Last week’s Macro Monday was easy, wasn’t it?  Try this one!

I don’t think many of you will find this one too difficult, either, actually. It’s a common enough object, and while it’s doubtful whether anyone really studies it this closely, I think with a little thought, you should be able to guess.  Well. Maybe you will, anyway!

What clues can I give you?  Hmm … let’s see …

Not all of these look the same.  The size varies and the shape varies, though they vary within quite a narrow range.  The colour varies.  Other parameters vary too, though some things always stay the same, one of which is shown in the picture.

Does everyone have this in their home?  No.  In fact, it got a bit of a bad press a few years ago and many people stopped buying and using it.  I still do though, and so does the owner of this one, clearly!

Take a guess and leave your answer in the comments.  As usual, I’ll be back with the answer in the form of a picture link tomorrow evening (Tuesday, UK time) – and I’ll expect to see at least half of you getting it right!

Maybe you all will!  Good luck on that.

Oh dear. Not very many guessers this week, and all of you failed to get it right.  I thought it was so simple, too!

Go here to see what was puzzling you this week, and perhaps I’ll get the next one posted on time and attract a few more commenters and make next week’s game a little more fun! 





After last week’s difficult (if not impossible) Macro Monday puzzle, I thought you deserved something a little easier, so here we are!

I bet half of you are already thinking: ‘I know what that is! It’s EASY!’

Excellent! Go for it. Pop your answer in the comments box and I’ll be back tomorrow evening to let you know if you were right!

For the rest of you, a couple of clues:

This is something very well known throughout the civilised world. It comes in a lot of variations on a theme, and even this particular type comes in a couple of sub-varieties. It’s very much liked in dozens of different countries and can be used to create a lot of different things – the most popular of which is actually unknown in the country where it was reputedly invented.

And if you think that it certainly was invented there, you’ll be surprised to hear that there’s a certain amount of doubt about that.

Well, there are several theories and a certain amount of argument among scholars, anyway.

So I’m told.

Tee hee.

That’s all folks. Nothing else to see here. Take your best guess!

The answer will, as usual, be added to the bottom of this post in the form of a picture link sometime on Tuesday evening, UK time. See you then!

This is great! I’m getting better at predicting what you lot will find easy or difficult! Yay, me!

OK, so most of you got this one right – well done, all! First past the post was Genji’s Corner, who even got the variety correct. Brilliant! Next we have Lori, Babs, Houndstooth and Herding Cats. Well done to you guys, too!

Now, that concludes the absolutely spot-on winners, but a couple more of you got it pretty much right, with only a certain lack of precision to bar you from the links credits! Well done to you, too: that would be Rob Lenihan and Herman Turnip!

Here’s the link to the picture.

Gosh, that was fun! I do like it when a handful of you get the right answer. I do hope you will all be back to try again next week! See you soon!

Posted on July 19, 2013 in Hounds by Jay8 Comments »


We got up early and went to take pictures of the Brambleberry adoptables this morning, and the dogs came too for a little gentle ambling about before it got too hot.

Even so, by the time we got home, everyone was ready for an ice cream!


Yep, these boys know their ‘wait’ command! Even with a bowl of ice cream in front of them!

They are good dogs.


This is my little patch of radicchio.  Those who love this salad vegetable will know just how hard it is to find in English shops, unless it is mixed (in very small quantities) with other salad leaves in plastic supermarket bags.  Those of you who regularly read this blog will also know that because of this, I’m growing my own this year, and decided to try to protect it from the slugs and snails with copper tape.

Well, one of the things making me very happy this week is the fact that it is growing nicely, and there is still no snail damage!  In case you’re saying to yourselves, ‘well, d’uh!  It’s too dry for snails, of course there’s no snail damage’, here is a picture from an area very, very close to the vegetable ‘trug’ thing:


A stray piece of oilseed rape plant, reduced to lacework by the attentions of molluscs.

Now you can see why I am so chuffed about the radicchio and why it deserves a place on ‘How To Be Happy’ this week?  Yep – I’m happy!


Actually, there have been so many things to be happy about this week that I hardly know where to start.  At the weekend, for instance, a very good friend of mine, Heathrow Jenn, came up to stay with us, bringing another lovely friend, Pinky, with her.  Pinky acquired her nickname because for a very long time, she has dyed her hair pink … otherwise, let me tell you, it would be almost white.  At the moment it’s quite a delicate hue, but most often it’s very pink indeed.  Think neon.  Here she is in 2006 when she came with us to the London premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest:


What a great day that was, despite nearly dying of heatstroke! Anyway, we had a great time this weekend, too, and  HJ and Pinky brought me two beautiful pot plants, a lily and a stephanotis.


I love stephanotis because it reminds me of jasmine, and the smell is wonderful.  It really smells like summer in here now!

Also this week, I have at last perfected a recipe using olive oil to make biscuits (that’s ‘cookies’ to our friends across The Pond), and produced a nice loaf of rye/wheat sourdough bread, despite the hideous heat in my kitchen.  To be fair, on the sourdough, I’m ready for a lighter loaf and I think I’ll make it with all wholemeal wheat flour next time, but still using the sourdough starter.

Turned out nice though, didn’t it?



Oh, and here are the cookies.  The long one is chocolate chip, the round one with dark pieces in it has dried apricots for flavour, and the other is rather nice and is the result of an experiment with ‘Fibre Flake’ breakfast cereal.  Contrary to expectation, the flake pieces were chewy, rather than crunchy.


I used half and half wholemeal and white flour, and reduced the quantity of sugar by a third.  For one batch, I had run out of egg (the recipe uses just one) so I added a couple of tablespoons of plain goat yogurt and I think I actually prefer those ones!

There.  If that’s not enough to make you happy, well … ! I can only suggest that you look around your own life and write a post of your own!  Take the little smiling dog badge and link back here – it’ll be fun!