It was exciting visiting the Tower. There are 2 lifts and 108 stairs thru the bell chamber. They don’t seem too much, but the draft makes the trip a little uncomfortable, it’s just a feeling as the stairs are 100% safe. On the top I saw I wasn’t the only one unease by the climb. It’s worth it.
When I saw yesterday, on FB, that Schumacher had another accident, this time skying I was shocked and I hope he will recover as always. I remember when he had the accident in 1999, I was watching the race and I told my mother it was Schumacher’s car before it was announced. He had a broken leg and it took time to recover, but he returned that F1 year.
He had other accidents and he recovered from all. Hopefully he will be back on his feet soon. And, hopefully, on the 3rd Jan, he will be able to hear his birthday wishes as every year.
I remember the first race I’ve seen, in 1998 (28 June, I had to search the exact date). It was a Sunday afternoon and I had nothing else to do, unlikely, but I’m glad it happened.
Only by chance I’ve seen the race that already started. It was amazing, I loved everything, the speed of the race, the cars and the winner: Michael Schumacher. After this race, at Magny Cours, I watched from the beginning the one at Silvertone. Schumacher won again, the race was again very interesting and I found everything exciting.
After that, I watched all the other races, never missed one. I start learning about F1 cars and their engines and brakes and chassis and fuel. It was so interesting. I’ve learned the regulations and the points and some F1 history. I was watching Italian TV for the qualifications on Fridays and, as I understand the language, I watched the following discussions after the laps were over. I’ve read F1 magazines.
I was member in a small Michael Schumacher fan club and I was corresponding with a few other members. I even named my first dog Schumy and that was actually very accurate as he was such a speedy runner.
In 2005, with all the regulation changes, I’ve stopped watching the races. It was unfair to Ferrari and I saw no point in having a set of tyres for the entire race. I felt F1 lacked the sparkle it had a few years before.
This weekend we went to MOSI, the Science Museum in Manchester. After time&money wasted at Thinktank in Birmingham I had very low expectations and the fact that it was free (we were asked for a voluntary donation) made a difference.
After visiting it, I can say the two museums can’t be compared. MOSI is very interesting and huge, as the displays are in 5 different buildings. The coffee shop is nice and the brownies are exquisite.
We went to the special exhibition “Brains – the mind as matter”. I think it’s nice, but not very interesting for me, as I already knew almost everything that was on display.
This is what we’ve prepared for this year’s Christmas. Hubby had 2 additional dishes with meat, but I didn’t show them here. Hubby insisted on the Romanian dishes, as he likes them. I preferred the other ones, less traditional.
The next dish is a Romanian classic, dolmades in pickled cabbage leafs. It is served with polenta and sour cream. Usually they are made with mince meat (pork or mixture of pork and beef), but I made them vegetarian, with soy instead of meat.
The sweet bread is made with eggs, milk and sugar. The way I make it is from a family tradition, passed from my great-grandmother to my mother and then to me. A part of the dough is mixed with cacao, unlike the most common recipes. The loaf is filled with walnuts and Turkish delight.
Two different types of mince pies. I wanted to make them myself, but as I would have to buy the mincemeat from the store, it was pointless to make them at home. I found the iced ones a little too sweet. Hopefully, next year I’ll have more time to cook and I’ll try my 1st batch of mincepies with homemade mincemeat.
Yesterday we went to Quarry Bank Mill, near Manchester. Hubby forgot to take the camera, so he took pictures with the phone.
This is the apprentice house. We had a guided tour and it was lovely. The guide told us a lot of interesting facts about the life the workers used to have in the mill. We’ve heard some details about The mill and it sounds very interesting.
In this house used to live 90 apprentices and the superintendent with his wife. The apprentices were mostly orphan girls, taken from when they were 9 years old and forced to work until they reached 18 or sometimes 21. In one bedroom there were 60 girls and they had to work for 12 hours/day for 6 days/week so they could earn their keeping.