Friday, 16 November 2012

Pumpkin or Marrow



Time Exchange gardeners grew pumpkins in the allotment.
I got two this year.
They were very large and looked more like marrows. The skin was tough, but Jusna helped me prepare one of them.
I found a recipe for pumpkin and coconut curry and one for pumpkin soup.
There are lots of such recipes on the net.
The soup was so delcious. I got 3 bowlfuls for myself and also took a couple of portions to a neighbour.
The curry is good as well.
I also used the seeds. I cleaned the fibres off and washed them, then I spread them on a baking tray and spinkled tamari on them, and baked them for 15 minutes.
They are completely yummy, particularly so when they were straight out the oven!

Winter Sunrise


These are city trees at dawn, which are the best thing to see when getting up early in the winter.

Moss Garden




These mosses have been growing on the rocks near the lake in Leazes Park for some time. I have noticed moss growing on walls, pavements,stones, and just about every inanimate thing which has been outside recently, due to the wet weather.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Programme of Works

The landlord, in association with home renovation group Keepmoat and plumbing and heating Engineers
K Hewitt & Co.
of Bishop Aukland, scheduled the programme of works as follows:
Day 1: Rewire and new fuse box.
Day 2: Plumbers/Boiler Fit and removal of hot and cold water tanks. Please ensure water tank cupboad empty and benches below boiler are clear. Cupboards below boiler need to be emptied along to the gas meter (that meant taking everything out and packing it away).
Day 3. Electical board change and snagging. Trip switch board near front door changed and finish work.
Unfortunately the rewiring necessary was extensive and another 3 days were required. Some new trunking was put in due to many remedial wirings needing to be done.
I am very sad to see my old boiler go to the great scrappage yard of impermanence which is the fate of all beings, both animate and non animate. Hopefully it will have a new life in another form. Maybe as a car part or made into a new boiler?

November trees


It has been a while since I was able to get out locally with my camera, despite many times seeing the lovely colours on the trees and shrubbery.
On Saturday I found this on the way to Leazes Park, looking towards Richardson Road across Castle Leazes (Little Moor).


Also on Castle Leazes Little Moor is this wonderful laburnum tree, much loved by visiting Finches for its seeds which they enjoy eating.

Preparing for Mother Nature

Preparing for Mother Nature
We have had a lot of work on the old house recently, that being the old house which we live in. The first part was laying a new mains cable, all paid for by Northern Powergrid, who I had never heard of before, but now I understand is responsible for maintaining the supply of electricity across the North East.
We all got a letter "Notification of Electricity Supply Reinforcement" then later they began digging up the car park and paths to lay new cables. Vans from a company called "Freedom Network" began appearing and men (yes, all men) began to pop out of them and dig and lay cable in the channels.
The cable has been fed through a hole which was drilled in the wall but some more work needs doing before is connected up.
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