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Musings, photos and stray thoughts gather here in the forgotten recesses of our minds.

People who think that liking the pursuit of knowledge and liking school are the same thing.

1 week ago
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Our history in two minutes- definitely worth a look.

2 weeks ago
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Tintagel Castle (the alleged place of King Arthur’s birth) and Merlin’s cave.

2 weeks ago
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The delight of the annual Open Castle Swim.

The Castle Swim is open for anyone to enter and is normally from La Valette Bathing Pools to Castle Cornet on the other side of Havelet Bay, the other side of the St Peter Port harbour breakwater. However, this year the swim was slightly longer, starting from the Half Moon Cafe, as the normal starting point was damaged in the January storms.
It’s a lot of fun and I’ve been doing it for several years now after first doing it with my cousin who was over from the US at the time. This year the sea was warmer due to the hot summer we’ve been having so I wasn’t so cold getting out and I’m delighted that I beat my previous time despite the longer distance but I still think the best bit is the free Mars bar at the end and the feeling you get upon completeing the 640m stretch.

2 weeks ago
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I hate having to ask for money.

3 months ago
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Liberation day parade, with inspection by the Bailiff and HE Lieutenant Governor.

4 months ago
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Just dug this out, it took a long time to do but I’m rather proud of the result.

4 months ago
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Blackberry and Apple Crumble

One of my favourite things about autumn is blackberry and apple crumble, I adore this dessert as it isn’t too sweet and can be eaten hot or cold with everything from custard to ice cream or even on its own. I use home-grown apples and pick the wild blackberries on the nearby cliff paths myself so every crumble has differing amounts of apple and blackberry in it. Some people prefer crumble when the apples are peeled so they form more of a puree but personally I prefer a bit of texture in my crumbles so I leave the skins on. For the crumble itself, I put in some rolled oats and ground spices to add a little je ne sais que compared to traditional crumbles.

 For the filling:

  • 125g Caster sugar
  • 60g Butter
  • 2tbsp Coarsely chopped stem ginger in syrup
  • ~600g Apples, cored and chopped into 16ths, I use a mix of cooking apples and eating apple so it is not too sweet.
  • 250-300g Blackberries

For the crumble:

  • 200g Flour
  • 100g Butter
  • 75g Caster sugar
  • 50g Granulated sugar + extra for sprinkling over the top
  • ½tsp Ground ginger + extra for sprinkling over the top
  • ½tsp Ground cinnamon + extra for sprinkling over the top
  • ½tsp Ground nutmeg + extra for sprinkling over the top
  • 50g Rolled jumbo oats

Set the oven to 170°C
Melt the sugar and butter in a large saucepan before adding the apples, chopped ginger and a tablespoon of the ginger syrup. Cover the pan and leave to simmer on a low heat for 15 minutes, stirring gently every five minutes or so.
Next, add the blackberries to the pan and mix them in, trying not break them up too much. Leave on a low heat for 5 minutes with the lid off, before tipping into a 22cm pie dish and leave on the side.
While the apples and blackberries are stewing, rub the butter into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix in both sugars and the spices and work out any stubborn lumps of butter.
Toss in the oats and scoop the mixture up from the bottom of the bowl, letting it run through your fingers so it is well aerated, before tipping it out over the filling. Sprinkle the extra sugar and spices over the top of the crumble to give it a bit of crunch and a lovely golden colour.
Put the crumble in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown.

N.B. This recipe is more of a rough guide than a be all and end all, so feel free to adjust it as suits you. Try using sultanas instead of ginger, rhubarb instead of blackberries or only apples, whatever makes you happy.

1 week ago
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Popcorn, Marshmellows and White Chocolate Goodiness

These delicious treats are simple and easy to make and take next to no time to cool down, so you can eat them almost straight away. They are displayed by my brother so I apologise for any mental scarring. Now on to the recipe:

  • 50g Popcorn Kernals (+oil or butter for popping)
  • 30g Unsalted Butter
  • 100g Mini Marshmellows
  • 50g White Chocolate

Pop the popcorn in a large pan.
Melt the butter and white chocolate together in a seperate pan before mixing in the mini marshmellows and allowing them to melt it might take a little bit of elbow grease to get the butter to mix in so be patient.
Next mix the chocolate and marshmellow mixture into the popcorn before scooping out balls and allowing to cool, it does set quickly so have a plate ready to put them on before you get to this stage.
Allow to cool for a few minutes while you lick the pan.
And finally, enjoy.

(If you find these a little sweet add a teaspoon of finely ground coffee, or try adding dried and chopped fruits such as cranberries, raspberries or apricots.)

2 weeks ago
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I have no idea what I am doing with my life

Like I thought Ah yes, I’ll leave school and go to university and… but now I have my grades I’m not so sure and I’ll have to retake a load of exams and part of me just wants to go into something I love but I don’t have any qualifications for courses to do with it.

2 weeks ago
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sleeplessmarmarmalade said: Just wanted to say that I thought your attempts at lolita were really decent for your first tries. I hope you haven't entirely given up on wearing lolita because of what some disgusting people said to you. You definitely have the right idea about the fashion, so I really encourage you not to give up and keep improving. :)

Thank you so much, you probably don’t realise how mucha that means to me. I haven’t given up completely, life just hasn’t given me a chance to wear it recently. Thank you for your kind words once again it’s nice to know some people understand we can’t be perfect from the word go.

2 months ago
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School isn’t even about learning anymore, it’s about passing.

2 months ago
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Reading fanfics set in countries with different age restrictions to your’s, so charaters that are “underage” with years to wait could be at it like bunnies and drinking to their hearts content if the fic was set where you live.

3 months ago
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Something gettting uder your skin? Why not take it off?

4 months ago
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