Friday, 24 October 2008

Museum of the History of Science Oxford

Today my husband and I had an afternoon out in Oxford. He wanted to go to the Museum of the History of Science, , and today was the last few days of the Scientific Instrument Society 25th Anniversary Exhibition, I was with him for most of it, before I left though I did take some photos of Sundials and some fantastic ceramics that were used for Drugs Jars.

I went to Blackwells bookshop just across the road. . Much more my thing, but you have to a little bit of give and take! We then met up again and went for a drink in The White Horse, in Broad street, after a lovely glass of wine, we treated ourselves to a meal at Jamie Olivers restaurant, it was fantastic..sorry no photos, just believe me it was brilliant.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Good News....

Firstly my youngest son Luke is doing a Horticulture Course at Moulton College, this will be so good for him, and hopefully give him something to aim for. He says that working outdoors, is so more like him, and going to college makes him feel like he is capable and showing that he is trying to help himself and family.

My other son Jonathan, who is in the Royal Air Force, has been to Efurt in Germany, to take part in the World Culinary Olympics. There were 53 nations taking part, and 12 of those, sent a Military team. The Great Britain Military team came home with a Silver and a Gold!!! Silver for Hot category and Gold for the Cold Buffet.

Haven't spoken to Jonathan yet, he is on his way home today. Next week he is taking part in the Combined Services Culinary Challenge Competition.

Well done to both my sons..very proud of them>

Monday, 20 October 2008

Big Thank You

to my friends who gave me support with my last post. All of your kind and thoughtful comments mean so much. I have removed it as I really don't like to have upsetting or stress related posts on here, it is meant to be cheerful..but sometimes you just have to put down how you are feeling!!

Saturday, 11 October 2008


My eldest son appeared with a cheese box last night...and great a French cheese was in there.

Pont-l'Évêque is an uncooked, unpressed cow's-milk cheese, square in shape usually at around 10cm square and around 3cm high, weighing 400g. The central pâte is soft, creamy pale yellow in colour with a smooth, fine texture and has a pungent aroma. This is surrounded by a washed rind that is white with a gentle orange-brown coloration. The whole is soft when pressed but lacks elasticity. It is generally ranked alongside Brie, Camembert, and Roquefort as one of the most popular cheeses in France.

With its strong smell, you would of thought this to be a very powerful cheese but it is not the case since it is a fruity, subtle and refined cheese. “What beats everything is that it is very mild”.

Pont L'Eveque

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Outing with friend in Oxford...

On Saturday I met up with my friend Caroline, who is going to show me where all the museums are. So yesterday we went to The Ashmolean Museum. To be very very honest, I don't normally like looking round them, I don't go much into history, but having a friend with me, who I think, thinks on the same lines as me, helped a lot.

The first section we came to was all about Knossos in Crete,this was quite interesting, I could actually relate to this, as my husband and I visited there a few years back. Unfortunately I do not have any photos, either from the holiday or yesterday. Didn't realize until later that you could take photos!! In the museum that is.

The second section was the Ancient Egypt - Dynastic Period. I actually found this a pleasure to walk around, with the jewellery and little pots etc.

These next two items I adore, I just love the rich colours. They are made by Egyptian Faience, which you can read all about in the link.

We then moved on to the Arts, where we had a quick look through,a very small section of the displays and it was very quick as were in real need of a coffee. We will be returning at some point though.

Made our way to the covered market, for a well deserved cafe and panini..!!!

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Cheeses in the Oxford Covered Market.

Sainte-Maure de Touraine and Sein de Negresse(Breast of the Black Woman)which I can't find a link for. Maybe Chez Loulou can help me out on this one.

Carre Du Berry


There is a vast range of cheeses at this stall, just amazing, will take more another day.

UPDATE:- My friend Chez Loulou has just informed me that the cheese Sein de Negresse Picture 1) is The Breast of the Black Woman, but I still can't find a link to it. Loulou found another cheese named Le sein de nounou, which translates to The Breast of my Nanny.. Thank you Chez Loulou :-)

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Happy "Love" Thursday

This must be "Love in the Air"

This was done by the Red Arrows, at the 2005 British Grandprix, and is one of my photos!