Shame on you! No more iMovies and no more YouTube either. Both apps I have used abundantly in the recent past. However, my phone has been ‘broken’ by the manufacturer, supplier and software provider – The Apple Corporation! It’s something about their most recent IOS 13.1 update and the 6’s inability to download it!
I’m proud that in this last year, I have never voiced a political point of view. This can now be said of international politics, but is no longer applicable to corporate politics as I call ‘Shame on you Apple’ for essentially breaking my trustworthy iPhone 6 Plus.
You have maimed my ability to produce my diary blog in all of its 3 dimensions unless I shed out on a newer model. How very ‘Corrupt’ of you.
All that said – all is well at home!
Thank you all. My commiserations to any fellow 6 or 6 Plus users…
Can you imagine my surprise when I received an email saying happy first birthday! It seems that my diary blog has weathered a whole year. Fitting that I only today wrote the final paragraph of Dadda’s new book ‘Thirteen Moons More’. It’s now in its final edit and should be available on Amazon on or around next weekend. It is essentially the edited version of my diary posts. A year in the life of my family. ‘Eighteen Moons’ essentially tells the story of how my amazing family came together and ‘Thirteen Moons More’ is the story of just who we are today.
On other matters, the wasp nest that was mentioned earlier is a problem. A few wasps had managed to enter the children’s room last night, buzzing away and waking up all of the crew in the early hours. Their screams could be heard by our most distant neighbour, but Thor’s was the loudest. They invaded our room and a plan B had to be considered. They ended up top to toeing in the spare room, though Thor continued his screaming for some time. Needless to say John and I are extremely tired today having had pretty much no sleep at all.
Family life in The Shires eh!
It’s been a few days since my last update! So what’s been going on here in ‘The Shires’? Firstly, all the children are well and coping with school admirably! Sindy has reported no meltdowns at the school gates. Dinnertimes have been a little louder than in the past. This may be due to the fact that they are all eating a main meal at school lunchtime now, so my home cooked meals for the children have been limited to making sandwiches, toast and hummus, that sort of thing. I’ve tried to make up for it a bit by baking a pudding / dessert. I picked the last of the Blackberries on the driveway and the remaining Raspberries in the orchard to make an apple and berry crumble, (served with homemade custard) this week, as well as a fresh pineapple upside down cake and a Victoria plum cobbler. There has however been plenty of cooking for daddy and dadda’s dinners. On a different note, ‘Hey Google’ has just started chatting away quite out of the blue! She’s now put on the BBC news completely without my requesting it.
I’m now sat in the kitchen – I wonder if Alexa will do the same? Just in case – I have pulled her plug out, so guaranteed a little piece and quiet. The children have headed upstairs in prep for bedtime. I was called up around 8pm last night – an altercation with a wasp on the girls night light. I had to squish it sadly, but it got them to settle. Been a bit of a problem of late, there must be a wasp nest somewhere in the gables, but with this cool turn to the weather, I guess they will die off naturally within a matter of days or weeks.
On the subject of weather, it’s really is starting to feel Autumnal now. I put the central heating on this morning. We’ll see how it goes, but I might just need to switch the system on for daily heat anytime now.
This mornings workout was good, leaving my biceps a little achey though. Sadly next week will be the last I see of Adam as he is starting a new job at one of the gyms in Reading, leaving him little time for personal training. He’s a great guy. I’m happy he has found a new route in his life. Just means that I might need to find a new mobile trainer who covers ‘The Shires’!
Did I mention that we found a frog in the watering can? We also found newts! The wonders of living in the countryside eh!
A random pic of me chilling on the terrace!
Overall, a quiet enough week really, so maybe more at the weekend. Nite nite
Gracie is back to her old self again, albeit minus one dew claw! The grumpy vets receptionist insisted that they do not take customers without an appointment, but saw the anxiety being suffered by Grace. The vet essentially just snapped the dew claw off, no local anaesthetic at all and charged us £50 for the privilege. Gracie was not happy but seems to have cheered up now, a couple of treats and hugs later! Though having said that, the vet suggested Gracie go on a diet as she is five kilos overweight. Better cut down on the treats I guess, but it seems unfair to give one to Remus (who burns off the calories) and not one to Gracie. Other than that, all is well.
Don’t worry, I used shop purchased mushrooms for the nut loaf, but I believe this variety is more than likely edible. Okay, take no chances when it comes to wild mushrooms. The fungi I picked this morning showed signs of an insect having munched away on one side. That’s promising that it is not poisonous. I also sliced it and smelt it.
The aroma resembled our cultivated mushrooms. Again promising regards being edible. I binned it though as I was not 100% sure. The shop bought mushrooms were good enough for today’s cashew nut roast.
I last made this one two weeks ago when friends Glen, Victoria and daughter Fi came to visit. I did a rundown on the ingredients on my blog, but promised Victoria that I would give her the recipe. I think they’re visiting again in a few weeks. Maybe best I make another one, then she can actually see how it all goes together. Eh Voila!
And I really am going to learn how to photograph food a little better if I am thinking of compiling a recipe book. Maybe Dadda Gets Jammin’ is just the beginning.
Please excuse the chintzy plate – a charity shop purchase to originally be used as a bonbon dish for Dadda’s homemade rum truffles. More of that closer to Christmas.
For Gracie today, a run in the morning dew lead to a slow limp back to me on the terrace, her eyes saddened. On looking down I noticed a little blood and her ‘dew claw’ bent to a 90 degree angle. She is now at the vets awaiting the inevitable removal of her front left appendage. Poor Gracie, she yelped when I touched it. An update later.