Reasons to be Cheerful

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

1) It's pancake day.
I forgot to photograph them. They were delicious.
The traditional cry of 'why don't we have them more often?' was raised.
We will.

2) I have a new cookbook. Not a new publication. Margaret Costa's delightful Four Seasons Cookery Book was published in 1970. It is will make wonderful bedtime reading.
The first chapter is on pancakes.




3) I have a new jigsaw. 
Try not to yawn please. I love a good jigsaw. One thousand pieces is my ideal size, the picture should have lots of detail, attractive subject matter and plenty of colour. Doing jigsaw puzzles is such a simple old-fashioned pastime, I recommend it.


4) Crocuses
Not many but very welcome signs of spring.



20 comments:

  1. We munched our way through our pancakes, DH likes a lemon and treacle, I have an orange and sugar.
    We had lots of purple crocuses in the lawn, they looked lovely when the sun was on them, then the rabbits decided to graze them, pah.
    Lovely photos.

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  2. I love a jigsaw - I recommend Charley Harper ones - lovely pictures and enough details to keep them challenging but not too tricky!

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  3. I love a jigsaw - the only problem is that I become addicted and everything else stops. I also get really cross if people come along & do some of it which is ironic as I am the one who can be heard to say 'Let's get a family jigsaw'! Not sure that they bring out the best in me...

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  4. Not got many crocuses around here yet but I have seen a few snowdrops. Having said that there were daffodils in full bloom at Christmas up by the woods. Such strange climate changes!

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  5. Totally agree with Karen.
    I LOVE jigsaws. The rest of the family thinks I am really sad though.
    Happy Shrove Tuesday, Ax

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  6. I jigsaw, a cuppa, crocus in the garden & the knowledge that there's a new cookery book to read too- what could be better! (I read cookery books at bedtime then fall asleep & dream of food...)

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  7. We do jigsaws - but only at Christmas. It's a recent family tradition but we have already built up a small themed collection.

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  8. I know so many people who have jigsawmania, I made that word up but it should be a word.I myself do not have this disease, the simple reason is I'm terrible at jigsaws I just don't see the pattern/places for the pieces to fit/go, a form of dyslexia methinks.

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  9. Stunning flower photos! I too love jigsaws, although sadly I don't find the time to do them nowadays. I have bought some of the National Trust ones for my Mum and they are beautiful. Best wishes, Pj x

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  10. Peh. Get you with your crocuses.

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  11. I have a tattered paperback copy of Four Seasons. The Custard Cup Sweets pages are falling out and splattered so must be my most popular section.

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  12. Tee hee, I love a good jigsaw too! Especially at Christmas, I nearly always do a jigsaw in the Christmas run up. Very relaxing I find.

    S x

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  13. We are doing a two day pancake scoff, due to both children being out last night. Not good for the waistline but good for the soul. My husband loves jigsaws, especially at Christmas. He buys himself a new stash every year.

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  14. Oooh I'm with you I love a good jigsaw...just right for a winter holiday :)

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  15. I like your new jigsaw a lot. I am really careful with jigsaws because whenever I start a new one I tend to loose track of time everytime I go near it until is finished.

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  16. I quite like a good jigsaw puzzle. My daughter had an early learning centre one that was a nice winter landscape. If we both did it together it would take us ages and it was the pinnacle of our jigsaw achievement. It had 100 pieces which is my upper limit. It stretches me doing jigsaws so I wouldn't want more than that but I do enjoy them as a pleasant do-able challenge.

    I forgot pancake day. Which is no bad thing as I love pancakes and would eat a whole ton of them if they came my way.

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  17. Hi Sue,
    I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for a Versatile Blogger award. I don't usually leave comments here but do enjoy dropping by and catching up with you on a regular basis. I hope the award helps others find you too.
    http://slightlysmallerfootprints.blogspot.com/2012/02/award.html

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  18. I too have the Four Seasons cookery book. Looking forward to your recommendations from it. The plum and apple chapters have seen the most action here.

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  19. Suddenly the first spring flowers are everywhere aren't they, though still few in number I seem to be seeing small patches of them wherever I go.

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  20. I too have the Four Seasons cookbook - the reprinted version with the forward by Delia and an old paperback...is it only me who wonders if it wasn't for this publication Delia wouldn't of had most of her recipes in her Complete Cookery Course??

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