Tuesday, April 25, 2017

WORDS FOR WEDNESDAY....




The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles.

The aim of the words is to encourage us to write, a story, a poem, whatever comes to mind.  

You can use just one of the set of words; or you can use both sets of the words in your creation.  The choice is yours...
If you are posting an entry on your own blog, please let us know so we can come along and read it.

This month the words are supplied by me....
and these are my final words for the month April....

"Words for Wednesday" will be on ELEPHANT CHILD'S blog in May (see my Blog list as the right side of my blog) and in June. In May Elephant's Child will provide the words, and in June they will be prompts provided by Margaret Adamson and her friend Sue Fulcher.

(Help me out here, please, Elephant's Child....I don't have the name of their blog!)

Thank you everyone for participating this month.  Everyone's take on the words supplied each week was terrific.

 
This week's words are:-


Week Four Wednesday Words:-
 
Week Four

Audition
Fantasy
Misfortune
Commitment
Definitive
Daunting

AND

Mysterious
Defy
Masterful
Discourage
Virulent
Neurotic 

Again....have fun.....


PS:   In answer to my question re June's "Words for Wednesday".....the month of June's words will be on Elephant's Child's blog (as well as May) on behalf of Margaret and Sue.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

WAVES OF SORROW; OCEANS OF TORMENT; HEROES NOT JUST FOR ONE DAY....





As another Anzac Day...Tuesday, 25th April...approaches dark clouds of sadness descend and hover, refusing to disperse. 

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzac_Day

After all the years; after all the wars; the endless fighting, loss of lives, injuries, broken families, humans haven’t heeded history’s lessons.  In blind ignorance they remain.
  
Man’s inhumanity to man continues. Appalling atrocities are inflicted, without guilt or pathos, upon the innocent. 
  
Enemies of civilised people throughout the world, the tyrants, the oppressive despots, the dictators erroneously believe they are above the laws of decency.   

The scrupulous among us, those of our own country and those of our allies abroad are forced to step up to the plate; be first through the door, selflessly putting their lives at risk to make the world a better place - for everyone - no matter one’s colour, culture or creed.    

Our world is drenched in sorrow, with no signs of the suffering abating; no end to the mourning nigh. Instead, the intensity of concern, heartache, negativity, fear and unhappiness increases hour by hour.   

Although uninvited and unwelcome, sadness resides in my heart.  It’s a burdensome demon that refuses to leave.  

I keep questioning why the road to “good overcoming evil” has to be so long.  Why do millions of lives have to be lost along the way?  Why is there no resolution in sight?
    
Human ineptitude and selfish megalomania for starters...need I go on?

Every man and woman of our Defence Force, past and present, are held in high regard as far as I’m concerned.  

A son of dear friends is an honoured member of Australia’s Defence Force. My friends’ son has done three tours of the Middle East.  He is now on home turf, and here he shall remain, based in Canberra, our nation's capital.
  
I believe I have a good imagination, but I can’t begin to imagine what my friends went through when their son was stationed in the overseas’ battlegrounds.  I wouldn’t insult them by saying I know what they went through.  I wouldn’t insult my friends by saying I had even the slightest inkling.
  
I do know every time I talk with them about their son, a lad I’ve not seen since he was a little boy, my eyes well with tears and my voice trembles.  A feeling of pure pride engulfs me.  I’m proud of the man he’s become. I’m proud of what he has done, and continues to do, not only for his country, but for every decent, civilised person throughout the world who desires peace and harmony.  

Our Armed Forces, past and present, deserve our respect.  Not expecting adulation, but certainly deserving of it, they are humble, not arrogant. They should be held in high esteem. They warrant our approval and glorification more than all the so-called “celebrities” and “sports’ heroes” combined.   

May the sacrifices made by those who serve never become lost in the mists of time.  

Our men and women of the Defence Force have my utmost admiration; that will never change.  I wish the attitudes and actions of many humans who occupy space on this earth would change, and change soon.  

Perhaps my wishes and I live in a Fool’s Paradise...

Oh! How I wish my wishes would become realities.  

My wish is for everyone, everywhere, to exist in a moral, incorruptible world; a peaceful, loving world in which no parent’s child goes off to war.  

Humans are dense – blinkered!   

Why are humans incapable of learning history's lessons? 

                                             LEST WE FORGET...



Thursday, April 20, 2017

THE QUEST aka IN A BIT OF A PICKLE





 A frivolous figment of Friday fun....

In Search of Lochinvar

Over the years travelling wide and afar
Trekking life's meandering highway
Defying the ebb stemming the flow
Overcoming hurdles conquering the brae
Wistfully she searched high sought low
         Yes, for him...her Lochinvar

Succumbing at last she wished upon a star
Only to find sorrowful emptiness and pain
In giving her heart a problem arose
Their love for her too often they did feign
How deeply she hurt nobody knows
           Not even him…her Lochinvar

Exploring endlessly it was quite bizarre
If victorious what then would she do
Was it ever possible a life of bliss
Or with tearful eyes would she bid adieu
A doleful smile a lingering farewell kiss
Better still she could preserve him in a jar
     Just himher Lochinvar.

 Sketch and written nonsense by me....of course!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

WORDS FOR WEDNESDAY




The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles.

The aim of the words is to encourage us to write, a story, a poem, whatever comes to mind.  
You can use just one of the set of words; or you can use both sets of the words in your creation.  The choice is yours...
If you are posting an entry on your own blog, please let us know so we can come along and read it.

This month the words are supplied by me....


This week's words are:-


Week Three Wednesday Words:-
 

Ludicrous
Activity
Rebellious
Sceptical      (or “Skeptical” if you’re in North America)
Acknowledge
Begrudge

AND

Philosophy
Foolhardy
Advantage
Flawless
Discovery
Canopy

Enjoy.....


PS.....Does anyone know who is hosting "Words for Wednesday" during the month of May?    I have no idea....

Sunday, April 16, 2017

SWEETS FOR MY SWEET…AND FOR EVERYONE ELSE!











As it’s still Easter I’m allowed!  I've given myself permission!  With today being Easter Monday I’m being all syrupy with saccharine intentions of sugar-coating everything in range with sweet treats to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. 

I wonder why we have only one sweet tooth instead of a whole lot of sweet teeth! I must remember to ask my dentist next time I see him/her (which will be soon if I devour all the chocolate I have on hand – I have to admit I’m doing a good job of it – I’m not letting the side down)!  

It’s a strange phenomenon – the sweet tooth phenomenon - but it’s one we shouldn’t accept without question - on the other hand, is it really that important?  I'm not going to waste time pondering!

Through my childhood and half of my adulthood I only had half a sweet tooth, if any at all, but now I’m in my the third quarter of childhood/ adulthood (whichever way you or I choose to look at it), I find my appetite for sweet things has miraculously appeared.  

For instance, I’ve eaten more ice-cream over the past few years than I ever did throughout the rest of my life, childhood included. That’s not to say I eat ice cream every day, but my intake has definitely increased from what it was a decade ago...every other day...sometimes every day..............

Of course, I blame my heightened interest in sweets on a particular friend of mine who absolutely adores sweets, chocolates, chocolate cakes, crème caramels, sweet pies, whipped cream, bread and butter puddings, trifles, tiramisu (do I have to spell it out?).  I reckon she has a whole extra set of sweet teeth in a glass beside her bed. She brings those out on special occasions! 

One must blame others...at least some of the time.  The blame burden can become burdensome if not shared around!

And then there’s another friend of mine who’d toss me out of the sewing circle (if I was in a sewing circle, that is) if I didn’t arrive bearing a packet of lollies (candy to those of you beyond the equator) that must include lots of green ones, to be sure!

Furthermore, and most importantly, my wicked actions are in direct defiance to all the “experts” - the pundits who force-feed us mere mortals the wickedness of anything bearing the slightest bit of sugar.  Day after day "they" keep shoving down our throats how immorally debauched it is to eat sweet treats!  What is a girl supposed to be other than defiant?

These recipes are for all of you out there with a sweet tooth or three, whether in your mouth or awash in a glass beside your bed!

Today’s motto; There are times eating sweets beats eating beets. Sweets are streets ahead of meats as special treats.  I won’t repeat it if you cheat a little when it comes to sweets! (Don’t forget to clean your teeth afterwards!)    

We shouldn't beat ourselves up for enjoying the sweet things in life!

Pineapple Ginger Cheesecake: Prepare usual biscuit base.  Beat 250g cream cheese with 200g condensed milk until soft. Gradually add another 200g condensed milk, beating to combine. Add ½ cup fresh lemon juice. Mix well. Dissolve 1 level tblspn gelatine in juice from 450g can crushed pineapple and add to cheese mixture. Fold in crushed pineapple and chopped preserved ginger. Pour into chilled shell. Chill until ready to serve.

Strawberry Mousse:  Purée 1 punnet strawberries and 1 ripe banana in blender.  Add 6 egg yolks and 1 heaped dstspn sugar. Blend again. Scrape into bowl. Beat egg whites until very firm. Gently fold into strawberry mixture with 1dsstsp Grand Marnier, Cointreau or Kirsch (optional). Mix 1tspn gelatine with 3tblsn hot water until dissolved.  Gently mix thoroughly with strawberries. Pour into serving bowl or individual dishes and refrigerate overnight. Serve garnished with whipped cream, strawberries and passionfruit pulp.

Brandied Syrup Dessert Cake: Grease 20cm cake tin. Beat 185g butter and ¾ cup castor sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add 3 lightly beaten eggs, beating well after each addition. Sift 1.5cups SR flour. Carefully fold into mixture alternately with 1-2tbls milk. Stir well. Place into prepared tin. Bake in 170C oven for 35-40mins. Allow to stand in tin a couple of minutes.  Turn out on rack to cool. When cold, return to tin. Pour over the syrup, a little at a time, allowing it to soak in.  Refrigerate until ready to serve. Brandy Syrup: Bring 1 cup water and ¾ cup sugar to boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Simmer until syrupy and reduced to half a cup. Add ½ brandy and 1tblsn lemon juice. Stir well and cool. Assembly: Remove cake from tin. Carefully split the cake through the middle. Sandwich together with whipped cream and chocolate curls. Decorate with extra whipped cream and choc curls. Sprinkle icing sugar over the top, serve and enjoy!

Citrus Grilled Pears: Melt ¼ cup butter in pan. Add ½ cup brown sugar, stir. Add 4 large firm but ripe pears, peeled, halved, cored and cut lengthwise into 6 slices. Add pear slices and 4-5 tspns fresh lemon or orange juice to pan. Cook until pears begin to release juice and syrup forms. Turn slices frequently. Make a couple of hours ahead.  Stand at room temperature. Gently re-warm when ready to serve. Serve with crème fraiche or mascarpone. Crème Fraiche: 1.5 cups heavy cream, ½ cup buttermilk. Pour cream and buttermilk into large sterilized jar with lid. Add a little sugar and vanilla to taste if you like. Shake well and allow to rest at room temperature for 6-8 hours or overnight. Chill for 24 hours before serving.  Top with dollop of crème fraiche and crumbled amaretti biscuits. Serve pears with a Botrytis Semillon or Brown Brothers Noble Riesling.