add the rinsed lentils and stock and bring to the boil. Boil for 10 minutes then reduce the heat to a simmer, add the tinned tomato and season with pepper – the stock is salty enough so you won’t need to add salt. Simmer for at least 35 minutes until the lentils are tender. Slice the sausage and add to the pot. Add water if needed – it should be wet but not soupy. I cook for a further 15 minutes, heating the sausage and letting the flavours develop.

I had it with rice, but crusty bread would do.

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