Happy Halloween 2011

October 30th, 2011
Jack Lantern Pumpkin

Jack Lantern

Scary Pumpkin

Scary Pumpkin

Cat Pumpkin



Dark Matter – a ghost story

October 20th, 2011

Author: Michelle Paver

I picked this book up from the library. I didn’t spend time standing there and reading the excerpt as I had a toddler to chase after. It was just on the shelf and I just picked it up. I’m very glad that I did. It turned out to be a little page turner.

It’s written as a journal by Jack Miller offered a trip of a life time; an expedition to the Arctic, no man’s land. Poor and wanting a change in his life, he had nothing to lose.

The journal started with his meeting with Algie Carlisle, Hugo Charteris-Black, Teddy Wintringham and Gus Balfour. It was London, 1937.

Before the expedition even began, bad luck struck the team. First Teddy’s father passed away and with him being the heir in the family, had to pull out. Then, on the ship in Norway heading to Gruhuken, Hugo had an accident and broke his leg.

But instead of abandoning the expedition, the three remaining decided to continue.

The ship Captain Eriksson was apprehesive, trying to get the group to go elsewhere but Gruhuken all through the trip but not wanting to say why.

When they reached Gruhuken, the group was blown away by he beauty of the remote and uninhabited camp. Eriksson and the crew helped them build the cabin but never stayed on land, returning to the ship every evening.

On the day the ship was to leave and they wanted to leave before the ‘first dark’, Jack saw a figure standing in front of the cabin. Thinking it was a member of the crew, Jack called to him. He then mentioned this to Eriksson, who asked immediately if Jack spoke o him. Jack wanted to know more but they were interupted and the moment past.

The bad luck didn’t stop. Gus fell ill and after calling for help, Algie and Gus left the camp. Jack insisted on staying to keep the expedition alive, although uneasiness has started to creep on him.

Darkeness has descended. Will he survive for two week while Gus and Algie is away? What if Gus and Algie has to stay away longer and with the sea starting to freeze will they ever get back to camp?

I have to say that if you’re after gore, this is not the book.

The excitement of being in the Arctic wilderness is beautifully written. You could sense how wonderful it is being there.

But soon enough you start to sense Jack’s fear. How the isolation started to affect him mentally and physically. That thing out there, is it an ‘echo’ of the past? As he was a student of science, he tried to make sense of it.

Did he survive?

I love this book. It is not scary as such but I love the fact that I could sense fear in every word; and that, in my humble opinion, makes a good ghos story.

The Pencil

October 18th, 2011

Written by Allan Ahlberg; beautifully illustrated by Bruce Ingman.

“Once there was a pencil. A lonely little pencil…”

A beautiful start to a lovely simple story of a pencil that started to draw first a boy, then a dog for the boy and, as requested by the dog, a cat.

He then drew more things… only to get more requests and complaints!

But he kept on drawing, and giving them names as they request names, and with the paintbrush, Kitty (that he drew) adding colours.

And his drawings weren’t happy with their hat, ears, trainers, etc. So the pencil drew a rubber… only the rubber got excited with erasing and started to erase everything! The little pencil is clever and managed to stop the rubber and create again.

Such a clever little story which Little Bee loves. Nice little find from the library :)

Pancake with Sweet Buttered Bananas

October 16th, 2011

The pancake recipe is here… but it is really yummy when you top the pancakes up with sweet buttered bananas!

Pancake with sweet buttered bananas


3 bananas peeled and sliced
1 tbsp margarine/butter
1 tbsp unrefined caster sugar

  1. Melt the margarine/butter in a pan. Add the sliced banana and fry for a minute.
  2. Add the unrefined caster sugar and fry for another minute.
  3. Scoop the banana and some of the buttered sauce on to the pancake. Seriously yummy!

The Spiders

October 16th, 2011

We made (Little Bee made them and I helped) them this morning. She bought her ‘Charlie and Lola’ magazine yesterday and it came with stuff to make spiders with. It is almost Halloween :)

The spiders


October 9th, 2011


We were watching Big Cook Little Cook on cbeebies and they decided to make some pancake meal for whoever it was that came to their cafe. And I thought, pancakes for tea would be nice. So, that was what we had.


125g self raising flour
1/2tsp cinnamon powder
2tbsp unrefined caster sugar
1 egg
150ml milk
Corn oil

  1. In a bowl, sift together the flour and cinnamon. Add the caster sugar, mix and make a whole in the middle.
  2. In another bowl, beat together the egg and milk. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry bowl and whisk lightly and quickly to make a batter with thick cream consistency.
  3. Heat a frying pan on a medium heal and pour a little oil in it. I used a paper towel to spread the oil evenly. Drop a ladle full of batter into the pan and use the back of the ladle to evenly distribute the batter into a circle.
  4. Cook the pancake for 1-2 minutes until bubbles rise to the surface and burst, and turn the pancake over and cook for another 1-2minutes. Remove from pan and repeat until you finish the batter.
  5. The pancake is ready to be served and I just drizzled some chocolate syrup all over it to the delight of Little Bee.