I did say in my last blog that I was making a couple of jumpers. Here is the proof of my labour.
Now this jumper was meant for me but my partner loved it so much…he tried it on and said, it’s beautiful. Then he looked at me with those supplicating eyes (well, almost) I replied do you want it? yes says he…it’s yours then said I….Well, here goes my jumper. I must say that it fits him beautifully and he looks just divine in it. Pity the pens are protruding from his shirt pocket…you’d think he was was teaching…. and the students are lurking in the background.
The other one is almost similar but made of wool and hemp. Looks much rougher. Will grab a photo soon.
Then there was a hat for his sister. I clothed the whole family …Yes, I did.here it is. Small pic I know.
I also made a few samples for mittens But I am not quite there yet. Still learning
Been away doing all sorts of thinking and things along the way.
I finished two pullovers and by the same token listen to quite a few audio books where I discovered a few Australian writers to my delight, So, while knitting sitting cuddled up in the angle of the sofa or doing voluntary work at Nimbin Artists Gallery, a whole new world of writers opened up. I will not make too much fuss about it, just entertaining good writing in the genre of political thrillers, adventure, fantaisies. Nothing to excite the mind too much. Well, at least I managed to combine a couple of activities and that was fun.
Went to a wedding in Melbourne. Peter’s nephew and Wendy got married. It was interesting to see what young people want today and that the good old traditions are still with us. Good, bad, will not judge. But I must say that these sorts of ritual, though elegant they are not the most important thing in my life.Marriage has no meaning whatsoever for me. A ritual to satisfy the needs of the church and society apart from that no real value. Of course nice families, nice children, nice lineage, nice ties…and so many skeletons in the cupboards…the hidden horrors, the things that we don’t want to mention or talk about. Each family that I am aware of, from close friends to close families own their share of obstacles, hurdles and setback. But we soldier on, learning some sort of lesson. OR do we? Because it does not seem that we are learning anything. We repeat the same issues throughout the generations, the decades, the centuries and the millennia. If we open an history book, we can see the similarities with today’s world.
The other thing that was quite a discovery was the site Global Research with an array of well read academic writers. How did I come to this sight I do not have the slightest recollection or was it someone that pointed it to me? OK, I do remember, a very old school friend of mine in France sent an article in French about some banking system and I followed a few links and found out that it came from Global Research. I spent quite a few days reading many articles and even bought a book from them, but in the end, I found it very depressing and did not want to know about it..
But for some reasons, I signed up to their newsletters and kept on receiving them. I also admit that I have not read many of them. Very repetitive, gloomy, sad, well informed but again desolate and mournful. I could not go on reading the same miserable piece of prose everyday. Is that the world we live in? IS it that macabre, insane, terrible? Is this what governments are up to? What is it what we are meant to believe? How naive is the world to embark on such destructive course? IS this really happening? Such a labyrinth of distress, ravages, cruelty and savagery. Sometimes I think that I am dreaming, may I really am.
But by seeing the world around me, the carnage, the torture, the lies, the deceits, the corruption of how how the law forbids certain acts, but when it comes to the big fish it does not apply.Such hypocrisy baffles me. Does it really? Why am I surprised? Has it not been the same for eons? What has fundamentally changed in the human race since the Romans for instance? Have humans been bettering themselves? Have we stopped wars? Have we stopped plundering, massacres, torture, rapping, greed, expansion? no. That is not happening. In spite of millions of wars and horrors, nothing has changed.
Yes, we have made it easy for us to live more comfortably, But what have we lost in the process? We have gained time in doing chores but we have lost our ability to use that time.
Oh, I am getting away into all sorts of explorations there. After this interlude, or rave, yes, I am back into reading Global Research but with a grain of salt. I wish, we had some good news, some people writing about the great things that happening in the world. But I wonder if they exist.
Anyway I am back for a little while ranting about the world and what I do in it. Just let’s be very down to earth and say that I have made a great banana cake. Here is the recipe .
My Favourite recipes
try it and let me know how it goes
This banana cake was explored in January 11th 2013. It started with a a big bunch of banana from the garden. We ate quite a few of them then, we could not do it any more. We gave some away also but we still had heaps left.
Do you know how to make banana cake Sulma asked? I made some years ago, 20 years ago, but they always turned out to be lumpy and heavy. But, I decided to give another try after so many years. That is what I used and did.
8 smallish bananas from our garden
100g of dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon( or more if you like)
100g of butter slightly soft
300g of self raising unbleached flour
3 table spoons of rum
100g of pecan nuts or walnuts (make sure the nuts are not rancid.) I used pecans.
Soak bananas in rum with a sprinkle one teaspoon of cinnamon on top, early in the morning after cutting them in slices.
A few hours later:
In a Magie Mix or whatever appliance you use, put the butter, and sugar and give them a slight whisk. add the other spoon cinnamon, the eggs and blend for 30 sec. Then, add the bananas with the rum in whisk till well blended and add the flour and again whisk. Add the pecans and give the whole mix another whisk till the pecans are just cut but do not reduce them to powder.
Oil a cake tin with oil and pour the mixture. Or just put a little baking paper in the tin to make sure that nothing sticks.
Your oven should have been running 15 mn at degrees 150. Slide it in the oven and cook till golden brown and the blade of the knife comes out clean. A total you will find of around good 45 mns.
It is the very moist and absolutely delightful. My best ever!