Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Tag! You're it! part 2

Well, here are 11 random facts about myself.
1. I do not like any milky drink. Tea, coffee, milo....ugh!
2. I love to read.

3. I teach myself piano.
4. I like period drama movies better than modern movies.
5. I prefer classical music to most modern music.
6. I am a bit behind in maths but done with English/Grammar.
7. I am learning Latin and French.
8. I read two passages from the OT and two from the NT when I read my Bible.
9. I have ridden a horse once at a cadet camp.
10. I love to sew costumes.

11. I will soon have another little brother.

Next: Part 3 soon to come.
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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Tag! You're it!! ~ Part 1

I have been tagged by my friend Violet.

1. You must post 11 facts about yourself

2. You must also answer the 11 questions that the awarder has given you, and create 11 questions for your awardees to answer in turn.

3. Tag 11 fellow bloggers.

4. Notify them that you've awarded them.

5. No tagging back.

6. And the 11 blogs that you tag must have less than 200 followers
Violet's questions:
If you could choose to live in one era other than today, when would it be and why?
What is a Bible verse (or verses) that has particularly challenged and/or encouraged you lately?
Do you prefer hot chocolate, tea or coffee or none of these?
What is your favourite musical instrument?
If you were to write and publish a book/direct a movie, what would you call it and what would it be about?
What is your favourite subject/hobby/pastime?
Do you think you are an introvert or an extrovert or a mixture of both?
What is a name you really like?
Is there a book you once read which you couldn't put down until you had finished it?
Do you have a favourite hymn and why is it your favourite?
Is there some way that the Lord has been working in your life recently that you want to share?

1. Probably Regency, although Victorian era is high on my favourite list!
2. "He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy." Titus 3:5
3. None usually. Ugh, coffee makes me gag and tea is weird. Except fruit tea, mmm. I like ths Chocolate Lounge's caramel hot chocolate though.
4. I'm playing the tenor horn and love it, but I love piano too. I love any kind of music.
5. I'd love to publish the book I am writing at the moment, but I don't have a name for it. At the moment some friends, sisters and I are making a movie called the Wolves of Willoughby Chase. I wrote a book review on it some time ago.
6. I love reading, cooking, sewing.....it's a long list!
7. A mixture really. I like being alone sometimes, and often I'm really talkative and sociable.
8. Caleb for a boy, or Sara for a girl.
9. Too many! Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events was good. Anything classic as well.
10. I always used to love Silent Night. Most Christmas hymns, I think.
11. I love going to church now, whereas I used not to so much.

Thankyou Violet! That was fun. I will finish next time.

Monday, 15 October 2012

5 of the Cutest Little Girls In Movies


Lucy Pevensie.

Young Beatrix Potter. "Precisely."
Diana Hale-"Hildy."
Margaret Dashwood . HeeeYAH!!
Laura Ingalls.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Regency Maid's Costume

Is completed! This costume I made in imitation of those in P&P 1995 (go to Movies for a review of the movie.) There is a grey dress, fichu and cap all hand-sewn and the apron I didn't make. I didn't use patterns (they confuse me) so I can't tell you the instructions!!
I couldn't rotate that last one. Bother.
Peeling apples in our very un-Regency kitchen!

Monday, 10 September 2012

Ten Favourite Ingredients


1. Chocolate. MMMMMmmmmm.......

2. Bacon. And eggs. Or BLTs.

3. Fresh berries. Cheesecakes, coulis, chocolate dipped...

4. Cheese. I love feta.

5. Cream. Puddings, pies, and in curries and savoury pies.

6. Garlic. Garlic Butter.

7. Fresh herbs. Parsley and basil, delicious.

8. Citrus fruits. I love making tangy lemon curd.

9. Mushrooms. Nice on butter toast with parsley, feta, salt and pepper.

10. Ginger. Ginger Crunch!


Monday, 27 August 2012

Nothing in Particular

Unfortunately I have had a cold. Oh, yes.* So I have not done any posts for a long time. But I am better now, **and excepting a sore throat, there is not much the matter with me.***
I found a great computer game called Matches & Matrimony on Big Fish Games. Is about $10 to buy but was 70% off so we bought it for $3. It is really cool.
Lots of fun!! And as a matter of fact, I'm going to go play it now. Adieu!
*. From Emma.
Miss Bates: She has a cold.
Emma: Oh, no.
Miss Bates: Oh,yes.
**. From Ever After.
Baroness: What kept you?
Danielle: I fell of the ladder in the orchard, but I am better now.
***. From P&P (the book) from Jane's letter to Lizzy when she is ill.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Book Review~ The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

I love classics, and this is a really classic book.
Number of chapters~ 11.
Author~ Joan Aiken
Plot~ Bonnie Green's parents are going abroad because her mother's health is bad. Her relation Miss Slighcarp comes to look after her and her orphan cousin Sylvia, who comes to live with her. The story is set in an imaginary period of England's history. Packs of wolves are everywhere in the country. The boat Bonnie's parents are on sinks and Miss Slighcarp tells the girls that they are dead. She sends them to an orphanage where they work very hard for Mrs Brisket. Their friend Simon helps them escape and they go to London to find Sylvia's Aunt Jane and to find out whether Bonnie's parents are really dead. In the end Sir Willoughby and Lady Green return to Willoughby Chase having survived the shipwreck and Miss Slighcarp, Mrs Brisket and their friend Mr Grimshaw are brought to justice.
In spite of the title, I found the story was not so much about the wolves. It is the first book in a long series and I'd really like to read the next ones. I recommend it for any age.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Recipe #2

Bacon-wrapped Beef Rissoles with Tomato Concasse and Garlic Butter

I made this for the main course of my parents' wedding anniversary dinner.



150g beef mince
1 slice bread
1/4 small onion, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp mixed herbs(I used rosemary, basil,
oregano and thyme)
1/2 tsp each ground cumin and ground paprika
Salt and pepper
2 large rashers of cured bacon
Kitchen string


3 medium tomatoes
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp fresh or dried basil
Salt and pepper

Garlic Butter

50g softened butter
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp fresh or dried parsley or oregano

Combine all rissole ingredients except bacon in a food processor and pulse until well mixed. Set aside. Combine butter, garlic and herbs, mix well. Use plastic wrap to roll into a log and place in fridge to harden. For the concasse, remove stems and cores of tomatoes by cutting a cone shaped piece from the centre. Score a large X on the base of each tomato. Prepare a large bowl of iced water. Put another pan of water on to boil. Lower tomatoes into boiling water, leave in water for 10 seconds, then move tomatoes immediately into the iced water. When cool, peel off skin. Cut tomatoes into quarters. Remove seeds and juice and dice remaining tomato flesh. In a bowl combine tomato, oil, and seasonings and stir. Set aside. Shape mince mixture into rissoles. Heat some butter or oil in a frying pan. Fry rissoles for 5-6 mins each side until dark. Remove rissoles from heat, wrap 1/2 rasher of bacon( cut rashers in half lengthways) around each rissole, secure with kitchen string. Return rissoles to pan, cook a further minute on each side or until bacon is browned. Remove from heat, keep warm. To serve, arrange a large spoonful of concasse on each plate. Remove string from rissoles, position two rissoles on each plate beside the concasse. Take garlic butter out of fridge, cut into thick slices. Place a slice of butter on each rissole. Serves 2. This recipe can be easily multiplied.
Next~ Book Review #2 - The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Saturday, 30 June 2012

The Kitty and Lydia letters

"When Lydia went away, she promised to write very often and very minutely to her mother and Kitty; but her letters were always long expected, and always very short.......her letters to Kitty, though rather longer, were much too full of lines under the words to be made public."

Jane Austen's sister Cassandra destroyed most of her sister's letters, but it is likely that she used some sort of code, like Lydia, to indicate which parts of her letters were private. In this case, Lydia underlines the confidential sections of her letters to Kitty, and later on, Kitty triumphs in having known more than the others. Their letters could have been like these ones, which I wrote for fun.

June the 24th, 17--.

My dear Kitty,
It was a horrid journey, but I am glad to have arrived at last, and it is really wonderful. I have been here a week.-- The weather is excellent, but even if it were not, it shouldn't signify, for we could go to the libraries or the theatre.
I bought an elegant pelisse yesterday. Aren't you envious of me? There are balls and parties every night, and I danced with twenty different officers yesterday. Mrs Forster and me are having a glorious time. Guess what? You never will, so I'll tell you. Next week I'm going to elope with Mr. Wickham.
--But don't you dare tell, or I'll never trim you up a new bonnet again. What a joke!! I can hardly wait until I can sign myself Mrs Wickham!
                                                                                                                    Yours, etc.
June 28th, 17--.

Dear Lydia,
What! That is most unfair. Why is it Jane gets to go to London, Lizzy gets to go to Derbyshire, and you get to go to Brighton! Mary is so dull, she doesn't care, but why must I stay at home??
If I don't tell will you trim me a new bonnet??
There have been no balls here for an age. I am not at all well, I have a dreadful cough. Nobody knows what I suffer. Jane attends mamma, Mary studies her music and moral extracts, and it is dull and poky here.
                                                                                                                     Yours, &c., &c.
Next time~~ Cooking/Recipe #2


Monday, 25 June 2012

Useful French Phrases

I am learning French. An accomplished young lady would, as Miss Bingley says in Pride and Prejudice,"have a thorough knowledge of music, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages."
However, if you are travelling, it's good to know some phrases.

Je m'appelle...~I am/my name is/I am called...
Je te presente...~ May I present..
Je desirerais/Je voudrais~I'd like to
Comment dit-on en francais?~ How do you say that in French?
Je ne comprends pas~ I don't understand
Je ne sais pas~ I don't know
Je suis desole(e)~ I'm very sorry
Je vous en prie~ You're welcome
Que veut dire ce mot?~ What does this word mean?
No doubt the French Miss Bingley learned would have been a bit different from modern French. Another interesting fact. Jane Austen lived during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars, but apart from some of her characters being soldiers and sailors, she does not mention these conflicts.
Oh, and I changed the name of my blog as you can see.
Next time~ The Kitty and Lydia letters

Friday, 15 June 2012

Sewing & Costume #1- Fichu Tutorial

A fichu is a Regency style neck scarf used to fill in the neckline of a dress. To make your own you can use chiffon or fine cotton or netting, preferably white. You could use a sewing machine but I hand hemmed mine with backstistch.

Cut a large, long triangle from your fabric, about  40-50- depending on the width of your shoulders- in. on the bottom side. Press the edges over and stitch neatly, being careful not to pull the fabric. Unfortunately I have no photos of the work in progress but I do have some of the finished result.

Not too clear. Ah well. Drape it around your shoulders, tie the ends together or fasten with a brooch pin. It also looks really pretty tied with a ribbon bow.

You could sew lace onto the edges to save hemming, do ruffles or embroidery, whatever you like.
Another popular neckline filler was a chemisette.
On one of my favourite blogs,Tea in a Teacup, there is a chemisette tutorial.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post!
Next time~ Useful French Phrases

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Reading #1

 Although it hasn't been a week yet, I thought I'd do another post. Sewing and Costume #1 is on the way. I decided to do one on Reading. Today's book is Little Women. Things I like about it are:
It is a really good classic.
It is about real life.
You can learn a lot from it.
Plenty of drama and action.
      Favourite character(s)
          Jo and Amy.
      Favourite chapter
          Chapter 1~ Playing Pilgrims

      YAY! I just thought I'd try putting a picture on and it FINALLY WORKED!!!!!
This is Jo from the Winona Ryder movie version of Little Women. That's my favourite so far.
This one is of the four girls and Marmee.
By the way, here's one of the berry custard tarts.
           Au revoir!! Coming soon~ Sewing and Costume #1~ With Photos!!     

Friday, 8 June 2012

Midyear Resolution

I have been pretty slack lately!! My (late) New Year's resolution is to do at least one blog post a week. Starting today!
Cooking~ #1. (I will do a series of posts on different topics.)

Today's Recipe~ Berry Custard Tarts
Flaky Pastry
1 & 1/2 cups plain flour              Combine flour and baking powder in a bowl. Dip butter in flour
1 tsp baking powder                   to prevent it sticking to the grater and grate butter into flour.
125g cold butter                          Rub into flour. Mix vinegar and milk together and mix into flour
1 tsp white wine vinegar           mixture to form a stiff dough.                                                      
1/2 cup milk                                Roll out thinly and line greased tins with pastry rounds. Blind
Custard~egg-free                       bake using foil and rice for 10-12 mins. Remove foil and rice
1/4 cup cornflour                      and bake for a further 5 mins. Meanwhile, make custard. Whisk
1/4 cup brown sugar                 cornflour & sugar together, pour in milk and add butter. Heat,
2 tbsp butter                                   whisking, until butter is melted, bring to boil. Keep stirring
2 cups milk                                       until thick and smooth. Fill pastry cases, bake until custard is
Topping                                             set, leave to cool. Top each tart with 2-3 berries and chopped
1 cup fresh or frozen defrosted     chocolate. Serve at room temperature for dessert. These also
mixed berries                                               make an elegant afternoon tea.
1/2 cup white or milk
chocolate buttons, roughly chopped
1 12-hole muffin pan
12 squares tinfoil or baking paper
approx. 1 cup uncooked rice. 
My sisters and I have a Jane Austen club, and I made these for our outdoor afternoon tea. We dressed up and sat under our gazebo.
I couldn't get a photo this time.
Next week, Sewing and Costume post #1~ My Favourite Costumes

Friday, 4 May 2012


Welcome to my blog. I hope you enjoy reading about all my hobbies:

  • Reading
  • Cooking
  • Sewing
  • Filming