Peony Roses ..

On Friday, I took a trip to my local supermarket to get a few provisions in… and right at the front door, there stood a couple of buckets with reduced price flowers in them..

I wandered over and took a peek to see if I could find a bargin and also a treat for myself, seeing as I absolutely adore flowers..

I was lucky enough to find this bunch of Peonies marked down to 30p from a staggering £5.99!

Don’t you just love a bargin 🙂

Chocolate Loaf

This is a chocolate loaf that I made last night after I received a call from my husband, with the news that he might be stranded in Norway due to the Norwegien Airport Strikes .. you can read about it here

When a crisis hits the household, my way of coping and thinking things through is ….I go into baking mode.  I wonder how many other people do this?

Anyway, here is the recipe for the Chocolate Loaf – I made mine completely organic.

Ingredients:

  • 6oz Margarine
  • 6oz Caster Sugar
  • 6oz Self Raising Flour
  • 2oz Cocoa Powder
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • a teaspoon Organic Vanilla Extract

Method:

  1. Turn on Oven to 180 degrees C
  2. Line a 2lb Loaf tin with greaseproof paper/baking Parchment
  3. Put Margarine and Caster Sugar into the mixer and mix until pale and fluffy.
  4. Aff the eggs one at a time and mix until incorporated.
  5. Add the Self Raising Flour & Mix in
  6. Add the Cocoa Powder and Mix
  7. Add the teaspoon of vanilla extract and mix in.
  8. Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin
  9. Place into the Oven and bake for 50 mins (give it a check after 40) but mine needed 50

This is sooo much better than any shop bought cake, I know what went into it, I know I’m not filling my kids full of additives and preservatives…. but most of all its cheap to make and delicious to eat!

I was going to make a chocolate frosting for the top, but the kids couldnt wait and wanted a bit as soon as it was cool enough to handle and eat.

Enjoy 🙂

 

Chicken Little & Daisy……

Its a lovely sunny morning here, the girls are out having a scratch around the garden for bugs and stuff, so I took the opportunity to get some pictures of them both.  

Its quite difficult to get pictures of chicken little (the brown one) as she is soooo flighty,  I wonder what she said to daisy in this picture to get her to look up at me …..

Norwegian Airport Strikes…..!

Strike shuts five airports

Thousands of travelers were left stranded Friday morning after workers went on strike at five Norwegian airports. Talks between their union and the country’s civil aviation authority Avinor failed to result in a settlement.

Flights in and out of the affected airports were cancelled Friday morning.

PHOTO: MORTEN HOLM/SCANPIX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bergen is among the worst-hit by the walkout, after its airport was forced to close because it no longer had enough staffing to handle an emergency.

The other airports affected are those serving Harstad and Narvik in northern Norway, Molde, Mo i Rana and Mosjøen.

Some workers at Norway’s main international gateway airport, the Oslo airport at Gardermoen (OSL), also walked off the job but OSL was able to remain open. All flights to the airports that are closed, however, were cancelled.

The airport at Kristiansund on Norway’s northwest coast will likely close from Sunday if the strike continues.

Only 220 workers spread over the five airports were taken out during the first phase of the strike, but that was enough to leave the airports short of adequate emergency personnel.

State mediator Svein Longva said the two sides in the conflict “were so far apart that there was no basis to put forward a proposed settlement that could be recommended by both parties.”

The conflict is primarily over wages. Avinor “simply didn’t offer enough money,” said a union representative.

If no progress is made in subsequent negotiations, another 158 workers will go on strike at the airports in Oslo, Alta, Leknes, Sandnessjøen, ,Sogndal, Svolvær and Stavanger from May 20. Oslo’s airport was hoping to keep its international operations functioning. Passengers were advised to stay in touch with their airlines for information on departures and arrivals.

Story courtesy of : http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article2426254.ece

You might be asking yourself how on earth has this got anything to do with Townie’s blog?

Well my husband is due to fly home today from Bergen Airport… he phoned me last night in a panic, he is there with 3 of his mates on their yearly fishing trip, they have been speaking with the locals and they reckon their only chance of getting home is to go to Stavanger Airport and try and get their tickets transferred by the Airline… simple you may think… nope…. nothing is ever that simple… Stavanger is a 5 hour ferry ride away, they need to get themselves to bergen and drop off their hired car, get themselves to the ferry port, hopefully get on the boat and get to stavanger before 3.15 today to catch the flight..

To say i’m worried is an understatement… knowing that if they miss this flight, their chances of getting home are slim… Stavanger Airport is going on strike 20th May 2008 (tomorrow).  They are all due to start back at work tomorrow !…

I’ll update later once I find out more as the day progress.

UPDATE :  He managed to Get home!! Yipeeeeeeeee….

  • Left hellesoy at 3am
  • Dropped Hire Car off at Bergen
  • Managed to get a bus to Stavanger – 5 hours journey including 2 ferry crossings
  • Managed to get his flights changed by Wideroe (booked thro’ Opodo they wouldnt help- note never to use again!)
  • Boarded plane at 3.15pm
  • Arrived in Aberdeen 4.30pm
  • Drove home to central Scotland 4 hours (including dropping off his friends)
  • Arrived home 8.30pm (knackered!)

Main thing is he made it home… just in the nick of time as Stavanger Airport has closed down today Story here