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Saturday, 29 March 2008

Cookery Illustrated and Household Management

I've just added a new book to my reading list which I got from Hubby for my birthday. It's by Elizabeth Craig and was written in 1936. I'm really looking forward to reading it (and have read a few bits and pieces already such as how to keep milk and meat without a fridge) and I may post a bit about some of the things I read.

I've still got a cold but I think it's slightly improving and I never got through to the car insurance so I think I'll be writing them another letter.

Hope you all have a blessed Sabbath.

Thursday, 27 March 2008

On hold with a cold

They're not connected though. I was just thinking how none of us had had a cold for over a month and then the next thing I know, I have one. I prefer it if I catch it first though as then there's less chance of Baby Girl getting it or at least if she does it won't be so bad because she's breastfed.

I mentioned last month that a slate fell off the roof and scraped/dented the back of our car. Well I tried a few times to ring our insurance company but ended up giving up each time after being on hold for ages. Today Hubby is working at home so I've been able to pass the phone to him when I need to. So far I've been on hold for 7 1/2 hours. Fortunately I have free minutes on my phone otherwise it would cost a fortune. I am wondering if the reason I got such a good deal was because you can't actually get through on the phone to make a claim!

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Blog Purpose

I've been inspired by more than one blog I read to write a bit about the purpose of my blog.

This blog is a reflection of my life. The most important thing in my life is being a Christian and I hope both to be a witness to unbelievers and be an encouragement to fellow believers. I am also a wife, mother and homemaker trying to live up to the standards set in Titus 2 and Proverbs 31. (Of course I am nowhere near the high standards set in the Bible but I must continue to work towards them.) I hope that by sharing with others about what I am doing, I can be an encouragement to them.

To my suprise I have also found blogging to be helpful to myself. Firstly, I am encouraged and helped by those who read and comment on my blog. Secondly, writing about these things for an audience helps me to think things through in a more clear and organised way. Thirdly, I find that writing about what I have done for other people to read helps me to be more organised and get more done. I never expected these benefits but I guess God had planned it this way.)

So I guess the purpose of this blog is to share the outworking of my faith in my life for the mutual benefit and encouragement of myself and my readers.

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Baking etc.

I've just finished baking the bread I made yesterday and I've made some hot cross buns ready to bake tomorrow. I ended up with more mixture than I expected so instead of making one batch of buns and one loaf I've ended up with two loaves plus a batch of buns. I'll see how they turn out and if they come out okay then I'll post the recipe.

I also managed to get a bit of tidying done in the kitchen today. Our council has just started doing kerbside recycling of plastic and cardboard so I decided it was time to get rid of some of the boxes and cartons I've been keeping "just in case" they are useful. I manages to reduce the stuff from two boxes to one box (it includes cling film, tin foil, sandwich bags etc. too) which freed up a box to store oats in so now my wheat and flour has a box all to itself. This is good as it means it's easy to tell whether we've run out.

I've ordered a fermenting bin from here so hopefully soon I can brew kombucha. I intend to brew by the continuous fermentation method as this is more beneficial, produces more consistent results, and is easier than the batch method.

I've got various posts in the pipe line but probably won't have a lot of time to write them in the next few days as we'll be seeing different parts of the family over the bank holiday weekend so won't be posting again before Tuesday.

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Playing Catch Up

On Sunday night Baby Girl didn't sleep well so I didn't get much done yesterday. Fortunately Hubby didn't have any work booked so I was able to stay in bed after the morning feed to catch up a bit on my sleep. Thankfully it seems to have been a one off glitch as she seems to be sleeping fine again now.

I didn't make bread yesterday with all the disruption so I'm doing it today but am only doing two loaves as we don't seem to be geting through it as quickly at the moment.

I also want to make some hot cross buns tomorrow. They are at the experimental stage as I want to make them using sourdough but all the recipes for hot cross buns use yeasted bread. I am making hot cross buns to give to hubby's family for Easter because they always give Easter Eggs but (aside from the complete rip-off and waste of packaging with Easter Eggs) we don't want to give chocolate. Well actually it's me who objects to the chocolate and hubby said that he was fine with us giving something else as long as it had some kind of connection with Easter and wasn't just something completely random.

The kumquat and orange marmalade I made a few weeks ago came out okay but Hubby said he wasn't that keen on it and he is the one who eats the marmalade so I probably won't try it again. He's agreed to us trying to brew some kombucha so hopefully I'll be starting that soon.

On the reading front, I'm still reading The Woman in White. I think it's probably one we'll keep but I want to read the whole thing as I've forgotten quite a lot of it.

Friday, 14 March 2008

Basic HTML Part Two

In my last post about HTML I covered paragraphs/line breaks and bold and italic writing. This post covers links, pictures and colours.


In the above paragraph, I made the words “last post” a link to my previous HTML post. The way to do this is to put link tags around the words “last post”. The code for link tags is “a” and we put pointy brackets around the tags and use a start and end tag just like before. However, the start tag contains some extra information to show where the link is to:

In my <a href=””>last post</a> about HTML…

This would produce the result shown in my first paragraph.


Colour can be used for various things such as text and background. The colour can be defined ;ocally (in a similar way to the way bold and italic are done) or it can be predefined near the beginning of the page (for example, heading, link and “visited” link colours can be defined so that they all come out the same colour).

For now I will just discuss how to define colour locally. To do this, we use “font” tags. These would be <font> and </font>. Like with the links, we put extra information in the opening tag. This information is called an “attribute”. (We can also define the size and font of the writing but I will cover this another time.)

Here is how we can do it:

I like <font color=”red”>red</font> writing.

This would come out like this:

I like red writing.

Note the attribute “color” uses the American spelling.

Using a colour name we can choose a limited range of colours (red, yellow, green, blue, black etc.) but using a six-digit hexadecimal code number we have a choice of over 16 million colours. The code follows the format #rrggbb i.e. the first two digits define the amount of red used, the second two the amount of green used and the third pair the amount of blue used. “00” is the smallest amount and “FF” the largest. To explain a bit better, here are some examples:

#FF0000 = red

#00FF00 = green

#0000FF = blue

#000000 = black

#FFFFFF = white

Because it is designed for computer monitors which emit light, it is designed for mixing light (red, green and blue are the primary colours for light).

If I wanted to do the earlier sentence using the colour code I would write:

I like <font color=”#FF0000”>red</font> writing.

Of course it would be pretty difficult to work out the code for every colour you might want but definitions can easily be found:

I found these fairly easily by searching for the keywords HTML, color and code in a search engine.

I will return to this on a later date.


The code for a picture or image is <img src=imageURL>. Where I have written "imageURL” you would enter the URL of the image. For example:


Results in this:

If I remember correctly (I’m revising this from notes I made
five years ago) the image tag is the only one where an end tag is not required.

Next time I will cover a little bit of JavaScript which may
be helpful before returning to HTML.

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Long time no blog

First of all I want to say thank you to all the people who commented on my Titus 2 post. I apreciate the time people have taken to give thoughtful and helpful comments.

Things seem to have been pretty busy round here lately. One thing which is currently taking up time is sitting on hold to our car insurance company. A slate fell off our roof and hit the back of our car in the recent bad winds. We had told the landlord (via the estate agent) that there were loose tiles a couple of years ago but they are very slow at dealing with things (I don't know whether it's the landlord or the estate agent that makes everything take so long) so it hasn't been dealt with. The longest I have waited on the line was 2 1/2 hours and I can now tell you that their music loop lasts for 35 minutes before repeating itself. Well, as the days are going on and I still haven't been able to get through I'm going to write to them instead. It is a bit frustrating as we had not even had the car back from the garage a week after our friends' gate fell on it but I am thankful that I happened to look out of the window just when the slate fell down otherwise we might not have realised for a while. I'm even more thankful that we were not underneath when the slate fell off and have decided that it is sensible not to take Baby Girl for a walk in the back yard if it is windy.

A more exciting development since I last blogged is that Baby Girl has started properly eating food. She had been eating small pieces for a few weeks mainly I think by accident if they just happened to go out of the back of her mouth rather than the front but this last week she has been actively eating quite a bit. Yesterday at tea time she ate four raisins and 1 1/4 grapes. :o)

Well I'd better get that insurance letter written...

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