Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Bar Mitts

Just realised that I never reported back about the bar mitts -- so for all those of you waiting with baited breath (which is probably nobody...) they are brilliant.  I wear them with just a pair of thin Merino wool glove liners underneath, and they have kept my hands from feeling pain through -4C starts...  My old motorcycle gloves have now gone to the charity shop...!

AND, failed to take a picture of this, but I dried my sheets on the line outside today, which must mean, despite there being ice on the line when I first put them out this morning, that spring is on the way!  Yippee!

Thursday, 5 February 2015


The view out the bathroom window as I was sorting the laundry earlier:

Monday, 2 February 2015

More winter salads

Haven't quite got where I want to be with it totally yet, but my mayonnaise is improving...

And I then used it to make this version of a heartier celeriac remoulade with hard boiled eggs...

Wednesday, 21 January 2015


From this:

To this:

Yummy!  :)

I want to make a piece of jewellery or something out of this tag -- any ideas anybody?

Tuesday, 13 January 2015


Yes, that is indeed snow you see there on the skylight in my kitchen... Snowed a bit this morning, then it all melted, and then it snowed a bit more again this afternoon.  Biking home this evening was okay as long as I stayed in the tyre tracks, but there's more snow forecast overnight and should be right around freezing when it's time to go to work tomorrow so I might be walking for a change!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Cheery winter food

One thing I miss in the winter is lovely fresh salads -- particularly anything with tomatoes and cucumbers...  So, a winter salad -- carrot and beetroot salad with ginger, and accompanied with some lovely honey smoked ham...

Taking pictures indoors under modern compact fluorescent bulbs is not the easiest thing -- this salad really looks much more jewel-toned in reality...  But it's dark out now, and I'm leaving the house in the morning to go to work before it gets light out, and then my salad will get eaten at lunchtime, so...  :)

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Dwylo Oer

Well, hardening the fuck up didn't work, so we move on to...


And with:

Should probably go for a ride now to try them out but it's dark and cold and wet and I've already had waterproofs on once today, so...  Will see how it goes in the morning...  Am mainly worried about not having enough manoeuvrability to change gears comfortably...  Fingers crossed...