Friday, 5 February 2016

Albuferia Postcards Part 2

Well it has taken me ages to put up the second part of this post, better late than never! Albuferia is a city in the Algarve, Portugal, where we went last summer for our holiday.

The recollections of this place/holiday are as follows:

It was extremely hot (for me and my mother)
The old part was a 20 min walk from our hotel and in that heat it was torture!
Some of town was interesting, away from the tourist bits
There were some fabulous views of the sea
We went on a wonderful dolphin spotting boat trip
It was unfortunate that we were not able to visit Faro for the day.
The marina was very colourful indeed.

This year Alessio and I, along with my father are going again to Portgual, but this time to The Azores! Alessio and I will also have 4 days in Porto too and my dad will be seeing what Lisbon has to offer.

Wishing you all a great weekend!

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Photo of the Week - Museum Sign

While we were in Scotland over the Christmas period we had a day in Edinburgh, we visited the Castle and wondered around this lovely city. While walking down the Royal Mile I looked down a lane and spotted the sign for The Writers` Museum. I have never been to this museum and didn`t even know where it was, but now I do!

Monday, 1 February 2016

January Reading

Goodbye January and hello February! So in January I got through 5 books and most of them I really enjoyed. The first book I already mentioned in my last post about the scones. I am also going to do a reading challenge of my own, which is to read at least one crime novel set in different countries, well obviously I have started quite good with 3 books that cover this challenge!

The Chessmen by Peter May is the final book in the trilogy and it was a good read. Set in the Western Isle as were the other two, it involves Fin Macleod who is now head of security of a private estate. A plane is uncovered after a long long time and the questions are who is on the plane and was this person murdered. It has made me want to visit this part of Scotland!

Unwanted by Kristina Ohlsson is the first in the series of Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht, this was also a good read. I already have another one of this series to read. It is set in Sweden, a young child is taken off a train, no ones sees anything. The police team are tasked with finding out the answers before something happens to the child.

Buried by Jussi Adler-Olsen, this was the book that I did not enjoy so much, I cannot really say why, set in Copenhagen it is another crime book. The detective is Carl Morck and he heads Department Q which looks at cold cases.

Finally The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins which I am sure most people know about this book. It is to be made into a film with Emily Blunt, I enjoyed this book, it sounds like an Agatha Christie and in fact I thought it might be little like it. I suppose it is a little like one as the lead character Rachel takes it onto herself to investigate some suspicious circumstances.

Other books news!

If you are waiting for the next Fifty Shades, it will only be out next year but they announced who will play Mrs Robinson. A good choice I think!

It is all about the name when it comes to a book being a bestseller

Good for this young girl!

Some Potter news, Beatrix Potter that is!

Friday, 29 January 2016

Homemade Scones

Today Alessio and I decided to make scones while he was home during lunch, he likes to bake. The recipe came from the book in the photos, The Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond. I really enjoyed this book, it is about Evie who inherits a beach cafe in Cornwall after her aunt died. At first she is not sure if she wants or if she is able to run a cafe, especially when her life is in Oxford.

350g self-raising flour
a quarter of salt
1 tsp baking powder
85g butter
3 tbsp caster sugar
175ml milk
1 beaten egg  (to glaze)

220 degrees for oven

Mix the flour, salt and baking powder. Cut the butter into cubes then rub into the mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and make a well into the mixture.

Warm the milk and pour it into the dry mix and stir to combine to a dough.

Knead the dough for a bit and then with a roller, roll out to about 4cm deep. The recipe says it makes 8 scones but we made more around 12.

Once you have cut out the shapes, put them onto a baking tray and brush the tops with the egg. Put into the oven for 10mins.

I had to have whipped cream with them and of course jam!

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I thought I would try a new section so with each post I will mention a few articles that I have found interesting on the web!

In other news around the world a teenage blogger claims it is cheaper to go via Berlin on a trip from Sheffield and Essex. 

A new movie coming out called Whiskey tango foxtrot looks funny, it has the great Tina Fey.

Alessio and I will be visiting Cologne in April, so here are some tips for us!

Monday, 25 January 2016

Little Robin Redbreast

Last week in the garden we put up a bird feeder, and I had honestly forgotten all about it until I was looking out the window and saw a robin. Then on another day I saw another one, and he was hopping around on the grass. I was quite happy to see one as I am not sure if I have ever seen one before!

Friday, 22 January 2016

Nymphenburg Palace Munich

Three years ago I went to Munich for a long weekend for a wedding, my friend Janet got married that weekend. During that weekend my camera got stolen and for these photos I borrowed the camera from Claire, she sent me the photos but for some reason I have only now found them!

On the Saturday afternoon with Claire and Aimee we visited the Nymphenburg Palace, yes it was bloody freezing! This amazing Baroque palace was the main summer residence of the Bavarian Monarchs. Sadly we were too late to visit inside so we wondered around outside for as long as humanly possible! The geese were not so bothered by the freezing temperatures anyway!

I would visit it again so I can visit inside and hopefully in warmer weather too! As you can imagine it is one of the top tourist attractions that Munich has to offer! Afterwards if I remember correctly we stopped somewhere for hot chocolate!

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Photo of the Week - Isle of May

Photo of the week is from Cellardyke, Scotland on 31st December 2015 we had a short walk on the beach and rocks. It turned into an adventure, trying not to slip or fall and we all had a great a laugh. In the end Alessio and my mother fell down.

This is the Isle of May, a National Nature Reserve, the ferry takes 45mins from Anstruther, where you can visit for the day. I have never been, maybe one day we will do this trip!