Our Bungalow is only a stone's-throw away from a very large woodland, so obviously there is plenty of wildlife around here. The woods can be so scenic during the Spring and Summer, but they are a bit depressing looking during the Winter if there is no mist or snow. I do love the Bluebells though, they are such a beautiful shade of purple.Our dog,...more
There aren't that many places in the UK, that have these wonderful wild birds of prey, now. They have a wingspan of around 4 feet and we have them flying over our garden all of the time. They kind of hover in the air, a bit like Vultures, making their phseew phseew calling, it sounds kind of haunting and eerie, but we always know when they are...more
Oxford Road, Stokenchurch, High Wycombe, HP14 3TA, United Kingdom
I make Ratatouille to my own specification. I don't like Aubergine, so I substitute it with carrots and I use Cayenne Pepper instead of normal pepper for my recipe. It's hot and spicy... enjoy!There will be enough here for you to put a few portions into the Freezer for a later date.Favorite Dish: 3 large Courgettes chopped into chunks3 large...more
I make Ratatouille to my own specification. I don't like Aubergine, so I substitute it with Carrots and I use Cayenne Pepper instead of normal pepper for my recipe. It's hot and spicy...enjoy!.....There will be enough here for you to put quite a few portions into the Freezer for a later date. 3 large Courgetes chopped into chunks3 large Carrots...more
This is a lovely and tasy side dish to salads and curries.Half of a cucumber, peeled and finely sliced.Small tin of unsweetened cream.Salt and pepper to taste.Just add the cream and salt and pepper to the cucumber in a dish, stir well and leave for a few hours before serving.more
1 Ib new Potatos1 medium Onion finely chopped.3 hard boiled EggsMayonnaiseSaltCayenne PepperBoil Potatos, let them stand to go cold, cube them and put them into a large bowl. Add Onion and then Mayonnaise, Salt and Cayenne Pepper to taste. Mix it all up and then add the sliced boiled Eggs to decorate the top.more
1lb boiled new Potatos 1 300g tin of mixed vegetables, drained1 medium Onion choppedSalad creamSalt and freshly ground black Pepper3 hard boiled eggs, sliced.Boil Potatos, let them stand to go cold, cube them and put them into a large bowl. Add finely chipped onion and drained vegetables. Then add Salt, Pepper and Salad cream to taste, stir all...more
My dad always said, that with making Bigos, the more meat, the better. So here goes with my own version of this very popular Polish dish.2 jars of Saurkraut1 small White Cabbage finely chopped6/8 Cabanos Sausages sliced1lb Stewing Steak diced1 small Bacon joint or Belly Pork diced1 large Onion3/4 cloves GarlicBayleafs to taste,usually 2 or 3Salt...more
2 kilos minced Beef or 1 Beef & 1 Pork1 small cup boiled Rice (optional)1 large Onion copped3 cloves Garlic chopped2 eggsSalt to tasteFresh ground black PepperSteak seasoningLight Oven to gas mark 6.....Add all ingredients to large bowl and mix thoroughly. Place large sheet tin foil into baking tray, add all the ingredients and build it into a...more
1 pack cooking bacon, cubed to around half an inch 3 Leeks chopped into inch chucks5/6 large potatoes cubedA good sprinkling of Knorr chicken stock powdersalt and feshly ground pepper to tasteFry Bacon in large pot until cooked, add potatoes and all the other ingredients. Cover with water and bring to boil, turn down to simmer for 15/20 minutes...more
Well, what can I say? Living in a little village, you might as well say that there is no shops at all. For around 9 months of 2007, we didn't even have a post office here! There is a crummy. over priced, fish and chip shop, an estate agents, a hairdressers, a small ironmongers, a small chemists, a small grocery shop, an off licence, a place that sells fireplaces, a Tack shop, and a dentists, if it's still there? These are all a mile up the road in the 'Village' itself. Oh, and we have a Kebab van up there in the evenings. And then there's Roberts shop just up the road from us, this is a tiny grocery shop, the size of a small sitting room.
I've lived here for over 11 boring years now, and yet I have only ever been in the post office around three times, but I haven't even ventured into any of the other shops yet. I would much rather go in the car to Reading, around 20 miles away from our village.
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I don't know what it is about this place, but on any given day, on listening to the traffic reports on the radio, you will always hear junction 5 on the M40 mentioned. There are always huge traffic jams, going back for miles, and often a lot of fatal accidents here.We can hear sirens bombing down the motorway from out bungalow any time of the day...more
I'll never forget the day that we moved to Stokenchurch in 1996. The guy that was doing it for us drove a small truck for the friend of my brother, Paul. He rolled up half an hour late and then the stupid idiot piled all of the heavy stuff onto one side of the truck. We lived on a very long steep verge that led down to the main road, the pratt...more
One Sunday afternoon, I had just gotten out of the bath and was sitting on the sofa, watching TV with Chris. Next to the sofa, my side, was a loudspeaker on a stand and standing on top of that was a brass rose bowl with silk flowers in it. Anyway, all of a sudden I heard a small noise beside me, straightaway I thought to myself 'it's a Spider'. I...more
Luggage and bags:
Hot water bottle and Thermos flask
Thick fur coat, thick or thermal socks, snow shoes, scarf, hat and gloves, and that's just in the summer!...
Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
De-Icer, scraper, blowtorch for the frostbitten fingers and toes, ice pick, Brandy and B.O.B (but that won't keep your hands and feet warm!)
So what are you going to photograph here then, hmm?
Gazebo, igloo, calor gas stove and thick blankets.
Aw, one Summer's afternoon, my hubby called me out into our back garden. On a plank of wood out there, was a sweet little Mouse. He was just sitting there and was very still, not eve trying to run away from us. "He's not well or something," I said,"He would have buggered off by now." I went indoors, got my camera and took a few photos of him, I got really near to the poor little thing too. In the end, I picked him up; he kind of scrabbled out of my hand and fell onto the floor and I felt really awful about that, he didn't even move. We put some Budgie seed down for him,and then I picked him up again and turned him over, I noticed a deep bloody cut in his stomach. It was obvious that a Kite, our local bird of prey, had gotten to him and must have dropped him out of the sky. The poor little Mouse died about half an hour later, probably from shock... It made me cry :(
I love books! I have been an avid reader and collector of books since I was four years old. Many books have been lent out or given away over the years, but I don't do that any more, I keep them to myself, just like my CDs and DVDs.One bookcase is full of fiction books; mostly Stephen King, Anne Rice and other such writers. The other is full of...more
Anyone who really knows me, knows that I'm not a great lover of most ornaments, I prefer to pick my own, rather than have someone buy them for me.Ever since I was seven years old, I have had a fascination with the orient, especially Japan; I am convinced that I used to live in the orient in a past life, somewhere around 1,000 years ago. So I...more
The thing I like best about living here is the garden. Stuff doesn't grow very quickly here as it's too cold and our garden faces north-east. So not a very good angle to be at I'm afraid, but it does still look nice and I just love sitting out on my back doorstep in the early morning, when the birds are singing the dawn chorus, and just breathing...more