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Let's see whether this works better than yesterday...



Salisbury Crags

The Salisbury Crags as seen from between Holyrood Palace and the Parliament. I'd like to say that you are looking at Arthur's Seat but I have no idea whether that's simply the top of teh crags or some specific stone or some such thing.

Flower detail

Detail on a gate leading to Holyrood Palace.

Unicorn

Unicorn and

Lion

its friend the lion.

Salisbury Crags GP

The Salisbury Crags again, this time seen from my GP's garden.

Weather

The weather goes from brilliant blue skies to this several times a day...



On another note, I just ate porridge for the first time and can't see the appeal, unless one is Oliver Twist. I certainly will not waste any more of my expensive maple syrup on it!

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Date: 2012-07-31 11:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elvishly.livejournal.com
Porridge/oatmeal?!

But it's so...good! Maybe you need to vary up consistency? Haha. I used to eat mine with a dollop of jam or maple syrup, but now I'm eating it with Greek full-fat yoghurt. <- porridge person (...)

P.S. May be in Edinburgh for Fringe. :D

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Date: 2012-07-31 12:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Maybe it's because in Germany we would only consider 'cooking' oatmeal when somebody is really, really ill. It also looks a bit... slimy when cooked.

I have no problem with oatmeal in its raw form. I eat loads of Muesli in yoghurt or with milk and that consist mostly of oats.

I am a bit vary about Fringe. We are really rather in the middle of it, the flat above ours will be let to two critics for the month of August, so it's exciting and all but I wonder whether I will be able to make my way to the supermarket when I already do the tourist-group-trim-track-dexterity-thing every day...

When are you thinking of coming up? Would you like to meet up?

EDIT: I'd offer you shelter in a heartbeat but I am still saddled with the brother-in-law and our sofas are not the sofa bed kind :(
Edited Date: 2012-07-31 12:02 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2012-07-31 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elvishly.livejournal.com
Hmm, when you cook do you use milk or water? I am a strictly milk person but I hear some people use water. D: Ick.

Hahaha, living in Amsterdam, it was a little bit like, "TOURIST SEASON. DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE FLAT."

This is all preliminary -- was thinking of 13-15th August. May stay a bit longer but obvs. hostel/hotel/B&B costs plus food plus ticket fees etc. Need to discuss with a few friends to see if our dates are matching up/if it's worth changing the dates about.

And no worries! I should be able to find something. :P But yes, definitely want to see you if it's not too inconvenient/we can find some time.

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Date: 2012-08-01 11:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Well, since I have no experience with porridge, I bought one of those just-add-water one serving cup thingies.

Maybe I should try again and boil some milk...

Are you back in England now for longer or will you return to Amsterdam in September?

I won't be working in August (and probably also not in September), so any date should be fine from my side - definitely want to meet up!

If you can't find anything at all, the best I could offer would be an air mattress in the living room... :(

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Date: 2012-07-31 12:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemonade8.livejournal.com
I can't do it either, I have a texture thing with it, and in my head it will always be 'snotmeal' instead of oatmeal. Gross! The smell is amazing, but not putting it in my mouth. And why waste ingredients for oatmeal cookies? ;D

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Date: 2012-07-31 09:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Urgh!

I don't remember any amazing smells...

Anyhow, why cook it if I can eat it raw. Probably much better anyhow.

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Date: 2012-07-31 11:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemonade8.livejournal.com
LOL, I have tried brown sugar cinnamon with raisins in it. Smells great when cooking it, but it's just too... slimy.

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Date: 2012-07-31 08:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kayoko.livejournal.com
So beautiful! I cannot stomach porridge. I hated it as a kid. Tried it again as an adult. I still can't stomach the texture. But I love granola, granola bars and oatmeal cookies! Glad I'm not the only one with this aversion.

Crepes with maple syrup. *drools*

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Date: 2012-07-31 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Hmm.

Eggy bread, pancakes, German style French toast, all with mapple syrup. Om nom nom!

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Date: 2012-08-01 01:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] canis-lupus03.livejournal.com
ugh, porridge... gross! I agree, I don't like the texture either. I'm not even a fan of muesli with milk, 'cause it makes the oats too soft and squishy after, like, 2 minutes! Now, muesli with yoghurt or Quark (Greek yoghurt, I think you non-Germans call it), that's nice, ^^
Mmm, maple syrup! Waffles, waffles are missing in that list! Also... what's German style French toast? ^^
Also, I love the sky in your last pic... sure, it's probably gonna drop water on your head, but aren't the clouds just amazingly beautiful?
Edited Date: 2012-08-01 01:03 am (UTC)

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Date: 2012-08-01 11:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Mhh, museli!

Greek yoghurt is more like super-fat yoghurt. Quark is sold as quark but it's not widely available. I have to have a look the next time I manage to get to the Tesco superstore (it's a bit far).

The traditional German 'French Toast' (Arme Ritter) would be to cut not-so-fresh white bread or Broetchen into slices, give them a quick soak in red wine, cover in beaten eggs with milk and fry. So, basically the same thing as French toast with added booze ;)

The sky looks frequently like this but it only rains maybe 1 out of 5 times. It didn't rain at all the day I took that picture. Must be the proximity to the sea.

By the way, you were interested in moving to Ireland, right? I found a way to transport household things, books, etc. relatively cheaply. It's all about ditching your furniture. Rent something furnished, pack the things you know you will need and want to keep in boxes, have a forwarding company pack everything on pallets and ship the stuff as 'goods' rather than a whole household. Worked brilliantly!

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Date: 2012-08-01 12:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] canis-lupus03.livejournal.com
It's fascinating how different countries come up with different dairy products, isn't it? And only the Germans, it seems, invented quark, ^^ How does the rest of the world make cheese cake?? Right, they use actual cheese... which is strange! ^^
Yep, that's me, maybe moving to Ireland, ^^ In fact, I'll be on the phone about that in just a short little while *is excited* Cool, thanks for the tip! I was planning to ditch my furniture anyway, and everything else is already on pallets... Where do I find such a company? Does any regular old "Spedition" do?

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Date: 2012-08-01 02:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
They use Frischkaese. Strange, I agree :)

Wow, already on pallets? How so? I certainly didn't have any lying around just for such an occassion, LOL

It depends, I went through a whole lot of 'Speditionen' until I found the one that I liked and could afford. I selected them because they offered to store all of our stuff, when we still had a lot, for about 100 Euro per month, while other companies wanted more than 1000 Euro per month. Insane!

Now it cost me 900 Euro to send an entire household of four people over. It would have been so much more expensive to buy everything new!

By the way, you might not want to take pillow and duvet covers with you if you are not also sending your pillows - it's likely that the sizes are different.

The Spedition made a contact with another forwarding company that they are affiliated with but I paid to them.

They are Berlin-based, so I don't know whether/how they could help you but this is their web site:

http://www.bk-trans.com/

You can ask for Herrn Kuester, if you would like to give them a call or send them an email.

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Date: 2012-08-01 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] canis-lupus03.livejournal.com
Cheese in cheesecake, very strange indeed!
I've been volunteering in Ireland, so I don't have a flat and my stuff's on a friend's hayloft, ^^ And since they're running a cereal mill, they had pallets lying around...
Thanks for all the info!

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Date: 2012-08-01 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Considering that Quark is called Weisskaese in Berlin, the mystery of the Kaesekuchen might be solved after all ;)

That's brilliant! Did they stretch your boxes in or have the facilities to do so?

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Date: 2012-08-01 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reynardo.livejournal.com
Meh - each to their own for the porridge. It was a winter treat for us here, so I love the stuff. Bit of butter, sprinkle of dark brown sugar, slurp of milk, and it keeps you warm for ages. On the other hand, my husband tells of an SCA clan who made "War Porridge" - thick stuff that only a true warrior could eat. It is said that at the end of one Pennsic they nailed a handful of the stuff to a tree with just one nail, and the next year the porridge was still there...

I'm also a fan now of "Skirl-in-the-pan" which is basically frying up your leftovers with some chopped onion in butter, and adding a small handfull of oats. Again, warm and filling.

But hey, if we all liked the same foods, how boring the world would be.

In other news, I am *SO* jealous - those lava flows look so fresh!

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Date: 2012-08-01 11:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Oooh!

I'll have to try that Skirl-in-the-pan!

Lava flows? Am I missing something?

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Date: 2012-08-01 12:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reynardo.livejournal.com
Much of your local landscape is volcanic, and was part of the area seen by Hutton and other early geologists who went "hang on a second - this looks just like (other volcanic region)..." I recognised the Salisbury Crags immediately as being columnar basalt (the vertical "pipes" you can see in your photo) because we have the local "Organ Pipes National Park" with a similar feature.

And I'm still jealous.

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Date: 2012-08-01 02:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Cool, I'll have to impress geologist!nephew with that!

You know that loads of Brits (and Germans for that matter) are terribly jealous of anybody living iun Australia?

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Date: 2012-08-01 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scarletladyy.livejournal.com
I am loving these pics! :)

Not surprised you don't get the appeal with porridge! Never tried it, but it looks bloody awful lol

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Date: 2012-08-02 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Thank you!

I think I might try once more with milk but if that doesn't turn cooked oatmeal into a delicacy, that will be the extent of my experimentation with porridge.

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Date: 2012-08-02 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Thank you!

We've been here for two weeks and it already feels so much longer!

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Date: 2012-08-03 09:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] colonelperry42n.livejournal.com
I will make it there one day. . .that's been my number one place to live since I was 18. . .maybe one day :-)

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Date: 2012-08-03 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Awww!

You can do it!

How is the desert treating you?

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Date: 2012-08-03 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] colonelperry42n.livejournal.com
very hot! different and interesting culturally, but otherwise boring. . .

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Date: 2012-08-07 11:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-of-clunn.livejournal.com
Meh, these countries are like that.

'Doing things' whatever they might be are more often than not not culturally accepted, not available or forbidden.

*sigh*

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Date: 2012-08-08 08:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] tuawahine.livejournal.com
And also, pretty pictures!
I badly want to be in Scotland now.

As for porridge, I kind of like it on cold, rainy days, but I cook it only half as long as the recipes say, so the oats are still recognisable. And I put lots of honey or maple sirup in it.

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