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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Now, I'm guessing that most of Spark is otherwise engaged today, so I can safely let you into a few secrets - and no-one will have time to read. I, however, can feel very superior because I've told you, though emoticon

Firstly, and this isn't a secret, let me put you straight about the builders. The photo I showed you yesterday was of one that very kindly took a few minutes off the real task to help my DH re-felt our garden shed. In fact, he took over and DH just ended up standing and watching. I'm sure the job was done in half the time - and the help was free.

Secondly, and this is a secret. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES pass this on because I don't want imlocolinda (I've written it small because I'm whispering) to hear this). I didn't really give the builders cucumber sandwiches, they only had tea all day. Whatever sandwiches they ate were found in their own lunchboxes which they brought with them.

Thirdly, and for IMLOCOLINDA'S benefit - today I will be providing freshly baked scones with homemade raspberry jam, clotted cream AND cucumber with the tea - all served on silver platters with starched white napkins. I've set up the damask covered table up next to the compost heap as it's the most colourful part of the garden at the moment, covered, as it were, with a blanket of autumn leaves. If it rains (which it daren't) we will quickly retire to the greenhouse, part of which was also in the photograph yesterday and here for a reminder

(And if you believe all that rubbish you will believe anything emoticon )

It's a bit of a grey day today. Mild, but a little dingy. That doesn't matter, of course, and the birds are having fun on our Rowan tree

I'm not sure if you can see him here, but this is one of our garden residents - a blackbird who welcomes each day with a beautiful song. He spends most of the day chasing other birds away - sometimes it's as though they tease him. One will goad him while others 'steal' his berries. The starlings are the worst culprits for that. This week has seen much more activity in the trees - as though the birds can feel the approaching season.

Today is day 22 in my campaign to drop the habit of a bowl of cereal as my start to the day. I wasn't sure how easy it would be, or, to be honest, if it was worth trying, but it has been a success. I've been replacing it with high protein on most days. Today was a rush, so I only managed a handful of nuts, but I'll make up for that at lunchtime. I will be sticking to this habit after the 30 days are up. I'm feeling much better during the morning, and have no desire to snack in the afternoon, although I do make myself have a piece of fruit or I can't fit all my veggie/fruits in.

Speaking of fruits, I've also started a new habit - and it's thanks to someone here on Spark. I can't remember who it was, so please shout out if it was you, who extolled the virtues of lemon. The blog reminded me of my grandparents. They had an early morning ritual. Each day was started with a glass of hot water, followed by another glass of hot water to which was added the squeezed juice of half a lemon. I've been doing that every day too. They used to say that it curbed their desire for sweet things, I'm not sure if that's the case as I rarely have that desire anyway, but I decided that it was a good way to get a hit of vitamin C. It doesn't taste as bad as you might think - and it also means that two glasses of water are dealt with in one blow.

I know you love trivia, so here is some! How many pips in a lemon? Two? Three? No, maybe 6 or 8?

These are the pips from the lemon that I squeezed yesterday and today


I think there are 40. I was surprised when I counted 29 yesterday, but there were still more today. I wonder what tomorrow will bring?

Sparkeroonies, it's time to go and do some sorting out. Enjoy your celebrating wherever you are. Please make sure that you keep my secrets.

Just remember - Onwards, and Upwards emoticon
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    No I won't tell anyone either!

    1475 days ago
    I am a transplant from Yorkshire to Maine and my go -to drink is hot water and Lemon.

    In the US no restaurant can make Tea so I opt for Hot water and Lemon.

    I prefer that to tea made with HOT WATER emoticon instead of BOILING WATER .

    The only way to brew A GOOD!! CUPPA TEA emoticon
    1475 days ago
    emoticon Good blog! Should have known Imlocolinda would find out!! She has her own sources..... Have a great weekend!
    1475 days ago
    Hope you had a wonderful day!!!
    1475 days ago
    Shhh... Won't tell a soul!
    1475 days ago
  • TREV1964
    Yet another wonderful and very highly entertaining blog.

    A great read,


    1475 days ago
    I always said that the person who invents pipless lemons is going to be a multimillionaire...
    1475 days ago
    Now that was hilarious......I would have kept your secret....cross my heart I did not say a word to IMLOCOLINDA.
    1475 days ago
    Muffins hot from the oven, with toasted crumpets spread with freshly churned butter and strawberry jam. That's what I give my plumbers. Workmen need to be cosseted. I don't know what is happening with my notifications but I wasn't told about some of my subscribed blogs and also your goodie. So sorry if I seem to be neglecting you.
    A doctor told a friend that drinking hot lemon in water first thing lowered cholesterol.
    I loved my book.
    1475 days ago
    Do your builders know how well you say you treat them - even only to wind up IMOCOLINDA ?
    I have builders at the moment too but MY secret is that I'm NOT telling them about the Spark rumours of high teas - just in case they decide they too want the mythical treats.

    With you all the way on the lemon water - altho I add a slice or two of fresh ginger too - - as you say knocks two glasses off the score before the day really starts.

    Have fun with those builders - have been blowing kisses to mine today in payment for extra work done!
    emoticon for the smile

    1475 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/28/2013 11:26:15 AM
    1475 days ago
    Secrets are such fun!!! emoticon for sharing with us. I shall guard them forever. emoticon emoticon

    I have been doing lemon water every morning for MONTHS. I put it in a cup of cold water, though. I wonder if the hot is better???
    1475 days ago
    I just finished my cup of hot lemon water. emoticon

    Now, you may have been pulling my (or someone else's) leg but you had my mouth watering with visions of freshly baked scones with homemade raspberry jam. emoticon

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  • SHERYLP461
    Such a nice guy, and nice you too....oops I wasn't supposed to say that!
    1476 days ago
    That builder who helped your husband free of charge out of the goodness of his generous heart will never ever be out of work. He reminds me of my own dad.

    I do the same. I pitch in and get the job done. I too will never be out of work, but that is not why I do it. I do it out of the joy of helping another. This my dad taught me. Not by his words but by his actions.

    May he rest in peace.

    Thanks for clearing up that comment about the cucumber sandwiches. I won't tell imlocolinda.


    1476 days ago
    emoticon of course I believe you! emoticon
    1476 days ago
    You can't keep a secret from me...and you should know better than to try. I'm thrilled you're serving high tea today. Tell the builders it is in honor of me and all your sparkeroonies in the US!! I love the hot lemon water in the morning. I read it in a book, The Fat Flush plan...like you decided it would be a good way to get in some Vitamin C. Glad the protein breakfast is working out so well for you. I like cottage cheese and so gave it a try with your walnuts. I'll stick to plain..but I am going to stick to eating breakfast within an hour or waking...I hate it, but I'm doing it.
    xxxo I'll count you among my greatest blessings today as I'm counting them up. Even though you try to keep secrets and tell lies about me.
    You're stuck with me Sassy! So suck it up, Buttercup!! and get busy on those sandwiches.
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    1476 days ago
    Your secrets are safe with me!
    1476 days ago
    ( Your secret is safe with me.)

    We have several rowan trees outside our building, the birds do love them. Lately we've had big packs of Bohemian Waxwings scavenging the trees.
    1476 days ago
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