Monday, 30 April 2012

Leazes Park Beds


The gardeners in the park work hard to make the Park nice for us. In the Spring they fill the flower beds with colorful bedding plants.
They also pick up litter which people drop and arrange for the vandalism to be repaired. The stone balustrade needs fixing and the blacksmiths came in to replace the ironwork which had been taken from the bandstand.

home comforts


I ofter think how fortunate I am to have a warm comfortable home. The room I have my desk in gets a lot of sun, and Jeff liked the way the sun was lighting up the colours on these textiles.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Flowers, plants and local buildings


One of the modern buildings which has been built on the site of the old Newcastle Breweries near St James Park, as seen from the lane into Leazes Park.


Bluebells and some other spring flowers in the park.


From the entrance to Leazes Park, looking up Stanhope Street, with the Black Bull public house on the corner (not shown) and the Number 39 bus approaching. In the distance you can see the Todd's Nook (known as Tall Flats) flats at Big Lamp (top of Westgate Road).

Leazes Park April

Colurful shrubs in the Lane leading from Leazes Park to Barrack Road


Behind the bandstand you can see St James Park football stadium and on the right had side of the path one of the stone lions.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Who Was Dogen?

I liked these 2 short films where the medieval Japanese Buddhist Master Dogen explains what his teaching is all about.


Dairy Free Veggie Guacamole


Using ingredients I found on the windowsill and in the fridge I made this special guacamole:

Ingredients

2 small ripe avocadoes or 1 large;
1 desertspoonful tomato sauce (ketchup);
2 desertspoonfuls tofutti cream cheese;
Half teaspoon wasabi mustard;
1 teaspoon lime or lemon juice.
Cut the avocadoes in half and remove the stone as shown here



Mix the avocadoes with the other ingredients in a bowl, mashing them with the back of a spoon until you get a thick creamy effect.
Serve on rice cakes, accompanied by miso soup and Japanese rice crackers.
If you have any left over guacamole you can store it in the fridge covered with cling film.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Spring again

I liked how the green on the hedge is glowing with luminous light of Spring.



A poem from Dogen, about the moon


"Those who see worldly life as an obstacle to Dharma
see no Dharma in everyday actions.
They have not yet discovered that
there are no everyday actions outside of Dharma."
Check out View on Buddhism for more poems like this. I got into Dogen's teachings due to his showing us that enlightenment is in the everyday mundane world.


Library Lo*n list

Importing my library Lo*ns list, books I have b*rrowed from Newcastle Libraries and read recently. It seems I only read crime and Buddhist books, with the occasional historical novel (featuring historical
crimes).

ADULT FICTION

Trespass

By Tremain, Rose


ADULT FICTION
Body work
:
By Paretsky, Sara


ADULT FICTION
Child of the phoenix
:
By Erskine, Barbara


CRIME
Resolution
:
By Mina, Denise


ADULT FICTION
Hidden child
:
By Lackberg, Camilla


ADULT FICTION
Two For Sorrow
:
By Upson, Nicola


ADULT FICTION
What lies beneath
:
By Rayne, Sarah


JUNIOR NON FICTION
Buddhist stories
:
By Ganeri, Anita


ADULT NON FICTION
Going Buddhist : panic and emptiness, the Buddha ...
:
By Conradi, Peter J.


CRIME
This night's foul work
:
By Vargas, Fred


CRIME
Chalk circle man
:
By Vargas, Fred


ADULT FICTION
Red queen
:
By Gregory, Philippa


Uncertain place
:
By Vargas, Fred



ADULT FICTION
Confession
:
By Grisham, John


CRIME
Red bones
:
By Cleeves, Ann


CRIME
Blue lightning
:
By Cleeves, Ann


ADULT NON FICTION
Vegan with a vengeance : over 150 delicious, che ...
:
By Moskowitz, Isa Chandra


CRIME
Hurting distance
:
By Hannah, Sophie


ADULT NON FICTION
Writings from the Zen Masters
:

ADULT NON FICTION
Low-fat vegetarian

Frugal Lent

As a Buddhist convert from a Catholic background I had been thinking about Lent and how to make use of this period. My friend Saima from Time Exchange inspired me last year by giving up chillis and spicy food. So I decided it would be a good idea to go without Tesco home deliveries throughout Lent and see if I could manage by using up the food stored in the cupboards and freezer, supplemented with what I could carry home from the local shops within walking distance of where I live. The point was to use up what I already had, and eat only home cooked, healthy wholesome vegan food.
Conciously Frugal has a blog explaining clearly the reasons behind Frugal Lent. I got a bit short of soya milk so Jeff brought me some in the car. He also took me to Lidl a couple of times for essential items like toilet roll. I used up items languishing in the cupboard. Instead of tea bags, I used the loose tea leaves I had been bulk buying. Jusna and I made chocolate chip quinoa cookies with the quinoa which I thought I would never finish. Thanks to Sally's blog for the recipe! I also made a lot of risottos and lentil curries.

Saltwell Towers

Saltwell Towers has been refurbished and is fully in use now after a long period of being derelict. It looks really different to the last time I saw it.

Saltwell Park

Its been a while since I posted anything here. It has been a tiring few weeks as I had some extra treatment for my clotting disorder which made me feel extra tired. Every day for 5 weeks I was having painful injections of Tinzeparin and going to the hospital at least once a week for tests. I didn't have enough energy for updating. So I decided to put a few pictures from our visit to Saltwell Park earlier in the year.

The lake

A model in iron of the Gateshead side of the Tyne Bridge.
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