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text 2017-01-29 21:40
A Huddle of Pirates and ... Sunday Soup.

A "Huddle of Pirates"???


Yeah, I should explain that. Probably. Of course, if you'd rather keep that mental image, feel free to skip the next paragraph. 


This weekend was the first in a while where I had the time and energy to make plans with friends and do something fun, so I met up with friends for coffees and last night went to the see the local ice hockey team get beat. They deserved it. I'm not their biggest fan, but the other team were just better. Also, the other team has a better name and it includes the word Pirates. No way would I root for another team! :D


So, from our seats right behind one of the goals, we saw them huddle. It was fun. The friend I went with plays ice hockey and she was able to explain things to me. I'm sure she explained the same things to me last year, but I have no memory for the rules. Also, I wanted every opportunity I could get to suggest that the start of the game should be called the "puck off". It's a much better name. I think it will catch on. At least, I will make every effort to promote the term "puck off" as the new legit hockey phrase.



I'm sure others have thought of it before me, but anyway.


In other news, today is Sunday and I have made soup. I apologise for the distinct lack of Sunday Soup posts, but I just haven't felt inspired to experiment with cooking much - and in my case cooking is pretty much experimenting. What I said about memorising rules pretty much also applies to following recipes - it's just such an alien concept to me. (Or my mom. Or, come to think of it, my gran.)


After several simple veg and pasta combinations, I wanted to make something different. My first attempt didn't quite turn out, or turn into anything tasty really, so I didn't count it as a Sunday Soup endeavour. Never mind.

Then a couple of weeks ago, I came across a great vegan food blog that featured a soup I haven't had in years - solyanka.

It's a Russian soup with a nice balance of sweet and sour. It's usually using left-over veg and meat,  lemon, and a dollop of sour cream. The recipe I found is vegan (recipe here) but I changed it slightly to add some white cabbage, veggie "meat" chunks, and greek-style yogurt instead of the sunflower sour cream.


And this is what it looked like:



It was delicious.


Happy Sunday, All!



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text 2016-12-30 21:09
2016 In The Rear View Mirror

2016 sucked. There is no way of sugar-coating this or disguising it as a learning experience. 2016 was a horrible, horrible year.


Not only because we lost a lot of treasured celebrities, but also from a personal perspective. 2016 sucked at work. 2016 sucked in politics - and yes the Brexit mess does affect me personally, whereas the Trumpocalypse merely shattered whatever faith in civilisation I had left after June. And 2016 sucked because I lost someone very dear to me - my great-uncle, mentor, and fellow tennis and jazz enthusiast - just a few days before Christmas. 


So, I really want to say good riddance to 2016. 


However, when I came across a year-end post on another blog I follow, I was inspired to look at all of the good things that happened this year, and actually there were quite number of them:


  • I found the perfect book - Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin.
  • I had some fabulous times spent with old friends.
  • I made new friends.
  • I weathered a storm.
  • I saw Roger, Serena, DelPo, McHale, Wawrinka, and Isner play tennis at Wimbledon.
  • I played a LOT of tennis.
  • I went on adventures - Orkney, Italy (Milan and Como), Edinburgh, Stirling.
  • There was some serious live music involved.
  • I got to meet my favourite author (who also turned out to be a top human being).
  • I got to handle a snake. It was a very small python, but it still counts!
  • I saw puffins in the wild.
  • I took part in an indoor rowing competition. (First time, and no idea why I signed up other than it was a charity event.)


So, altogether there were a lot of awesome moments this year. It's just that they have been overshadowed by other events.


May 2017 be a new start, a blank canvas, and may we be daring with our choice of colours.


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text 2016-12-13 23:33
Library Notification
The Crime Writer - Jill Dawson

Hey Tigus!

Look what was waiting for me at the library today.


:D :D :D


This is why it takes me forever to actually finish books.....I get distracted so easily by shiny new arrivals.

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text 2016-12-08 11:38
The State of the Blog

Good morning Friends,


The slowness of Booklikes, the unresponsiveness of both the website and its owners have driven a good many of us to seek out other "homes" and alternative book sites, blog sites, and other sites (I'm sure bars count as "sites") to try and salvage what may be left of our online community, our blogging existence, and our sanity.


Whilst I will not leave BL until it completely ceases to exist, it seems many already have and many others are currently lurking because the site is unusable for them.


If you have other blogs or sites outside of Booklikes and you'd like to keep in touch with people from here, please add where we can find you in the discussion group 


Non-Booklikes Member Blog URLs.


Or if BL is giving you a hard time loading pages, you can leave a comment on this post where else we can keep in touch. If BL lets me, I will try and add URLs from comments to the discussion group.


As for myself, you can find me on







Keep in touch.


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text 2016-12-04 22:50
Sunday Soup

Whiskey in the Jar Romance just reminded me that it is Sunday and that I have a Soup update:

This Sunday's soup had a focus on leeks and butter beans, with just a hint of a chili kick. It was tasty. it was simple.

I'm planning something rather different for the next Sunday Soup event - but of course I would spoil the surprise if I gave any hints.....



I know this is the easiest soup to make, but I really like it.


Happy Sunday, All!



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