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Hi I am Jo…wife, lover, best friend and soulmate to Keith. Lover of all things to do with nature and the canals. I am passionate about the Waterways and its history.


I hope you will join me in my rambles and do please comment – I love to hear from and meet new people in blogland!

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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Tiffin Time.

There is nothing nicer than a piece of Tiffin with a coffee on a cold Sunday. Feet up and a good old movie on the TV. Perfect.

200g milk chocolate (I use Cadbury Milk Chocolate)
100g unsalted butter
2 tbsp golden syrup
125g digestive biscuits
135g bag of Maltesers
For the topping
200g milk chocolate
25g unsalted butter
1 tsp golden syrup.

Method

1.Line a 20cm square baking tin with baking parchment. Place the 200g of chocolate, butter and syrup in a heat-proof bowl and melt over a pan of barely simmering water or in the microwave. Once almost melted, remove from the heat and gently stir until any tiny bits chocolate have melted. Allow to cool a little.
2.Place the biscuits and 35g of the Maltesers in a freezer bag, seal and crush with a rolling pin. You want mainly crumbs but a few small chunks of biscuit is fine.
3.Top the crushed mixture and whole Maltesers (save 1 or 2 for yourself) to the melted chocolate and stir until everything is coated. Press into the prepared tin and make the topping.
4.For the topping, melt the chocolate, butter and syrup as before and spread over the biscuit base.
5.Cover the tin with cling film or foil and refrigerate for 1-2 hours before cutting into squares.

Then sit back and enjoy.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Thankful.

Hi Folks.

I am thankful for the life I live and the friends I have a round me.

I am lucky enough to have many small joys in my life, and you may be blessed with them also.

With the joy of the Menopause an unbroken nights sleep is one of them.

Waking to hearing rain dancing on the roof and knowing I am snug in my bed is another.

The warmth still felt in the boat, because the stove did not go out. Always brings a smile to my face first thing.

Once up and about a walk with our collie dog, who is showing his age, but can still muster some energy to chase a ball. He is not a well boy and goes a bit lame in his right leg, but no sooner it is there, it passes.

The dawn sun breaks over the arm and shines on the winding hole annoucing that another morning has begun.

The Mandarin Ducks come calling for their breakfast, brings me great joy because I know they are still with us (We have lost three)

I know and relish the fact that Spring is coming with the rasping sound of the Wren who has over wintered nearby and the call of the Robin who is hoping I will put food on the bird table.

With the sound of Spring around the corner the dreary winter is coming to an end. It’s drenched us, and depressed us, and brought illness and enmity. But it cannot last much longer, and it seems to be on the way out.

So, here’s to the coming Spring! Raise your glass to the Wolf Moon tonight, and face the adventures it offers with courage and hope. Look to the future and forget the past, because we are all blessed with joys in our lives. All these things make me thankful.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Cold and frostie.

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Winter is so welcome, because it has definitely been confusing as far as the weather is concerned this past few weeks.

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This morning it was –4.5 c after a very heavy frost. We also had a layer of ice on the surface of the canal. I do so love this sort of weather.

We had to visit the vet’s again this morning with Marmite. She was seeing the vet who took Marmite’s teeth out last week. So we packed her into her basket and walked to the vets surgery. The vet was very pleased with how well Marmite’s gums had healed and said to now just feed her her normal diet. I had been soaking her biscuts and then mixing them with her meat, but she can now go back to dry biscuits and meat. Marmite is managing very well with out her teeth and can still bite with the few she has left.

Once back at the boat, Marmite was only to happy to get out of her basket. She headed for the back cabin and the side bed, where it was lovely and warm.

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Tonight is going to be another chilly one, with the temperature already dropping like a stone.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

The Tooth Fairy is needed.

If you have read a previous posting about Marmite losing a tooth, then it will not surprize you to hear that she had to go back to the Vets last week to have some dental work done.

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We had to take her to the Vets for 8am and collect her at 3.50pm, well that is what we were told. 8am we left her with the nurse, signed the paperwork for the dental work to be carried out and then waved her goodbye.

The boat was very quiet without her, even Paddy noticed Marmite was not around. Lunchtime we got a phone call from the Vets to say could we collect her at 5.30pm, because Anita the vet wanted to speak to us and do the hand over.

We were there for 5.30pm and were called in to see Anita. Marmite was very quiet in her basket, but then so would I have been quiet, if I had had 11 teeth removed. Yes poor miggy moo had 11 teeth removed and she had already lost 4 teeth apparently, so Marmite now only hs 15 teeth left. This has all been caused by an auto-immune problem Anita reckons and there is no cure, so it is quite possible, Marmite may lose her other teeth in the future.

Back home on the boat, the only thing Marmite wanted was food, so I fed her some of her tinned meat. Having enjoyed a small meal, she headed into the back cabin to sleep, which is what she did the following day as well. A few days on and she is absolutely fine and back to herself.

The tooth fairy thankfully did not come, she probably realised it was going to cost her a fortune, so declined to leave Marmite any money.

Winter finally arrives.

The Winter thus far has been so incredibly mild and of course wet, which so many can testify to with the floodings around the country.

Finally Winter has decided to put in an appearance..

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We woke this morning to the sound of snow falling. It was tip toeing on the roof as if in ballet shoes.

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Yippee snow.

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Ok it was not a huge dumping of the white stuff, but it was still exciting. Yeah I know I am a grown-up and I still get excited about snow.

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When I took Paddy out for his walk and to un-lock the gates to the arm, it was wonderful to walk in the covering of snow.

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My hope is we have some more, but of course that is dependant on the weather.

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