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Blog redesigned!

Well its on its way!  Two sets of paying guests so far and two booked next week.

Over the next few weeks I will be updating and improving the blog, in particular the Agadir section with info and photos .

Also planning to include our walks in the Atlas mountain foothills.  There are so many great trails, none of them marked or advertised. Today we made it to the Hot springs, unfortunately neither of our trackers worked so we aren’t sure how far we walked, but judging by my feet and two tired dogs – quite a way….It took 4 hours anyhow…..Look forward to sharing the photos with you.

Slow cooker Kleftico style Lamb

Shoulder lamb
2 garlic cloves sliced
Olive oil
2 large onions halved and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons flour
300 ml lamb stock
150 ml white wine
1/2 lemon thinly sliced
1 tablespoon honey
4 sprigs rosemary
50g dates, stoned and halved (prunes work too)
40g raisins
Salt and pepper

First make sure meat will fit in slowcooker, you may have to cut it at the joint

Preheat

Slit through skin and meat of lamb all over and poke in garlic slices. Heat oil and fry lamb on high until browned.  Put two bits rosemary in base if cooker pot and add the lamb.

Fry onions for 5 mins or so, add flour and mix…mixnin wine stick lemin honey. season.

Put in pot, add raisons amd dates rest of rosemary.  Cook for 7 or 8 hours.  Meat pulls apart with a fork so put in middle of table, serve with green beans and plain boiled pots.

Memorandum to all staff – Daily Mail ethics c. 1966

In a week where a UK jury are deliberating on the actions of some members of the press, I share this is a very timely reminder of how far standards have fallen, in my lifetime. Thanks to Dysonology for the original post.

Dysonology

In 1966-7 my Dad got a job as a young reporter for the Daily Mail’s Manchester office, just as it was made Newspaper of the Year. All staff received the memo below from editor Mike Randall.

When Dad sent it to me, he added: “Mike Randall left the paper soon afterwards. It became a tabloid and in ethical terms its downhill slide began. However, I think Randall’s statement still stands as the model of propriety to which all journalists working for all media should aspire.”

I couldn’t agree more – and it’s certainly how I’d hope people expect writers to behave. I’d add though that in the 15 years I’ve been writing, I haven’t noticed nearly as much awareness of the dangers of libel, sensationalism and indiscretion in young journos as was drilled into [my generation of] pre-internet trainees. I don’t think Twitter and the pressure of instant comment helps…

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5 Relationship Tips as Explained by My Cat

love this

Gone Catawampus

Cat and Mouse Pad Cat and Mouse Pad

1. Little Things Show You Care

Whether you are building a relationship with your mate or human, it is important to never take your significant other for granted. Make sure to give them plenty of headbutts and love nips and to purr excessively. Humans cannot hunt for themselves so bring in a bird, mouse, or insect as a treat. Climb all over them as they sleep so you can find that perfect spot. If you fall asleep on their lap, they won’t move for hours so they must be comfortable! When they do try to move, protest. They don’t get enough time for naps. Insist that they remain still (You have to think of their well-being!).

2. Allow for Personal Time

It important to trust your human. Sometimes you need to give them a full 10 seconds before you try to follow them into…

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