Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Ten on Tuesday - random ramblings and a confession

After weeks of silence on Ten on Tuesday front, here is my offering of random ramblings. Also a warning for the faint hearted: this blogpost contains a graphic image of a rather poorly looking knee.

1. Young sir wrote a letter to Santa. It included many expected items like lego or a fast plane. And few unexpected items like huggable teddy and pair of glasses.

2. After being told that you only were glasses if you can't see properly he has been telling me daily that he can't see properly...bless

3. I am usually anti Nigella when looking for a recipe (far too extravagant and fancy ingredients being my main problem) however, I have found one where her extravagance has resulted in one of the yummiest cakes ever...hazelnut cake...8 egg whites, 280 grams of hazelnuts, orange and lemon zest, sugar, 00 flour and boy it tastes nice!

4. Owning an ice cream maker (and using it regularly) presents me with a problem of left over egg whites...which is not really a problem as I make meringues but now with the discovery of the hazelnut cake recipe I have a new way of disposing the unwanted egg whites

5. It snowed ever so slightly yesterday and young sir was straight outside playing in the snow, the excitement levels will be uncontainable when we get to Finland!

6. We are making or recycling Christmas presents with my siblings this year...brilliant idea but it takes surprisingly long time to make them!

7. Henrik has been making presents for his aunties too...I knew there was a reason why I brought dozen empty glass yogurt jars back from France...

8. Now that you know I have hobbyhorses, here's another one I would like to introduce...parents pushing a pram wearing hat and gloves whilst the baby sitting in the said implement has neither!

9. Hobbyhorses are dangerous. On the way back from school I came across a culprit that set me thinking about the above hobbyhorse and what a wonderful blog it would make (ie. give me an opportunity to rant) and before I knew it I had hit a patch of black ice and skated across the road on all fours! Got a rather gruesome graze as well...lots of tlc needed tonight.

10. As my poorly knee suggest, the old saying pride comes before the fall seems to be true so I truly apologise for yesterday's rant on people driving their darlings to school when the weather is bad. I now acknowledge that it can be dangerous at times...especially if you are not paying attention to where you are going! But still...

Here are other ten-on-tuesdayers who might have had time to rustle together a ten too HelenSarah, Lucy and Hannah.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Introducing a weather related hobbyhorse

I have a few hobbyhorses that I usually try to keep well reigned in and safely stabled. However every now and then one of them escapes which results in a rant usually patiently listened to by my long-suffering better half or Katie. 

Here are two of my 'milder' non-education related hobbyhorses: 
1. recipes using unsalted butter and then adding salt later on in the recipe...yes I know it is better quality but are you really going to taste the difference???
2. Unrefined sugar pains me to have to pay double the price for unrefined sugar which is less processed than the cheaper refined version - surely less processing = cheaper product!!!

Beyond these, I have quite a few education related hobbyhorses. My better half has semi-automatic reaction to switch off radio four in the morning if he hears one of the buzz words that he knows would set me off.

Now that I am doing the school run daily I think I am discovering a new hobbyhorse. The effects of weather on the likelihood of parents driving their little darlings to school. 

Coming from a country where you were allowed to stay inside at school break time if the temperature dropped below -17 celcius and where the school run is a non-existent concept as kids walk or cycle (or once you are a bit older and if you life in the countryside come on a moped or snowmobile) to school without parents might add to my bafflement. (Fyi - the school starting age is 7).

It is universally accepted truth that it rains a lot in England. A lot. However it appears that living in a country where it rains a lot does not mean that you are prepared for the rain. Hence kids do not play outside at school in break time when it rains. Neither do they walk or cycle to school when it rains. There is a direct correlation with the heaviness of rain and the decreasing number of bikes in the school bike shed.

If the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence wants to improve the rates of walking and cycling on short journeys I would suggest the first thing they need to do is to tell the general public that they are not made out of sugar...they will not melt if they come in contact with water. Also raising the awareness the existence of equipment such as waterproofs might help ;)

Walking or cycling to school no matter what did me no harm (or so I think). And young sir loves rainy mornings. He gets to cycle through puddles and splash to his heart content whilst singing 'sataa, sataa ropisee, pili pili pom' with me in Finnish. Usually there is no audience par the lollipop lady to this magnificent performance.

This morning there was a light dusting of snow and not surprisingly young sir's bike was the only one in the bike shed. As we cycled through the slush I was reminded of this brilliant road safety video from the 60s that my brother discovered somewhere. Enjoy: