How Old?

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‘You’re married?!’


‘How old are you?’


‘How long have you been married for?’

‘Two years.’

‘You are too young to be married.’

I am wondering how many more years of this conversation I must endure before I become a socially acceptable age to be married….

According to internet research (cough google) the average age to get married isbetween 25 and 29….but individually woman at 28 and men at 30. Congratulations to my husband he is the correct age but I fall short of societies expectations.

I should really have a stock answer. A sarcastic one. A lie perhaps? Tell them I am 16…tell them I am 56. Or perhaps that they should mind their own business? Can I please add that these comments have always been from people I hardly know, and then never spend time getting to know them any further if I am honest.

So when…

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As a homage to the wonderful recent post by cookingwithoutlimits on 10 great countires for food. I am reposting this Italian recipe. The wild boar pasta is a coupl of posts before if you scroll down, hope you enjoy it

A Taste of two Cities


To bring my little Italian detour sadly to an end. I hesitate before revealing the name of this veritable little ‘Brigadoon’ of a village…..the added bonus being the journey to get there took us through some of the most stunning countryside in Tuscany


My daughter, Kate, bought us a book about the loveliest ‘secret’ villages in Tuscany for Christmas last year and it is in this book that I stumbled across ‘Quirca d’Orca’ I must add that I am not too worried that I am going to introduce it mass tourism, as it took us three attempts to actually find it and that was with the GPS. It obviously evaded others also, as we spent about four hours in this lovely little hamlet, and only saw two other non residents’  (an American couple)

imgp3645 The almost hidden entrance to the village

Sleepy little back streets, a plethora of medieval buildings (many…

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In response to a request, here is my popular post on The Catacombs of Paris – plus a nice little curry for these cold winter days…..

A Taste of two Cities

Chick pea curry Perfect Halloween supper!

Halloween is approaching and soon we are going to be flooded with recipes for pumpkin soup and pumpkin pie, so I thought that I would get in early with a pumpkin curry – well actually it is ‘Butternut squash and chickpea curry’, but a pumpkin would do just as well.

Halloween conjures up images of witches and ghouls, (though in France ‘Toussaint’s’ is a little different and I will talk about this closer to the time) so what better place to go ghost hunting than in the Paris Catacombs………….

The Catacombs, or to give them their official name ‘The Municipal Ossuary’ date back to the end of the 18th century, when the ‘Cemetery of the Innocents’ near the present day ‘Les Halles’, became overcrowded (not surprising as it had been in existence for around 1,000 years!) and a health hazard.
All burials…

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Traditional Christmas Cake

By popular demand!

A Taste of two Cities


As it is time to start thinking about what you have in your store cupboards in preparation for making a Christmas cake, here by popular demand, here is my traditional British Christmas cake recipe reposted from last year for those of you who missed it and the many of you who have contacted me asking me to post it again…..
There are no hard and fast rules when making a ‘traditional’ British Christmas cake, some use treacle, others syrup, some dark soft brown sugar and others light, some add ground almonds or walnuts and some use glacé cherries and candied peel.
I prefer a lighter fruitier, less sweet cake, so I do not include syrup or treacle, or glacé cherries or candy peel, and as my daughter is allergic to almonds I leave them out also, and only put marzipan on the top of the cake, so it is easier for…

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A Big Impact

More,words of wisdom from a very old head on ypung shoulders. Loving this blog

The Bible in a Year

We don’t always realise the impact that we can have on others. Sometimes we can leave a lasting impression on someone for all the right reasons, and sometimes, unfortunately, for the wrong.

As I have delved into Exodus, the stories in the Old Testament again have been pieced together. I feel ignorant for not realising the chains and links between the stories, and only knowing the single tales on their own. They are all linked, of course they are!
This piecing together reminds me of when I first moved to Liverpool from North Wales. I knew pockets of areas such as town, the airport, Sefton Park, but I did not know the linking roads to get me from one to another without travelling home and touching base in the middle.
Liverpool has now linked itself up and I know how to get from A to B, and also when to…

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Big Shoes to Fill…

This is a wonderful new blog that I have begun following, check it out

The Bible in a Year

Big shoes to fill?

Taking on a new position at work is difficult. Taking on someone else’s position who has been doing that job for 15 years is even more difficult.

I like to think of myself as a team player but I am also a leader. Having worked freelance and essentially working on my own, and my own terms, for the past 5 years to be put into someone else’s set job has been an interesting experience. I have discovered a lot about myself, or reaffirmed things at least!
I don’t like being told what to do, or even worse being told how someone else used to do what I am being told to do.

Which got me thinking about the phrase ‘big shoes to fill,’ which is a phrase which has been said to me this week. That I had big shoes to fill. Interesting.

Sorry, this is…

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Cetona and tomato and chorizo salad


This time last year we were in Tuscany and this year we were back again enjoying all the fresh home grow produce from the wonderful garden including home produced olive oil, red and white wine, home made bread, fresh laid eggs, and home grown tomatoes, peppers, courgettes, chillis, shallots, garlic, peaches, plums, pears, melons.

This veritable garden of Eden is just outside the sleepy little hilltop village of Cetona, and it felt just like going home to us, sitting taking a morning coffee (me) or early apero (Monsieur le Frog) with the locals in the café in the square and wandering the pretty streets searching for a different angle to photograph from last year.


This year a bit of a theme has emerged and I have photographed some rather swish scooters in various locations around Tuscany / Umbria also.


I have been taken by the architecture – mainly ‘arches’ that I noticed are an integral part to Tuscan life, and the beautiful ornate street lights which you can see adorning many walls – as last year, other people’s washing has continued to interest me, so you will be treated to a glimpse of Tuscany life over the next few posts, with a few simple recipes thrown in………



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When we arrived after an 8 hour drive from the French Alps, all this was waiting for us, along with some chorizo, so I quickly knocked together a tomato and chorizo salad (I ‘dry fried’ the chorizo until it was crisp and drizzled the tomatoes with a dressing made of the home produced olive oil and red wine), I seasoned it with freshly ground sea slat and black pepper and sprinkled dt with fresh basil from the garden and we mopped it up with Fabio’s home made bread – food of the Gods……


No meal would be complete without a glass of wine made from the home grown grape….

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Two more cheerful little scooters parked in Cetona