Monthly Archives: September 2013

Garden Photo



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Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding Recipe

1 cup self-raising flour

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

½ cup castor sugar

50g butter, melted

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla essence



½ cup brown sugar

11/2 cups boiling water

2 teaspoons cocoa powder



Preheat oven to 180°C then grease a 18 cm pudding bowl.

Sift flour and cocoa together in medium bowl.

Add the sugar, melted butter and milk and mix until smooth.

Pour into the greased dish.


For the topping:

Pour the boiled water over sugar and cocoa, mix to combine then pour the topping mixture over the top of the pudding mixture.

Place in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 35-40 minutes.

Leave to rest for 5 minutes then serve with thickened cream or ice cream.rose border

Inspirational Quotes

The following images helped me greatly through my months of raw grief after losing Alex.

They either made me smile or cry; both emotions being very therapeutic of course.






















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Grief is a horrific journey, not just for family but for friends as well.

I have a dear friend who, within weeks of Alex dying, simply couldn’t face visiting or phoning anymore. 

She can now cope with emailing and is a reader of both my blog and Sam’s but visiting is still out of the question.

I asked her via email recently as to whether she would mind me mentioning her situation on my blog and she said  “Please do it as it may assist another person and they will not feel so alone as I did in the early stages.”

She is a wonderful kind compassionate woman who has a loving husband and family but every time she saw us after Alex’s death she feared something would happen to one of her family members.

The fear she feels is real.

She had a grieving period of about two months for Alex as did her husband and children but sadly this terrible fear set in when the grieving stopped.

Thankfully this fear doesn’t enter into her every day living.

Her Doctor is such a sensible chap. 

As he said he could drug her but what would be the point as she is coping fine; it’s only when she is confronted with the thought of visiting or phoning us that the tearful fear sets in.

We love her to bits and we always will; we certainly aren’t offended by her lack of contact as we understand the enormity and complexity of the issue.

When the time is right she will be back in our lives playing a major role.

Alex’s death has affected us all in different ways and changed our lives forever.

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Our darling friend Katrina came for a visit on Saturday.

Unbeknown to us she had knitted us all a gorgeous snuggle rug each.

The work she has put into them is absolutely amazing.

The colours match our bedrooms. Mine of course is black and white!

Isn’t she talented! All of us love her to bits.

Her children are very lucky to have such a lovely Mum.





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Frost Fighting

Here are some frost fighting photos that Sam took yesterday morning.

Aren’t they amazing!


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Spring has sprung!

Spring has sprung

the grass has ris

I wonder where the birdies is

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