Category Archives: The August Break

August Break Day 31 – Fungi finds

Today is the final day of The August Break 2011, as well as the end of my summer holiday.  It’s be a lovely journey of daily photographing my every day and sharing with others through Flickr.  Thank you to everyone who has stopped by and been kind enough to leave a kind word or two.

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Tomorrow is the beginning of September and it already feels like that autumn is in the air.

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Nestling beneath the bushes and the undergrowth, I discovered this wild mushroom.   I don’t think I will even attempt to identify what sort of mushroom this is or even think about eating it.


August Break Day 30 – Gloucester Docks

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August Break Day 29 – Looking a gift horse

Afternoon tea for three at Hatchlands Park, followed by a stroll around some of the extensive parkland.

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We discovered this darling little foal in one of adjoining fields.  She sheltered behind her mother for most of our visit.

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August Break Day 27 – Thai Festival

Today was the second day of three-day Thailand Festival at Secretts in Milford.

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Delicate parasols.

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Beautiful orchids in an array of colours.

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Lots of sumptuous and aromatic food being cooked.

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August Break Day 26 – Making honeycomb

What a dreary and wet day.  It’s been just so depressing. So I thought I would cheer myself up by making some Honeycomb Toffee (sometimes called Hokey Pokey in Cornwall).

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I have never made Honeycomb before, but seeing it made in The Great British Bake Off on BBC One this week inspired me to have a go.

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I wouldn’t have attempted this recipe without recently being given this sugar and jam thermometer from my Dad.

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There are a number of recipes available on the internet for making Honeycomb Toffee, I eventually picked this one from Waitroses.  Or you could pick Nigella Lawson’s Hokey Pokey, just for the fab recipe name.

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To liven up the finish honeycomb I dipped them in melted chocolate.   What have you been doing this Friday?

August Break Day 25 – Afternoon tea

Summer isn’t summer without a cream tea.

Afternoon tea

We drove out to Clandon Park this afternoon to enjoy afternoon tea in their lovely restaurant.

August Break Day 24 – On the river

We decided to be a tourists in our local town by taking a cruise on the River Wey.  Our journey started from Guildford Boat House towards south-west(-ish) towards Goldming. 

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As a family we have, in previous years, hired a canal boat and explored the Wey Navigation all the way up to the Thames. But we haven’t explored this section of the navigation.

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