In Case You Were Wondering......

My laptop died. The hard drive to be precise. All 6000 odd photos gone. Not to worry though, none were precious and the best ones are all here on this blog. My new laptop arrived today. It's very quiet and feels very different as if I have new hands.

So, what have I been doing this February? Not taking enough photos that's what. The ones that follow are all I have to show for February so far. Must make an effort.

Tom turned 18, I made a humming bird cake which was far too big, far too sweet and had far too much icing. Lesson not learned from three years ago.

 Other than the birthday cake I have done very little baking or pudding making (apart from a little rhubarbing- see below). Finally I seem to be kicking the habit of always having something sweet around. Nobody seems to mind so clearly I was only doing it for myself. That said I couldn't let today go without making a few pancakes. Which I forgot to photograph.

And now my washing machine seems about to go the same way as my laptop. Bugger.


Grilled halloumi on lentil and roast pepper salad. Was yum.


The farm shop had this year's first forced rhubarb. I roasted it with ginger and sugar and ate it with yogurt.


February Fair Maids aka snowdrops. I spy a few crocuses making an appearance here and there too. Not long now.

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  1. Oh Sue, I feel for you! I lost a lot of pictures off my blog recently and was devastated - still putting them back slowly. At least I had my pictures to put them back again. I hope that you haven't lost anything that you cared for too much. The halloumi salad looks delicious, so does the rhubarb. Good to have you back. xx

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  2. I have a thing dangling off the back of my computer which I believe to be an external hard drive. I know it is filling up fast and keeps asking if it can delete things in a plaintive voice. For all I know there may only be one picture left on it. Good to have you back with new hands. At least the washing machine can only swallow socks not photos.

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  3. I’m glad you are ok. Funny how one thing breaks, then another and another..................

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  4. Thank God! I missed you and thought you might have abandoned us. Sorry about your laptop, but very glad to have you back.

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  5. Food helps. Was that Jamie's Hummingbird cake? What I like/love about that recipe is that my 11year old daughter has mastered it. Completely by herself. Having thought our washing machine had had it, £45 to fix a hose. Relieved. Hope there's a simple answer to your washing machine problem.

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  6. Anonymous9:06 pm GMT

    I was wondering! Glad you have a new lap top sorted. Liking the look of that rhubarb....Sarah

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  7. You were missed. I saw the first daffodil today, as well as a scattering of snowdrops and crocuses - which have probably been there for weeks if I'd been out for a walk instead of chivvying builders.

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  8. You have my sympathy - my computer (loaded with business software which seems to confuse it no end) is getting very prone to hissy fits. It's a few years old now, but I want to hang on for as long as possible as they seem to have such a short life span. It's just a ploy!!

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  9. I was definitely wondering. So glad to have you back.

    Wish I could kick the sweets habit. Although I don't consider rhubarb to be in that category. It's more like penance, as far as I'm concerned.

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  10. Welcome back Sue!

    I'm sorry to hear about the demise of your laptop, but do hope that your new machine will perform to perfection. Having had an experience similar to yours, my reaction to losing photos was very similar to yours.

    My laundry adventures happen in my apartment building's basement laundry room, where it's always a bit of a surprise to see that all the washers and driers are at full function. They are operated via a charge card sort of device. When all works well, the convenience is welcome.

    Thank you for introducing me to haloumi. I now sure that I've seen it in my local shops but walked by because the name rang no bell.

    So cold here, I also enjoyed your reporting what is actually blooming there.

    xo

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  11. Oh bummer -- I HATE it when that happens. Which reminds me that I stuck my external hard drive in a drawer somewhere. Not helpful. Hope your new laptop is everything you could want it to be.

    P.S. Just started a new blog, and it features a plethora of snowdrops...

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  12. Have had my computer crash once and was so glad that I had done a backup only a week prior. Now I am hyper vigilant about doing a backup every week. It's so easy and takes so little time. I would hate to loose the contents of my computer. So glad you're back.

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  13. I was wondering, actually! Just assumed you were having a bit of contemplation time.
    Sorry to hear about you losing all those photos. It happened to me too but yes, lots of the best were on the blog.
    Grilled halloumi is delicious. We had pancakes last night followed by cake. Oh dear. Speaking of sugar overload, good to know about the hummingbird cake. I always fancied giving it a go. Now I don't need to bother.
    Enjoy those little signs of the approaching spring.
    Sarah.

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  14. So glad you're back

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  15. My old PC was getting practically useless so I now have a new iMac. Best thing ever. I thought I'd transferred over all my photos but discovered yesterday that some are missing. I'll have to try and find them on the old PC. Anyway, I made pancakes yesterday too (no photographs) and we are having halloumi tonight! I must try roasting rhubarb. I normally stew it. It's lovely to see the spring flowers appearing.

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  16. For Christmas I was given a halloumi making kit - to my surprise it's incredibly easy and even better, it tastes good. Years ago my hard drive died so since then at the end of the year I upload my favourite photos to make a photobook. Always surprised each time that there's few photos of people and far too many of cakes (which makes for a thin book some years).

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  17. Sorry about the laptop, and the washing machine, always such a nuisance when these things give up. Halloumi is one of my favourite things, I like the look of your grilled halloumi with lentils, delicious. I can just see the buds on my rhubarb, it will be a long time until there's enough to eat. Not a problem though, I've given up sweet things for Lent. Hoping to lose some chub. CJ xx

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  18. Welcome back! It didn't appear from IG that you were galavanting around Greece so I was wondering if everything was ok.....what a pain about the photos. It's happened to me too. They eventually recovered them all into a weird file and do you think I've looked at that file? No. As you say, thankfully the blog had a good many of them. I could eat Haloumi till the cows come home x

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  19. Welcome back! Laptop problems are very annoying. I know the feeling as mine died a while ago and it took some time to get used to the new one. But now it's great!

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  20. I've never heard of 'February Fair Maids', how lovely.

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  21. Ooh halloumi. Yum! Lovely to have you back. :-)

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  22. I was wondering. Now I'm not.
    Ax

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  23. Anonymous9:18 pm GMT

    Yes I was wondering. Nice to have you back. Linda

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  24. Welcome back. Sorry to hear about the death of your computer. That is the worst. I envy you your snowdrops and crocus. I live in Western New York. We have feet of snow and no end to the excessive cold in sight. They say we'll be lucky to get above freezing by the beginning of March.

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  25. That halloumi salad looks yummy! So sorry about your photos. You have just reminded me to back up my computer, I would be devastated if I lost my photos.

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  26. I would be devastated if that happened to me. I do have a backup system, but I have more than 30,000 photos on the hard drive. Let this be a warning to me ... but what to do with 30,000 photos? I should choose a mere 100 say and print them.
    I love rhubarb done just as you have done it, with ginger and then with yoghurt. It's also lovely with the zest of an orange and the juice and sugar.
    Margaret P

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  27. rhubarb and snowdrops. two of my favourite things. hurray for new laptops x

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  28. February Fair Maids - how perfectly lovely. We have huge numbers of them here in the hedgerows, lifting the heart on gloomy wet days.

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  29. Oh - sorry to hear about the old laptop. I have one for work, and invest in an automated back up service (I use carbonite). It costs a few ££ each year, but means I have something to fall-back on if (and when) my laptop stops or breaks. I have successfully used it to restore files when my laptop was reimaged - so I know it works! It would be heart-breaking to lose all those photos...

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  30. I do so love reading your blog.

    I fear my laptop is heading for the great electrical spare parts yard in the sky also :(

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  31. I do so love reading your blog.

    I fear my laptop is heading for the great electrical spare parts yard in the sky also :(

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