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occupying children #2

April 29, 2012

Today it has rained all day. I woke up during the night because the rain was battening the windows so much, and it just hasn’t let up. I know we’re in England and in Devon too, but raining all day? That’s just rude.
Undeterred by the weather, I dragged Arlo out to look at the weir in the morning. He moaned all the way. In really wet weather the weir comes into its own and the noise is tremendous as the water thunders over it.  Today the weir was looking and sounding pretty fantastic and to cap it all there was a seal jumping in the water.
Moaning child transfixed. The seal was entertaining us, splashing at the bottom of the weir and surfacing often so we could get a good look at it. I didn’t have a camera of course.  After a little while the seal surfaced with a large fish in its mouth. The swans looked disdainfully on.
By this time we were really wet so came home for lunch  (a toasted cheese and tomato sandwich). While I was looking in the fridge, the two Bramley apples that have been there for about a month rolled in my direction so I thought we’d use them. The weather is cold enough for a crumble, but it’s practically summer, so I added the last of the frozen raspberries as a concession to the season. Hah!
Apple and raspberry crumble: get a child to peel and chop two large apples into a ovenable dish, and add a a cupful of frozen raspberries. Sprinkle a tablespoon of soft brown sugar over and mix well. In another bowl put 3 heaped tablespoons of flour, 1 heaped tablespoon of oatmeal, 3 heaped tablespoons of porridge oats and a heaped tablespoon of soft brown sugar. Rub together to remove any lumps and then add about 3oz soft butter and rub all together. Cover the apple and raspberry mix with the crumble and bake in a moderate oven for about 45 minutes. Lovely with cream!
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