Venezuelan Food – P.A.N


We went into Cambridge this morning, purposely to see a man who makes and mends leather bags; he told us he is always there on Sunday and Monday. He was not there last Monday and he was not there today, so a bit of a wasted journey. However, it was an excuse to have coffee and cake as well as lunch although we did not go to one of our usual places for lunch.

Today’s picture shows some gluten-free Venezuelan Food. Cambridge market now has a variety of “street food” stalls and I had seen this one a few weeks ago, although I did not buy anything on that occasion. However, on that occasion, I was told that Tesco sell the mix. I looked on the Tesco web site and discovered that the mix stated “very low gluten”. Today I actually challenged the lady selling the food that it was not gluten-free. She produced her mix, which actually is gluten-free and from the extra you can see that it states quite clearly on the front of the packet that it is gluten-free’; compare this with the one sold in Tesco, which does not have the symbol. So Coeliacs beware, this mix is okay, the one Tesco sells is not suitable for Coeliacs, although for those who avoid gluten, as a fad diet, will be fine with the Tesco mix. The lady sold me two packets of the mix, one for me and one for my grandson. My husband and I both had one of these “corn cakes”, with different fillings; both were delicious and very filling.

The afternoon was spent being rather lazy, watching a film on television and doing some knitting.

                                 Coeliacs – Note The Difference

                Gluten-free on the left – NOT Gluten-free on the right





Virginia Creeper Bud

Virginia Creeper

A morning of sorting paperwork and students, then an afternoon of knitting/sewing up ends.

I took today’s picture after lunch and decided to use this picture of the Virginia Creeper bud. Although some of its buds have been killed by frost, as have many others in the garden, some have survived on this shrub. This shrub was rescued three years ago after the builders destroyed it when they started work.

Dull and overcast although not too cold.

Addenbrookes Hospital

PLACEAfter a very lazy weekend, I spent today volunteering at Addenbrookes Hospital for two sessions of their annual Patient-led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE). I had volunteered for this prior to my husband’s recent surgery and I had not expected, when he came home from hospital, that he would need as much help as he does. However, Victoria, our granddaughter was still on her Easter holiday break, so she came round to “Granddad sit”!

It was an extremely enjoyable, although busy day, when I visited some parts of the hospital that were new to me. I, with others in my group, assessed A and E, (I have been there before) Ward EAU5, N2 as well as some corridors and sections leading off the corridors. It also involved tasting the patient’s lunch, which for me was limited, as I did not have a menu to check which was gluten-free. The lunch provided for me was excellent and included my favourite Marks and Spencer gluten-free sandwich, gluten-free cake and fruit.

As I left the hospital the Park and Ride was just leaving, they run every ten minutes; the next one was due in sixteen minutes, so I walked to the Park and Ride. It was very windy waiting for the bus, so walking was a good option even though the bus arrived at the Park and Ride just slightly before I got there.



Today’s picture is of a Blackbird on the feeder tray, taken after I arrived home from a long day at Addenbrookes Hospital.

We were up at 0430 hours and I had to feed Bo, our neighbour’s dog before we went; it was still dark. I also had to defrost the car which took ten minutes as there was quite a hard frost last night, but then we do live in a frost hollow, so this is not unusual.

We arrived at the ward at 0645 hours and my husband went to theatre at 1020 hours for his left-knee to be replaced; he returned to the ward just as visiting hours began at 1500 hours. Visiting on this ward is rubbish 1500 to 1700 hours and then again in the evening from 1900 to 2000 hours; I shall not visit in the evening. While he was in surgery I waited on the concourse, but then Nicola, our daughter, collected me and we went to Scotsdales for lunch and a look round during her lunch break, which was infinitely better than sitting on the concourse for five hours. I have also included two pictures taken at Addenbrookes Hospital, one before the operation and one after.

A Rather Boring Picture

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But not a boring day.

Today’s picture is the only one I took, although I did ask my husband to take something in the garden for me. He thinks this is a boring picture; you might do too.

I left home at 0645 hours to travel to Milton Keynes for an Open University training day. This means travelling into London, then the underground to Euston Station, then another train to Milton Keynes, plus a taxi to get to the conference centre. This picture was taken of part of a seat on the Virgin train, with Euston Station through the window. It took two hours to get from home to Milton Keynes and three hours to get home. This was partly due to railway engineering works on part of the line.

The day was excellent, meeting with other Associate Lecturers as well as staff who run the modules. Lunch was excellent with a choice of fish or chicken that I could eat. Unfortunately I could not have the potatoes as they were not gluten free; how can you eat protein without potatoes or a similar carbohydrate? I settled for a jacket potato with cheese and sweetcorn with salad with a mango mousse for pudding.

Looking At Second-hand Books


We are both a member of the Patient and Public Involvement Panel (PPIP), which is part of the Addenbrookes Hospital Trust and we read and comment on papers submitted by researchers seeking funding for their research; these papers then go a specialist ethics committee. Today there was a talk, the history of ethics so we went to Trumpington this morning. It was very interesting although some it was not new to me. What did surprise me was that the average reading of the people in this country is twelve! This makes it very important when we read these papers that everything is fully explained so that the subjects taking part, fully understand what they are being asked to do and any consequences there might be. A buffet lunch was provided after the talk and I was well catered for. However, I shared some of mine with someone who had not been provided for.

On the way home we stopped at Scotsdales Garden Centre, well we were driving past it. As I had eaten only a small lunch I had cake with my coffee. As usual my husband looked at the second-hand books and found two very unusual ones. The money from the sale of these books, which have been donation by Scotsdales customers, goes to the Cancer Centre on the Scotsdales site.

It was dry when we went out this morning, but started raining heavily during the morning and for most of the afternoon.

Stripy Crocus

Stripy Crocus

I was going to follow on from yesterday’s theme and blip a bird, but they were not playing ball and except for some pigeons disappeared from the garden. However, my husband has blipped a Partridge, one of two that were in the garden early this morning. Like the Barn Owl I included yesterday as an extra, I have never seen a Partridge in the garden in all the years I have lived here.

Today’s picture is of a stripy purple Crocus flowering in the front garden; it is complete with an ant.

It is cold and windy here and looks as though it might rain.