Daily Prompt: Tree

via Daily Prompt: Tree

A collection of trees from around the world over the past year.

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Durdle Door, Lulworth, Dorset

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Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

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Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire

 

Happy tree spotting!

Exeter Bound

A little late with the updates… Apologies. Life just gets in the way sometimes.

Having spent a year in the beautiful north devon, I have now relocated to Exeter (when work calls…).

Here are just a few snaps of where I have been exploring over my first two months in Exeter. Working on an acute medical unit means that life is busy! Jumping at any opportunity to get out there and see what is around the corner.

Exmouth

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Sisters shoot in Exmouth

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Bystock Ponds

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Teetering on the brink of summer meets autumn

More to follow…

Stockholm by snow

A late post of my trip to Stockholm last February to visit my brother and his wife.

A fresh morning outside fotografiska

A fresh morning outside fotografiska

First hot chocolate of the vacation on a crisp winter's evening

First hot chocolate of the vacation on a crisp winter’s evening

Practising our photography skills outside fotografiska

Practising our photography skills outside fotografiska

Contemplating

Contemplating

capturing the lone duck

capturing the lone duck

Breaking February's icy waters

Breaking February’s icy waters

boats: a common mode of transport around Stockholm's archipelago

boats: a common mode of transport around Stockholm’s archipelago

a necessary hot chocolate on a frosty afternoon in liljeholmen

a necessary hot chocolate on a frosty afternoon in liljeholmen

an evening spent ice skating

an evening spent ice skating

skiing!

skiing!

mastering the 'T-bar' lift

mastering the ‘T-bar’ lift

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The mini break comes to end. Still smiling at all the happy memories

The mini break comes to end. Still smiling at all the happy memories

Weekly photo challenge: Minimalist

Having been in the library all day (revision is so fun!) I haven’t had the opportunity to go out and explore scenes that I think depict minimalism. So these are two images that I have selected from previous outings as my interpretation:

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The Weekly photo challenge is a really nice way to exhibit your photos and see other people’s interpretations and superb photography. Click on the link for more information!

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The Picallili Monster, by heart

Task: You’re asked to recite a poem (or song lyrics) from memory — what’s the first one that comes to mind? Does it have a special meaning, or is there another reason it has stayed, intact, in your mind?

My response:

When I was in Junior school, there was an annual ‘Sugg Cup’ poetry and reading competition.

Each child was tasked with picking a poem to recite to their class. Depending on the year, these poems ranged from cleverly constructed rhyming nonsense to eloquent verses from renowned poets.  The teachers would then nominate a couple of children from each class to represent their year and read their poem to the whole school – head teacher included, terrifying!

When I was six years of age I was appointed to represent Year 2 in this prestigious affair. And to this day I can still remember just how nervous I was, standing on that huge stage looking out at the sea of students and teachers. I still clearly remember how small I felt on that stage, and thinking just how quiet my voice sounded. I remember thinking too how peculiar it was that after all that rehearsing, here I was on stage ready to go, and yet my shyness inhibited that verve that I had created when reciting to my mum in the kitchen.

My poem?

The Picallili Monster

Who’s that coming,
Walking down the street?
It’s the Picalilli Monster
With his BIG green feet

It’s the Picallili Monster
With his cauliflower nose
His big yellow body
And his little green toes

He’ll sit all day
With lots of children in his lap,
And it doesn’t really matter
If they get a little yellow,
For the Picalli monster is SUCH a jolly fellow!

By David Andrews.

14 years later and I can still remember this poem by heart. And needless to say, I am still just as terrified at the prospect of public speaking as six year old me was.

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Rainbow on a Sunday afternoon

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Back to the blog, hurrah!

The last few weeks have been very busy, filled with portfolio work and slightly more terrifying… Job applications!

When applying for a job as a junior doctor in the foundation programme, the UK is split into 21 deaneries (regions) and as part of the application process you have to rank them all in order of preference for where you would like to work. With this now done, it is a waiting game -a game that involves lots of work for imminent exams and then on March 5th all will be revealed and next year’s new junior doctors will be allocated a deanery for work.

With finals around the corner (6 week countdown has begun!) most of this weekend was spent in the library. This was quite uneventful, so I won’t bore you with all the details of how many pages of revision notes have been made and how many hot chocolates have been consumed (as a child at heart I am yet to acquire the taste for tea or coffee).

This afternoon I took a revision break and went to Ashton Court for a walk in my wellies with my sisters and my sister’s boyfriend. This is something I absolutely love about autumn and winter, I find just being outside in the cool country air so refreshing. There is nothing better than putting on wellies and going for a walk in the crunchy leaves and getting your boots all muddy. There is something about it that is just so carefree and brings me back to those endless happy days of childhood.

The walk was just what I needed after a busy week and long weekend of study. We were even lucky enough to (mostly) dodge the rain showers that were forecast for the whole day. There also happened to be an ice cream van halfway along the walk (bonus!) so naturally we felt the need to replenish that blood glucose with a mint chocolate chip ice cream (delicious).

Whilst at the ice cream van a little girl came by on her scooter. The path we were on was wide and to one side there was a fairly deep puddle. Of course the only appropriate route for child and scooter was to go straight through said puddle, and how much enjoyment she had from this! Isn’t it funny how easily a child’s mind can find pleasure in these little things -I have to admit though, even at 22 years of age, I still love cycling through puddles with my legs out to avoid the splash oh and of course I can’t keep track of how many mole hills I jump on…!

Ashton Court

Ashton Court

When on a walk with trees in the vicinity it is hard not to spot the ones that look perfect for climbing. And so that is exactly what I did. Luckily this did not involve any trips to the eye hospital -when I was 6 years of age, I climbed a tree during lunch break (I must have been a little rebellious as a child as tree climbing was not permitted at school). Having climbed the tree, I then also managed to fall out of the tree. No broken bones, but one very bruised eye resulted in a trip to the eye hospital the following day -I remember this fondly as I had the whole day off school with my mum and was allowed two treats from the paper shop (a creme egg and tic tacs). It didn’t put me off though, I still love a good tree climb!

A lovely end to a productive weekend.

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Some people are worth melting for…

I know it has been a while… I apologise to the blogging community! I have had a very hectic couple of weeks but here is some fun from the weekend that I would like to share:

This weekend we celebrated my sister’s 25th birthday, and what could be more appropriate than a ‘Frozen’ themed cake?!

The cake was a surprise and so while my sister was out relaxing at Bath Spa with friends, I spent all of Saturday afternoon making the cake with my younger sister and the birthday girl’s boyfriend. Here is how it turned out:

Frozen birthday cake!

Frozen birthday cake!

The bottom layer was a plain two layered sponge (with jam and butter icing in the middle of course) and the top cake was a rich chocolate cake covered in chocolate butter icing

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I use a very easy recipe when I’m making a sponge cake, it is simply a ratio of eggs to all the other ingredients, 1:2, so you can adjust for the size of cake you are making.
For this sponge I used:

  • 6 eggs
  • 12 Oz self-raising flour
  • 12 Oz caster sugar
  • 12 Oz butter
  • 1.5 table spoons of baking powdermix all the ingredients together until they form a smooth uniform consistency -you don’t want any lumps of butter/sugar (I use an electric whisk or a Kenwood if it is going to be a big cake)

and to make the chocolate cake….

  • add cocoa powder to taste (usually a few tablespoons) -or just watch the cake mix colour turn to chocolate as you mix it in

Bake in the oven for 25-35 mins at 175 degrees and you will have yourself one scrummy cake!

For the butter icing I tend not to worry with exact measurements, but as a rough guidance starting with 50g of butter will make a fair amount (depending on how thick you like it!)
I then just add in icing sugar (sieved) with a couple of table spoons of milk and hand whisk them together until it is a smooth easily spreadable consistency -just keep adding in that icing sugar until you have reached the sweetness you are aiming to please.

And to make the chocolate butter icing: repeat the above but with a little less icing sugar and a few table spoons of cocoa powder mixed in there instead.

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Happy baking!