Friday, 18 July 2014

I've just finished writing this book

How to harvest your allotment produce is my latest ebook. I wrote it after seeing people struggle to know when you harvest things or to harvest them in a way that makes sense. Scissors should never be used to pick raspberries. The secret of picking fruit and vegetables is being able to touch it and feel when it's ready. Raspberries come off really easily when you pull at them if they are ripe. If they don't come off easily then they aren't riope. If they are mush when you touch them they are over-ripe!
I didn't think it was rocket science until I spoke to people picking their fruit and vegetables. People asked all sorts of interesting questions at both the allotment site I have a plot at and at the community garden I help look after.
When are courgettes ready? How long should they be? What colour should they be? It's often helpful for people to have kept the seed packets so they can see what instructions they were given and hopefully what the finished product will look like.
Another way to tell when fruit is ready is to do the taste test. This often doesn't work with blackcurrants that can have a sour taste even when they are perfectly ripe. Some people find them too repulsive to eat raw, yet others absolutely love them.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Vampire poetry

Vampire Poetry - I do like Mr Dinde's work. He's a little eclectic in his topics but the first verse of Blood lust strikes me as one of the loveliest verses I've read this week: "Blood lust frenzy fighting fast
Forever searching in the past
For how I got here and who I am
Vampire love strikes again
It's a poem I read out loud, the words race out and fill you with the urgency that must come with vampire lust!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Reading recipes and drooling

This recipe for a big mac in a bowl looks good!
The King of Croissants
I downloaded this to my kindle last night! The Royal Croissant Palace is in turmoil! The King has lost his Croissant Crown, and the whole palace has been put to work looking for it (including the Royal Doughnut Guard). The search is looking fruitless, until one member of the Royal Family saves the day. A story to delight both children and adults. Written by Swedish-based children's author Ian Glennon, and wonderfully illustrated by English artist Simon Taylor.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

The Michael Gove Colouring Book

I know this will entertain my teacher friends! An excellent end of year present for the staffroom I think! The Michael Gove Colouring-in Book

Friday, 25 April 2014

War Poetry

I'm particularly fond of Wilfred Owen's poetry. Having learnt Dulce et Decorus Est at school gave me  a starting point to look at other war poets.
Owen is perhaps one of the most tragic war renowned poet as he died in the final week of the First World War.

War Poetry by Edward Dinde is a modern writer's look at war poetry.

Perhaps Edward will enter the poetry competition the Wilfred Owen site has running

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Love handles

Love Handles - a Susan Shore book.
Described as a coming of age drama.
It has some lovely use of words that will make you smile.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Last night I was mostly reading

A curry menu!
From Spice of India in New Moston.
They're really good! I had a chicken tikka passanda and my friend had chicken pathia.
I love their south indian lemon rice!
Not a huge read but a fantastic end to the story!
A big brown bag of food turns up piping hot and very yummy!

Monday, 10 March 2014

I've just finished reading equal rites - a Terry Pratchett.

Equal Rites: A Discworld Novel The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did, before Death laid a bony hand on his shoulder, was to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately for his colleagues in the chauvinistic (not to say misogynistic) world of magic, he failed to check on the new-born baby's sex...

It is quite funny - I love the witches (Although not as much as the police farce that exists in Ankh-Morpork.) They are fantasic little old ladies who get stuck in with their headology!
My copy is a little battered and torn now so I will look out for a newer copy. It's strange but we have nearly 2 full sets of pratchetts - we combined out collections when we moved in together and have got some spares! Should really sort them all out and see what I'm missing and maybe give a set away!