Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Sun


We had a few moments of blue sky and sunshine today and the mood of the villagers responded accordingly as the numbers of dog walkers doubled and people chatted on open doorsteps and on the green outside the pensioners' bungalows.
Trellis' new Rayburn is smoking a little too much, Pippa is a grandmother again and Podrick the black Labrador puppy battered Mary with his big fat paws on High Street.
Bethan shouted " Happy New Year " at me through the window as we passed Byron Street and the man who lives on well street who looks like the theatre producer Bill Kenwright, came out of his cottage to greet Winnie . ( he has a thing for her according to his wife)
I bumped into Jackie from Maes Offa , who told me that the Memorial Hall post office was re opening albeit for a couple of hours next week which is good news and I promised Mrs Jones that I would sit in with her hubby while she goes shopping next week. He's now attending the memory clinic.
Auntie Gladys was out so I couldn't book the first Flower Show Committee meeting of the year, I'll do that tomorrow.
The dogs have been bathed and all the Christmas decs taken down.
I'm out tonight so the Prof has to make his own tea.
I did however make him a custard tart with an excessive pastry rim.
It's all go

51 comments:

  1. Thanks for the clarification on the custard tart. I saw it and asked myself, "What is that?"

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  2. Oh John! What a beautiful picture you paint!
    And a lovely tart you make.

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    1. I am reminded of the Police Song
      " and I'll be watching you"

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  3. I take it Chris is fond of pastry????

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  4. Who needs 'The Archers' while your blog is available?

    Actually (to underscore a prevailing Welsh flavour), reading the above I was reminded of blind Captain Cat's entertaining apercus in 'Under Milk Wood'. If he'd lived in our times there's no doubt that Dylan Thomas would be following your blog avidly - and garnering loads of material, look you.

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  5. I wish I lived in your village. Sounds lovely.

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  6. a beautiful day in the neighborhood...very mr. rogers!

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    1. ack.... you beat me to it !
      I can hear the song right now.

      cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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  7. are you doing the international blog entries to the village show? I would like to think about entering something. Could you please detail here or on the village website all of the categories. Feels exciting

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    1. As soon as the schedule is agreed I will post it!

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  8. Please give us recipe for custard tart filling :) hugs from Canada

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    1. Half pint milk , 25 grams of sugar 2 large eggs, 1 egg yolk
      Nutmeg ......

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  9. Did the pastry rise or the custard sink?

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  10. Your Trelawnyd should be a mini-series... or a mega-series.

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  11. I agree with Mitchell. If not a show on television then at least a book.

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  12. It seems the day went tickety-boo. I am sure that Chris will enjoy his custard tart and he can give any excess pastry to the dogs.

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  13. I first learned of the famous custard tart in one of my favorite bbc shows... 'as time goes by'
    lionel was ALWAYS eating or wanting a custard tart.
    I wish I could try one.
    your walk through the village was magical to this landlocked prairie dweller in the middle of the usa.

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  14. Ooooh I want some custard tart....and I bloody luuurrrve pastry too.

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  15. Custard tarts were my gran's most popular seller in her bakery, I ate one or two daily :)
    My job was to sprinkle the nutmeg on top, she played heck with me if I plopped it all in one spot.
    Your custard tart would feed two, and most impressive.
    Village life...the best.
    ~Jo

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  16. I bet the Bill Kenwright man's wife looks like a bulldog. I wonder if she requires a fanny flannel?

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    1. Thats dreadful!
      She rather an attractive brunette actually

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    2. I wouldn't call Winnie "an attractive brunette", she's more a curvy blonde.

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  17. I would call it the cautious pastry tart. You know how some times the custard won't read the instructions about staying inside the shell? Well I rather have more pastry than having to clean the oven. Smart thinking, John.

    Allegra

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  18. Looks as though there is nutmeg on the top John. It should be a crime to have a custard tart with out the nutmeg.

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  19. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas, i was looking for such article for many days...

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  20. Now I have to try my hand at Tart Making ..
    If it works, I can sell them ... the brand name will be the Old Tarts Tart ... like it ? lol ....

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    1. Lol at least its not the old slags tart

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  21. I love custard and I love pastry but I have never had them together. Sounds like a good thing.

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    1. According to my way of thinking .... If it is sweet, and has pastry .. it is a Good Thing :)

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  22. I'm very impressed that you make your own pastry. Looks delicious.

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    1. I cant cook much but i can make great pastry

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    2. I'm the exact opposite; I cook pretty well but can't make decent pastry to save my life.

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  23. I wish I lived with you. You are such a lovely man. Your village is so idyllic and everybody in it is lovely. That tart looks heavenly. What a lucky man Chris is. The world needs more people like you. You should write a book... (but you should perhaps read Voltaire's Candide first). xxx

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    1. By the way, I think my nonsense as a commenter really has run its course here now. I wish you all the best, your blog is great fun, and I will keep reading along with everyone else but I need to to shut up now and get on with other things. Take care John and keep writing. Please bestow a lowing pat and scratch on Albert for me. He is a hero. Best wishes, Andrew.

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    2. actually a "loving" pat would be better (Damn typos...I cannot even sign off without one!)

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    3. Just an opinion from a stranger but I don't think your comments are "nonsense" at all. I find them kind and I like reading them .. and I am going to read Candide because of you :)

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    4. Andrew keep on commenting, you comments make my tosh seem worth while

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    5. Fear not John; last time Andrew said this he was back within 2 days denying he had ever said it.x

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  24. Glad to hear it was nice there, colder than cold here today. How cold was it, Congressmen were walking around with their hands in their own pockets.

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  25. I do miss that intimate village community atmosphere since I moved home 18 months ago. This is also a village, but a very large one and although everyone seems to be related to everyone else, there just isn't the camaraderie when I'm out walking. Only other dog walkers pass the time of day!

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  26. I'd love to leave you a sensible comment but all I can offer is the fact that your "excessive pastry rim" made me giggle. Don't ask me why. I don't know either. Moving on ...

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    1. I wondered if anyone would pick up on that

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  27. Has Albert had a nibble out of the pastry - top right hand corner? It looks very suspicious to me !!

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  28. There was a weird orb of light in the sky here yesterday - for a brief while. It has gone again today!

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  29. I'm glad you're getting sun because we're sure not.

    That is some SERIOUS pastry!

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  30. Sun ? what is this thing called Sun ? Do they just have it over there where Winnie lives ?

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