Friday Links

Happy Friday! I hope that you’ve had a lovely week, for the first time ever, I’m not looking forward to the weekend because it means that it’s time to head back to London. On the one hand it’ll be lovely to be back in my lovely flat, it’ll be sad to leave, despite the gales of Storm Ali.

Here are this week’s links…

She reported her raped and the town turned on her.

The undersea and the ecstasy: MDMA leaves octopuses loved up. This is fascinating but the idea of loved up octopuses make me ridiculously happy..

The EU couldn’t help May at Salzburg because she’s seeking the impossible

Ultimately the EU cannot give May what she really needs, which is a Brexit model that will simultaneously satisfy the whole Tory party and win support from a majority in the Commons, without inflicting harm on the country. They cannot give her that because it doesn’t exist, never did, never will

Whoops – there go the railways, says Westminster’s answer to Mr Bean

London only has one home on sale for £100,000 or less.


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Allotment Adventures: Bulbs

We headed to the allotment on Friday to collect feed and work.

We had so much, we took a bunch of stuff to Sarah and Justin and a lot has come up with us to Northumberland.

Then we finally got the bulbs in and I planted some of the tiny lavender plants. The bulbs were crocuses, tulips (queen of the night) and snakes head fritillaries. All around the shed.I am trying to make sure we have more flowers on the plot. And next up will be finding space to plant snowdrops and daffodils. I have two more lavender plants looking for a home but my plan is that they’re go into terracotta pots. The front of the allotment is looking very different nowadays but the californian poppies are making a comeback

We nearly at the point where beds need to be cleared but for the moment are hanging on to let the fruit ripen a bit more.

Next month we’ll be planting shallots, garlic and broad beans and closing up some of the beds. We’ll have lots of kale to feed us through the winter though!

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Notes from a Holiday

So far we have walked on the beach, bought books (although I traded in some books so I didn’t technically buy books) and generally taken life slowly with some napping on the sofa.

Today we are headed into Newcastle and the Baltic, tomorrow we’re planning on Cragside.

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Monday Miscellany: Amble

Happy Monday! I’m completely in holiday mode. We’ve had fish and chips, walked by the sea, eaten ice cream at Spurelli’s and today we’re going into Alnwick, so I get to go to Barter Books. Life is very good!There is something about being by the sea.

Other plans for this week are Newcastle for the day, Cragside and generally arsing about.

Also Christina went to Italy and sent me this….

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Sunday Music: The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You

I’ve had this one before but it contains the line ‘we are headed North’.

Today I am in the North, so it seemed appropriate

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Friday Links

Happy Friday!

I’m on holiday now, so next week there may not be a Friday Links, it really depends on how rainy Northumberland is!

Since last week, I’ve posted a recommendation, some music, the usual Monday miscellany, an update on the plot and a recipe for granola

Here are this week’s links….

Why your desk job is so damn exhausting. Good to know why…

How Pedialyte got Pedialit. It’s a fascinating look at marketing (and hangover cures), I guess that dioralyte is the the UK equivalent and that stuff is horrible, you’d have to be really suffering. Also worth noting that until I just checked I didn’t know you could buy it made up, I thought it always came in sachets..

Bread prices to keep rising after reduced wheat harvest

Trump’s Effort to Strong-Arm the Palestinians Will Bring More Suffering, Not Peace

Why Married Women Are Using Two Last Names on Facebook. I find the whole married name thing really interesting because it’s not an issue for me maybe.

Spotted: giraffes in the snow. Parts of South Africa does get snow (aside from the mountains, I didn’t know this)

A four-day working week? Bring it on. We were talking about this at work the other day. I love the idea!

‘So shocked’: customer wins bookshop in raffle. Every reader’s dream..

The Problem With Terraforming Mars

The cliche is French food is better than ours. The trouble is, it’s true

Javid rejects MPs’ calls for exclusion zones at all abortion clinics One woman being harassed is enough, but not for the Home Secretary…

The Wonky Donkey: viral video of grandmother makes picture book a bestseller.

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Pecan and Cranberry Maple Granola

I have a go-to granola recipe and I love it, the other day I found this recipe in my notes on my phone. Usually if I copy a recipe into my notes, I make a note of where it’s from but not this time, so if this is anyone’s recipe please let me know because it’s really good.

As a general rule, with the exception of the oats and occasionally the maple syrup, I never have these ingredients on hand but this week, I had cranberries left over from the wedding cake baking, and maple syrup and brown sugar in the house, so it seemed like I should buy the pecans and get on with trying this out.

It works, I was worried that it doesn’t have enough stick in it but it’s not overly sweet and I’ve been eating it all week withorange and lemon flavoured yoghurt. I kind of want to grate orange zest into it but I really enjoyed having granola with nuts in it and I think it’s very open to adaption.As usual there was some modification from the original. I’m guessing that it’s an American recipe but I used UK cups for the measurements and then weighed the ingredients so it’s now in weight because as I get older I prefer it. I also used more cranberries and sunflower oil because we don’t have cannola oil (we actually might but I have never used it!)


  • 300g oats
  • 200g chopped pecans
  • 80ml pure maple syrup
  • 95g soft brown sugar
  • 60g sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 250g dried cranberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 150C. Cover two baking trays with foil
  2. Put oats, pecans and brown sugar in a large bowl and stir together.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together syrup, salt, and oil.
  4. Combine the oats and syrup mixture, then spread evenly across the baking trays
  5. Bake 35 minutes, then stir gently (try not to break up the clumps) and bake for 25 more minutes.
  6. Take it out of the oven
  7. Once cool, put in a big bowl and stir in the cranberries.
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