Sunday Stills : Clouds

A perfect sight

A perfect sight

Clouds at sunset or sunrise turn an ordinary glow into something far more interesting, don’t you agree?

Garrettstown beach, Co. Cork

Garrettstown beach, Co. Cork

And on a warm summer’s day, a few white fluffy clouds are always welcome!

Check out Sunday Stills for more clouds.

Silent Sunday :March 1st

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Reward

Today hasn’t been the nicest of days here, misty, windy, cold, foggy, all in the space of a few hours.  The daffodils are starting to bloom, and I am looking forward to March and the promise of better weather!    I thought to myself, what can I make to warm me up…and immediately thought of my favourite soup, which I haven’t made for ages – French Onion Soup.   The whole thing takes about an hour, but the finished product is well worth the reward – I have tasted it and it’s delicious.  Now why haven’t I made it for so long?

Lots of tears while chopping onions.

Lots of tears while chopping onions.

Firstly, I had to chop up four onions, the recipe called for six, but four was all I had, after drying my eyes, and heating the olive oil in a saucepan, these had to be fried gently for about 10 minutes, taking care that they didn’t burn.

long way to go

long way to go

Then I added a teaspoon of sugar and some salt to help with the caramelisation and browning, and stirred, and stirred…careful they don’t stick to the bottom.   There seemed to be so little onions left at this stage!   They are getting browner though, and soon it was time to add in some chopped garlic, cook for another minute, and then add some dry white wine, thyme, bay leaf and about a litre and a half of stock.

Getting there

Getting there

Then put the lid on and simmer very gently for another 10 or 15 minutes, and voila!    It tastes delicious and is a great reward for the waiting, and waiting, with a rumbling tummy.

Job done.

Job done.

Here is a link to the recipe I used.

Linked to Weekly Photo Challenge : Reward

Wordless Wednesday : Spinola Bay

Spinola Bay, Malta

Spinola Bay, Malta

Wordless Wednesday : No Monkey Business!

Minding his own business.

Minding his own business.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

The Roman Arenain Vernona

The Roman Arena in Vernona

The Roman Arena in Verona, Italy, dating back to the first century,  is a splendid example of symmetry,with two floors of arched windows, in a round structure, looking out on the people in the square, as it has done for centuries.

And the pair of African grey hornbills, are almost symmetrical, as they sit and contemplate the fishing on the lake, and wait for the setting sun.

African hornbills

African hornbills

Linked to Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge : Construction

My photos for this challenge were taken recently on a trip to Great Zimbabwe, in Zimbabwe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that dates back to the 11th century or earlier, and was once the King’s palace in the Kingdom of Zimbabwe.    The place was built of stone, layer upon layer, by hand, without any of the modern conveniences, or even mortar to keep the walls together, and a lot of the construction work is still standing!

Great Zimbabwe, the house of stone

Great Zimbabwe, the house of stone

Someone left some huge rocks lying around!

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Linked to Cee’s Black & White Challenge

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