Sunday, 22 November 2015

Chilly morning sunrise

It was quite a surprise to find a sprinkling of snow outside this morning, very unusual here as we have the warming influence of the North Sea just a few miles away.
The birds were soon searching for the windfall apples under the big Bramley tree and the sunrise over the farm buildings down the road certainly looked wintery.

The puddles on the road had no ice on them although there were some slippery bits.

I soon got the Rayburn going and the kettle on and toast in for breakfast and  I think it will be another day of staying at home and keeping warm.

Tip 22 from the 2013 list was :- Read local papers in your library, read news online or find a friend or neighbour to pass newspapers onto you.

Thanks again for comments yesterday, I'm off to see what everyone else in Blogland is up to on this chilly Sunday morning

Back Tomorrow
Sue

25 comments:

  1. Similar weather to here Sue. I think it has come so suddenly and that is a bit of a shock to our systems. Hope Col is feeling a bit better. Often think about our coffee together.
    My Aga is running a little slow and it is obvious that the feed pipe is getting a bit blocked by carbon deposit. The farmer was going to drill it out this morning but it is too cold to turn it off so we will wait until the weather warms up a bit. One Christmas cake baked and three to go (presents), but they will have to wait as I want to be sure the over is up to it. Keep warm and snug.

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    1. I need to buy eggs before making Christmas cakes, they will be the first eggs bought in about 23 years! We are being given half a dozen a week from our elderly friend who had a few of our chickens and feed when we finished but I'll need more for cakes as I'm also doing some for gifts.
      Col has not a lot of energy and gets out of breath so easily so isn't doing much.

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  2. We gave up papers years ago when they stopped featuring the news and gave away more to their comment about anything. We love the BBC news. Keep warm we had our 1st frost this morning in Hampshire.

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    1. I can't believe the cost of some newspapers. A friend passes the Sunday telegraph to us and it's £2 !

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  3. We read the news online, watch tv or when we get given newspapers from our walking friend for lighting the wood burner. Had it lit yesterday for the first time on Saturday. Hope Col gets sorted out soon.

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    1. We are always glad of newspapers for firelighting although we get given The East Anglian Daily Times and its useless - it burns out with no heat to catch the kindling

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  4. We dont buy newspapers any more have not for years , We have two free local papers once a week that we catch up on anything that's going on locally and anything else we want to know we watch on line news . Even the jumble sales i get to find out in the classified section of the newspaper also online,xxx

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    1. Yes we gave up several years ago when our regional daily kept creeping up by 10p at a time

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  5. We Live near the Alps so we often have snow as early as October. Both my husband and I read the News regularly on the Computer. We also have local ones to keep up with the News in our town.

    Just had a short walk outside with our daughter, she surely loved the snow.

    Anyone having a good recipe for a cheese cake? Looking for something eBay yet tasty...

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    1. I've a "stand by" recipe for cheesecake that's foolproof. Start with a graham cracker crust that's homemade or store-bought and preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In a blender or electric mixer, beat together 2 eight ounce bricks of softened cream cheese, 3 eggs, 1 small can of sweetened, condensed milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract until smooth; pour into pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes. It's done when the center has puffed up and doesn't jiggle a lot. Let cool on a cooling rack until almost room temperature and chill before slicing.

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    2. I think graham crackers are what we call digestive biscuits?

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    3. They're similar to digestive biscuits, but drier, crisper and manufactured using sugar and/or honey. I'm unfamiliar with digestive biscuits, but graham crackers crumb very easily and finely. To make a crust, I add a little melted butter to a cup or so of the crumbs, stir well, and then press it evenly into a pie pan and chill. This eliminates the need of a spring form pan for the cheesecake. I've also used ginger snap or shortbread crumbs.

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  6. No snow on the coast but very cold. I need eggs too but I'm determined not to break the budget this month.

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    1. I had no idea how many eggs we use in a week as I've not needed to know for so long because there were always eggs every day. I've discovered 6 is plenty unless I'm doing cakes

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  7. Beautiful pictures! :-) I actually like a crisp morning. We've lived in many states (in the U.S.), and I always loved those places with a proper autumn. Morning mugs of hot coffee, woolly cardigans, hot apple cider later in the day... feet of snow I can live without (I discovered). Ha, ha! Am hoping you hear from your buyers SOON.

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    1. The sprinkle of snow soon went and we are back to more usual November weather - rain!
      If we don't find out what's happening next week we will be worried

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  8. I love the pheasant great photo, I cant think when we last bought a paper, I get newspapers from next door for the fire and often read the headlines or any interesting articles as I am doing the fire, even if they are several weeks out of date it makes no difference

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    1. Our friend used to bring papers regularly when she came for eggs but now brings them just once a month when they really are out of date for news

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  9. Never associated the words "warm" and the North Sea ! I do understand you mean a tempering influence, though!
    Grey and windy here on the east coast of the US....please no snow yet! Barn full of hay for the winter...

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    1. Not warm enough for swimming that's for sure!

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  10. OH HAS to have his paper, and a paper version of it, not read online, so I have given up trying to persuade him otherwise. Ahem, we take the Telegraph at the weekend too . . . Crawls way to find a dark hole!

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  11. Lovely Pheasant. We have a local male, but I haven't seen him for a few days. I do hope he's OK.

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    1. This one will probably be shot at the next shoot! the ones we see are all released specially for shooting - very few actual wild ones nowadays

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  12. He's a handsome chappy, it's shame they get shot, but as long as they're eaten I suppose it's okay .... at least they have had a brief life in the wild and I guess a few live on if they're clever. Round here we only seem to see them flat on the road :-(

    You don't realise how many eggs you get through when you have a bountiful supply do you. We virtually gave up eating them last Winter when our hens stopped laying, I bought the odd half dozen of free range organic, but even they weren't as nice as our own.

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