Monday, January 13, 2014

Movie, Riding, Downton Abbey.

WarhorseI finally got to see the movie Warhorse. On TV, so it was full of ads and went on til midnight which I didn’t like, but I thought it was a great movie. OK I am not into film reviews like a lot of blogger buddies, I just like a movie or I don’t and this one I did. Funnily enough Matt wasn’t too keen and went to bed well before it finished. Now I’d like to see it without the ads so I will check it out on iTunes. My favourite scene was in the trenches when the Germans and English both worked together to help the horse. I used to ride as a youngster, but haven’t done so in many years. The last time I did was when we first came to Canada when, with friends, we rented some horses. In the first place I had never ridden Western style so I had no idea what I was doing and they didn’t bother to explain (I didn’t even know there was a difference) and as for Matt they told him not to let his horse’s head drop, but not why. He found out later, the damn thing rolled and luckily it was Matt and he was fit enough to jump off. We never tried that again. Pity really, it was one of the things I expected to be able to do lots of once we came to Canada.

Phew, Downton Abbey was a shock again last night. One of the ladies maids was raped. In fact it was quite an exciting episode, the cook was having a heart attack, his lordship was ripped off by a card shark and Lady Mary was being courted. Everything ended up OK except for the rape victim who is terrified to tell her husband because she thinks he will kill the rapist and he’s been in jail for suspected murder before. As you can see, I was quite affected by it. It looks as though he will get away with it.

Bowling today of course, I do hope I do better than last Thursday. Doesn’t really matter as we both enjoy it very much anyway.

Do you drink smoothies? I do once in a while, but there is always so much. This one they suggest freezing. It’s prime advantage is that it doesn’t contain any dairy ingredients if you should happen to be lactose intolerant..

Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie
WebMD Recipe from

Get your daily dose of dark leafy greens any time of day with this delicious green smoothie. Ground flaxseed adds omega-3s. Pour any extra into a freezer-pop mold and have it later as a frozen green smoothie pop.
  • 2 medium bananas, ripe
  • 1  pear, or apple; ripe, peeled if desired, chopped
  • 2 cups kale leaves, chopped, tough stems removed
  • 1/2 cup orange juice, cold
  • 1/2 cup water, cold
  • 12 ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed, ground
  1. Place bananas, pear (or apple), kale, orange juice, water, ice cubes and flaxseed in a blender. Pulse a few times, then puree until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.
Have a great day
Jo (2)


  1. My wife saw Warhorse recently too, I didn't watch. But she liked it. And I've rode some when I was younger too, went last summer and had a nice time with the family. But those horses were so gentle that a mannequin could have been on their backs and it wouldn't have been any different.

    And I don't watch Downton Abbey, but my mother came by earlier in the day and was talking to my wife all about it, she was quite excited.

    And I went on a juice diet last summer for a few weeks, I found Kale was great for a base in a smoothie because it has almost no calories. If I counted on Bananas or Apples for the shake then I'd be guzzling 1200 calories before I knew it. So mine tended to be mostly Kale, Spinach, Celery, things like that. The stuff that actually tasted good was added at the end just for some flavor.

    1. Pity you missed it, it was a good film. I wish I could say the same for the horses we rode.

      I wonder what your mother thought about last night's episode, silly, it's only a programme, but the rape really upset me.

      Did your juice diet do anything for you?

  2. I like fruit smoothies, but not sure I'd drink one that was green.
    War Horse was a good movie. That was a tough scene to watch when the horse got tangled in the wire.

    1. I'm told they are very good.

      You are so right, the dreadful noise of the horse in trouble too. I couldn't have borne that either if I had been on their lines. I loved the cooperation to free the horse, it was funny when they sent over extra wire cutters.