Monday 27th August 2012
Yesterday was a lovely sunny day so my daughter and I quite fancied getting out but as she was going off on the train later to visit her boyfriend it made sense that we travelled at least in his direction..I didn't need much persuading to go to Llandudno anyway..it's a pleasant town with a lovely traditional seafront of grand hotels, a pier and the Great Orme mini-mountain at one end and the Little Orme at the other.
There was a mini-steam train on the promenade being run by a group of old men..they were having a great time being all geeky in their overalls and drivers' hats..good hobby to get them out of the house and give their wives a bit of peace! Boys and their toys...
I also spotted (well,you could hardly miss it!) a big new wooden sculpture of the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.There's one of the rabbit from the story in the main street and apparently also one of the Queen of Hearts,though we didn't come across her.I forget what exactly but there's some special link to Lewis Carroll in Llandudno and they also have some Alice stuff in Happy Valley park at the foot of the Great Orme. If I find out what the link is I'll revise this later. Ok, here's the Mad Hatter and his cat...
After eating our lovely M&S sandwiches and wraps whilst managing to avoid the cheeky seagulls..or should I now say herring gulls (thanks to Springwatch seabird special I now know a bit more about them) we went for a bit of retail therapy..then a coffee in my favourite Cafe Nero which sell lovely little boxes of chocolate-covered coffee beans..then just got Phoebe onto the train in time.
Back home my other daughter Sophie had been hard at it, working on her dissertation, so I decided to make her something nice for tea..I concocted a recipe for stuffed sweet potatoes.It worked out well:
I microwaved three sweet potatoes..
scooped out the middles..
softened & cooked some chopped onion and mushroom,
added the onion & mushroom to the scooped out potato...
added an egg, some orange zest and some thyme..
stuffed the empty potato shells with the mix..
topped with small amount of cheddar cheese..
baked in hot oven until "done"..et voila :
All her hard work paid off and she finished her work so this morning I ran her to the university to hand it in for the tutor to look at ...yes, on a bank holiday too! Masters students don't seem to abide by normal student timetables or holidays. She will get the feedback when she sees him tomorrow.As I dropped her off I spotted this magnificent tower of geraniums by the front entrance.. how clever..and how did they do that?!
Eek, late night again..better stop and get myself to bed. Oh yes, just thought you might like to see a scrapbook I made for my friend's daughter's birthday..along with a bottle of glue and a bag of bits and bobs for scrapbooking it made a good present I thought..something to keep her happy and occupied whilst my friend is busy in her shop. Goodnight all.xx