Sunday, 17 March 2019

Birdspotting and Deer watching on our riverbank

I'm linking up with The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer.

We've spent all week on our Chef Boutonne riverbank and I am loving being back here. We've got mallard ducks on the river, the solitary moorhen has returned, and Dave got this photo of one of the roe deer seemingly watching us as we watched it. It was so unconcerned that I actually doubt it realised we were here. The kingfishers haven't put in an appearance yet, but we do have a pair of collared doves, I spotted a jay and heard a woodpecker!

Dave has been very busy cleaning the inside and outside of the motorhome ready for our return to the UK next weekend. We decided it would probably be more prudent to be on that side of La Manche for Brexit Day on the 29th though, as the Government is still mired in incompetence and indecision, we still have absolutely no idea how everyone's lives will be affected. It's absolutely pathetic and, frankly, embarrassing! I have to try and avoid thinking about it because I get so angry! I don't think that three years ago anyone would have believed we'd be down to less than a fortnight to go and still no sodding resolution.

And breathe!!

In bookish news, I've spent most of the past few days with my head in rural China. To be honest, if I'd spotted that Empires Of Dust by Jiang Zilong was over 1200 pages I probably wouldn't have requested it from NetGalley. As a rule I just Don't Do Big Books. However, I'm glad I had the opportunity to read this historical epic, slow going though it seemed!

The novel inspired me to try out a new-to-me way of baking bread. Everybody kept eating 'steamed buns' so I googled to see if I could find out what they were. It's basically white bread rolls baked in a steamer - much more economical than using the oven. I found this Ken Hom recipe and made a half-batch this morning. They're great! I stuffed some of mine with tasty Wok-fried Shredded Cabbage for today's lunch.


Giveaways closing soon
20th Mar: Win a £15/$15 Amazon gift card to celebrate the Fox Halt Farm by Celia Moore blog tour.
21st Mar: Win a $50 Amazon gift card to celebrate the publication of The Witch's Tower by Tamara Grantham.
21st Mar: Win a $20 Amazon gift card to celebrate the My Name Is Rose by by Alexa Kingaard blog tour.
(All current giveaways here)

On my blogs this week were:

Stephanie Jane
Books From The Backlog - Minaret by Leila Aboulela

Literary Flits
The Witch's Tower by Tamara Grantham Spotlight + #Giveaway + Excerpt
Intimate Ties: Two Novellas by Robert Musil review
The Girl Across The Street by Vikki Patis review
Fox Halt Farm by Celia Moore Spotlight + #Giveaway + Excerpt
One By One: A Memoir of Love and Loss in the Shadows Of Opioid America by Nicholas Bush Spotlight + #Giveaway
My Name Is Rose by Alexa Kingaard Spotlight + #Giveaway + Excerpt
Empires of Dust by Jiang Zilong review


Have a great week!

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    1. Me too, they're such beautiful creatures :-)

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  2. Wow! Over 1200 pages! Good for you.

    And making the steamed buns is very cool. I hope you will post a photo. I'm always interested in learning new ways to cook.

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    1. I might do a steamed buns blog post wjen we get home and I've got the space to lay everything out. I couldn't believe steaming bread actually works!

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  3. I almost didn't spot the deer in the photo. There are a lot of deer in my area and I am not sure that I will ever get used to seeing them in residential areas like we do. I am really curious about steamed bread since I have never heard of anything like it. Have a great week!

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    1. It's pretty wild and wooded where we are so the deer fit right in. Last week in England though we spotted two blithely wandering across the middle of a fairly urban campsite. That was more surreal!

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  4. Ah, good ol' Brexit... It feels like it's both something everyone at home is talking about and something that everyone is actively trying to avoid talking about as it almost always results in an argument, lol.
    (I laugh because if I don't I'd cry.)

    Probably wise to return for the 29th but I'll miss the pics from your travels.

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    1. And we returned, we waited, and we still don't know what the hell is going on! Back to France we go :-)

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  5. What a great pic! And good luck heading back to the UK. I feel for you guys with all the Brexit uncertainty. that has to be hard. Kinda like Trump here (okay I'll stop lol).

    I like the idea of that bread/ cabbage combo! Now I'm hungry. :)

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    1. Cabbage is one of those veg that I'd only known as a kid in its boiled-to-oblivion guise. Now I'm learning ways to cook it properly, it's delicious!

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  6. Wow, that deer has some great camouflage. Good luck with your return to the UK. Brexit does seem like a mess, but my own country is a mess, so I can’t judge you guys for messes. Have a good week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. It's a bit less stressful watching the mess unfold from hundreds of miles away!

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  7. I love deer, they're so cute. You got a great picture.

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    1. Full credit to Dave for the pic. He's a much better photographer than me!

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  8. Keep breathing deeply; it looks like Brexit will get worse before it gets better.

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  9. Well govt everywhere is having its problems with corruption and power-hungry wankers. At least you don't have to suffer with Trump.

    So cool that you make steamed buns. I'll miss your travle adventures. Safe travels home.

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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    1. There does seem to be a global outbreak of selfish bastards at the moment. Hopefully it's just a phase? :-/

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