Monday, 30 May 2016

Misty Morning

Woke up at 4 in the morning and wasn't able to go back to sleep.
It was already quite bright outside. 
Thought it'll be a good idea to check on the ducks. 
I worry for their safety....
For the last four nights the ducks have refused to go into their duckhouse
choosing instead to stay in the pond throughout the night.
Dunno what changed - they were so disciplined, waddling back into their duckhouse at dusk without any hassle what so ever.
If I would hazard a guess, it's probably down to the warm weather we're having lately - makes them wanna party all night long!
Let's just hope MrFox won't be joining the party... 
a scene from Reservoir Dogs springs to mind

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Banana Caramel Ice-Cream

My simple no-fuss ice-cream recipe
great for a sunny day we're experiencing at the moment.
Hope it'll last - the sunny day, not the ice-cream!

Banana Caramel Ice-Cream

4 large bananas - they should be soft and quite ripe with lots of black speckles on the skin
300ml low-fat sour cream
200ml single cream
300g dulce de leche
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp sea salt

 Purée bananas with sour cream, single cream, dulce de leche, vanilla and salt
in a blender until smooth. 
Transfer to a bowl  and refrigerate until cold, at least 2 hours but preferably overnight.

Pour the cooled content into an ice cream maker and 
continue according to your machine's instructions. 
Transfer the ice cream to a container, and place it in the freezer for a firmer texture.

This recipe makes approximately 1 liter  of ice cream.


Monday, 23 May 2016

My Garden Updates - Around the Pond

There's a burst of activity in the garden,
it's as if they're making up for lost time.
Nature has a great ability to compensate. 
With the fine weather we're having at the moment, everything is coming in a rush. 
In a few weeks we won't even know that spring was late.

Speaking of time and everything that concerns timing
my rather over-priced, and totally unreliable lawn mower started to act up again.
It's good timing though
as it coincides with the much-awaited (for me anyway)
Chelsea Flower Show
So, I'll just let the grass grow a little longer...
since I have a good excuse... nope, make that two good excuses...

Time to put my feet up for a change!

  Cherry and plum blossoms are out.
Absolutely glorious!

Acid-loving rhodos not quite in full bloom

Intruder alert! intruder alert!
Duck patrol making their rounds in the garden
Bunny wasn't impressed at all

" uh.. did someone mention bunny?!"