Just call me q

A woman contemplating life, incognito

A #Euro Vegan Shepherds Lasagne…


Two weekends ago I invented a EuroVeganShepherdsLasagne and I have to say it was delicious. Oh, don’t worry, no shepherds were hurt in the process although I did boil a fair few green lentils to within an inch of their lives but they didn’t mind… because they’re lentils.

The Long Version…

Anyway, let me tell you how this culinary masterpiece came about. Yes, because, you see, I’ve always been a bit of a ‘vege.’ Why, I remember as a teen eating nut loaf with all the trimmings for Christmas dinner.

A Rather Scary Incident

Simple picture of a fish-finger, a bone shaped like a tree branch and a mouth

Then, as a student, I became a dedicated pescatarian until a rather scary incident involving a fish-finger, a bone the size of a tree branch and the soft fleshy part at back of my mouth; and I stopped for a couple of months.

Chomping Down On Drum-Sticks

And all throughout my adulthood I’ve had a very strange relationship with chicken. One day I’d be chomping down on a plateful of drum-sticks and then flinging the remains over my shoulder; and the next day I’d be heaving at the mere mention of the word ‘chicken.’ (I put it down to me having a pet chicken as a little girl and three hens when I was in my mid-twenties.)


Simple picture of four chickens

But it was one cold October nearly two years ago, when I collected Floppydopolous, Semi, Fork and Pam from the British Hen Welfare Trust that I decided enough was enough; vegetarianism/veganism was definitely the path that I wanted to go down. And…

The Short Version…

Oh, you wanted the short version? Oh, well, the short version is I didn’t have much food in the house last Saturday night so I decided to make a ‘vege’ lasagne while watching the Eurovision. I got distracted when Australia came on (I know it’s not good to have your tea late but sometimes you’ve got to live a little) and I accidentally put a butternut squash mash on top of the lasagne instead of white sauce. That’s it… That’s how I invented the #EuroVeganShepherdsLasagne!

And One More Thing…

Simple picture of a money-off voucher

Oh and, by the way, I did write a letter of complaint to the fish-finger company but – can you believe it? – as a gesture of goodwill they sent me vouchers for more fish-fingers. Mmm, I know. Thoughtless doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Today I Am Thinking About Cute Kitsch Ginger Kittens…

photo of small pink wardrobe door knob with cute kitsch ginger kitten 1950's  transfer

Or – to be precise – my cute and very kitsch handmade pink wardrobe door knobs with 1950’s transfers of a ginger kittens on them.

photo of four small handmade pink wardrobe door knobs with cute kitsch transers of ginger kitten from 1950's

Yes, I made them with my own fair hands. Well, I actually bought the wooden wardrobe door knobs but I did paint them (pink, obviously) and then applied a cute 1950’s transfer (or decal, as they’re called) onto them. Do you like them? No, don’t answer that cos if it’s a ‘no’ then you and me are going to fall out. And that is all I have to say on the matter. Goodbye. Qx

(Oh, and one more thing… do you like them?)

Introducing 2-D Topiary (aka Mowing Shapes On Your Lawn)


Well, I must say that I am very excited to have recently discovered a new and (I think very much) improved way of gardening, thanks to an interesting article that I read by an entomologist called Douglas Boyes called Obsessive Tidiness Disorder.

Yes, he suggested that we learn to stop worrying about the state of our garden/farm-land/public green space and start to love nature in all its messiness instead. (Fine by me; I love messy.)

Photo of two pink Don Featherstone lawn flamingos in a garden
ALL of my garden is messy so I can only show you this bit, soz…

He also said – with reference to our gardens – that if we purposely neaten parts of it (for example, have an area of short grass or tidy edges) then the areas that have been left wild will look acceptable too.

spring flowers grape hyacinths daffodils cartoon

And so, inspired by this fantastic read, I have decided to #saynotothemow in various part of my garden to encourage birds and bees and, well, anything that wants to pop by, really.

Photo of grass with the words #saynotothemow on it

I am also going to fully embrace the idea of 2-D Topiary (I’m gonna trade-mark that, by the way) aka Horizontal Topiary (that too) aka mowing shapes on your lawn (but not that) and I am extremely excited about it.

Cartoon picture of the word 2-D Topiary (with TM beside it)

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go because I’ve got the mower on stand-by and a giant piece of tracing paper in the shape of a flamingo pinned to the back lawn. Yep…Wish me luck!

Cartoon picture of a stick person mowing the lawn with a piece of tracing paper on the grass in the shape of a flamingo