Wednesday, 26 December 2007
Thursday, 13 December 2007
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
Thursday, 15 November 2007
Sunday, 7 October 2007
Monday, 1 October 2007
Tuesday, 25 September 2007
Saturday, 15 September 2007
Friday, 14 September 2007
Monday, 10 September 2007
Thursday, 30 August 2007
Saturday, 18 August 2007
Thursday, 16 August 2007
Monday, 13 August 2007
The famous Perseid meteor shower which has been observed for about 2000 years, with the first known information on these meteors coming from the Far East. The shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the greatest activity between August 8 and 14, peaking about August 12. During the peak, the rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour. To experience the shower in its full, one should observe in the dark of a clear moonless night, from a point far outside any large cities, where stars are not dimmed by light pollution. The Perseids have a broad peak, so the shower is visible for several nights. On any given night, activity starts slowly in the evening but picks up by 11 p.m., when the radiant gets reasonably high in the sky. The meteor rate increases steadily through the night as the radiant rises higher, peaking just before the sky starts to get light, roughly 1½ to 2 hours before sunrise.
Wednesday, 8 August 2007
Recipe for yummy chocolate and courgette muffins...
Preparation 15 minutes. Cooking 35 minutes
All sorts of good things can be tucked into a batch of muffins, in this case, dark chocolate and cherries for flavour and courgettes for a light, moist texture. Improvise muffin cases with 15cm x 15cm squares of baking parchment.
Makes 12 muffins: 170g good dark chocolate, about 70% cocoa solids 200g plain white flour 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 110g caster sugar finely grated zest of 1 orange 100g dried cherries, roughly chopped 225g courgettes, finely grated 2 medium eggs 175ml mild olive oil or sunflower oil
1 Heat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan oven) gas mark 4 and line the cups of a 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases or squares of non-stick baking parchment.
2 Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of hot water, stirring until smooth with a spatula that can later be used to scrape every last drop of chocolate into the muffin mixture. Keep warm.
3 Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Mix in the caster sugar, orange zest and dried cherries, followed by the grated courgettes.
4 In a bowl or blender, whisk together the eggs and oil. Stir this mixture into the dry ingredients, followed by the warm, melted chocolate.
5 Divide the mixture between the prepared muffin cases and bake for about 35 minutes or until they are well risen and a skewer inserted gently into the centre of a muffin comes out clean.
6 Allow to cool on a wire rack.
Thursday, 26 July 2007
we were meant to be going camping for Alfie's 4th birthday, but because of the floods we had to stay at home :( so we all went for a cowboys and indian's cook out instead! (in between showers!)
All the children had homemade Indian headdresses made from ribbons and feathers that we had been collecting for months and they all had Indian names such as running bear, sitting bull and howling wolf.
Thursday, 12 July 2007
Sunday, 24 June 2007
chunky salmon fillets
chunky cod fillets
smaller amount of smoked haddock
fresh double cream
1. hard boil eggs, when cooked cut them in half. Boil and dice carrots
2. place all chunks of fish in pie dish and cover with ample amounts of cream
3. add spinach, eggs and diced carrots and lightly season
4. cover pie dish with pastry
5. make fish shapes out of pastry and poke their heads through the pastry crust so they can gaze at the stars!
6. serve with hot creamy mashed potato and peas!
Monday, 18 June 2007
Alfie and Bella on Portheras beach!
Tuesday, 29 May 2007
Monday, 28 May 2007
Friday, 11 May 2007
Tuesday, 8 May 2007
Monday, 7 May 2007
Wednesday, 2 May 2007
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Tuesday, 24 April 2007
Monday, 9 April 2007
Friday, 6 April 2007
We raced 100 ducks - the rubber kind you find in your bath - merrily down the stream, getting stuck in all of the undergrowth as they went!
You can take part in the Great British Duck Race on 2nd September along the River Thames and choose to support Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust when you choose your duck...