Things I'd Like to Share
Today marks what would have been the 42nd birthday of my teenage best friend, Sheena. Sheena, who lost her swift battle with cancer last Autumn, was in my mind throughout today. Along with others, mutual friend Karen, affectionately known as 'Wurzel' is taking part in A Race For Life in my home town of Bristol this coming weekend where she is hoping to raise £100.00 to help Cancer Research UK fund its into preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer. Today I made a donation in Sheena's memory to help Karen achieve her goal. She's almost there, but needs just a little bit more. If you would like to help Karen too, please visit her web page.
When our lives are touched by the sadness a disease like cancer can cause, it is comforting to be able to share our experiences with others. One blogger who is very special to me is Barbara, from Winos & Foodies, in Australia. In support of Lance Armstrong's Live Strong Campaign, Barbara founded A Taste of Yellow in 2007. This year 179 bloggers joined Barbara in making, eating and writing aout all kinds of delicious foods with a yellow element to help raise awareness about cancer. For my official entry I posted about Oeufs Mayonnaise but actually I had made second yellow item too. Pictured above are Alice Medrich's Very Tangy Lemon Bars which were turned out quite well despite the fact I mistakenly baked them in a larger than recommended baking pan resulting in bars that were thinner than they should have been. In culinary terms, the revelation that came with making this recipe was in the crust. I didn't know that pastry could be so easy and successful. You, yourself, can check out Alice's marvellous crust-making methodology because the recipe is replicated online here.
Please head over to Barbara's Taste of Yellow 2008 roundup to share with the Yellow experiences of hundreds of other bloggers from all over the world:
- A Taste of Yellow, 2008, Roundup Part #1
- A Taste of Yellow, 2008, Roundup Part #2
I will leave you, today, with a picture of a bench that was dedicated to Sheena's memory just a few weeks ago in Wales. Peter Hutchison, a man I have never met, but who found me through my blog because he also shared a connection with Sheena wanted to share the following image and words...
Today on a dull afternoon, later to turn wet, a number of the Gower Society Committee and a larger number of the Gower Society Youth Action group gathered to dedicate a bench in the Ilston Quarry Nature Reserve to Sheena's memory. It is a very nice bench in a very nice spot that Sheena took us to now and again.
Sheena was a magical youth leader and the children adored her. My favourite memory is of her dancing by King Arthur's Stone (a local cromlech,) in a frock that purported to be an imitation of a very old design.
I have never met anyone like her and we miss her at our GSYA meetings. To the children I think it was "Sheena's Club"
© 2008 Sam Breach Things I'd Like to Share