Sunday, 29 June 2014

Spring flowers

Lots of Midland Hawthorn Blossom this year, providing food for woodpigeons.

These buds of rhodedendron in Leazes Park were particularly pleasing.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Woodland near Torver Jetty

Woodland in May has a special light to it.
The moss and ferns add to the quality of the light.

These woodland scenes are from the path near Torver Jetty last month.

Dogen's book "Shobogenzo" can be downloaded as a free pdf from the net. Then it can easily be searched for any word or phrase you want.

Here is another quote:
"When the breezes of spring rise up, the withered trees sound forth the Dragon’s song: when the leaves of autumn wither, the chill woods scatter their flowers abroad. The jewel-like stepping-stones make patterns in the moss: the faces of people take on the hue of haze and mist. Distracting sounds have become hushed: conditions are just what they are. "


Zen Master Dogen writes in his book Shobogenzo:

"When human beings look at water, they only see it as something that ceaselessly pours out and flows on. This flowing has many forms, each being a part of the human perspective. It flows over the earth and out of the sky, now surging upwards, now pouring downwards, streaming along in the bends of a river and coursing through deep chasms. It rises up to make clouds and comes down to form pools."

Some more photos from the shores of Lake Coniston:

Caravan Food (Sunflower and Lentil Pie)

When on holiday in self catering accomodation I don't like to cook much. I find being away from my own kitchen difficult because I have a lot of gadgets and easy-use cookware that make life easier in my own kitchen.
So I decided to bring a pie which I had made at home with my helper, and frozen.
Its a variation on Sunflower Seed and Lentil Pie, recipes for which are easily found with a search engine.
The lentils, oats and sunflowers are all good protein sources.


• 3/4 cup brown lentils (formerly known as puy lentils)
• 1.5 cup red or brown onions (diced)
• 1 cup oats
• 1/2 cup hulled sunflower seeds
• 1/2 cup celery (chopped similar size to the onion)
• 1 garlic clove (minced)
• 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
• 2 tbsp soya sauce
• 1 tbsp cider vinegar
• 1 tbsp almonds

• Boil 3/4 cup of lentils in plenty of of water until soft but not mushy.
• Leave to cool.
• Blend the lentils in a blender or mash them well with a potato masher, • Add the remaining ingredients, mix well and heap into a lightly oiled pie plate, press down lightly.
• Decorate the top with more sunflower seed and almonds.
• Cook for 27-30 minutes at 375.
• Leave to cool then cut into slices.

It can be served cold or warmed in the microwave.

For caravan cuisine, this pie goes well with instant mashed potato such as Smash and some tinned veg such as peas or carrots.

Contrary to some reports on the net this potato product does not taste horrible.
I find it completely delicious and great comfort food.


Some more photos from our visit to the Lakes.
These are from a walk we did round part of Lake Coniston. Please visit there for latest news from Herbwormwood