Friday, 26 April 2019

Life is good

I did my walk as the sun was going down last night. Luckily I put my camera in my pocket. Caught some stunning views.  


I zoomed in on this one so it's a bit grainy.

Just as I thought the sun had disappeared over the horizon, I turned round and saw this. I always walk away too soon, thinking it's gone.

Breakfast this morning. The last portion of macaroni cheese, with butter beans, green beans, peas, and an egg on top. On a slice of seeded bread. I get the macaroni cheese from Aldi, about 39p a packet, then bulk it out with frozen veg and a tin of butter beans, all cooked in the same pan. There is enough for four portions.


I've been mulling over the idea of doing a series of videos looking back at my lorry driving career. As I am approaching my 70th birthday it seems an appropriate time to do it. Get it all down on record. I don't want to write a book, so videos will be the easier option I think. It will take me a few weeks to prepare this. I want to release the videos consecutively, so the story will unfold over a period of a week or more, possibly around the middle of next month.

They will take the form of a chatty style video, with some pictures, and maybe a slide show. Don't expect them to be polished and perfect, as I am not familiar with editing packages. I project for me to work on, alongside all the other projects I have got floating around in my head, ha ha.

The sun is back, thankfully it rained yesterday so the garden got a good drenching. I am going to an embroidery class tonight, need to do my walk, and some arty stuff this afternoon. Toodle pip.  ilona

15 comments:

  1. Ilona - would love to hear more about your driving career! Especially how you learned to drive some of those huge vehicles. I had a stick shift car once and could never really get the hang of it; I imagine that dealing with all the gears on a truck engine, plus making sure the load stays balanced and in good order in bad weather was quite a challenge. Look forward to it.

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    1. Ooh, sounds really interesting. Completely outside my own experience. If you can do this, Ilona then do. xx

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  2. Your video project sounds like a lovely idea. As you said, besides something to work on, it will be a great piece of your life recorded as well as part of history. I look forward to it.

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  3. I'm looking forward to hearing about your lorry driving career. Your breakfast looks so good to me right now. I hardly every make eggs because I have to then clean the pan but, seeing your breakfast, I may make an exception today. ha!

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    1. Sue
      We love eggs and bought an omelette maker and a poached egg maker in Matalan for £1 each: you pop them into the microwave and they have not failed yet. You put a small amount of butter on the surface etc so that the food does not stick and it really does work wonders; no horrendous pans to clean. You may also know about 'scrambled eggs' in the microwave: in a coffee mug beat one egg and a splash of milk together and heat on high for 1 minute uncovered (check your microwave as may be different to mine), but the scrambled eggs are perfect: serves one.

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    2. Hi Sue,You can make eggs without cleaning a pan out!.When we stay in Travelodge rooms,keep a crisp packet,break an egg into it,then put it in a cup,supplied by the room,and put boiling water around the crisp packet.Fold the crisp packet over and leave for 4 mins.Cooked egg!!..I tried it and it works!xx

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    3. That's a nifty trick. On the subject of cleaning the pan out, I put a drop of oil in a small none stick pan cook the egg, and then put the pan to one side and don't wash it. I know I am going to use it again within a day or so, to do the same thing. I have a toilet roll in my kitchen, and sometimes use two squares of that to wipe it out. I remember years ago when non stick pans came out, we were told not to wash them, but to wipe them with a paper towel or cloth. An easier way to do an egg would be to poach it in a small pan.

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  4. I would love to see your videos. The sunsets are beautiful and I am just in awe of watching them. I could not see them before I moved and now I watch them always until they disappear.
    Have a nice weekend Ilona.
    Hazel c uk

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  5. You are so right Ilona,those sunsets are stunning.Lovely photos!....I have bulked out the last bit of mince in a cottage pie that meat eating Hubby is having your his tea...with carrots and oats.He has just said,this is lovely!!.Oh,I can make my money stretch a bit further now,lol..Looking forward to seeing your memories Ilona from your lorry driving days,Are you going to spill any secrets??!!,Hope you are all having a lovely Friday and looking forward to the weekend!,xx

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  6. Your English sunsets are beautiful!!

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  7. I love the early mornings (but not in winter); isn't nature wonderful? Looking forward to your 'driving career' blogs. Your breakfast was unusual but I did laugh as to eat up our food store we had baked beans and spinach twice today in different combinations.

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    1. It doesn't matter what combinations you put on your plate, as long as you eat it. I might try baked beans and spinach.

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  8. I'd love to hear more about your lorry driving career. the sunsets are just beautiful! love reading your blog Ilona.

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  9. These photos are beautiful...Have a wonderful weekend.

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  10. What beautiful sunset photos! I look forward to hearing about your lorry driving.

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