Some Things For the Weekend

Friday, 21 October 2011

1) Something to read.


Persephone's latest  Dorothy Whipple.
 I am so looking forward to getting into a freshly laundered bed with this one tonight.
It dropped through my letterbox this morning -actually it was rather roughly shoved through my letterbox by our surly postman resulting in a slightly bent cover.
I have all the others. I loved them all, but I think High Wages has been my favourite so far.
Dorothy Whipple is the perfect antidote to 'too clever by half modern fiction'. If you want plot, characterisation and readability, she's your woman. And see what Jane has to say about readability here.

2) Something to drink.


Cider in wine bottles. Lower in alcohol than wine, lower in price, and made in Somerset.
Also delicious. An excellent drink to accompany an autumn  lunch with friends.
My daughter, Katie Rose likes the name.

3) Something to eat. Of course.




 I like to bake something a bit special for the children to come home to on Fridays.
The fork biscuit recipe in Mary Berry's Ultimate Cake Book is my favourite and easiest biscuit. Three ingredients, no rolling, lovely crunchy texture and adaptable.
Today I fiddled about with it to make these autumnal hazelnut and coffee biscuits (I added hazelnuts and coffee).

4) Something to look forward to.
The last ever episode of Spooks on Sunday.
Actually I'm not looking forward to it. 
I'm dreadfully afraid that Harry going to be killed off.

5) Something to enjoy.
 Forgive Sharleen Spiteri for looking like the cat that got the cream; you know you would too.



29 comments:

  1. My best biscuit recipe too. Have a happy weekend and half term too. Presuming it is actually half term in your neck-of-the-woods... Ax

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  2. ooh a new biscuit recipe. just what I need.
    I have a Katie Rose too x

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  3. The Book Depository's 10% off voucher and your Dorothy Whipple recommendation both caught my attention on the computer screen today - time for me to give her books a go. I despair of most new fiction with its heightened angst and emotive language, and would be delighted to try something that isn't blatantly attention-seeking.

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  4. I may be sad, but I love the look of Persephone books with their bookmarks that match the inside covers. I know I shouldn't judge a book by its cover...but if it keeps me reading it can't be a bad thing. Like you I'm thinking that Harry's going to go out with a bang. Almost everyone who leaves that series does so in spectacular fashion and I'm not usually happy about it. Maybe we're wrong and he'll get retire to the coast with Ruth.I'm not sure if we will watch it on Sunday though - Downton has a strong pull on my heart. And how dare some slip of a girl (an attractive one, which is worse)dance with my beloved Alan. It's not allowed.

    Tracey

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  5. I have just ordered the Dorothy Whipple, and I always have a bottle or two of the Katy Rosé around! Clearly all I need now are some home baked cookies and Alan Rickman ... now there's a weekend combo to conjure with ;D Have a lovely weekend Sue x

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  6. I'd forgotten about that video, Alan Rickman...very sexy.
    The cookies look yummy too.

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  7. I'm into easy-peasy too & that biscuit recipe passes muster. Btw, just found you and Jane and am loving it :) Now to investigate who Dorothy Whipple is!!! She's not into an over-abundance of adjectives, is she?

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  8. Meppybn, welcome. No, Dorothy Whipple does not use lots of adjectives. Her writing is economical and fluent.

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  9. The Katy Rosé is lovely, we are big Thatchers fans ever since we first sampled it in Cheddar a few years ago. Their Gold and Vintage ciders are delicious too :)

    I'm also looking forward to getting into a freshly laundered bed with a new book later.

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  10. I tell you what girls, getting into a freshly laundered bed with Alan Rickman seems quite appealing too.

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  11. could i have michael buble in my freshly laundered bed or gary if not too busy with x factor!!!

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  12. Good grief Sarah, you're more than welcome to both of them! :o)

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  13. I love katie Rose Cider it is the best I have ever tasted. Where did you buy yours? :)

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  14. Greenbanks is definitely worthy of clean sheets, Sue! You're going to love it ... worth a dozen Booker prizewinners! I think it's one of her best. Oooh, Greenbanks/Mr Knight/Someone at a Distance ... that's a very hard call!

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  15. no,one will be quite enough thank you!!!On reflection i think a good book and your yummy biscuits will suffice!

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  16. I will have to try the fork biscuit recipe and definitely with coffee! Thank you for sharing!

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  17. Gosh I thought Mr Rickman was driving whilst snogging. So I stopped enjoying the vid and screamed 'keep your eyes on the road damm you'.

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  18. THANKS! I love finding out about a new-to-me author. I googled her name. Sounds like she writes from one of my favorite eras. I get tired of the formulaic novels that are featured at the chain bookstores here in the states.
    The cookies look yummy. Sounds like a perfect combination. I'll be living vicariously through your post this weekend.

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  19. I must order Greenbanks- had no idea Spooks was ending as we decided to be very 70s and we have had no television for a month! (nobody we knew had a TV in the 70s - it's easier to cheat now, with the iPlayer!)

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  20. WOW! I'll look at pumping gas a little differently after viewing that video. I never thought a gas station could be so sexy. It took me a second to figure out who was driving the car then I realized the driver is on the "other" side:-)

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  21. Tasty looking biscuits there. I almost knocked Sharleen Spiteri down a flight of stairs with a helium tank when decorating a small venue with "Texas" in balloons, but that was another life. And she was so thin she obviously never tried your biscuit recipes.

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  22. Fisherwife4:57 am BST

    Stumbled here from Attic 24 and I am delighted! Nevermind that I have recently begun a diet. Your food looks so "scrummy" to borrow a term from across the pond. It is usually Mr. Rickman's voice that renders me incoherent, but his moves are captivating, too. It seems that your tastes are well shared so thanks for passing them on.

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  23. Strangely I viewed that video for the first time in years earlier this week. How did that happen to us both?

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  24. Oh wow! Talk about kindred spirits! I adore Dorothy Whipple and nearly bounced off the sofa seeing that Persephone have republished another, we just had a cider tasting party, I love baking biscuits, and that clip of Alan Rickman is just luscious and one of my favourites! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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  25. Rachel F11:01 am BST

    Hi Sue - I am just reading Mrs Miniver because of you, and loving it! Now i will have to buy Dorothy Whipple too! At least you dont JUST make me eat things!!

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  26. Have just spent a very happy afternoon and evening reading MANY posts (a full year's worth!) after wandering over here from yarnstorm. Your words and pictures are utterly beautiful - thank you so much for sharing with us. Was planning to wait until Christmas for the 'new' Dorothy Whipple but am not sure I'll be able to!
    Jo x

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  27. Just to add.... your post about the Mop Fairs made me smile, because I'm a teacher in Kings Norton!

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  28. Perfect post. Full of good things and the 'goodest'of all? Alan Rickman......sigh.;)

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