Wordless Wednesday: A dash of red and gold

This red-winged blackbird looks so proud of himself.


Would you like to hear him sing?



“Three little kittens” for Jude’s Bench series

I saw this bench in Costa Rica and couldn’t resist a photo. It reminds me of a nursery rhyme which I learned as a very young child.

Three little kittens, they lost their mittens,
And they began to cry,
“Oh, mother dear, we sadly fear,
That we have lost our mittens.”
“What!   Lost your mittens, you naughty kittens!
Then you shall have no pie!”
“Meow, meow, meow.”
“Then you shall have no pie.”
I felt so sorry for those poor little kittens, and was always so relieved when we got to the second verse.
The three little kittens, they found their mittens,
And they began to cry,
“Oh, mother dear, see here, see here,
For we have found our mittens.”
“Put on your mittens, you silly kittens,
And you shall have some pie.”
“Purr, purr, purr,
Now we can have some pie.”
Do you have any photos of benches with someone or something on them, for Jude’sBench Series #42?

WPC ‘Extraordinary’ Stonehenge.

“I have seen so many extraordinary things, nothing seems extraordinary any more.” ~ Lewis Carroll

This ancient monument at Stonehenge has raised many questions as to how the giant stones, the largest of which weighs more than 40 tons and stands 24 feet high, actually got to Salisbury Plain. It’s believed that work on it was started with primitive tools in Neolithic times over 5,000 years ago, and took about 1,500 years to complete. It’s definitely one of the most extraordinary things I’ve ever seen.



I’m also linking this to the 3 Day Quote Challenge. Thanks, Ute for the nomination. Here are the rules for the challenge. I’ll leave the nominations open to any of you who would like to participate.

  • Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
  • Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.

Oddments on a bench for Jude

I think these miscellaneous items for sale had been placed on this rough bench to keep them tidy. Is there anything that takes your fancy?


I rather liked the cosy couple on the small bench off to the left, although I’m not sure what the one woman is holding. Looks like mussel or oyster shell to me.

I still haven’t run out of pictures for Jude’s Bench Series #41, so you’ll be seeing more before this month is up.

Wishing you all a great weekend. I’m off to have a look at our new front door which is being installed today.


Bench Series #41: 8º below at Yellowstone

Yes ’tis I, disguised underneath all the layers of clothing. This bench photo was taken in May 2010 whilst waiting for Old Faithful, America’s most famous geyser, to spring into action. As you can see, Spring hadn’t happened yet in Yellowstone National Park. It was bitterly cold with an icy wind blowing.

Old Faithful Yellowstone National Park

We were impatiently waiting for the promised spectacular spurt of steam which can shoot from 3,700 to 8,400 US gallons of boiling water into the air. Old Faithful, one of the most predictable geographical features on earth, erupts roughly every 90 minutes, with the jet of steam rising from 106-185 feet, and lasting anything from 1-5 minutes. I was pacing up and down trying to keep warm, but I think the woman on the bench must have been frozen solid.

Do you have any photos of benches with someone or something on them, for Jude’s Bench Series #41?

Bench Series #41: I had to look twice

These charming sculptures were spotted through the fence surrounding the small park below the Key West lighthouse. I really had to look twice to make sure that they weren’t real people. Unfortunately the gate was locked, so we couldn’t get in to have a closer look.

A mother and daughter were enjoying an afternoon picnic in the park, when something caught their attention.


Maybe they were waiting for grandma to stop searching around in her purse and come over to join them.

This lady looked to be searching for something in her purse.

Jude’s Bench Series #41 is going to get quite a few entries from me this month. Do you have any photos of benches with something or someone on them?

Easy Tiramisu Recipe

You may remember that I made Tiramisu as a surprise treat for hubby last week. Some of you asked me to share the recipe if it turned out well, and it did so here it is.

Your main ingredients shown here, are 10 Lady Fingers. (In South Africa we call them Boudoir biscuits), 8 oz (225 g) Marscarpone cheese, good quality instant coffee, some kind of alcohol such as Cognac, Brandy, or as I used because I already had it, Choco Vine which is a delicious Dutch chocolate liqueur. (In the background is my pet lizard who guards my tea box and presides over my cooking.)


You will also need three large eggs, half a cup of castor sugar and two tbsp cocoa powder.

There’s no cooking involved, but you do need to boil the kettle to make one cup of very strong coffee.  Leave this to cool for a while.

In a large bowl, combine three egg yolks, a half cup of sugar, only one tbsp of the cooled coffee and two tbsp of your alcohol of choice, and beat for 2-3 minutes. Add the Marscarpone cheese and beat for another 3-5 minutes until smooth and creamy.

In another large bowl, whip the three egg whites with just a pinch of sugar until soft peaks form.

Gently fold egg whites into the Marscarpone mixture.

Lay the lady fingers in the bottom of an 8 inch x 8 inch (20.5cm square) serving dish. Carefully pour the rest of the cooled coffee evenly over the fingers. Spread the Marscarpone mixture on top and sprinkle with 2 tbsp sieved cocoa powder.


Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. This is supposed to serve six, depending on how large a piece you want for yourself.  🙂


We enjoyed this over three days, and I think it’s almost time to make another one.