Leaves

Debbie’s quotation-inspired image

“The world is wide.
No two days are alike, nor even two hours, neither were there ever two leaves of a tree alike
since the creation of all the world; and the genuine productions of art,
like those of nature, are all distinct from each other.”
– John Constable

On day at the bird bath a while ago

The Ragtag Daily Prompt Wednesday: Fracas

No one was sure
what started
the fracas.
Was it the
splash in
the face?

Or was it
the dunking
from above

Soon everyone
was arguing,
everyone
had a point of view

Things soon
got out of hand
pushing
shoving
some decided
to hide.

We will
never know
what started
the fracas.


Roses

The October photo a day challenge 28th: Beautiful

This post was inspired after seeing Ali’s post All Kinds of Roses for Becky’s October Squares challenge. Ali’s rose photos are lovely and I looked to see what todays word on Maria’s photo challenge and beautiful and roses just go together.

Here’s an Aussie song to listen while you hopefully enjoy the rose slideshow.

Unlike Ali, I don’t have names for mine and can’t remember a lot of them anyway. I decided to go with a slideshow for a change.

Should also sneak this in for Cee’s FOTD

Roast Pumpkin

Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: White Thumb

I am not a baker but do enjoy cooking. Way back in 2012 I put a few recipes on my blog. As you Northern Hemisphere folk have a few spare pumpkins perhaps you could give this one a go.

I thought it was about time I started to put in some of my favourite recipes. I won’t claim it as all my own work but a modification/combination of other recipes that I have tried.
Hope you give it a go and tell me what you think

ROAST PUMPKIN

Ingredients
Pumpkin
Olive oil
Fresh sage leaves
Pepper
Sea salt
Garlic
Olives
Soft cheese – ricotta, even a brie (remove skin) or bocconcini may work.

Quantities are up to you but don’t over crowd the baking tray with olives or sage leaves. – 8 to 10 sage leaves, a couple of handful of olives.

Cut pumpkin and garlic and place in baking tray with olive oil. Cover with cracked black pepper or peppercorn(s) of choice (I use a four peppercorn mix) and a bit of sea salt. Place in oven – 200 degrees, bake for 10/15 mins, remove from oven and place sage leaves and olives in baking tray, sprinkle a bit more olive oil and return to oven for a further 10/15 mins..

The next bit.

Pasta
Baby spinach
Roasted pine nuts

Cook pasta of choice (I used penne) in plenty of boiling (salted if you do normally) water and when al dente, drain and place the cooked pasta back in the pot, add the baby spinach and toss to wilt, drizzle with olive oil, then add half the roasted pumpkin and mix through.

When you serve, top the pasta with the rest of the pumpkin, the roasted pine nuts, fresh soft cheese chunks and serve immediately.

Kinda playing with numbers

Day twenty-eight of Becky’s Square Photo Challenge for October: Kindasquare

I am inside on an off and on rainy day so I decided to play with some dice and my photo editing program Corel PaintShop Pro 2021. Again this was inspired by this song that came up on rotation. I have music playing a lot of the time I am inside and with nearly 4.5Gb of music on the hard drive there’s lots on rotation to pick from.

Do you prefer any of the following images?

This is the promotional image that was for the Tumbling Dice single. I had the original I cut out of a music magazine called Go Set in Australia. My best friend was a great artist and he did this copy for me. I found it a few years ago and now it is in my lounge room.