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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Old adventures . . . at Oliver Cromwell's Castle

Oliver Cromwell's Castle, Tresco, Isles of Scilly

We visited the Isles of Scilly on our honeymoon, although I have been here a number of times previously as well.

Oliver Cromwell's Castle is found on the island of Tresco, it is a lovely walk to the castle and great to climb in it's ruins. You can see the island of Bryher across the straits.

This photo was taken when we were there for our honeymoon in June 2011.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Adventures in Wales in September - Morfa Nefyn & Pwllheli

On the last day of our adventures we visited Morfa Nefyn a beautiful little penisular with a golf course on it...

The peninsular from Morfa Nefyn

The 3 Musketeers ready for the adventure

Beautiful bays... and blue sea...

...& a pub right on the shore...

...with a fab view over the bay...

...and beyond....

....they were building a new life boat centre so...

...our path was diverted up some scaffolding stairs....

...which took us to the top of the headland...

...with views back over the pub.

Later we visited Pwllheli...where we saw a forlorn heron....

....a river mouth...

...filled with lots of boats.

This is until next years holidaying adventures :)

Friday, 25 October 2013

Chocolate fudge cake with the help of Carnation!

If you are an avid follower of my FOODY FRIDAY blog posts you may remember me raving about Carnation Caramel?

Well, I thought that I would try another recipe from the Carnation website.

Carnation Chocolate Fudge Cake

For the full recipe click the link above to go to the Carnation webpage.

This was the result of my cake...

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Perhaps my icing could have been a bit neater...

...but it tasted fab!!!!!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Old adventures . . . in the favelas

Fortaleza, Brasil - the favelas (slums) and rich tower blocks

This photo was taken on my gap year in Brasil in 2004-5. We wanted a photo which showed the great extremes of poverty next to wealth and this was just perfect.

The favelas are the slums, built with whatever they can find right up to the beach, ready to get washed away at the next rainy season and further around the bay is the tourist area with the rich tower blocks of nice flats, hotels and offices.

This photo was taken about a 10 minute walk from the area we were living in, Carlito Pamplona.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Adventures in Wales in September - Harlech Castle

We had a lovely day trip out to Harlech Castle and ate yummy Welsh Cakes in a small cafe!!!

The Kings of the Castle

View from the moat bridge towards Snowdonia

High up on the tower

Great views of the Irish Sea

The view towards Criccieth Castle, can you imagine these sand dunes were sea when the castle was built

Looking straight down over the edge of the castle tower....SCARY!

The inner courtyard

View from the front door!

Snowdonia from the castle walls

Inner courtyard from high up on the castle walls

I enjoyed the Welsh Cakes so much they did not survive long enough to be photographed :)

Friday, 18 October 2013

Egg fried rice

Egg fried rice


Ham chunks or bacon lardons (Optional for vegetarians)
Tin of garden peas
Carrot cubed
Half a cup of rice
2 eggs
Splash of Soy sauce
Splash of Fish sauce

Frying the rice


  1. Boil the rice in 1 cup of water, until cooked.
  2. Pre-cook the peas and carrots.
  3. Heat the oil until hot & fry the bacon lardons or ham until starting to brown.
  4. Add the rice, carrots, peas, soy sauce & fish sauce and fry for a minute.
  5. Push the rice mix to one side of the pan and crack the eggs into the clear side. Leave for a minute or 2 to start cooking, then scramble and mix in the rice. Cook for another few minutes until the egg is nicely cooked whilst continually stirring.
Serve with a nice juicy piece of meat or eat as a meal by itself.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Old adventures . . . at the Sphinx

In 2006 I had the opportunity to visit Egypt with some of my university friends and we had our own personal tour guides (Egyptian university friends). It was a fab trip to see a bit of the world...

...and the SPHINX and PYRAMIDS.

Myself at the Sphinx in Egypt

Monday, 14 October 2013

Adventures in Wales in September - Coastal walk nr Porthmadog

We walked from Porthmadog along the coastal path towards Borth-y-Gest and beyond...


Another view of Borth-y-Gest


Beautiful Borth-y-Gest boats and sky

View from coastal path

More beautiful Welsh coastline

A steam train across the bay

A slightly closer photo of the steam train

Marvellous scenic Snowdonia

Another beautiful view

And another...

My nephew refusing to smile for the camera

But we got a sneaky shot of him with Uncle Luke but still no smile...

Possibly a smile doing 1, 2, 3s with Granny and Uncle Luke

Contentment whilst walking with Grandad

A close-up hedgerow

Dewy grass

Dewy grass with pretty pink flowers

The beach we found...

...with a house nearly on it...

...but we wanted better so we built a castle...

...for the nephews to enjoy!!

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