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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Have you seen the new Squidoo review pages?

I like the format of the new Squidoo review lenses.

They ask you to write short, to the point recommendations of things you know and like, with personal input about why you like the items.

I've now written two, and the first one, A superb book of baby knits from designer Debbie Bliss was actually made "Lens of the Day", which was a nice surprise.

My second one is about something I use every day, Clinique Repairwear Intensive eye cream- the only eye cream I'll ever use. I'm not a big user of makeup- just a dash of eyeliner, a blob of foundation and a slick of lipstick and I'm done.However, I do look after my skin, and when you get older, the eye area needs extra special care. Hence my mild obsession with this product!

Readers in the UK can buy this from Amazon - here's the link should you want to...

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Celeriac- are you using this wonderful vegetable?

Celeriac- the "ugly one" aka "the unsung hero of the vegetable world."

Use celeriac in soups, purees, roast veggies, raw in remoulades ( salads) make celeriac chips, celeriac mash, add to vegetable casseroles- take a look here for all you need to know about celeriac.

I've got lots of celeriac recipes from top chefs too.

Go on, be bold, get to grips with celeriac.

Monday, 30 September 2013

We're offering great rates at our Lake District B & B and our holiday rental cottage this autumn/fall.

I know many of you reading this will be thousands of miles away, and will not be able to take advantage of our special offers for this October, but for those of you who might be able to get here, why not take a look at this page about our Grasmere Bed and Breakfast and this page about our holiday rental Lake District cottage ?

There's lots of information, useful links, and great bargains to be had. Pass it on! Thanks!

White Moss House Grasmere Bed and Breakfast- the terrace.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Have I got time to make a Christmas Stocking?

3 months to go until Christmas, and I've just updated my selection of the best Christmas stocking kits to buy for Christmas 2013 Most of these are to be found on the site for US buyers, but you can find a huge choice of Christmas Stocking kits here from

You may know, if you read my other blogs ( I've started a new one Doting Grandmother ) that I have just become a first time grandmother. I've already knitted quite a few garments for him, and I thought I might turn my had to Christmas stockings. I like the appliqued ones best. People say they take 20 hours to make. As a beginner, I'm thinking I should maybe double that.
The kit shown below gets lots of good reviews. I'm about to take the plunge and put in an order........

Friday, 23 August 2013

Blackberry and apple crumble recipe- with a hint of ginger

It's nearly time for blackberries and apples to be ready for picking. Here in the Lake District the blackberries look like they need a week or so before they'll be ready, but when they are, I'll be making our famous "Blackberry and apple Grasmere" recipe. Why Grasmere? Well, Grasmere is famous for gingerbread, and our recipe has a hint of ginger in it.

You can find this autumn dessert recipe right here Or, if you're from the USA - our recipe for a great Fall dessert- blackberry and apple crumble.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Cheers Andy Murray! Get the kit and see if you can play like Andy!

It's sunny and warm, and British Sport is on a roll this weekend.

The Lions smashed Australia in Rugby,Chris Froome is leading on the Tour De France, and now Andy Murray has become the first Brit to win Wimbledon since 1936.

I love tennis, but don't play a lot. I do know though that if I just go our on the court in any old top and shorts I look a mess. To play well you need to dress in the best tennis clothes you can find. Take a look here at the clothing worn by the top tennis players

Many of the photos are my own from my visits to Queens Club London for the June tournament.

Here's Andy Murray from June 2011.

Andy Murray, Queens' Club, June 2011

Goodness me, someone is fast off the mark! You can buy this tee shirt here from Amazon right now! It says "Andy Murray, Wimbledon Champion 7/7/2013

Saturday, 15 June 2013

I'd rather be outdoors than on a computer right now

I've got a mug that says "I'd rather be gardening!" and that just about sums up how I feel right now. I have to spend some time on the computer, keeping up to date with emails and marketing for our B & B White Moss House, Grasmere bed and breakfast, and also for our holiday rental cottage Brockstone- Grasmere holiday rental cottage with amazing views.

Apart from that I'm taking a break from writing new pages on Squidoo, which has been going through a tough time lately. I plan to start writing more on Wizzley soon.

If you want to see what I'm doing in the garden and round about in the Lakes right now you can follow my Lake District Garden blog or my White Moss House blog- lots of photos and news from White Moss, Grasmere.