Hobbits in the mist

January is rainy and wet,  and the little Hobbits feel all cooped up, even in the nice new house we are sharing with Clamb; So we go out in the rain on mini adventures, just to see the sky and feel the wind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This place is Panama Hill park. It’s pretty Hobbit friendly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s covered in hawthorn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and has cranberry bogs all around it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s wet, of course. Fortunately it’s close to home and the fireplace, and hobbits don’t really mind being wet for short adventures.

 

Published in: on January 5, 2012 at 11:44 am  Comments (2)  
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Back on the Blog

Well, we were so busy this summer we forgot to blog it seems! Where to start? where to start?

I finished my BA this spring! After my last day of classes Edd and I had a great drive back to Vic around the back routes and up through Renfrew. I’ll have to find the pictures.

We stepped up as the 5th Baron and Baroness of Seagirt, That is a rather exciting change that will affect the next few years.

and! We went to Burning Man!

All these things we’ll need to write more about soon.

Cheers,
Megan

Published in: on September 16, 2011 at 8:27 am  Leave a Comment  

Wine and Mead

Yesterday was among other things, bottling day.

Megan has a deal worked out with the friend down the hall, Monique, where Monique buys  a wine kit, Megan does the work and they split the end product.
This works out very well for Megan, as it’s not really that much work to make a wine kit, and I almost always help. Even though they are splitting it, and Megan is only getting 15 bottles of wine out of each kit, we are starting to make it faster than we can drink it.

Yesterday  we washed bottles early in the day,  before going out to cabin 12 for lunch and then walking along the beach from Esquimalt Lagoon to Albert Head and back with Ashes. Then, we set up the kiddie pool in the living room so we could bottle out there without making too much mess, while Ashes made dinner in the kitchen, and Megan bottled up her batch of wine, only managing to wear about half a glass of it.  The Barolo is quite tasty, and I look forward  to seeing what it’s like after a few weeks in the bottle.

Then we broke for dinner; Ashes is a very good cook, he pays attention to the little details and cares about presentation. So we ate the evidence before anyone could come along and want to share.

Afterward it was my turn to bottle. One of the reasons we are bottling more wine than we are drinking, is  because I have stupid amounts of mead about the house.  In the fall I put in a 54 liter carboy of mead and I’ve been bottling it in sections.

A few weeks before Christmas I racked some of it into two smaller carboys. One I let go still, and the other I added a liter of honey to, so that it would ferment some more.  The rest I bottled up so that I would have some fizzy mead to drink over the holidays.

Then in January I bottled a little over half of  the still carboy, and froze off the rest of it for honey jack.   The Honey Jack was awesome, and the bottled mead was ok,  no bad tastes, and alcoholic enough, but it is just too light  for me. I want it to have a little more substance.

So yesterday I bottled off the carboy  that I added more honey to. Even while bottling I could tell this had more substance.  It takes a couple weeks in the bottle before it starts to settle into a really decent flavour, so we’ll see at the end of the month.  Of course I ‘m making a bit of Honey Jack off of that one too.  Freeze out the water, skim off the ice, repeat until it just won’t freeze anymore.. you do lose a lot of volume that way.

The one I’m looking forward to is the big carboy I’m splitting with Fletcher. It’s got a lot more honey in it, and is looking like it’ll be quite strong, but that one won’t bottle until April.

Now I have to go clean the kiddie pool that’s sitting in my shower.

Published in: on February 14, 2011 at 9:40 am  Comments (2)  
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Beach Hobbits

Saturday the Tookish side took over and the wee hobbits went in search of adventure.  One of the tall folk, Ashes, had left us his car for the weekend, so we were able to roam farther afield than usual.  Megan and I had never explored any of the west coast of the island together,  and I’d always wanted to make it down to Sombrio.   So off we went.

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It was  grey and overcast,  but not that cold.  The water is full of surfers  bobbing around like seal pups in their  black neoprene.   There are still traces of foundations from the surfer village that was here till the park was made in the 90’s.  We roamed up the beach exploring into caves and hidden waterfalls till after tea time,  when hunger got the best of us, and we left the adventuring for another day.

Published in: on February 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm  Comments (1)  
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At 44 you can’t deny that you are in your mid forties.

Yesterday was my 44th birthday.  I celebrated with good friends, good food, good Scotch,  and bad movies.  Three out of four isn’t bad, and the bad  was just Star Trek.

All is well,  I don’t feel my age, or act it, or apparently look it.  So I’m not going to worry about it. Maybe when I’m eleventy one.

Till then,  To good adventures, good food, and good friends.

Edd

Published in: on January 30, 2011 at 10:58 am  Leave a Comment  
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Dosas

Edd and I went to a place called Jr India Curry House today in Vic. Its on Fort street near the water.  We tried Paneer Pakoras for the first time. Yum!

I want to learn how to make dosas and pakoras now.

Megan

Published in: on January 16, 2011 at 10:24 pm  Comments (1)  
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Hobbit Stir-Fry

Made by, but not of real Hobbits.

I often put unexpected elements together in my cooking. Sometimes it’s Mad Science!, and sometimes it’s fusion.

This time it was pure Hobbit.

In the skillet:
White boiler onions, chopped.
English Chestnuts, peeled and blanched.
Zucchini.
Brown Crimini Mushrooms, sliced.
Brussel sprouts, sliced and blanched.
Firm Tofu.

Spiced with:
Allspice, nutmeg, oregano and soy-sauce.

and served over brown rice.

Two out of two Burner Hobbits agree would Nom again

Edd

Published in: on January 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Anthropology

This is it, the big one, the one i’ve been waiting for..again. lol

My last semester at VIU. Not only is it just one last semester I’m only taking one class, this one fulfills my last grad requirement with a BA in Anthropology. Woot!

ANTH 419  Globalizing Culture: A Critical Perspective

An examination of the culture of consumer capitalism and its impact on peoples around the world. Topics include population growth, poverty, environmental sustainability, and ethnic conflict and their relationship to global processes. Resistance to the globalization process by way of local protest and rebellion is also discussed.

 

I am actually quite interested in the topic so far, and that helps a great deal. Poor Edd though, I may be unbearable to live with while i go off about capitalism randomly through the semester. (For the record it is not a capitalism bashing course, though the instructor fully admits she is biased, but she has lived and worked in some of the countries affected by capitalism)

I believe this is the first Anth class i’ve taken that turns and introspective look in on our own culture, and in return how that affects the cultures around us. Some of you may be yawning at this point, I think its fascinating.

Our text book is called Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism byRichard H.Robbins. So far it is well written and easy to follow. I would definitely recommend it for anyone who is interested. He even talks about the Philosophers stone in the intro.

Megan

Published in: on January 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm  Comments (2)  
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On the the Hobbit part of this Blog.

I made a really tasty vegetable stew for Christmas Eve. Not being sure when everyone was arriving I thought having something in the crock pot would be a good plan. (Turkey the next night) Also, as Edd is a Vegetarian, I wanted a good meal for him too.

I ran across this recipe in a Canadian Living Mag at work. It went over really well. I believe there were 3rd and 4th helpings to be had.

Winter Vegetable Stew

Ingredients

Preparation:

Trim top off garlic head to expose cloves. Place on square of foil and drizzle with 1 tsp (5 mL) of the oil; seal package. Bake in 375°F (190°C) oven until tender, about 35 minutes. Let cool enough to handle; squeeze out cloves into bowl. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in large Dutch oven, heat remaining oil over medium heat; cook onions, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 6 minutes.

Stir in potatoes, parsley and thyme sprigs, bay leaves, salt, pepper, saffron and roasted garlic; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

Stir in flour; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Gradually stir in broth, scraping up browned bits. Stir in 3 cups (750 mL) water and bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Stir in cauliflower and chestnuts; simmer for 5 minutes.

Stir in squash; simmer for 10 minutes. Discard parsley, thyme and bay leaves. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes; refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Rewarm to serve, stirring gently to keep squash in chunks.)

Additional Information:

Tip:
Fresh chestnuts have the best flavour and are widely available this time of year. To prepare, cut X in flat side of each. Boil, 4 at a time, until cut points curl, about 2 minutes. Drain and peel off skin. Then simmer in fresh water until tender, about 5 minutes.

Vacuum-packed or canned chestnuts are available in some grocery and specialty food shops and are ready to use. Of the two types, vacuum-packed have a superior taste. Drain and rinse canned chestnuts before using.

http://www.canadianliving.com/food/winter_vegetable_stew.php

Published in: on January 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm  Comments (2)  
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Winter is project time.

January. Meh.
The sunlight is gone and won’t be back until March. It’s not that long, and often I’m feeling the lack of sunlight in November, but it’s still affecting my mood.

But I will rise above it!!  Instead of being outside in the sun, I’m beginning work on a website. I want to publish my short stories and serialize some of my longer ones, maybe even put some of the poetry up. (serious maybe)
There are a growing numbers of people writing web fiction, and it makes more sense to me than looking for a publisher, especially for fairy tales and short stories.
It’s going to take a while to get it to a point where I’ll actually launch it, but it’s a good project to get me working on my writing more than just doing a NaNoWriMo every November.

I have other projects on the go as well; I signed on as the Volunteer coordinator for the C.O.R.E. entry that BurnVic is putting together, and we are working at forming BurnVic into a Nonprofit.
That should, in theory, be enough to stop me wasting all my time on facebook games, and hopefully the BurnVic stuff will get me out of the house and being social, maybe if I hang out with enough burners I’ll feel that desert sun
♥ Edd

Published in: on January 6, 2011 at 10:41 am  Leave a Comment  
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