Thursday, 31 December 2009
One of my New Years resolutions if to blog more frequently.
I thought I got off to a good start and then what with one thing and another life seemed to get in the way a bit - too much work and being a little out of sorts. I've had two of my ponies lame and what with frequent visits to the vet and all the stress that goes with it I've been a bit off the mark really - I make myself sick with worry. I try not to but I just can't help it, anyone out there with animals, ponies or livestock of any kind are probably just the same. I've also had computer problems and Mr Monkey has had to strip everything off my computer and reload the necessities - tomorrow I'm going to try to get a photo editor thingy downloaded and then I will be able to share some of my photo's with you.
So perhaps another resolution should be not to get to worked up and stressed about things I have no control over - easier said than done.
Anyway I would like to wish everyone a fantastic New Year and I hope you have a great evening.
Tomorrow will be 2010 and I'm going to get my rear end in gear!
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
They said sorry you can cluck off, we aren't coming over there - no way, not with a terrier in the garden
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Thursday, 17 September 2009
I have just attempted to make a lovely lampwork cabochon for one of my ring designs and got to the very last tiny bit and the blimmin bead release has broken. I started again because I liked the colours and pattern so much, just got to the end of the second one and once more the bead release broke. Grrrrrr!!!!!!! I'm so cross. That's it I've stamped my feet, turned the torch off, turned the kiln off and have thrown my bananas out of my tree.
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Monday, 7 September 2009
Why am I so stupid!!!
The only thing I have managed to do is follow myself - why am I not surprised!?
If any of you lovely people have managed to find me here - I'm so sorry for messing it up and thank you for finding me again.
Friday, 28 August 2009
Anyway to make it up to you I thought I would share my most favourite recipe ever - not bananas - although you understand I DO love bananas :O)
Here it is: It's an Angela Nilsen recipe from BBC Good Food Magazine and it really is the best ever Chocolate Brownie in the world as voted for by the Monkey Troop. Did you know that a group of Monkeys is also known as a cartload?
The bonus is it's lower in calories than 'normal' brownies recipes sooooo......that means you can pile on the double cream or ice cream - yummy.
85g dark chocolate , 70% cocoa solids, chopped into small pieces (I used Green & Blacks)
85g plain flour
25g cocoa powder
¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
100g golden caster sugar
50g light muscovado sugar
½ tsp coffee granules
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp buttermilk
100g mayonnaise (I used Hellman's)
Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Pour enough water into a small pan to one-third fill it. Bring to the boil, then remove the pan from the heat. Put the chopped chocolate into a large bowl that will fit snugly over the pan without touching the water. Sit the pan over the water (still off the heat) and leave the chocolate to melt slowly for a few mins, stirring occasionally until it has melted evenly. Remove the bowl from the pan, then let the chocolate cool slightly.
Meanwhile, lightly oil and base-line a 19cm square cake tin that is 5cm deep. Combine the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda. Using a wooden spoon, stir both the sugars into the cooled chocolate with the coffee, vanilla and buttermilk. Stir in 1 tbsp warm water. Break and beat in the egg, then stir in the mayonnaise just until smooth and glossy. Sift over the flour and cocoa mix, then gently fold in with a spatula without overmixing.
Pour the mixture into the tin, then gently and evenly spread it into the corners. Bake for 30 mins. When a skewer is inserted into the middle, it should come out with just a few moist crumbs sticking to it. If cooked too long, the mix will dry out; not long enough and it can sink. Leave in the tin until completely cold, then loosen the sides with a round-bladed knife. Turn out onto a board, peel off the lining paper and cut into 12 squares.
Nutrition per serving: 191 kcalories, protein 2g, carbohydrate 23g, fat 11 g, saturated fat 3g, fibre 1g, salt 0.28 g
PLEASE NOTE - the nutrition detailed above is not for a Monkey sized portion - that would be far higher in 'nutrition'
Now off you go and make some - you won't regret it. :O) :O) :O)
Have a great bank holiday weekend.
Thursday, 13 August 2009
Here is a ring that I started making late yesterday and finished off this evening. Its a wide sterling silver band with a hammered texture to the outside and a secret message hand stamped on the inside.
I made one similar to this but with a plain band for my son when he was having a bit of a tough time with exams and other things - he loves it and wears it all the time.
I just wanted him to know that no matter what he is loved ALWAYS.
There are more photos on my flickr if you want to have a peep just click on the flicker box on the right hand side ----->
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
I thought I would also put up a picture of them in their winter woolies so you can see how cute they are with their chocolate brown coats on. I just love the white around their muzzles, it looks like they have porridge for breakfast LOL.
Saturday, 8 August 2009
Sorry I've not blogged for a few days, have been really busy and also I have got a bit of a summer sniffle. So I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself ;O) Yeah, yeah Monkey - enough of the whinging - get on with what you've popped in to say.
Any how I wanted to share this with you. It's the second ring I have made. I quite like the colours in this one but I prefer the other one with the silver disc rather than just the rivet on the top; Then again I like the hammered finish on the shank of this one. I have also made some beads but not having much luck getting decent photos to show you.
I have also got another ring half made, it's in the pickle at the moment but I will show it when I've finished. It's different in style to this, I might get to have another go at it tomorrow.
Have a lovely weekend everyone.
Sunday, 2 August 2009
I thought I would share with you what I did this afternoon. I made this. The metalwork is sterling silver and the bead is Italian glass lampworked by me. This is the first ring I have made like this and I am really chuffed with it - mainly because I didn't smash the bead when I was hammering the silver. YAY :O)
I'm so pleased they have all found each other again; but in a way I'm sad that they have missed out on 50 years of great times together. I can't begin to imagine what it must be like to do armed service and rely on each other to watch your back and protect your life - literally. This sort of friendship is extra special and I have to say that every one of Dads friends are absolutely lovely, lovely people - I'm proud to have met them and I'm so very, very grateful for what they and others have done and still do for all of us.
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Well here it is. My swap bracelet. I made the beads and Charlotte made the bracelet. Isn't it fab? The bracelet I mean. I have been wearing it everyday since I got it and I will be wearing it everyday for a very long time to come. :O)
Monday, 27 July 2009
What a woman she is.......... two and a half hours of non stop action and her make up was still perfect, false eyelashes still in place and hardly a dirty mark on her white skin tight jeans!
Here you go Mr.Monkey :O))
Mind you ladies having said that it's worth going to get a peek at the gorgeous Josh Duhamel - yummy ;O)
Sunday, 26 July 2009
The bracelet was bought by Jayne who I believe is going to pass it on to some lucky lady as a gift.
Also my friend the very lovely Sandy bought the pendant. Sandy is more than capable of making her own beads and jewellery so this is especially generous of her. Even better I will be able to give it her in person when I see her on Saturday :O)
Check out Sandys website here
I think I did it Dawn. Although it did take me two attempts. LOL
Thursday, 23 July 2009
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Check out Charlottes website here http://web.me.com/lethalfrog/Big_Bang_Beads/Home.html
I wish I could do that thing where you just put the word like "here" and it takes you straight to the link. Arrrrghhhh computer numptie!
Saturday, 18 July 2009
Here he is at about 6 months old. Cute eh?
And here he is today, he has had a whole packet of Polos to himself by way of a pressie and he was well chuffed. Three years old already - where does the time go?
Friday, 17 July 2009
Thursday, 16 July 2009
As hubby and I were heading off to the local pub for the weekly quiz (yeah sad I know but hey it’s the only way to stop him working 24/7 and anyway it's fun and we get quiz, raffle and supper all for the princley sum of £1 - bummin good value for a quid I'd say).
Just as I was driving up the road hubby said to me “watch out for that lion” Lion!!!! I actually thought it was a huge dog because we do get a lot of dog walkers round our way. Turns out it was a calf and a very new calf at that. He was a gorgeous conker brown colour and he was out on the road. Eeeeek!!!!!
I went into ‘I’m a farmer and I’ll deal with this’ mode got out of the car and scared him away – that’s what a good farmer I would be!
We managed to herd him into lay-by near the gate and phone the local farmer who has cows and calves across the road; I’m on my way he said. Well what seemed like forever later he and his wife came only to inform us that he had checked his calves and had a count up (no wonder it took ages) none of his were missing. By this time the little chap had scrambled through a gap in the gate and got into the field with a herd of young cows/bullocks – that’s BULLOCKS!
It was very nearly dark by now and we phoned the farmer who the herd belonged to – no answer, so left a message on the answer phone – we found some discarded sheep wire and tied it with string to the gate so that he didn’t get out again (assuming that was where he belonged) we phoned the farmer again, and left another message to say we had mended the fence and he seemed to be OK so off we went.
I went to try to get a photo of the cute little guy this evening but couldn’t see him – I do hope he is OK. Of course farmer no.2 hasn’t returned our calls either to say the little chap is OK or indeed to say thank you!
P.S. We were rubbish at the quiz :O)
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Monday, 13 July 2009
Sunday, 12 July 2009
Right if I'm quick she won't catch me having a roll
Ahhhhh thats nice
Oh bugga - caught in the act!
Yawn!....What do you mean having a roll in the mud? Not me, I must have been sleep rolling ;O)
Monday, 6 July 2009
I thought you might be interested to see the ants at work, they organised themselves to move camp and if you look closely you can see the white eggs they are carrying to safety.
The good news for this weekend is that I have now finished the swap bead bracelets. I just need to photograph them and get Charlottes off in the post. So whilst it has stopped throwing it down with rain for the moment that's what I'm going to do now. See ya later.
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Sunday, 28 June 2009
Here's a few pics of my own personal glassy toad. He is the first one I made and nowhere near good enough but I really enjoyed making him.
He is a bead and I made him myself after buying a tutorial from Teresa Lailberte. I've put the link to Teresa’s website below. Do go and visit; she is one seriously talented lady.
Do you know I never used my camera much before starting this blog. I’m really glad I started it now.
I just wish I could get good shots of my beads, still as we say in bead world, practice, practice, practice.
Anyway horoscope assured me that things were on the up – yippee :O) The sun is shining, it’s Sunday - not got to go to work, life is goooood.
So hubby and I went up to see the ponies first thing to put fly repellent on them and to move some stuff around ready for the workmen to come and put some hardstanding in the gateways. Firstly I got my ankles nettled – ouch! Not too bad though, that’ll teach me to put my wellies on won’t it. Then I scraped the skin off my wrist on the fence – ouch! – but not too bad. That’ll teach me to put long sleeves on won’t it? Still it is quite hot so short sleeves and trainers wouldn’t be considered to be out of order would they?
THEN......... and this is what realllllly made me cross was just as we were about to leave I noticed that some *insert expletive here has nicked my electric fencing unit! Grrrrr!! This a little battery powered box that sends an electric current through white tape to stop the ponies getting through to where you don’t want them to be, namely thick lush grass which makes Native ponies very poorly if they have too much. I think they cost around £150. So now I have to get another one – horoscopes PAH!
Here are those beautiful beads. The murrini moths are on both sides so they show through the transparent glass in shades of warm summer evening and they are Brimstone moths.
She's a clever stick that Charlotte.
Sorry my photos are a bit rubbish they really don't do these beads justice.
Friday, 26 June 2009
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Also I *think* I have now finished my essays - phew! I hope they are good enough 'cos if they come back to me or my tutor wants more work I'm going to cry. No really I mean it...I am going to cry and I promise you it's not a pretty sight. It usually involves a lot of blubbing, pathetic wailing noises and quite a bit of snot!
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
First things first - why the Monkeys? Well I have always praised my son by saying you're a Good Monkey and also my hubby says when I get nervous I go on and on hence the Monkey Chatter so it all seemed like a good idea when I was trying to come up with a blog title that I was allowed to have - whenever I thought I had a great one it wasn't allowed, then again I thought this was a great one but now I'm not so sure. See what I mean about the Monkey Chatter? I didn't even stop for breath there did I?
Anyhow as this is my first post I think I will leave it at that!
Errrrm.....I know that I am following myself but I can't seem to get rid of the stalker at the moment. Blogging hmmmmm this is going to be fun :O)