A to Z Challenge – Zephyr

ZEPHYR: Soft mild gentle wind or breeze

 

 

 

Cicada’s bellow, bird song loud

their cacophony sometimes deafening

Afternoon zephyr still lingering

but no for long

as summer morphs into autumn

Abundance in the garden – past it’s best

Proof of a magnificent harvest

 

Trees dropping leaves

Cats snoozing in the last of summer heat

Feijoas signalling in the cooler months

 

Autumn and its unique beauty

offers time to reflect, contemplate

and prepare for winter……

 

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A to Z Challenge – Yclept

YCLEPT: Called (by the name of)

 

I chose yclept because it is such an odd word, and I wanted at least one word I had never ever heard of before included in my  A-Z Challenge.

Pronounced: ee-klept

Synonyms: appellation, clepe, named, styled, titled, known as, termed.

In a sentence: My tortoise shell cat yclept Missy Moo  stretched as she enjoyed the warmth of the late afternoon sun.

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A to Z Challenge – Xmas

XMAS: Abbreviation for Christmas

My trusty 1976 dictionary contained only 26 X words.  It did however have Xmas as one of the 26 words so I am kind of grasping at straws and using an abbreviation – it was difficult finding a suitable word.

So in keeping with the Xmas theme I am sharing with you a fabulous Xmas cake recipe. For the last 10 years, in late October early November, I make at least 20 Xmas cakes for friends and family using a recipe given to me by a friend.  This was her mother’s recipe so it is at least 2 – 3 generations old.  Enjoy.

Bobbie’s Christmas Cake

Place in a large pan

  • 1/2 1b butter
  • 1 & 1/2 1bs brown sugar
  • 1 x 15oz tin of fruit salad
  • 1/2 cup rum
  • 1200 grams  mixed fruit
  • 2-3 teaspoons various spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, mixed spice)

Bring to the boil, simmer for 1 minute and cool

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When mixture cool add

  • 4 well beaten eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of golden syrup

then add

  • 2 cups wholemeal flour
  • 2 cups white flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

Mix all together 

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Line the bottom  of 9 inch cake tin with paper

Bake 130C for 3-4 hours 

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Notes:

  • The mixture of metric and imperial measurements is as it came from Bobbie.
  • Rather than icing the Xmas cake, decorate the top with almonds and/or glaze cherries before putting it in the oven to cook.
  • I use less sugar than the recipe states.
  • It is okay to double the recipe and I often use different size tins depending on who I am baking for.  Baking time will differ with size of tin used.
  • I have fan oven, so I lower the oven temperature to 120/125C

Thanks Bobbie for your recipe

A to Z Challenge – Valour

VALOUR: Personal courage esp. as shown in fighting.

 

“Lest We Forget”

This is my tribute to the nearly 500 Cook Island Soldiers recruited by New Zealand over the course of World War One. Of the 5 contingents recruited, 3 contingents saw active service.  The 4th contingent trained at Narrow Neck Camp, Auckland however shortly before their departure in 1918, the war ended. The 5th  contingent had been recruited but did not start training.

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‘The Rarotongan Company’ httpwww.nzhistory.net.nzwarpacific-islanders-nzefrarotongans, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 2-Sep-2014)

 

A to Z Challenge -Transform

TRANSFORM: Make change in form, outward appearance, character , disposition

 

Today I leave the past behind

Only looking forward enough to see my foot step land gently on the earth.

I move through the day quietly and respectively, taking the time to look at the moment of now, embracing everything I see, hear and touch; knowing the experience I am having is meant to be.

Making time to be still and breathe in life

Forever thankful for gifts received as I walk my path in this lifetime

Today I am transformed.

 

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