Burnt Food….Again!

And, another glorious week end draws to a close. It’s been a lovely gentle few days my family came for lunch yesterday. It was great seeing them. I made a lemon meringue pie something I have a great reputation for making. I have a friend who will go anywhere for a slice of my pie. Sadly on this occasion I had a hic-cough with the meringue. Now what shall I blame; New oven; too hot an oven or just one of those things? After a short time in the oven I could smell was burning sugar and some cloudy smoke coming out of the oven. When I looked at the pie the top of the meringue was black. There was no way I was going to serve that! I took it out of the oven, let it cool scraped the blackened goo off the top of the lemon filling. Whisked up a new batch of meringue popped it in the oven. I left it in overnight so the meringue would be crisp on the outside and fluffy in the middle. Thankfully the second topping turned out a treat.

My son and son in law always laugh about my culinary skill. They are always surprised when things turn out good! I am a little like the lady from Vicar of Dibly who creates dishes and adds something that really does not go with the rest of the dish. Its called experimenting!

I won’t say how much mess I made serving the first piece. It went everywhere. Not being a seasoned cook it’s amazing the results I get are good.

What would I do rather than cook? Play in the garden, decorate, read, phone a friend, read a book or just have me time listening to music.

I was going out to an acoustic night last night with a friend. As I drove to my friend’s house (the furthest I have done since the accident) I was a little jaded so was my friend they had had a busy day so we opted to watch a movie instead.

Today I drove around my new area there are lots of pretty villages around. The sun was shining a perfect day for sightseeing. This afternoon saw me in the garden tidying bits and pieces. As the garden has been un-loved for years bind weed and ground elder have a hold so I am using a trowel to dig the ground removing all traces of both. I am sure it will take all winter to dig it over!

As November approaches my contacts are beginning to hire me. I have sent e mails, voice mails and spoke to everybody I know who runs a life class. It’s really good people are hiring me again. It’s been a long 4 months healing. It will be really fantastic in November to be life modelling and portrait modelling again. I need to update my website www.paintedladymodelling.co.uk as I have not really done anything with it whilst I have been off. My portfolio needs updating I need to catch up with my photographer friends to see if we can do a shoot. There are ideas bouncing around my head if they are possible I really don’t know.

A busy week is ahead of me lots of chasing things up and tying loose ends up. I really hope this warm sunny weather continues …

Have a good week

No not again!

How did a beautiful warm sunny week end turn into a soggy wet chilly Monday? Is this how the Monday morning blues get its name?

I spent the day with a friend we braved the rain and had lunch out. Oh how we put the world to rights. It was good to get out of the house if I were on my own I would have been re organising the wardrobe. What is it about grotty weather that brings out the nesting instinct?

As I am re starting life modelling this November I have started to apply for jobs in the life and portrait sector. One has just replied not the answer I was looking for. Half the session was spent drawing him the other he me. Now, I do dabble in flower portraits and landscapes; I have never drawn from a life model before is this the time to learn? Most of my pictures in the last few months have been children’s pictures that would look out of place in anybody’s album.

My next job is to contact all my contacts to tell them of my return to life modelling and portrait modelling.

I have the urge to start looking at summer holiday brochures. Thoughts of warm sun, golden beaches and long languishing meals in the setting sun really appeal. Greece keeps popping into my head. I love the Greek way of life and the people. My dream last night was one of moving to France as with all dreams it was all very confusing; it certainly lost the plot along the way!

A new image needs creating for life classes there are a few classes here that love accessories to add another dimension to the human form. To me it’s like acting and being someone else pure escapism.

My tummy is rumbling the kitchen is calling me!

Happy days

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Another warm sunny Sunday this is amazing weather for the beginning of October. After yesterday’s wet and cold today it was like mid- summer. Oh how I wish the long balmy evenings were with us again. Having missed them in June as I was sleeping most of the time recovering from the accident I class this fantastic weather as a late summer just to keep me happy!
As the day was beautiful my friends suggested a trip out on their boat how could I refuse an invite like that? We had a lovely gentle sail through some lovely East Anglian scenery. We stopped at a riverside venue enjoying the sunshine having a leisurely picnic when a broad’s tour boat glided past with Father Christmas waving from the top deck! We are not convinced it was the real Father Christmas or just a man with long white hair, a big white bushy beard wearing something red. He was happy standing on the deck waving to the amusement of the bemused picnickers. Its things like that somehow melt the heart.
As it’s a no cook day (I never cook when I have had a day out it somehow finishes a nice day out off) my friends decided to get an indian take away. Amazing who you meet in these places I got chatting to a man who does Victorian ghost walks around the local town. He was fascinating to talk to it was a shame when our take away came as it cut our chat to an abrupt halt.
I am hoping to be life modelling again in December by then all my injuries and aches should be under control. The one thing I really look forward to is drive again. The freedom is so tangible all doors will start to open again. Not being one who likes to rely on other people to take me here there and everywhere I am really tickled with the help I have had over the last 4 months.
It’s time for me to close now I am so pleased to be typing blogs again.
Till next time
Tina