Friday, 16 April 2010

Letter to Borehamwood Times

I felt quite emotive over the upcoming elections and my useless local MP, so have written a letter to my local Newspaper about it:

Dear Sirs

In the run up to this general election I can't help but think it's time for a fresh start for Hertsmere.  Quite frankly James Clappison is out of touch with his constituents.  Over the years I have written to Mr Clappison on a number of relevant subjects at the time which were important to me.  Not once have I ever received a reply.  On two occasions I have also written to Watford's local MP, Clare Ward.  On both occasions I have received a long letter in reply explaining the current Parliamentary stance on the issue and her opinions on it.  And all this with out being one of her constituents.  I am quite frankly baffled by Mr Clappison's rude lack of response.  Maybe it is because I live in the small part of Watford that falls into Hertsmere.  Maybe because his mortgage free main home is in Leeds and his mortgage free second home is in London Colony, rather than in his electorate are of Hertsmere, he has failed to understand that part of Watford does indeed have a say in who will represent Hertsmere in Parliament.  Or maybe, despite the expectation to employ someone to respond on his behalf with his MP wages, and the addition of his extra income from his 22 rental properties in Yorkshire and the additional £102,241 claimed in expense on his second home, he has decided he cannot afford to employ an assistant to reply on his behalf and is far to busy himself.  I am undecided how I will vote in the coming election, but Mr Clappison can rest assured that it will not be for him.

Yours Truly

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Breakfast Time!

Good Morning!  As it's breakfast time, I thought I'd share a breakfast recipe.  I'm going to call it Muesli for Matrimonial Bliss, or Warm Banana Muesli for to everyone else.  It's a healthy, warming breakfast, perfect for setting you up for the day ahead as we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  This recipe serves 2 people.

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp Sunflower Seeds
1 Tbsp Pumpkin Seeds
1 Tbsp Millet Seeds
1 Tbsp  Almonds
2 Tbsp Rasins
1/2 pint Skimmed Milk
2 Bananas

Put the seeds, nuts and rasins into a small saucepan with the milk and bring to the boil.  Slice the bananas and add to the mixture.  Simmer for 3 minutes.  Serve the Muesli hot.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

The Anniversary by F H Douglas

‘Would this be it?  Would she be there this year?” Hugh Dušan thought, sipping a black coffee in a pavement cafe by the river Vltava.  His throat burned as he swallowed the scalding, thick, bitter tasting liquid.  Today was their 10th wedding anniversary, or at least it would have been if he knew where she was.  Three years ago Edda had vanished without a word.
Edda; beautiful with her long, black curls, always smelling of coconut and papaya, and her dark, olive complexion, skin like velvet to the touch.  He missed her so much.  They’d met here, in Prague, some 13 years ago.  How romantic the Charles Bridge looked that night as they’d strolled across.  It was all lit up, reflecting it’s own image in the waters of the Vltava.  Hugh checked his watch.  ‘If she comes, she’ll be at the bridge at dusk’ he told himself. 
They’d been back in Prague when Edda disappeared. She had been waiting for him in a little restaurant not far from here.  Hugh was late thanks to an urgent call from work.  By the time Hugh arrived, she had gone.  She must have left in a hurry as she left her handbag behind.  Hugh tried to find her, but there was no trace of her, not in Prague nor their home in Oxford, not even with her family in Italy.  Eventually he returned to Prague hoping one day she would return.

The air turned bitter as dusk descended.  Hugh knew it was time.  He pulled on his overcoat, pulling it tight to his neck, and walked towards the bridge.  He paused at the bridge, closed his eyes.  ‘Tonight, please be here tonight.’ he prayed.  Just then Hugh smelt the familiar scent of coconut and papaya.  He opened his eyes.  There she was, a few steps ahead, tall and elegant her long, black curls turning silver.  “Edda,Edda”  She didn’t seem to hear him.  Hugh took a few steps towards her.  A sharp pain pierced his stomach.  He doubled over and clutched at it.  He looked down and saw his hands were covered in blood.  “Edda, Edda.”  This time she turned around.  Had she heard him?  The blood continued to pour as he fell against the Bridge’s wall.  She was coming over, she must have seen him, but why wasn’t she running?  Why wasn’t anyone helping him?  He felt himself growing weaker.  ‘Not dying,' he thought ‘No, this was an entirely new feeling.  Fading.’

This was the first time Edda had dared come back here.  It was 3 years since Hugh’s murder.  The grief had been unbearable for so long.  Today was her first step to breaking free from it’s grasp.  She knelt by the wall where it had happened, placing a single long-stemmed red rose there, tears stinging her eyes.  Quietly she spoke to the wall “Hugh, I will always love you, but it’s been long enough.”  She got up and walked towards the Old Square knowing she would never return.

To Etsy, to Folksy or to Ebay?

I have a whole bunch of Jewellery and Tiaras I made a while ago to sell on ebay.  I sold on necklace and got great feedback, but made very little due to the charges for all the other listings.  I still have all the other items, but loathe selling anything on ebay anymore.  Should I try Etsy or Folksy instead?  Theoretically I could use both, or I could pus aside my ebay hate and go back to selling there.  What do you think? Also, how do I decide how much each item is worth?

I'll set up a flicker account and upload all the photos when I get a chance.  In the meantime, here's one of my pieces.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Lip Balms!


I've been toying with the idea of making some DIY favours for the ladies at my wedding. I recently did a trial run and made up 10 Coconut lip balms using organic, fairtrade ingredients. They were surprisingly easy to do and turned out really well. They smell fantastic, have a great texture and make my lips really soft. I also really enjoyed making them! I'm thinking of trying a few more flavours before I decide on the final selection. I would also like to try an add a little colour too them so they will give the ladies a rosy tint to their lips.

Making the lip balms gave me an idea for my hen weekend. I'm now thinking of expanding my cosmetic experimentation and making up a little travel bag of useful items for my hens. I'm thinking shampoo, shower gel and maybe a body butter. I'm not sure what flavour yet though. So what do you think? If they come out well, maybe I can sell them through my possible future business. Wedding Planning is teaching me so many new skills!


D x

Welcome to Country Escape

I'm not there yet, but I'm planning! I live on the outskirts of a large town in the home counties, near London. I'm getting married this year and my future husband would like us to move back to his native Ireland and live in the country. As and when we do this, I will be quitting work and having to find something to do at home. I have 2 or 3 novels on the go, so finishing them is a possibility. I also like to make things - jewellery, crafts, body care products etc. I also like to cook, alot.

Whilst preparing for my wedding and future life as Mrs D-M I'd like to share with you things I've made, recipes and general ideas. I would also appreciate feedback and suggestions, and why not share your favourite recipes with me too!

D x
I felt quite emotive over the upcoming elections and my useless local MP, so have written a letter to my local Newspaper about it:

Dear Sirs

In the run up to this general election I can't help but think it's time for a fresh start for Hertsmere.  Quite frankly James Clappison is out of touch with his constituents.  Over the years I have written to Mr Clappison on a number of relevant subjects at the time which were important to me.  Not once have I ever received a reply.  On two occasions I have also written to Watford's local MP, Clare Ward.  On both occasions I have received a long letter in reply explaining the current Parliamentary stance on the issue and her opinions on it.  And all this with out being one of her constituents.  I am quite frankly baffled by Mr Clappison's rude lack of response.  Maybe it is because I live in the small part of Watford that falls into Hertsmere.  Maybe because his mortgage free main home is in Leeds and his mortgage free second home is in London Colony, rather than in his electorate are of Hertsmere, he has failed to understand that part of Watford does indeed have a say in who will represent Hertsmere in Parliament.  Or maybe, despite the expectation to employ someone to respond on his behalf with his MP wages, and the addition of his extra income from his 22 rental properties in Yorkshire and the additional £102,241 claimed in expense on his second home, he has decided he cannot afford to employ an assistant to reply on his behalf and is far to busy himself.  I am undecided how I will vote in the coming election, but Mr Clappison can rest assured that it will not be for him.

Yours Truly


Good Morning!  As it's breakfast time, I thought I'd share a breakfast recipe.  I'm going to call it Muesli for Matrimonial Bliss, or Warm Banana Muesli for to everyone else.  It's a healthy, warming breakfast, perfect for setting you up for the day ahead as we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  This recipe serves 2 people.

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp Sunflower Seeds
1 Tbsp Pumpkin Seeds
1 Tbsp Millet Seeds
1 Tbsp  Almonds
2 Tbsp Rasins
1/2 pint Skimmed Milk
2 Bananas

Put the seeds, nuts and rasins into a small saucepan with the milk and bring to the boil.  Slice the bananas and add to the mixture.  Simmer for 3 minutes.  Serve the Muesli hot.


‘Would this be it?  Would she be there this year?” Hugh Dušan thought, sipping a black coffee in a pavement cafe by the river Vltava.  His throat burned as he swallowed the scalding, thick, bitter tasting liquid.  Today was their 10th wedding anniversary, or at least it would have been if he knew where she was.  Three years ago Edda had vanished without a word.
Edda; beautiful with her long, black curls, always smelling of coconut and papaya, and her dark, olive complexion, skin like velvet to the touch.  He missed her so much.  They’d met here, in Prague, some 13 years ago.  How romantic the Charles Bridge looked that night as they’d strolled across.  It was all lit up, reflecting it’s own image in the waters of the Vltava.  Hugh checked his watch.  ‘If she comes, she’ll be at the bridge at dusk’ he told himself. 
They’d been back in Prague when Edda disappeared. She had been waiting for him in a little restaurant not far from here.  Hugh was late thanks to an urgent call from work.  By the time Hugh arrived, she had gone.  She must have left in a hurry as she left her handbag behind.  Hugh tried to find her, but there was no trace of her, not in Prague nor their home in Oxford, not even with her family in Italy.  Eventually he returned to Prague hoping one day she would return.

The air turned bitter as dusk descended.  Hugh knew it was time.  He pulled on his overcoat, pulling it tight to his neck, and walked towards the bridge.  He paused at the bridge, closed his eyes.  ‘Tonight, please be here tonight.’ he prayed.  Just then Hugh smelt the familiar scent of coconut and papaya.  He opened his eyes.  There she was, a few steps ahead, tall and elegant her long, black curls turning silver.  “Edda,Edda”  She didn’t seem to hear him.  Hugh took a few steps towards her.  A sharp pain pierced his stomach.  He doubled over and clutched at it.  He looked down and saw his hands were covered in blood.  “Edda, Edda.”  This time she turned around.  Had she heard him?  The blood continued to pour as he fell against the Bridge’s wall.  She was coming over, she must have seen him, but why wasn’t she running?  Why wasn’t anyone helping him?  He felt himself growing weaker.  ‘Not dying,' he thought ‘No, this was an entirely new feeling.  Fading.’

This was the first time Edda had dared come back here.  It was 3 years since Hugh’s murder.  The grief had been unbearable for so long.  Today was her first step to breaking free from it’s grasp.  She knelt by the wall where it had happened, placing a single long-stemmed red rose there, tears stinging her eyes.  Quietly she spoke to the wall “Hugh, I will always love you, but it’s been long enough.”  She got up and walked towards the Old Square knowing she would never return.


I have a whole bunch of Jewellery and Tiaras I made a while ago to sell on ebay.  I sold on necklace and got great feedback, but made very little due to the charges for all the other listings.  I still have all the other items, but loathe selling anything on ebay anymore.  Should I try Etsy or Folksy instead?  Theoretically I could use both, or I could pus aside my ebay hate and go back to selling there.  What do you think? Also, how do I decide how much each item is worth?

I'll set up a flicker account and upload all the photos when I get a chance.  In the meantime, here's one of my pieces.



I've been toying with the idea of making some DIY favours for the ladies at my wedding. I recently did a trial run and made up 10 Coconut lip balms using organic, fairtrade ingredients. They were surprisingly easy to do and turned out really well. They smell fantastic, have a great texture and make my lips really soft. I also really enjoyed making them! I'm thinking of trying a few more flavours before I decide on the final selection. I would also like to try an add a little colour too them so they will give the ladies a rosy tint to their lips.

Making the lip balms gave me an idea for my hen weekend. I'm now thinking of expanding my cosmetic experimentation and making up a little travel bag of useful items for my hens. I'm thinking shampoo, shower gel and maybe a body butter. I'm not sure what flavour yet though. So what do you think? If they come out well, maybe I can sell them through my possible future business. Wedding Planning is teaching me so many new skills!


D x



I'm not there yet, but I'm planning! I live on the outskirts of a large town in the home counties, near London. I'm getting married this year and my future husband would like us to move back to his native Ireland and live in the country. As and when we do this, I will be quitting work and having to find something to do at home. I have 2 or 3 novels on the go, so finishing them is a possibility. I also like to make things - jewellery, crafts, body care products etc. I also like to cook, alot.

Whilst preparing for my wedding and future life as Mrs D-M I'd like to share with you things I've made, recipes and general ideas. I would also appreciate feedback and suggestions, and why not share your favourite recipes with me too!

D x


 
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