Life begins at 60?
Since I retired I have become a writer, flower arranger,judge for Yorkshire in Bloom assisted in and presented on a local radio station, volunteer on an allotment for adults with disabilities and help to run a social enterprise with profits going to mental health charities etc etc
I live in West Yorkshire and spend much of the summer at the Yorkshire coast.
of the wet and windy weather we frequently encounter on our visits, it was very
mild and the sea was calm. As
well as stopping off at our usual haunts along the coastal route, we revisited
areas we haven’t seen for a while.
My auntie Edith passed away last week. She was a very special lady for all sorts of reasons but I would like to share with you a story about her early years. I wrote the story from the facts I gleaned from her over the years.
from Nazi Germany
the time I felt forsaken by my parents, yet excited at the prospect of seeing
the sea and travelling by boat for the first time at 11 years old.How could I have known what would come to
pass although, with hindsight, all the clues were there? Life
as we knew it changed from the time my uncle from Frankfurt came to live with
us after losing his job for being Jewish.Home was a farm in a small village where we ran a little shop selling
sugar, flour and suchlike, which supported my extended family.From the radio we learnt what was happening
further afield and so did the other villagers, who no longer frequented our
shop.The harvest workers, who had previously
enjoyed hearty meals in our kitchen, failed to turn up that year.The other handful…
a lovely weekend in London where we attended the baby naming of my latest great
niece.We were treated to Salmon
Coulibiac with fennel for Friday night dinner, tasty salads on Saturday and for
brunch. On Sunday I had beetroot fritters at the Belsize Kitchen68 Belsize Lane London NW3
the way we passed this statue. Talking
of food, here is another recipe from Patsy Collins, writer and blogger, to use
up those apples.She says: Whisky apple cake is good. Put sliced apples sprinkled
with whisky and brown sugar in the bottom of a dish, then cover with sponge mix
and bake. Serve with cream or custard. Ginger cordial works well as an
alternative to the whisky if you prefer. Sounds yummy. The
beginning of the week saw high seas at the East Yorkshire coast.
....but the weather was fine, although windy, and we managed to do a bit of walking. The rough tides throw up all manner of things and I found some additions for my collection.