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Today has been a fab day enjoying the sights of Cambridge with H2B, his mum, sister and cousin visiting from Aus.  As well as a comedy narrated punting tour we wandered the many streets, shops and colleges and had a very yummy lunch at Teri-Aki.   Here’s some pics of the day, including my sushi lunch:

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A dramatic dog rescue.  Yes, I’ve had a bit of a dramatic morning.

My occasional drive in (I usually cycle to work) along the V4 in Milton Keynes took a dramatic turn when a little jack russel ran out of a Farm House and across the road in front of my car.  Luckily it was a little bit ahead of me with no cars in front so I saw the little dog from a way off and had time to slow down.  At the next roundabout I turned back, thinking to myself that this is someone’s pet that has escaped, if it was my Dog I would definitely hope that some one would bring him back.

I parked up on the side of the road and walked up the redway to where the little guy had run up into the bushes.  He was friendly enough and had that ‘oops, I’ve been a bad dog’ look.  So I scooped him up and started walking toward the Farm House to return him home when another car stopped and asked if I had just found that dog as he saw it go under a car.   Realising then that my right hand (supporting the dogs back legs) was warm, wet and covered in blood.

The man from the other car was a great help and we took the poor little dog back to the house, which was empty, so we phoned the number on his collar – no answer, left a message.   Hmmm, can’t leave a bleeding dog lying on the porch….

Not knowing whether to take him to the vets or wait around we eventually found a path at the back of the house that led to the farm.  A brief wander through hay, mud and cowpats and we found the owner who was really grateful, thanked us and said he’d be off to the vets!  Luckily I think the little dog only had a cut to the top of it’s leg just under the tail and had a very lucky escape!

So now I’ve got the blood off my top, cleaned my shoes and was only 15 mins late to work.  What a morning!

Good deed for the day = check.

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CIMG3973Here they are! The first ‘crop’ of potatoes from my garden! Very exciting!

Although I don’t have very green fingers, I love the outdoors and if nothing else – have plenty of motivation for growing my own.  Lettuce and rocket are the main growers in the mini greenhouse and I’ve got 4 tomatoe plants on the go (no actual tomatoes yet.)  Apart from Lettuce my main success so far has been 5 weenie, but extremely tasty strawberries.

I don’t have a big garden and it’s all patio so everything is dotted around in pots and tubs.  Many months ago some potatoes we had got left over and started to sprout, so I stuck them in the bottom of a big tub and as the leaves grew up, I kept adding soil to grow the plant right up to the top.  After months of foliage a couple of flowers appeared and then dropped off so I thought it must be time to take a look.  And here are the results! Enough for me and H2B for dinner and lots left for lunch as well! result!

After a quick wash – they came out of the soil practically clean – I boiled them and served just with some butter melted in and a few spring onions sliced on top.  Absolutely declicious!

I’ll definitely be bunging a few more left over spuds in pots next year!

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This Saturday sees the return of a fantastic annual event – ‘Olney 7s’  – at our beloved Olney RFC.  With loads of teams entered and a big turnout expected (especially if the weather stays this good) the Ladies team are planning to quench thirsts, fill appetites and send the crowd wild with our ‘Tea Room’ style baked goods.  Just in case the weather turns nasty we’ll be running round under umbrellas with flasks of hot tea and coffee!

My contribution is going to be two treats which I baked and took into work a few weeks ago for my birthday.  First up in the oven will be ‘Carrott Cake’ (a la Delia Smith) which initially looked a disaster (left out Bicarbonate of soda – oops!) but eventually after a bit longer cooking it did rise up and tasted fantastic.

And followed by Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies which are a little bit of chocolate heaven, rich, dense and all gooey!

As well as all the tasty cakes and treats on offer we’re also going to be selling strawberries and cream to compliment our ‘Team Room’ style stall, fingers crossed that the weather holds out and we have a great sunny day!

I’ll remember to post up pictures of my tasty delights!

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