Try The Newcastle #Curry Train

If you love Indian food and visit Newcastle, UK, try this fun evening.

A warm welcome to the train

A warm welcome to the train


On the platform at Newcastle railway station, you meet your host who is dressed in Indian costume. Having guided you to your train he brings you a pre-dinner drink. In spring and summer the view from the train of Newcastle and the countryside is interesting.
The restaurant is converted from the former railway station.

The restaurant is converted from the former railway station.


After arrival at the destination about thirty minutes away, you use the bridge to cross over the railway line. This is followed by another optional pre-dinner drink. You enjoy this in the cosy lounge of the attractive Indian restaurant which is the converted former railway station building. Having ordered your four course dinner from the menu as you sat on the train, you do not have to wait long to be led to your comfortable table. You can enjoy the dinner swiftly and return on the next train or take your time and return on the later train.
Here comes the train home.

Here comes the train home.


After a delicious dinner you leave through another door to the adjacent platform where your train soon approaches to return you to Newcastle.

Simple Grapefruit And Orange #Marmalade

It’s marmalade time again. Those tart juicy oranges and the large yellow grapefruit festoon our fruit trees asking to be picked. I chop and simmer them until soft adding the pips in a muslin bag.

Quick chopping

Quick chopping


I pour in light brown sugar to taste-just enough to remove the bitterness. Cool and blend the mixture to your own preference.
The fruit cooks quickly

The fruit cooks quickly


Instead of bottling the mixture, I divide it among plastic bags and freeze it. When needed, I thaw a bag of orange and grapefruit marmalade and empty it into a small Kilner jar. Mmm-health in a jar!

#Springtime Suggestions for UK Garden Flowers

Spring is my favourite season. In woodland, I love the assortment of successive bulbs in bloom. From white snowdrops, then yellow aconites followed by bluebells and small maroon or white anemones. The yellows and whites of tall narcissi look natural spread across grassy areas.

A grassy bank filled with narcissi

A grassy bank filled with narcissi


In window boxes or flower beds, various colours of primula, including white, blue, yellow, pink, maroon, red and the original pale lemon are attractive. Crocuses in white, yellow and purple, blue grape hyacinths and tiny blue scilla add more colour. Stocky hyacinths in shades of white, blue, pink and lemon add height to a window box.
Colourful primulas

Colourful primulas


The tree blosson is from sharp pale white, delicate pale pink to arresting bright pink. Finally tall irises add their dusky whites, maroons, blues and purples while tulips and fritillaria bring their bold colours of white, red, nearly black, yellow, pink and orange with some two tone colours.
Delicate Prunus blossom

Delicate Prunus blossom

elegant white and green, pretty pink and blue, hot orange and red plus striking yellow and purple. However mixing up the colours is just as gorgeous.

Do You Think I’m #Sexy?

I’m Venus, a great Dane and I’m happy when I smell my food in our bowls-those green fingery things, yellow round things with little blobs inside, juicy round thingys with small blobs inside, long green leafy sticks, long browny yellow squashy things and long hard orange wrinkly things. She chops them every day. I want to lick the white yogurty stuff. She drops a long white blob and a small round orange blob on to the food. She says they make our long legs and hair good. Next, some biscuity bits or raw chicken licken bones. They rub those things in my mouth clean.

I’m happy when I drink water from our bowls. I like the clean cold water he pours in each day.

I’m happy when he takes me out. I can smell lots of moving things and leafy things. I hear zoomy things and see big boxy things. I like the tall trees.

I’m happy when my sister and I run after a cat. Our tails are high and we bark and wag our tails fast.

8th birthday of Stellar and Venus

8th birthday of Stellar and Venus

I’m happy after she takes us in the tall box with her. She sprays water on us. Mmm it’s warm. She rubs bubbles on us. They smell funny. My sister, Stellar licks them off her hair.

I’m happy in our day and night beds. They’re snugly. I feel safe in my night time crate. When she washes the beds, they smell soapy, like the tall box.

This week we sister great danes, Stellar and Venus, are eight years old. She says we can live more than 8-10 years.

DO YOU THINK WE’RE (STILL) SEXY?

Hey, look at our curves. Are we still sexy?

Hey, look at our curves. Are we still sexy?

Trendy Or Traditional #Cyprus Places?

A castle dungeon-Imagine the clanking of chains, screams for help, moans for lost hope, the smell of sickness and musty damp.

Kolossi castle, near Limassol, Cyprus

Kolossi castle, near Limassol, Cyprus


Contrast this with shiny chrome deck rails, dark blue or ice white boat hulls, shimmering water, smart cafes and spotless walkways.
Limassol marina

Limassol marina


Which do you prefer? I like to visit old castles and shiny marinas too.

Dogs And #Laptops

We great danes, Stellar and Venus, love to be near him and her. We look at her as she taps that box thingy. She goes click, click. I come to sit beside her. She says my name and scratches my head. Mmm it feels good.

Stellar loves having her head scratched.

Stellar loves having her head scratched.


Venus tries to push me away as she wants pats too. We sit and stare asking for more strokes.
Venus pushes Stellar aside.

Venus pushes Stellar aside.


I lift my paw but she catches it before I can put it on the box.
Stellar, you  can't type too!

Stellar, you can’t type too!


Me- I raise my hands and say sit. This enables me to stroke the dogs and prevent their drool dripping on to the laptop and me!

Do You Give A #Monkeys?

Many years ago I planted two one metre high Araucaria trees in the plot of land around our house. I love monkey puzzle type trees. The dark foliage, needle type leaves and beautiful peeling bark are attractive. One of the two trees was sickly with yellowing branches and a couple of brown dead ones. I was given a discount for this one. After planting it flourished and the two trees provide shade and are taller than a three storey block of flats. During the hottest months irrigation keeps them healthy.

The Araucaria tree towers above me.

The Araucaria tree towers above me.


Tree sap oozes from the "painted" tree.

Tree sap oozes from the “painted” tree.

Recently someone was spraying with a can and some black paint landed on the bark of one of the two trees. The response was interesting. The tree was “wounded” and reacted by releasing sap. Lesson-respect nature.