Snickerdoodles are just small balls of cookie dough (made with a pinch of nutmeg) rolled in cinnamon sugar before you bake them. Theyâ€™re very tasty â€“ I had to shove some in a box before I could eat the lot yesterday!
I havenâ€™t seen Message in a Bottle but then Iâ€™m not a Kevin Costner fan. LOL I tend to go for action movies or arthouse films â€“ bit of a strange combination, I suppose, but whatever. Although I did watch an arty film last night and it went on for so long that I had to keep walking away from it to make some coffee to stay awake!
My other lifeâ€¦ well, until pretty recently I was a teacher. I taught at university and then at high school â€“ Ancient History to the undergraduates and History to the kids. I could rant for hours about the state of the UKâ€™s education system but I donâ€™t think youâ€™d want to hear it. Suffice to say, itâ€™s very depressing and I will be heartily pleased to get out of it.
At the moment Iâ€™m writing full-time while I make preparations for our Big Move overseas. We didnâ€™t want to leave things to the absolute last moment. You never realise how much junk youâ€™ve collected over the years until you come to move house, and then you start tearing your hair out, especially when youâ€™re looking at Â£8000 costs for a half-containerâ€¦
So Iâ€™m slowly weeding out all the stuff that doesnâ€™t fit/hasnâ€™t been used for 2 years/is broken/is just plain ugly and selling it on Ebay or in car boot sales. The aim is to reach a really Zen-like state where we take a few pieces of furniture and a few thousand books. The books are important â€“ theyâ€™re incredibly expensive in New Zealand so I really have to stock up now and not read anything until we get there!
As for hobbies, apart from baking I like to cross-stitch. I havenâ€™t done it for a while actually because weâ€™ve been so busy, but I really relax when I can do a bit of sewing. Iâ€™m about a quarter of the way through cross-stitching a picture of a geisha in a green kimono. Cross-stitching is about the only time when I can do two things at once â€“ sew and watch TV at the same time. Honestly, I am so bad at multi-tasking!
I try to get out once a week to visit various places of interest. Iâ€™m lucky to live in Yorkshire because thereâ€™s so much to see and do here. The medieval walled city of York is just over half an hourâ€™s drive, and I love just going for a wander. Great shops, cafes, and restaurants, then thereâ€™s the Minster, more medieval churches and buildings than you can shake a stick at, museums, art galleries, ghost walks, parks, a ruined abbey, a crumbling castle, a saintâ€™s shrine and tiny cobbled streets. Itâ€™s really a fantastic place.
Actually Iâ€™m looking forward to celebrating Beltane (the Celtic fire festival) at the start of May at Thornborough Henge, which is close to where I live. Youâ€™ll have heard of Stonehenge, but not many people know about Thornborough. Itâ€™s much bigger than Stonehenge (and if youâ€™ve never been and youâ€™ve heard people say how small it is, itâ€™s true â€“ it really is teeny-tiny); in fact, it used to have eight huge enclosures but now only three remain. When I lived in Edinburgh, I used to love going to the annual Beltane festival, so I was delighted to discover that they have one at Thornborough. They burn wicker men and dress up, bang drums and dance, and generally have a good time. Should be fun!
Well, Bonnie, my OH gets back today so Iâ€™ll have a busy weekend 😉 Itâ€™s been a pleasure chatting with you. Thanks for letting me ramble on this week.