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Saturday, 21 March 2020


We were supposed to go to London last Thursday, but the Tate Britain museum closed on Tuesday, and it's all getting a bit panicky about this Corona bug thing, so we stayed home.  We lost money on the train ticket there & back but that's all.  Instead, we decided to do the first instalment of a new Cookery Programme.  This is for savoury brioche.  We started off sifting 450g of plain white flour.  That's a lot of flour.....

Then we added in a lot of grated parmesan cheese.  I guess you could use other hard cheese if you wanted to.

Then we added two tablespoons of dried oregano because we had some on the shelf.

and we put in the remnants of powdered Coleman's mustard.  (Usually we put in a teaspoon-worth)

Then added 10g of yeast.

Mix it all together.

We'd left out a pack of butter so it would be softened up - and yes, we used the ENTIRE 250g pack!!

We cut it up into pieces....

And then rubbed it all in bit by bit so it looks a bit like breadcrumbs.

Add four eggs.....

.....and 170ml of milk......

And garlic to taste!

Then mix all of that together!!!

then you need to cover it up and let is rise overnight.

later on we grated up some more parmesan cheese (they didn't have any of the already-grated-parmesan at the supermarket)

then we dolloped a bit of the brioche dough into each section of a 12 pan muffin tin and schlepped some egg over the top of each one....

and sprinkled some parmesan on top!
Then we put that in the oven on gas mark 5 for 30 minutes..... but we put it back in for another 10 minutes because we weren't too sure they were cooked!!!

And TA-DAA!!

Savoury brioche!!!
Who's going to host the next cookery lesson??!!

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Complete collection manhole covers

We found this one at Hampton Court Palace in London, March 2020

Pimlico, London September 2019

London 2019

Above and next four, found in London by Alexander Mackenzie Bear, May 2019

Above found in Gloucester by Alexander MacKenzie Bear

Above, in London May 2019

Above, National Gallery in London

Above, National Gallery, London 2019

Above, London May 2019

Brighton train station, platform 4

London, February 2019

London, January 2019

Above and below found in Portland, Dorset, October 2018

Above, Brighton seafront May 2018

Above, Fleet Street London, May 2018

Above found near Borough Market in London in April 2018

Found near Covent Garden, London on 5 March 2018

The one above and two following, found in London in September 2017

Found in Lewes in June 2017

The one above and the one below both found in Oxford on 25th May 2017

found in Hove February 19th 2017

Found in Hove, October 2016

Found in London in August 2016

 Above and below, found near the Natural History Museum in London in May 2016

 We found these ones in Lewes on 15th March 2016

Found in Brighton near the Royal Pavillion on 28th February 2016

This one we found near the Seven Dials area of Brighton

This one we found at Brighton Station

 The one above and the following three we found in Brunswick Square, Hove in March 2015

we found the one above near the Old Steine on 27th October 2014

 We had a little walk today and found all these.....!!

 This one isn't really a drain, but it's an indoor drain looking item, from the Courtauld Gallery in London!

And that's another indoor drain type object from the Royal Academy in London.
The ones below are the rest of the outdoor manhole cover collection - although about a dozen have gone AWOL since a mistaken removal from my Picassa web album!  I'm hoping I'll find the missing dozen at some point!

 The one above and one below found in Brighton in July 2014

Found the one above in London in June 2014

Above seen near Palmeira Square in Hove in January 2014

 Found in Gower Street, London on 11th May 2013, one above and three below.....

Found in Brighton in April 2013!!

We found this one in London in March 2013!! It's near the St Pancras Youth Hostel.

We found this one in Chichester in August 2012!!

This one we found at the Tower of London in April 2012!!

 Here's some more drain covers that we found in London in October 2011!  This one is near St Paul's Cathedral!

 This one's pretty - I can't remember if we've seen this design before though....!!

This one's a bit like a chequerboard!

And Bob spotted this one on the way to the art shop!  He's a sharp eyed bear, you know!

 The next four are ones we found in Portsmouth!  This one is in the Historic Dockyard!

And this one got poo'd on by a seagull!!

This is an arrow one for the Brunel House in Portsmouth!

These ones are from Brighton and Hove. We went for a walk along the seafront last week, and found some more drain covers!!  This one has holes in it!!!

And this one has lumps!!!

 This one has holes and lines on it....

 And this one is self locking!!!  How does it unlock though???

This one looks a bit like a wagon wheel and has bits of glass in!!

 Oh!  I think this one's my favourite!  It's got a daisy in the middle!!!

 We found another drain cover just with lines on it.

I decided to add my three new found drain covers to the big post of all of them!
This one I found in Rotherhithe, London, last May!

And this one I found near Victoria Station, London, not far from that fancy hotel that Princess Kate stayed in before her wedding!!
(Ed's note: I can't tell if this is the same as the other starburst ones we found in Brighton.....?)

As promised, I've now collected all my drain cover pictures into one post!!! This one is the latest, taken in Brighton, England!

And a round Brighton one with holes in!!

And a rusty Brighton drain cover!!

This one is from Hove in England, and has a starburst on it!

And this one has a lion!!!
Below is my original post all about drain covers in Brighton, England, first posted in September 2010!!!

A couple of weeks ago, me and Andrea went for a walk. I wanted to show her the drain covers I'd noticed - I think because she's higher up, she doesn't see them but they're ever so pretty!! This one has glass in some of it!

This one says "Gas Gas" on it - Andrea says that's You Tilly Tea.

This one's pretty too - I like the squares and diamonds on it!

This one's another You Tilly Tea for Water.

G G. I wonder if that's another gas one? The other gas one we saw was also a square cover...

This one has a sunflower engraved on it!!!

Oh - a rectangular one! Wonder what this is for?

And another one made up of circles!

Oh! More gas ones!! Yeah, I think all the gas ones must be squares. That's how they tell.

That's pretty!

On the way home, we found some more drain cover things. This one says M but Andrea said it might be W for Water.

A triangular one!! I wonder what that does?

It's a Thomas Dudley Meter! I wonder what You Tilly Tea that is? I've never heard of getting Dudley and Thomas Bills.

FP - wonder who that is?

FH Brickhouse. Hmm..... Oh, it's Water.... it says so on the bottom!!

Fire Hydrant.... Andrea says that's for the Fire Engines if they need water to put fires out.

Oh, another little square one - must be gas!

We also saw one with a starburst in!

And another FH Water one! I never knew there were so many shapes and designs!