| Mary tries the curry|
Scary Mary is number 30
|Monte Carlo Casino|
|close up zoom|
|St Marys church Hemel Hempstead|
Practice run for trying to get the light right with the new camera.
Haven`t managed to get this right using a manual setting so will go back to the auto and try again.
Time for something that moves now
The fountain looks really refreshing as its so hot today. I was trying to frame the shot to avoid the bus on the right. The camera was on auto setting for this and I am struggling to get the light right on manual. will learn its early days.
That`s my practice photos for the day the only ones I am prepared to share anyway. If you would like to see my other blog it is at http://www.alondontourist.com
|Heron stands waiting for his dinner|
|St Albans Cathedral Roof top|
The zoom on the camera works well then as I was quite far away from the Cathedral.
This is where I was standing when I used the zoom to get the photo above of the rooftops. I am not impressed yet with the sharpness of colour in the photos but that is probably me not knowing the best way to use the camera.
|A pretty butterfly|
| More butterflies land on the lavender bush|
As I live in a town it is a joy to sit in a country garden and watch the butterflies flutter around the plants and flowers.
I was surprised that one large lavender plant attracted four different kinds of butterflies as well as bees in the few hours I watched. It has been a beautiful day here in North Wales today and it seems we are not the only ones desperate for some sun.
A corner full of colour
A pair of bees enjoyed the lavender and other flowers in the garden.
A close up of some colourful pansies in their pots
Then a walk down the lane and some pretty wild flower sit in the dwindling sunshine.
My wish list has changed after today I am now coverting a better camera and a pair of decent wellies for when the sun is not kind. A pair of binoculars and a decent knowledge of wildflowers. In the meantime I will watch the Olympics but look forward to another walk in the countryside tomorrow.
|Green - Bernard Shaw's Garden|
|Southwark Cathedral London|
|Wimbledon Centre Court|
|Strawberry Sponge Cakes|
These are ideal for those times when guests are on their way. Fabulous with cream teas and they look very tempting.
I used a sponge mix to make 12 muffin size cakes because I am not very good at mixing butter and sugar. I don`t always get light cakes if I make the sponge myself.
When cold I cut the cakes across the middle
add a thin layer of strawberry Jam and some clotted or whipped cream (I used whipped cream) place top of cake back on over the cream.
add clotted or
whipped double cream to the top
add sliced strawberries and any other small fruit like blueberries if liked.
Now go and impress the guests.
|Easy 3 cheese and tomato salad.|
"I want to win a week in one of your Tuscany villas!" http://www.to-tuscany.com/
I often make this easy salad and serve it with olive bread. It can be a starter or a tasty lunch.
Ingredients - Serves Two
Rocket Salad leaves 1/2 packet
8 vine tomatoes
1 packet drained Mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese freshly grated
Brie (with chilli flavour if liked)
olive oil and basmati vinegar for dressing
I also add some pesto
Serve With Olive Bread and Green Olives
Divide washed rocket leaves between two plates
slice Mozzarella cheese and add to plates
slice brie and add to plates
slice vine tomatoes and stack over the cheese
add grated Parmesan
make salad dressing using olive oil and vinegar add to salad or leave in small dish on the table.
Serve with black peppers, olives and crusty or Olive bread.
|Who Done It? on the Langollen Steam Train|