Sunday, 27 July 2014


Good Morning to you,

My word, our English weather has been wonderful. We are enjoying bright blue skies and glorious sunshine.... it is heaven.

The arrival of the warm weather, brings with it, a different start to my day, it allows me the pleasure of taking my morning cup of coffee into the garden,  to walk around, inspecting my flowers, checking to see which of the plants need a little trim and which, if any of the plants need a morning drink.

After checking on my flowers, the other pleasure this warm weather brings, is the pleasure of sitting in my garden. When all is quiet, sitting in the warm morning sunshine and listening to the sound of bees buzzing around, makes for a wonderful start to the day. 

..... and there is a plant which the bees are excited about at the moment and that is the lavender bushes, of which I have many. There must be over nine bees buzzing around each plant at any one time.  I'm proud to say my garden is a haven for bees.... this has not happened by accident, it is by design, as  I have carefully chosen plants to entice bees and butterflies into my garden.

Another bonus of  the warm weather  is, it allows me to fling my windows open wide,  to allow the fresh air to flow through the house, but along with the fresh air, I am also visited by  the odd bumble bee.... and that is exactly what happened this morning.

I awoke to hear a buzzing, not an ordinary buzzing, but a frustrated buzzing. A bumble bee, was frantically trying to escape through the window, but unfortunately, it could not escape because the windows were closed.  So I needed to enlist George's help.  Now in our family, it is widely known that George can "sleep for England", so he did not hear a thing.... but I did need to wake him, as I needed his help, as he is brilliant at catching insects which have become trapped inside the house and then releasing them safely back into the garden.

I gently woke him up, as I did not want him to wake up thinking something was wrong. I told him what had happened.  He leapt into action and checked to see what needed to be done.  He disappeared down the stairs and returned with a jam jar.  He told me to carefully pull up the blind whilst he positioned himself to catch the bee.  The bee had somehow landed on her back which was fortuitous for George, as I am glad to say, he managed to catch the bee with the first attempt. He replaced the lid on the jam jar and we took it into the garden.  On the way through the kitchen, I stopped to collect a couple of grains of sugar, which I was going to place next to the bee, as she was so tired, she could not have flown away.... but George ignored what I was doing and placed her straight on to one of the lavender bushes. Once she realised she was on the lavender bush, she started, what I can only call, frantic feeding.  Honestly she buzzed from one flower to another and it took quite a few minutes before she started settling down. We stood and watched her for what must have been 5 minutes, after which time she flew to another part of the garden.  We were both pleased that we were able to help the bumble bee, as bees are reducing in numbers with each year that passes. It is important that we all plant flowers which attract  bees.  So next time you plant a flower, check to see if it is a 'bee friendly' flower.... as every little helps.

Because of the hullabaloo with the bumble bee, it brought to mind, one of my favourite summer desserts,

Greek Yoghurt with Honey and Walnuts. This recipe is as easy as 1, 2, 3, as that is how many ingredients you need.  If you use a good quality Greek yoghurt, a good quality honey and some delicious Californian walnuts, you will so enjoy this dessert.  Sometimes, when the weather is as warm as it is at the moment, I will start my day with a breakfast of Greek yoghurt.  

So it's on with the pinnie and the music I had intended playing was 'Summer in the City' by The Lovin' Spoonful..... but where it is I do not know, I have a sneaky suspicion that Danielle might have borrowed it, as she loves vinyl music. I am sure she asked if she could borrow it, but my memory being what it is, I have forgotten. I must remember to ask Danielle if it is tucked away with her albums. When cds became the new way to listen to music, most people discarded their vinyl and canny Danielle, bought those discarded vinyl records, for pennies. She has a huge collection which she plays on her old 1960's record player. In the early 1990's, when Natasha was home from university, Danielle, Natasha and I, would have 'Vinyl Nights'... these were such fun evenings. We would listen to amongst others, John Denver, Barry Manilow,  Elvis Presley and one of George's favourite albums 'Band on the Run' by Wings...... we  knew all the words and we would sing to every song.....they were fabulous nights.

So instead of the Lovin' Spoonful, I am listening to,

the soundtrack to Sleepless in Seattle.... don't you just love that film. I love 'In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning' 'A Wink and a Smile' and 'Make Someone Happy'.  George, as a lover of western films loves 'Back in the Saddle Again'.

So with 'A Kiss to Build a Dream On' playing, I will organise my 1, 2, 3 ingredients.


250g Natural Greek Yoghurt
50g Californian Walnuts
2 tablespoons of Wildflower Honey


Place the Greek Yoghurt



Chop the walnuts
into small pieces
if you prefer,
as George does,
leave them whole.

Place them on
top of the
Greek Yoghurt.

Wildflower honey
over the Greek Yoghurt

So as I mentioned before
it really 
1, 2, 3.

We don't always need to use lots of ingredients to make something which is enjoyable to eat, you will find when you make Greek Yoghurt with Honey and Walnuts, you will agree with me.

What am I going to do now......  I am going to sit in the garden, with my feet up and relax.

What about you..... are you relaxing today?

Take care and I will see you on Wednesday.  

This week I will be joining,


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