Charity Event – “Time for Tea”

Join us for a late morning / early afternoon of tea, coffee, juice, cakes, games and more. We’re raising money for two amazing charities, and we’d love you to be a part of it.

Homemade cakes and biscuits, including:

Monkey Bread!
Lemon Drizzle!
Cupcakes!
Shortbread!

Tea, coffee and juice will also be available.

If you’re in the area, please come on down…

Tarbock Village Hall, Netherley Road, Tarbock Green nr. Prescot, Merseyside, L35 1QG

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Day 15 – My 100th Post

Well ladies and gentlemen, I have done it.  This is my 100th post.

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I should really write about something really interesting, or something that would make people laugh or go “ooooo”, but…  I am actually struggling in what to write.

I know…  I’ll do a list.

Here’s some *myths* thought of the English (and some truths too…) with some pictures to help!

  • We are very polite (obviously never met me)
  • We like to queue (ok, a little bit of truth in that one)
  • We say “pip pip” and “tally ho old chap” (only in a joke…  Unless you’re posh)
  • We eat crumpets all the time (hardly – they’re too expensive)

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  • We eat ‘English Muffins’ all the time (nope – actually, that’s more of an American thing)

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  • We all love scones (as long as they come plastered with jam and clotted cream)

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  • We have bad teeth (we have ‘real’ teeth – we don’t get our teeth capped at the first opportunity)
  • We all eat fish & chips (quite true!)
  • We don’t complain (ha!  Actually, we complain all the time – “waiter!  This meal isn’t fit enough for the rats in your kitchen!”
  • We all come from London (wrong!)
  • You can drive to Paris for a day trip (yeah, because it’d only take you 8hr 19 to get there from where I live (thank you Google directions 😀  ha ha))
  • We are all British (I’m English.  I am not Scottish, not Welsh, not Irish…  I am not British.  I am English)
  • We’re all upper-class (nope – I’m good old ‘working class’ and proud)
  • Tea-drinkers (ok, this one is true too)
  • We all drink from china teacups, and we have to have a saucer (tea does taste better from a china cup, but give me a builders mug any day)
  • We all know the Queen (of course, dear, she comes round for tea and crumpets, daily; lol)

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  • Warm beer (nope.  Lager is served from the fridge – Beer (i.e. bitter, real ale, stout) is served at room temperature)
  • Football hooligans (mmm…  So, so.  Yes, the majority of the hooligans come from England, but not every football fan is a hooligan – Oh!  By the way…  That’s ‘soccer’ to you Americans 😛  ha ha x)
  • It always rains in England (almost completely true!)
  • We swear too much (yep)
  • We all live in castles (of course!  I’ll just let my hair down from the tower…)
  • We give our foods unusual names, such as toad in the hole, Welsh rarebit and bangers & mash (true!)
  • Everyone owns a dog, and looks after it better than themselves or their children (nope)
  • We’re all cricket fans (actually, a minority like cricket)
  • We all have a stiff-upper lip (hmmm…)
  • We’re all Morris Dancers (again, nope – I can’t stand it)

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  • We eat jellied eels…  (Eww! *bluergh*)

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  • Everyone is a chef (not true, although the worlds’ most famous chefs are English)
  • We’re all for ‘Queen and Country’ (maybe 50 years ago…)
  • We all smoke (not true)
  • We’re all prudes (actually, we’re not quite up to scratch with Germany, but we’re definitely not prudish)
  • We have mastered sarcasm (absolute truth)
  • We have all had a nanny or an au pair as a child (thanks Supernanny and Mary Poppins, but not everyone can afford you)
  • Everyone in England is pale skinned (if you a true Brit, you should be pale skinned and fair haired, aka an ‘English Rose’)
  • London is constantly covered in smog (sometimes, yes)
  • We’re all witches (nope)
  • We complain when it rains; we complain when it’s sunny; we complain when it snows; we complain when it’s windy (ALL TRUE)
  • We’re punctual (I’m late for everything, so wrong..!)
  • We all wear socks with sandals (noooooo!!)
  • We all look like Mr. Bean or Austin Powers (lol)

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  • We all talk like Austin Powers (nooo!  Well, maybe in London 😉  lmao)
  • We all love gardening (if you saw my gardens, you’d very much disagree)
  • We are all in to antiques (I like old stuff, but I don’t go hunting for it)

Sorry for my post not being that impressive today, although I thought some of the above was worth a giggle.  See you all tomorrow ❤

Day 2 – To dye, or not to dye

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Day 2 of my coffee rehab is almost complete.  I’ve not been at all bothered by my lack of coffee today, although I did look at the machine when I was on my lunch in work.  I was good though.  I turned away and didn’t look back.  If I’m going to do the non-coffee, I’m going to do it properly.  Afterall…  I’m getting used to the taste of tea.

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If I’m being perfectly honest, I’ve never been a tea drinker.  Tea was just for the elderly…  Or for when I was ill:  But even I can’t deny that tea tastes so much better when served in a real china cup, and it makes you feel all posh.  Someone pass the cucumber sandwiches.

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Drinking tea out of a mug, like I have been doing, just isn’t the same.

I went to Asda (again) last night.  Wow.  Anyone would think that I had a bit of a thing for the place…

Anyway, I thought that I would have a quick look at the hair dyes, mainly to get a price on any ‘super bright’ ones that I could use to ‘dip dye’ my hair.  Last time I bought an auburn cherry coloured dye, which looked ok but not great, and I’ve always wanted to dip my hair again.

Normally, nothing catches my attention, and it’s just various blondes, reds and browns that line the shelves, however this must have been a sign.

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Excuse the nails.  I am in desperate need of a manicure.

These three caught my eye.  All three are semi-permanent, and according to the box, usually last between 8-12 washes.  Because of the colour of my hair, this would probably mean that it would last about 3 months in mine, until it gradually washes/fades away.

Shocking pink, raspberry and electric blue.  I liked the blue and the pink, although the more I starred at them, the more I wasn’t convinced.  The blue wasn’t enough of a statement, but the I thought the pink was too much.  Hence, I bit the biscuit (so to say), and I bought the raspberry.

Here’s the dye in action…

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It wasn’t until it was already on that I read the instructions…

You normally always apply a permanent dye to dry hair.  One of the differences between semi and full is that you’re supposed to apply a semi to damp hair.  Oops.

Anyway…  I think it would have only made a big difference if I was going to be having the dye all over.  As I was only having it ‘dipped’, or in this case ‘painted’, I didn’t think it would make much of a difference, and may even be more vibrant.

45 minutes later, I was out of the shower, and hair was wrapped up in a towel.  As with any big change, I was rather anxious as to what it had turned out like, but I was patient, and only dried my hair 20 minutes after having it wrapped up.

This morning I straightened my hair (hubby dearest did the back for me), and here’s the result:

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Not the best picture in the world, but it didn’t come out too badly, huh?

Spiced Fruit Loaf

This is a rather traditional recipe that is used throughout England and dates back many many years. Often, with afternoon tea, a slice of spiced fruit loaf was served… Here I’ve decided to share the recipe that my nan passed down to me.

Ingredients

12oz self-raising flour

½ tsp baking powder

1 ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 HEAPED tsp sweet mixed spice

3oz margarine or softened butter

8oz light brown sugar

8oz dried fruit (I just use mixed raisins and sultanas, but you can throw some cherries in if you like)

1 large egg

½ pint milk (preferably full fat, but semi-skimmed worked just as well)

Method

Preheat the oven to 180⁰C (160⁰C if using a fan assisted oven).

  1. Line a bread tin with grease-proof / baking paper, and lightly grease.
  2. Sieve flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and mixed spice together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Using your fingertips, rub in the margarine / butter.
  4. Still using your hands, add the sugar and dried fruit.
  5. When thoroughly mixed, stir in the egg and milk until the dough holds together firmly.
  6. Place into the bread tin.
  7. Place on the middle shelf in a preheated oven for approximately 1 hour (or until cooked through – use a skewer to test).
  8. Allow to cool in the tin before lifting out and placing on a cooling rack.