Friday, December 02, 2016

Five on Friday

It's Friday, the first one of December and Five on Friday is back so below are 
five things I've been doing this week.......

1. Eating



Home made butternut squash and carrot soup with homemade bread rolls.  Apple and pear crumble made with windfall apples and conference pears.  White Leicester cheese with homemade apple and prune chutney.  All delicious.

2. Watching

The last episode of The Missing - I've been gripped by it!  Also a new Scandi Noir crime series called Modus. One of my favourite programmes 'Who do you think you are?' is back and there is a new archaeology programme  'Britain at Low Tide' on Channel 4. We also watched an interesting docudrama about the Mayflower Pilgrims with the wonderful actor Roger Rees, whom I remember seeing a few times at the RSC Theatre at Stratford in the 70s and early 80s, as William Bradford. The programme was dedicated to Roger Rees and was filmed just before his death in 2015.

3. Listening


To podcasts of the BBC4 Food Programme, recommended by a friend, as I type this I'm learning about the origins and history of apples and hearing about the Bramley apple from the famous tree in Southwell in Nottinghamshire. 

4. Reading


I've nearly finished reading The House at Bellevue Gardens by Rachel Hore.  At the same time I've been reading Shire a book of quite unusual and disturbing short stories by Ali Smith, loaned by a friend and also dipping into  How to be a Tudor by Ruth Goodman.

5. Walking


Donning scarves, hats, gloves and boots and walking along by the Caldon Canal and around the lake at Trentham Gardens both on cold but bright mornings when the sun was low in the sky.


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44 comments:

  1. Another great five Rosie. I love Rachel Hore books but haven't read that one, yet another to add to my 'to read' list. Your butternut squash and carrot soup looks delicious, must try that in my soup maker - definitely soup weather at the moment. xx

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    1. The soup is very tasty and is quite sweet too. I've always enjoyed Rachel Hore's books and others too that leap between different times or eras:)

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  2. A super selection - the homemade food all sounds delicious. You can't beat homemade soup and bread :) I've got the latest Rachel Hore on my Amazon Wish List - I do enjoy her books. Gripped by "The Missing" here too - I couldn't wait for the last episode but now sad that the series has ended - it was superb. It looks very cold and Trentham - plenty of cold, frosty, sunny morning here this week too! Have a great weekend.

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    1. The Missing was good wasn't it? What will replace it I wonder? I'm always torn between wanting to know what happens and not wanting a really good series to end. There is a new series this week set in Scotland about a true story that looks quite intriguing. I've always enjoyed Rachel Hore and I like the driffting between different times. It was very cold at Trentham that day:)

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  3. Great five. That Rachel Hore book is in my to-read pile. I 'discovered' her when I was home as she apparently lives in Norwich so they always have her books around.

    Your soup looks wonderful. I've made a few batches of different soups lately - nothing like homemade soup in winter.

    Thanks for sharing your Five on Friday

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    1. Writers always live in such lovely inspirational places, don't they? I think I've read most of her books now. I think of all the soups butternut squash is my favourite one although I do like spicy parsnip too:)

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  4. Good Five, you have such interesting tv programs, I despair of American tv.

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    1. I love it when we get a few good programmes together as I find there is less and less that I want to watch, we were lucky last weekend with a few good series to watch:)

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  5. I enjoyed your five. And your book and TV readings and viewings. As we say here in the US, there's nothing quite like British TV and we're thankful you share some of it with us!

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    1. I hope some of those tv shows come your way, I never know what people can access from different countries via the iplayer and on demand things on line:)

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  6. A fabulous five Rosie. I have been making lots of soup lately. I will have to watch out for the archaeology programme and I have to catch up with 'Who do you think you are'. Have a good weekend. B x

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    1. 'Who do you think you are' seems to have got back a bit of its early sparkle this time around and I've enjoyed the first two programmes. We need to make some more soup for the freezer soon:)

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  7. A varied and interesting five! Good food, good reading, good watching... I'll echo the other comments that praise British television. It's about all we watch now, via Netflix, since we gave up our cable subscription.

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    1. I'm glad you can access some of the programmes. I've heard of Netflix but we don't have it at the moment. I think when our TV is good it is very very good, some of it can be awful too but that is probably down to my taste rather than anything else:)

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  8. What beautiful walks! I always enjoy what everyone is reading and listening, too. Butternut squash soup is one of my favorites. Happy Friday!

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    1. I get so many ideas for books and programmes from reading what other people enjoy. Butternut squash soup is my favourite too:)

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  9. All the food sounds yummy, I am a great fan of soup at this time of year. I have recorded the whole series of Missing and now I am on top of everything we intend to sit, relax and watch it. Trentham gardens is looking lovely all covered in frost.

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    1. I hope you enjoy The Missing. Soup for lunch is just what is needed at this time of year:)

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  10. Your reading looks interesting! The soup sounds delicious, it is wonderful to have these sorts of soups at this time of year isn't it.

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    1. Yes, I think the root vegetable soups like, squash, parsnip and leek and potato come into their own on a cold winter's day:)

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  11. Oooh your soup looks delicious! It's been great to be out and about in the cold frosty weather with the sun so shiny hasn't it. I didn't watch The Missing but I do love Who Do You Think You Are? Have a great weekend Rosie. x

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    1. Thanks, the soup was delicious with just s swirl of plain yoghurt. I always enjoy 'Who do you think you are' having done a lot of family history research I like to see how they follow things through:)

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  12. Mmmm, Rosie, may I have some soup please? I am fighting off a cold and your soup looks so good. Your book choices look interesting, too...and the TV programs, too. Thanks for posting :)

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    1. You certainly may:) I hope your cold goes away soon:)

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  13. Your soup looks so energizizing with that color! Yummy. Great sceneries s well.

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    1. It is a great colour isn't it? It looks healthy and warming:)

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  14. I wish you'd adopt me Rosie! I enjoy all the things in this post: the home made food, the television programmes, the books, the walks...... You have an interesting life filled with simple and satisfying pleasures. x

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    1. Thank you Simone,glad you enjoyed everything in the post. I always worry I don't seem to do a lot, just simple pleasing things but sometimes that is all that is needed:)

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  15. I've enjoyed your Five,Rosie. I would love your walks, in my new life (moving to Asia) I'm going to reinvent myself as a book reader, I'm pleased not to have been born a Tudor though!
    Wren x

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    1. Yes, I'm glad I'm not a Tudor too, as much as I love history and recreations of such times I like the luxury of life today:)

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  16. Great five on Friday Rosie - I'm off to listen to the Food programme and learn more about Bramley' apples. Marie x

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    1. I hope you enjoy the podcast, Marie, there are lots of different programmes to listen to:)

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  17. The soup looks delicious; just right for this time of year. I watched most of the Missing - it was certainly excellent drama and I caught Britain at Low Tide last night, as it was local to me. I like the idea of How to Be a Tudor - I think I'll look into that! I love the fact that we still have some of the old varieties of apple trees growing. I thought I heard the original Bramley tree was dying, which does seem such a shame.

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    1. I wasn't sure at first about Britain at Low Tide but it grew on me and I really enjoyed last night's programme. I've seen the Tudor Group in action at various historic venues and they are wonderful, their costumes and ways of working within the strict layers of society are fascinating. Yes, the original Bramley Apple tree is in trouble, it is such a shame:)

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  18. White Leicester cheese, I didn't know it existed. Had to keep watching The Missing even though for most of the time I was so confused, glad it all came together in the end. A lovely time of year for walking isn't it.

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    1. Neither did I, when I first saw it I thought it had been wrongly labelled and was Cheshire or plain stilton as I'd only heard of Red Leicester. There were lots of twists and turns in The Missing. I'm not walking as much as I should must get out today for a stroll:)

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  19. The photos! The walk...all good. Thank you from Portland, Oregon.

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    1. Thanks Haylan glad you enjoyed the post:)

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  20. I want a bowl of that soup. It looks absolutely scrumptious.

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    1. Thanks, Patsy, it was lovely soup:)

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  21. Hi Rosie, I just popped back to mention that I've been reading The Long, Long Life of Trees by Fiona Stafford this weekend. It is a fascinating read and one which I thought you would enjoy :-). Marie x

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation, Marie. I'll look it up:)

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  22. Fabulous five. I have The Missing taped, looking forward to it.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thanks, Amalia. Hope you enjoy The Missing:)

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