Kiwi fruit ice cream – gluten free

Home made ice cream! Yes please! This is delicious, I’m really pleased with how well it turned out.



4-6 kiwi fruit

300ml double cream

2 eggs

1 cup sugar



Mash the kiwi fruit well, then mix in 2 tablespoons of the sugar. Put this mix in the fridge for an hour or so to chill.

Beat eggs well, until light and fluffy. Whisk in the rest of the sugar, a bit at a time. Pour in cream and blend well. Add the chilled kiwi fruit and stir well.

Pour entire mixture into a container and put into the freezer. After about two hours, or when it is just beginning to freeze, beat or mix it again. Return to freezer overnight.


I should imagine this recipe would work well with several flavours, replacing the mashed kiwi with mango, banana, or whatever takes your fancy!

Stop growing up!

Elspeth is now officially enrolled in kindergarten for next year. What?! How did this happen? Surely just yesterday she was a baby! I’ve been in denial about this for a while; in fact I submitted her application for kinder several months late rather than face up to it! 

I’m going to have to start looking at schools soon too! Friends with children of similar ages are already thinking about that. I wanted to homeschool my girls, but I don’t think that’s going to be feasible, at least not immediately. I will have to entrust them to the public schooling system, although I do so with great apprehension! 

I wish she’d stop getting older… 


Flower Queen

Flower Queen


Tonight, for a change, I have no pressing obligations. I mean, obviously I still have the kids here, but they will be in bed shortly. But I finished an essay, and don’t really need to start next week’s uni stuff until, well, next week – Monday.

I hate not having anything I need to do. I can never decide what I want to do; there are just too many things. Should I watch a DVD? If so, which one? Read a book? If so, which? Write my own fiction? Take a bath? (I tend to read in the bath, which brings me back to my previous question…)

I simply have no idea how I’m going to spend my free evening. I’ll probably just end up on Facebook all night. Sigh.

Dear E.L. James

I try not to jump on bandwagons. I like to do my own research and form my own opinions wherever possible. So when everyone I know started saying how bad 50 Shades of Grey was, I knew I would have to try reading it for myself.

So a few months ago, I downloaded the free sample of the ebook. It’s about twenty pages, and I read those, and really I thought it was pretty boring. I might have been a little more interested if Kate was the main character, but I just couldn’t get into Ana. So I put it down, and thought no more of it.

But yesterday, prompted by a mention of your trilogy on a forum, I thought I should give it another shot. After all, the point of an erotic novel is the sex, and I hadn’t read any of that yet. So I purchased the entire ebook and flicked forward until I found something clearly intended to be erotic.

This time I wasn’t bored. No, bored doesn’t describe it. I swung between confusion, amusement, and frustration. I think within about three minutes of reading time, Ana said ‘Holy hell’ or ‘Holy shit’ about twenty times, which got old fast. And both characters seemed to suffer mood swings which were bamboozling: in one instance, Ana ‘snaps’ at Christian and then, literally on the next line, she is speaking ‘sweetly’ to him. There’s no indication that the sweetness was an attempt to make up for the snap, or that it was false; it’s just a straight-up mood change within a second.

As for the physical activities and reactions described, when I try to imagine what they might look or feel like, I’m left bemused. Many of them seem like something a suppressed and inexperienced person might imagine, because they don’t reflect how a real body works.

The long and short of it is, I read for about an hour last night and failed to find anything interesting, engaging, or believable. Both main characters, along with the activities they undertake, are incomprehensible and unrealistic.

Can I have my $9 back please?


Being such a lovely sunny day, it seemed like a good idea to get out my 300mm macro lens. Here are some of the results!

Home Aquarium!

My daughters love going to the aquarium, and honestly, who doesn’t? But it can be really expensive, especially if you buy food and drinks there. So what if you don’t want to spend that sort of money, or if you just want to stay at home? It turned out to be wonderfully easy! This is all just made from scrapbooking card stock that I had left over, and of course copious amounts of sticky tape. We had a great time putting it all together, and now the kids are having under-the-sea adventures. Elspeth is apparently a diver, and Evelyn is a friendly shark!