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River running!!!

So another day in the Dales, the weather is so changeable we don’t know if we are going to get soaked by the unpredictable showers or blown away by the occasional severe gusts of wind!! but we are from Yorkshire…….so we are tough…….or so we think!

The main thing is we have to walk for our health and hearts sake, my heart is so uplifted by the stunningly raw and rugged beauty of this lovely area we live in, it is wonderful to get away from the sound of traffic and phones and listen to the quiet of the expansive sky, birds calling and bleats of the sheep, the sound of the river produces negative Ions which make me feel positive and refreshed.

Mostly when we walk, remember my sibling and I, we very rarely come across any other people, well only the odd farmer (some are very odd!) but this last weekend there were teenagers!!!!!, yep teenagers, walking up the lane into them thar hills, several groups of them, we did ask them very kindly if they knew where they were going, they did have maps and proper walking boots and heavy looking rucksacks but they seemed quite perplexed as to where they were!!! It turns out they are very intrepid youngsters doing their Duke of Edinborough award, good for them, we pointed them in the right direction and left them to it, wonderful to see teenagers enjoying (braving) the elements of the Dales.

Bunkhouse barn

Bunkhouse barn

We did wonder if they were going to be camping out in open or maybe using one of the many old stone barns that are so typical of this region, I know that I would rather share my bunk with a few sheep or cattle than be out in this cold and wet weather, it’s very Wuthering Heights up on the moors invoking images of Cathy and Heathcliffe!!!

However speaking of sheep……..we were…….keep up,……walking through one field some very brave sheep tried to out-stare me and even went as far as to stamp it’s foot at me, you understand there was not a lamb in sight, so it was just a cross sheep. The one thing , of course it did not know,…. I am queen of stamping my foot!!!, when I want something and I want it now!!!!, also you may be surprised to know, I am a mother!, hey I know what it is like to have a child stamp their foot, needless to say the poor sheep was completely ignored!!!!. We did not harm any sheep in this walk!! It is so heart warming to see the many lambs frolicking about in the fields, some are older now and more adventurous wandering further away from their mothers and forming little gangs of fleeciness, of course there are some people. naming no names, who can spoil things by mentioning certain types of dishes to be put on the dinner table, I’ll do a “Scarlet O’Hara” and think of that tomorrow!!!!

Behind bars lambs!!

Behind bars lambs!!

Four miles later and we are on our way home, very windswept and slightly damp having been caught in one of those pesky April showers and  put the world to rights yet again, we marveled at how the daffodils have been so glorious this year, they seem to have been more prolific and plentiful, so bright and amazingly so many different varieties.

Daffodils in stark landscape.

Daffodils in stark landscape.

With all this walking three or four times a week, weather permitting, you would think that I would lose some weight, no such luck!!!! I enjoy my food and the occasional(!!) glass of wine too much, so with that thought in mind, I will bring you some of my favorite drinks and food recipes for you to enjoy or try, haven’t forgotten also, to let you know about our summer project, but tomorrow have to go and earn some money at my regular job!!

Take care peeps,

Ruby.

 

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A lovely idea for a summer drink………….roll on summer!!!!!

Here’s what you will need:Strawberry and Kiwi sangria

  • 1 lb strawberries
  • 1 lb kiwis
  • 1 cup light rum
  • 1 bottle white wine (such as sauvignon blanc)
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine, chilled (such as cava)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 oranges
  • A pitcher or other large container

Directions:

Hull the strawberries and cut them in half. Peel the kiwis and cut them into slices.

Combine half of the halved strawberries, the sugar, and the water in a saucepan, and turn the heat up to medium. Bring the mixture to a boil and then let simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the strawberries seem like they’re about to fall apart. Let cool for a few minutes, and then, using a mesh sieve, strain the strawberry goodness into a bowl. Use a spoon to press the strawberries up against the mesh so you get every last beautiful drop of strawberry syrup. Place the syrup in the refrigerator to cool a bit.

Combine the kiwi slices and the remaining strawberries in a pitcher, and add the rum, white wine, strawberry syrup, and the juice of three oranges (in a pinch, you could also sub a few splashes of bottled orange juice, or even lemonade, for the fresh orange juice). Give it all a good stir and then pop the pitcher in the refrigerator for at least four hours to let all of the flavors come together.

When you’re ready to serve, add around three-quarters of the chilled sparkling wine to the pitcher. Pour into glasses and spoon in fruit, topping off each glass with a bit of the remaining champagne so it’s nice and bubbly when you hand the glass to a friend.

 

Strawberry and Kiwi sangria

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Clouds of daffodils!!!

Clouds of daffodils!!!

Well after a busy week and changeable weather making it a chancy thing going for a walk, never knowing if these April showers would catch us out or not, had a lovely walk today. The sun was shining, no sign of rain when we set off but the wind was pretty hectic, very blowy and cool in places!!!! It is wonderful to see the daffodils still in glorious splendour, such a cheerful sight set against the back drop of stark trees and stone walls.

Thank goodness today was not like Saturday night, I thought that we had gone back in time, with snow falling and then frost.  Yes I know it can snow in April!!!, but I much prefer the lovely sunshine we had today. As did my sisters cat, who was there to greet us after our venture into the wilds of the Yorkshire countryside! He also was basking in the early warmth of our spring sunshine.

What a life!!!

What a life!!!

We had a stunning evening on Saturday, I think I mentioned in my tag line(!), something about food and wine, well Saturday was full of that! Dinner out at my sisters (did I mention that she is a Chef! very difficult to cook for!), well any way back to the food and wine (yes please) we had a Mediterranean evening, olives, garlic, homemade olive bread, pate and wine! followed by a delicious lasagna, more garlic and more wine, the wine was French, France has a mediterranean  coast line so the theme was continued. Then in good family tradition we played games or should I say a game!!!, nothing funny you understand. We played “When I went to market I bought a…….” Goodness me, four adults full of good food and good wine trying to play a mind game that I remember playing as a child was hilarious, especially as the items we bought at the market had to be animals, then countries, and trying to find an animal or a country beginning with X was virtually impossible, then of course I am not much of a shopper, so I had to interject that I would not go to market but go on line!!!, did not seem to matter as long as you were buying!!!, So you can see why we walk!!!

Good wine!

Good wine!

A good weekend all round!, I will have to give you the recipe for the lasagna next  time I am on line and let you know which wine we were drinking, definitely a lovely sauvignon  blanc, very tasty!

Well that’s all for now folks, will tell you about the planned projects for this coming summer and share with you some of my previous projects, maybe get some ideas from you peeps.

Ruby

xx

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Just a quick after thought, to share with you the glorious sight of daffodils outside my Summer house, they epitomize Easter and the advent of spring, such a wondrous sight to behold, a lovely splash of colour to mark the end of winter!

 

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Daffodils in pots.

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Easter table decoration

Divine spring feeling, see you later guys.

Ruby.

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Lovely daffodils in pots

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A view of stone walls and sheep!!!

Well that,s Easter out of the way…..whew…..all that chocolate, we now have the rest of the year to get over the choc binging before it is Christmas and the choc fest begins again!!!

So to get over the dreaded weight gain from the weekend, my sister and I (yes I have siblings!!), decided to increase the distance we walk  to maintain our health. Regular exercise is good for you I have been told, so two or three times a week we walk, not your meandering, ambling kind of walk, we really step out! Well anyway we, in our wisdom, have decided to get serious about this health walking thing, we now walk the required 10,000 steps!!! We have downloaded the apps to our phones, time ourselves as well as see how many calories we use, very serious!! View Post

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