Alan Morris general blogs.

These blogs are just general thoughts, ideas, references & general things that do not fit into other sections of my website.

Roasted red peppers.

Roast Pepper, Tomato & Coconut Soup.

During the colder months I do enjoy my home cooked soups & the easier they are to make the better. This Roast pepper, tomato & coconut soup is very easy & very tasty. I spiced it a bit by adding some chillie flakes but you can simply miss them out.

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Stages of a diet.

Fasting diet update.

I have been trying to lose weight for a long time & have had different results at different times. I have now been doing the 16/8 intermittent fasting diet for two weeks.

Read more: 2 week diet update

Two broken hearts.

Childhood crushes.

Last night I had a strange dream where I swept back in time right to my first days at the Kennedy Avenue Infant school in Fareham & quickly passed through to Kennedy Avenue Junior school in Fareham.

Read more: Childhood crushes.

Stages of a diet.

16/8 Intermittent fasting diet.

I have been trying to lose weight for a long time & have had different results at different times. During the lockdown period, it has been difficult to lose weight because of the limitations on moving around & the simple boredom making me eat more.

Read more: 16/8 Intermittent fasting dieting.

COVID 19 scientists.

A scientific conspiracy theory.

A world-famous scientist Dr Bunsen Honeydew & his learned assistant Beaker have published a new theory concerning the Coronavirus.

Read more: Scientific conspiracy theory for COVID19.

Chicken breast.

Honey Garlic Chicken Breast.

I made this honey garlic chicken breast at home today. It was quick easy & tasted fantastic, I will definitely be making it regularly.

Read more: Honey Garlic Chicken Breast.

No Fences album cover.

No Fences by Garth Brooks.

My friend Alan Bond challenged me to post ten album covers, one a day for 10 days without explaining why they were special to me. Not being a stickler for rules I will post the ten album covers, but I will also say why I chose them. Today's album is No fences by Garth Brooks. I have also added a listing of the tracks on the album & a video of one of the tracks on it. I haven't stuck to the rules & will not nominate anyone else. I hope you like my choices.

Read more: No Fences by Garth brooks.

Legend album cover.

Legend by Bob Marley.

My friend Alan Bond challenged me to post ten album covers, one a day for 10 days without explaining why they were special to me. Not being a stickler for rules I will post the ten album covers, but I will also say why I chose them. Today's album is Legend by Bob Marley. I have also added a listing of the tracks on the album & a video of one of the tracks on it. I haven't stuck to the rules & will not nominate anyone else. I hope you like my choices.

Read more: Legend by Bob Marley.

Unplugged & seated album cover.

Unplugged & Seated by Rod Stewart.

My friend Alan Bond challenged me to post ten album covers, one a day for 10 days without explaining why they were special to me. Not being a stickler for rules I will post the ten album covers, but I will also say why I chose them. Today's album is Unplugged & Seated by Rod Stewart. I have also added a listing of the tracks on the album & a video of one of the tracks on it. I haven't stuck to the rules & will not nominate anyone else. I hope you like my choices.

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Elvis in Concert album cover

Elvis live in Concert live. 

My friend Alan Bond challenged me to post ten album covers, one a day for 10 days without explaining why they were special to me. Not being a stickler for rules I will post the ten album covers, but I will also say why I chose them. Todays album is Elvis live in concert. I have also added a listing of the tracks on the album & a video of one of the tracks on it. I havent stuck to the rules & will not nominate anyone else. I hope you like my choices.

Read more: Elvis live in Concert.

Glen Campbell album cover.

Glen Campbell 20 all time greatest hits.

My friend Alan Bond challenged me to post ten album covers, one a day for 10 days without explaining why they were special to me. Not being a stickler for rules I will post the ten album covers, but I will also say why I chose them. Todays album is Glen Campbell 20 all time greatest hits. I have also added a listing of the tracks on the album & a video of one of the tracks on it. I havent stuck to the rules & will not nominate anyone else. I hope you like my choices.

Read more: Glen Campbell 20 all time greatest hits.

If You Love Me (Let Me Know), Olivia Newton John album cover.

If You Love Me (Let Me Know), Olivia Newton John.

My friend Alan Bond challenged me to post ten album covers, one a day for 10 days without explaining why they were special to me. Not being a stickler for rules I will post the ten album covers, but I will also say why I chose them. Todays album is If You Love Me Let Me Know by Olivia Newton John. I have also added a listing of the tracks on the album & a video of one of the tracks on it. I havent stuck to the rules & will not nominate anyone else. I hope you like my choices.

Read more: If You Love Me (Let Me Know), Olivia Newton John.

David Bowie, Hunky dory album cover.

Hunky Dory by David Bowie.

My friend Alan Bond challenged me to post ten album covers, one a day for 10 days without explaining why they were special to me. Not being a stickler for rules I will post the ten album covers, but I will also say why I chose them. Todays album is Hunky Dory by David Bowie. I have also added a listing of the tracks on the album & a video of one of the tracks on it. I havent stuck to the rules & will not nominate anyone else. I hope you like my choices.

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Status Quo, Twelve Gold Bars album cover.

Twelve Gold Bars by Status Quo.

My friend Alan Bond challenged me to post ten album covers, one a day for 10 days without explaining why they were special to me. Not being a stickler for rules I will post the ten album covers, but I will also say why I chose them. Todays album is Twelve Gold Bars by Status Quo. I have also added a listing of the tracks on the album & a video of one of the tracks on it. I havent stuck to the rules & will not nominate anyone else. I hope you like my choices.

Read more: Twelve Gold Bars by Status Quo.

Showaddywaddy greatest hits album 1976/78

Showaddywaddy Greatest hits 1976/78.

My friend Alan Bond challenged me to post ten album covers, one a day for 10 days, without explaining why they were special to me. Not being a stickler for rules I will post the ten album covers, but I will also say why I chose them. Todays album is Showaddywaddy Greatest Hits 1976/78. I have also added a listing of the tracks on the album & a video of one of the tracks on it. I havent stuck to the rules & will not nominate anyone else. I hope you like my choices.

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Boney M - Night Flight to Venus.

Night Flight to Venus by Boney M.

My friend Alan Bond challenged me to post ten album covers, one a day for 10 days without explaining why they were special to me. Not being a stickler for rules I will post the ten album covers, but I will also say why I chose them. Todays album is Night Flight to Venus by Boney M. I have also added a listing of the tracks on the album & a video of one of the tracks on it. I havent stuck to the rules & will not nominate anyone else. I hope you like my choices.

Read more: Night Flight to Venus by Boney M.

Apples, sultanas & raisins.

Apple, raisin & sultana crumble.

My favourite sweet as a kid was my nan's apple crumble & custard. I haven't had one for a while so I thought I would have a go at making one. This is my version of an old favourite.

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Dancing ladies.

105th Birthday Party.

It is not often that you get invited to a 105th birthday party, so when I got invited to my friends Jo, Shellie & Marion's birthday party at La Playa bar in Los Alcazares of course I went.

Read more: 105th Birthday Party.

Recycling bins.

Los Alcazares recycling bins.

After talking to a few people about recycling the household waste in Los Alcazares I thought I would find out what you can put in the many different colored recycling bins located throughout Los Alcazares.

Read more: Recycling in Los Alcazares.

Alan Morris on a segway.

Ride a Segway.

I think the first time I saw a Segway was on the television. It was a policeman riding one somewhere & I thought straight away that I had to have a go. I have managed to ride a Segway several times now & if I had the money I would buy myself one. They really are fun and easy to use once you have got the hang of them.

Read more: Ride a Segway.

Cliff diving.

Cliff Diving.

I remember seeing Elvis diving off a cliff in one of his films & thinking how cool it would be to have a go. The reality was a bit less fun & I would advise anyone not to try this one. That said I have done it, although it could have been the last thing I did.

Read more: Cliff Diving.

Alan Morris on the Great Wall of China.

Walk the Great Wall of China.

As a small boy I was fascinated by Marco Polo and have always been interested in visiting China. One of the things I had on my bucket list was to walk a section of the Great Wall of China. The pictures of it that I had seen on the television, in magazines books and on the internet always made it look a great place to visit.

Read more: Great Wall of China.

Alan Morris at Machu Picchu.

Visit Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu was one of the places my dad always wanted to go and never went to because of ill health. Because of my dad I started looking into Machu Picchu to see what it was, where it was and why it was he wanted to go there.

Read more: Visit Machu Picchu.

Jasper National Park.

Visit Jasper National Park.

My mum & dad both went to Jasper National Park in Canada, on one of their holidays & once I saw the photos of them there, I immediatly put it on my bucket list.

Read more: Visit Jasper National Park.

Elephant family.

Elephant Nature Park.

The Elephant Nature Park is a unique project set in the Chiang Mai province in Northern Thailand. It was established in the 1990’s & it's aim is to provide sanctuary & to be a rescue centre for elephants. 

Read more: Visit Elephant Nature Park.

Eiffel Tower, Paris.

Visit the Eiffel Tower.

My mum would have told you that I have already been up the Eiffel Tower as she was pregnant with me when she visited it in 1966 but I would like to go again and get a better view this time. Strangely as I live relatively close to France & Paris I have never made it as an adult to Paris to have a look round.

Read more: Visit Eiffel Tower.

Petra in Jordan.

Visit Petra.

Petra is a historical & archaeological city in the southern Jordanian governorate of Ma'an that is famous for its rock cut architecture and water conduit system. Another name for Petra is the Rose City due to the color of the stone out of which it is carved.

Read more: Visit Petra.

Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Visit Angkor Wat.

Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. It was originally founded as a Hindu temple for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple toward the end of the 12th century.

Read more: Visit Angkor Wat.

Chichen Itza in Mexico.

Visit Chichen Itza.

Chichen Itza in Mexico is a place that I have only ever seen on the television but is a place that as soon as I saw it I thought I had to make a visit.

Read more: Visit Chichen Itza

Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

Dive the Great Barrier Reef.

I have always loved swimming & have always been fascinated by documentaries on the Great Barrier Reef off of Queensland, Australia. It still is one of the places on my bucket list. I have been scuba diving of the Florida Keys and loved it but it has been an ambition to go scuba diving on The Great Barrier Reef for as long as I can remember.

Read more: Dive Great Barrier Reef.

Sanctuary of the Virgin of Hope.

Sanctuary of the Virgin of Hope.

I recently saw the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Hope on the Internet & thought it looked a great place. I can't believe it is so close to where I live & that I have not heard of or seen anything about it before.

Read more: Sanctuary of the Virgin of Hope.

Kaleto Fortress at Belogradchik in Bulgaria.

Visit Kaleto Fortress.

The Kaleto Fortress is an ancient fortress located on the north slopes of the Balkan Mountains, close to the northwestern Bulgarian town of Belogradchik & is one of the best preserved strongholds in Bulgaria. The fortress walls are over 2 metres thick in the foundation & reach up to 12 metres in height. There are three separate fortified yards that are connected with each other through gates. The fortress has a total area of 10,210 square metres.

Read more: Visit Kaleto Fortress.

Chilli con carne ingredients

Chilli Con Carne.

I had a look at several recipes & couldn't decide which to use so I mixed and matched between several that I liked & came up with my own Chilli con Carne recipe. This made enough for six portions of chilly. I wouldn't say it is really hot as I prefer taste over heat but it will warm you up on a cold night. This chilli recipe is great with homemade chips or rice, I have tried it with both.

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Leek & potato soup ingredients.

Leek & Potato Soup.

When I woke up this morning I decided to make this leek & potato soup. I trundled off to the bank on the Sharky mobile, then after withdrawing some money & feeling very cold, it was only 11 centigrade, I continued up to the supermarket to buy some missing ingredients. On the way home I stopped off for a tostado & an Asiatico coffee to warm me up before going home. Now after a warm cup of orange & cinnamon tea I am feeling warmer and ready to get on with it.

Read more: Potato & Leek Soup.

Butternut squash & carrot soup ingredients.

Butternut Squash & Carrot Soup.

This recipe for Butternut Squash & Carrot soup is based on a recipe that my good friend John Cole gave me. I took his recipe & I just spiced the basic Squash & Carrot soup recipe up a little bit. I'm very sorry for not sticking to the original recipe Chef John but I wanted to give it a twist & this soup recipe definitely warmed the cockles of my heart.

Read more: Butternut Squash, Carrot Soup.

Pig cheek recipe ingredients

Slow Cooked Pig Cheeks.

A while ago I ate pig cheeks in a local restaurant & thought I would buy some to try & cook them myself at home. I hunted around for a recipe & couldnt find anything I liked so I came up with this, I will try anything once.

Read more: Slow cooked pig cheeks.

Cauliflower heads.

Cauliflower, Cheese Soup.

I never used to eat cauliflower, from my childhood I remembered it as a horrible vegetable but I saw lots of recipes for it & thought I would give it a go. Once I had done it I decided it tasted lovely & have now made it a few times. This is the very simple recipe that I use for my slow cooker. You can play around with the type & amount of cheese you put in it. I cook the soup in a slow cooker as it is easy to leave on & have when you return from a day out.

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Bowl of chicken & vegetable soup.

Chicken, Vegetable Soup.

This soup is a beautiful healthy soup ideal for colder days or if you aren't feeling well. It tastes so good I will be catching every cold I can to give me an excuse to eat it. I first made the broth before adding chicken & vegetables to complete the soup.

Read more: Chicken & Vegetable Soup

Dog in a dog show.

Dog show 2020.

For the last four years, I have been living next to the beach in Los Alcazares & this is the fourth year there has been a dog show outside my apartment.

Read more: 2020 Los Alcazares dog show.

Mardi Gras parade.

Mardi Gras Parade.

I wasn't sure I would go to see tonight's parade in Los Alcazares but as I sat at home there was a power cut & I had no television, no radio, no lighting & no cold beer.

Read more: Mardi Gras Carnival, Los Alcázares 2020

Floods in Los Alcazares.

Floods in Los Alcazares.

In  2018 & 2019 Los Alcazares had two or three heavy storms. This included the Grota Fria event, which caused mass damage, loss of life & many people to find themselves homeless.

Read more: Floods in Los Alcazares

Alan Morris on a Norwegian airways flight.

Orlando May 2019.

In 2019 I sold one of my apartments in Florida & looked what the cheapest way to send money back to invest in my pension fund would be. Due to the American banking system & telephone networks it worked out cheaper to fly out to Florida for a two week holiday & to go in to my bank in person to make the transfer. This is the story of my trip to Orlando in Florida in 2019.

Read more: Orlando May 2019.

Caldero day on the beach in Los Alcazares.

Caldero day 2018.

Caldero day is on the same day every year, the 12th of October. Living right next to the beach I get to see a lot of the festivities but also how hard the people work going to set things up before most people ever get there. The weather on the day of the Caldero was really good and people got off to a very early start setting up.  

Read more: Los Alcázares Caldero Day 2018.

SPICES boys.

SPICES Meal.

SPICES is a group of friends that once a month go out for a meal at an Indian or Chinese restaurant. Sampling food from many of the areas best restaurants, the idea of the night is for lots of male bonding, laughing & story telling. Tonight was the first night I had managed to join up with the group.

Read more: SPICES night out.

Quironsalud hospital.

Hospital Stay 2018.

I have left it a little while to write anything about my visit & stay in hospital in September because I have realised where hospital visits are concerned some things are written because you are scared or worried & that it is better to write about it when you have been released from hospital & have had more time to consider it.

Read more: Quironsalud hospital 2018.

Gout image.

Gout.

For quite a while I have been suffering from severe pain in my foot & after a while did a typical self diagnosis using friends advice & the all powerful knowledge of Google.

Read more: Gout.

Horses pulling a carriage.

Horse & Carriage Parade 2018.

Every year during the summer, the Murcian farmers parade from Murcia to Los Alcazares in their horse-drawn carriages, Luckily for me, they go along the beachfront right outside my apartment. 

Read more: Horse & Carriage Parade 2018

Trombone player.

Berber raids parade.

Every year in Los Alcazares one weekend is taken up with street markets, shows & a parade all commemorating the Berber raids in the areas history. These images are all from the parade held in Los Alcazares in 2018, by the different groups involved in this annual celebration.

Read more: Berber Parade 2018.

Canine roundworm.

Dog mess.

I do a lot of walking & I am getting fed up with the amount of dog mess I constantly see on the pavement, roads, parks & beaches around the town. Whilst I realize that all of the people I know clean up after there pets it is quite obvious that there is a dangerous gang of non-pooper scoopers marauding around the town I live in & the places I visit.

Read more: Dog Mess & Toxocariasis

Prawn & Artichoke on toast tapas.

Ruta de la tapas 2018. 

Los Alcazares has, for the last many years held a 'Ruta de la Tapa' where lots of the local restaurants produce special tapas for people to try.

Read more: Tapas Route 2018.