Monthly Archives: March 2009


These are just waiting to be used ….


Bit early for jam making, suppose I could try making some marmalade or even some chutney.

Any suggestions ??


After living in this house for 4 years and doing nothing in the garden apart from planting a flag pole cherry tree and some Rhubarb.

I finally excepted that I wont be moving on for sometime or maybe even neverimage.

So the result of that was going out and buying a gooseberry bush and 2 dwarf apple trees.

I can taste the gooseberries already ๐Ÿ™‚ 

The intension had been to get only one apple tree but I didn’t realize you need others to pollinate them, so the end result was 2 trees.

A Red Pippin eating apple, sweet juicy and cox like, also a Blenheim Orange  which is a cooking or eating apple with an aromatic flavour.

Geoff will come over on Wednesday to plant them for me.

Then I hope they bare lots of fruit so I can repay him with endless crumbles and pies.

Next I may even get some flowers ๐Ÿ™‚


I often worry that I have not been a good Mum.

I wonder if they could have a better life if only I had pushed them more when at school.

I know I managed the best I could on my own with two boys.

People are quick to criticize but in truth they have no idea what its like.

Even I would not admit how hard it was at times to be away from family and friends and have no help

We have been through a lot together and at times we have hated the sight of each other.

They are now becoming independent young men and I realize leaving them at weekends has been good for them.

They work out how to do things even when “Mum” is not here to ferry them around.

As a result we have a happy friendly relationship.cumbrian way 068

Nothing prepared me though for the Lovely Mothers day gifts they had for me on my return from walking The Cumbria way.

I expected Money for new walking socks but I also had a huge card… an ornamental pot of flowers with the message “if mums were flowers I’d pick you”…..  and a DVD film called PS I love you. 

When asked why they choose that film I was told because its a book your reading ๐Ÿ™‚

So maybe I am not such a bad Mum after all  ๐Ÿ™‚

The Cumbria Way

As most of you will know I was away with Geoff  last week doing what we enjoy….  walking !

At the very last minute it was decided that we would make our way up to the Lake cumbrian way 002District.

We left  Cambridge on the Wednesday and stopped over with friends in Elland, having a lovely morning walk along the canal on the Thursday before heading off to Kendal.

In Kendal our lovely friends, George and Jacquie, put us up over night then George drove us to Ulverston early on the Friday morning.

The Plan was to see how far along The Cumbria Way we could walk in 3 days.

Day 1. We went from Ulverston to Skelwith a total of 24 miles walked, not including the 2 miles to the pub ! Coming into Coniston along the lake was a beautiful walk.

Day 2. We went from Skelwith to Keswick a total of 22 miles walked, again coming into Keswick by Derwent water just as the sun was setting.

Day 3. We went from Keswick to Caldbeck a total of 19 miles walked, amazing views as we skirted round Skiddaw.

George then came and picked us up at Caldbeck and we stayed in Kendal another night before returning home.

Towards the end of Day 3 I had my first major slip while out walking and I fell into Grainsgill Beck.3376053029_fa6b1642de

I can tell you it was freezing and for a moment I thought I was going to be swept right back down to the bottom of the beck . Luckily for me my ruc-sac got caught between 2 rocks.

Thankfully  I always carry spare kit so had a full set of dry clothing to change into and this was a good reminder of why we always carry it.

At times we found the route hard to follow and sometimes confusing but don’t let this put you off, as this walk was truly beautiful.

We were lucky to have the most fantastic weather too.

This was the most I have ever walked in such a short time, so I  came home very happy and high from all the fresh air and sunshine.

Photos can be seen here.. and …here

Gone walking…

Well I have a few days off work so Geoff and I are off to do some walking.

Take a seat and wait a while and I am sure I will be posting some thing soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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Walking and weight loss – what’s realistic – some data

Found this information on, its interesting / depressing reading.

It makes me think that walking is more for maintaining weight rather than for loosing weight.

“1 pound of fat is equivalent to 3,500 Calories. So to lose 1lb in weight you need to expend 3500 Calories more than you’ve consumed.

The calories expended (and therefore the weight lost) when walking depends on a number of factors – crucially your level of fitness, your weight and the distance walked.

A good rule of thumb is that a reasonably active person weighing 168 lbs (12 stones) walking at approximately 2 mph will consume just under 100 Calories per mile walked.

Putting this another way, on a 6 hour walk over mixed terrain with an average walking speed of 2 mph:

a 14 stones person (196 pounds) will burn 1370 Calories (approx.)
a 13 stones person (182 pounds) will burn 1300 Calories (approx.) and
a 12 stones person (168 pounds) will burn 1190 Calories (approx.)

Perhaps surprisingly, you’ll actually expend a little more energy walking at slower speeds because your lack of momentum will mean that each step is more ‘energy imageconsuming’.

On the other hand, at a higher walking speed you are likely to be using more muscle groups (e.g. by swinging your arms) which will also have the effect of increasing the calories burnt per step.

It’s also possible to increase the calories expended by using walking poles. In fact, this is the source of some of the benefits provided by Nordic Walking.

Predictably perhaps, walking uphill does consume significantly more calories than walking on the flat at the same speed. However, walking downhill also uses more calories because you use energy to resist your downward momentum.

Uphill/downhill sections will increase the effect on your quads (the muscles at the front of your thighs that lift your legs). If you want to increase the impact on your hamstrings, hip flexors and buttocks – lengthen your stride and walk faster.

If you’ve experienced a ‘second wind’ along a stretch of asphalt road at the end of a long, long day – then this may be because walking on asphalt or concrete also require less energy than walking on clay or sand.”

On the other hand if we use our pedometers and walk 3,000 steps over 30 minutes, five days a week รขโ‚ฌโ€ or 1,000 steps for 10 minutes a day as reported in this article bought to my attention by Geoff.

Then maybe walking would be helpful for weight loss.

I suppose we all have to decide what’s right for us and just do what we enjoy  ๐Ÿ™‚

As requested…

The recipe for the delish slimming world chips.

Peel potatoes and cut into chunky chips, I cut mine into wedges.

switch oven on at 200c spray the bottom of a non stick tray with oil.

Par boil potatoes for aprox 5 min’s and have tray warming in oven at same time.

Drain potatoes and shake them in a colander to rough up.

Add to hot tray, spray with oil ,sprinkle with salt.

Then bake for aprox 45 min’s depending on how brown you like your chips.

During the 45 min’s give them a shake or two and another spray of oil.

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Supper for two….

With Geoff going off on his travels soon, I am making the most of the next few weekends while I still have someone to cook for.

I have a few recipes I want to try before he goes.cup 007

This weekend it was a Sea bass recipe.

Baked in the oven with fennel, leeks, red pepper, lemon and dill.

All wrapped in foil with some wine then baked for about half an hour.

Served with the best baby potatoes and green beans.

It really was delish.

I used Sea bass fillets but whole Sea bass would do just aswell.