# Sunday, 13 November 2011

If this article is correct then you might want to consider the music you are listening to when drinking a glass of wine. A study published in the British Journal of Psychology found that people who drink wine whilst listening to music perceive the wine to have the same characteristics of the particular artist. Those drinking Merlot for example should try listening to Tom Jones for the best earthy and full bodied taste experience. Pinot Grigio on the other hand would be best enjoyed when listening to Lady Gaga.

The study looked at 250 students, half of whom were male and half female. They were given either a Cabernet Sauvignon or Chilean Chardonnay and played one of four songs on a loop for 15 minutes. The songs included Carmina Burana by Orff  which was chosen because it is powerful and heavy. The Waltz of the Flowers from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker chosen because it is subtle and refined. Just Can't Get Enough by Nouvelle Vague chosen for being zingy and refreshing and Slow Breakdown by Michael Brook which is mellow and soft. A fifth group drank the wine with no music. The wines were given the highest ratings for being powerful and heavy by those who drank them to the tune of Carmina Burana. Those that listened to Michael Brook rated the wine as mellow and soft more than other tastes. The results of the study showed consistently that emotional connotations of the music influenced the perception of taste.

posted on Sunday, 13 November 2011 12:38:56 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 12 November 2011

I had my 34 week appointment with the midwife earlier this week. Unfortunately it appears the baby is still happily lying in a transverse position, across my stomach rather than turning head down as it should be at this stage. If things don’t change then I will having an additional scan at 36 weeks to check the position. The doctor will then decide whether it is possible to turn the baby or to schedule a caesarean. I guess my main concern at this stage is if I were to go into early labour that the baby cannot be born in this position.  For now I am spending plenty of time on my hands and knees washing floors and weeding, which is supposed to encourage the baby to turn. There is definitely plenty of movement there but she seems determined to stay where she is.

posted on Saturday, 12 November 2011 10:41:46 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

article-2056654-0EA30A5C00000578-368_468x373If this article is to be believed fake eyelashes for men are becoming more popular. Called Guy Lashes they are stocked at stores such as Boots and Harrods and come in thick or fine varieties. They cost just £4.75 a pair, the question is, would you be seen wearing them?

posted on Saturday, 12 November 2011 10:40:15 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 11 November 2011

038The stone mason from Farmington visited this week to fit the new fireplace. Made from natural limestone it has been cut to fit the area exactly and makes a real difference to the room. The colour will change somewhat as the stone dries out and settles and it will be a little while until we can actually use it. We now need the inside of the fireplace to be fitted and within 3 weeks should be able to light our first real fire.

The wood floor is also nearly finished with just under half of it still to do. We hope to have this completed this weekend. Then we need to fit and paint the coving and paint the skirting boards and door frames. The rest of the furniture will come later as we put aside funds to pay for it but for now the bulk of this room is done. Time to start on the nursery.

posted on Friday, 11 November 2011 09:48:42 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 10 November 2011


This is interesting its a device that sits in the pan and stirs the contents allowing you concentrate on other tasks. Called the Robostir it sits in the pan on three metal legs and stirs the ingredients in circular motions. It has three different speeds for different temperatures and thicknesses of recipes. It is suggested for use for making soups, gravy, Bolognese, sauces and curries and is supposed to mean an end to the problem of ending up with the ingredients burnt on the bottom of the pan.

posted on Thursday, 10 November 2011 08:58:08 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 09 November 2011

Laying Floor1FloorSince my last post the decorating has been coming along more quickly. Three coats of white base coat have now been applied to the walls followed by two coats of our chosen colour natural wicker. The ceiling has also had a coat of white ceiling paint. This should now complete the bulk of the painting. We have also started laying the floor, a process that started off going fairly quickly. Until that is, we came to what was the join between the old living room and kitchen, which now runs along the centre of our living room. Unfortunately this part of the floor where the old wall used to be was not level requiring parts of the floor to be chipped out so the new wood floor would lay flat. This process has set us back a little bit in our schedule and we now hope to have the flooring finished this coming weekend but the room is finally starting to look like we have done something. I can finally see an end to the project, whether we will have this and the nursery finished before the baby is due in six weeks time is anyone's guess but I am hopeful that the living room will at least be completed.

posted on Wednesday, 09 November 2011 12:54:53 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 08 November 2011

Kellogg’s will start adding vitamin D to its cereals in an effort to help combat the recent rise in rickets. The disease which was largely wiped out after the Second World War has seen a recent resurgence. It cases softened bones and leaves children with bowed legs. The disease is caused by a lack of vitamin D which the body absorbs from spending time in the sun and eating food such as oily fish and eggs. 82% of paediatric dieticians have seen a rise in cases in the last five years with nearly half seeing cases in the last year. It is thought that doctors are starting to see more cases of the disease because children are spending more time indoors watching TV and playing computer games rather than on outdoor activities. At the same time parents tend to worry about exposing their children to sunlight, covering them in high protection sun creams. Although the move by Kellogg's is only a small change they hope to make it part of all children's cereals across Europe by the end of 2012. Parents are also being encouraged to ensure children get some sun exposure without sunblock and to use vitamin D supplements.

posted on Tuesday, 08 November 2011 09:48:51 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 07 November 2011

If you have a bit of spare cash and want something unusual then you might have been interested in this auction. Among the items up for sale were a large pair of Queen Victoria’s bloomers. They were expected to sell for around £3,000 but actually fetched £9,375. The collection which comes from the contents of Old Battersea House includes other royal artefacts such as furniture and paintings with the bloomers being one of the more unusual items.

posted on Monday, 07 November 2011 09:27:52 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 06 November 2011

The latest annual survey from The British Waterways has shown a 9% rise in bat numbers when compared to last year. It seems bat numbers are increasing along Britain’s canals and rivers. The predicted cold winter could also be good news for bat numbers as it will allow them to hibernate properly. Bats tend to use canals and rivers as corridors to travel and feed before hibernating for the winter. We have certainly seen large numbers of bats in our garden this year, although we are not really near any water sources.

posted on Sunday, 06 November 2011 10:10:10 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback