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About Richard

Expat and traveller now living back in England. I now call Easington Colliery, County Durham home. My interests include cooking, travel, wine, beer and photography.

Ekaterina hewejat9fv2gquo@jetable.org colombimaurizio@aliceposta.it

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I know that now many people met love in internet. So I decide too to use this way. I like you and I decided to get acquainted with you.
Who know maybe we have chance. Like all other people online. I want to say that I search only for serious, long term relation.
I m not interesting just in chat, games or virtual romance. I do not want to waste my time for this.
All that I want is to find person with whom I can be happy for the rest of my life.
?an you tell me some information about you, your life, please.
If you have latest photo I will be glad to see it.
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Dehydrating Apples

For yonks I’ve wanted a dehydrator, and this year I decided to spend the birthday money that my Mother gave me, on purchasing one.
Being a newbie to all things dehydrating, I opted for a budget dehydrator, as I didn’t want to waste money on something that may end up collecting dust in a cupboard.
I ordered a Digital Food Dryer & Dehydrator, which cost a penny under £40, from Amazon UK.

The dehydrator arrived the next day, but I was unable to get dehydrating because I still needed to purchase some citric acid, which I also ordered via Amazon UK.

When the citric acid finally arrived I thought I would start simple, so I dehydrated some apples.
dehydrating apples
To start the process I peeled and sliced the apples, and then left them to soak in a water and citric acid bath for 10 minutes.
dehydrating apples
I then drained the apple slices, and placed them on the trays in the dehydrator.
dehydrating apples
I put the lid on the dehydrator, set the timer to 12 hours and the temperature to 60 centigrade, and left it to do its magic over night.
dehydrating apples
The next morning I had a look at the apples. Some of the slices still seemed a bit soft, so I put the dehydrator back on for a further 2 hours, and that did the trick. The apple slices were perfectly dry and ready to eat.
dehydrating apples
My first attempt at dehydrating turned out very well, and I will be trying various other fruits, and also some savoury foods including tomatoes and mushrooms in the next few days.

Treasures of County Durham

On my third trip out with my metal detector, I struck gold. O.K. that may be a bit of an exaggeration but I did find three bits of metal.
Hence forth these will be called my Bronze Age Collection, well at least that is what I’m going to call them when I put them for sale on Ebay LOL
I have a funny feeling I’ll be finding more bits of scrap metal. It won’t go to waste. It is going to be put in a glass jar and displayed next to our sea glass collection.
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photiadou_elli04@gmail.com Elli Photiadou elliphotiadou40@gmail.com

Hahaha. I’ve not had one of these scam emails in a good while. I wonder how many millions Elli Photiadou would offer me, if I could be bothered to reply.
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Good morning,

I have sent invitation to you on many occasion on Linked_In, while trying to connect with you but without success, because i have an idea that will be of interesst to you.

I am Elli Photiadou, Secretary Board of Directors with Piraeus Bank, Cyprus.I am contacting you with my personal mail box.

Please respond to my email if you would like more information.

Looking forward to your kind and postive response.

Regards,

Elli Photiadou elliphotiadou40@gmail.com photiadou_elli04@gmail.com
Secretary Board of Directors
Piraeus Bank(Cyprus) Ltd
25, kolonakiou ave. , Zavos Kolonakiou Centre, Off. 101 block A, 4103 Limassol, Cyprus

Treasure Hunting in East Durham – My First Foray – Seben Deep Target Metal Detector

A little while ago I won £100.
I could have spent it on lots of wine and beer, but instead decided to invest my win in a metal detector.
The basic model I chose is the Fully automatic Seben Deep Target Metal Detector.
I thought wine today, or gold and silver everyday – a positive attitude is always a good thing.
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My first foray into treasure hunting was a trip down to the local beach here in Easington Colliery. Despite being convinced I’d find a chest full of old gold coins, I came away empty handed, but at least it give me a chance to get used to using my new metal detector.

The next morning Mrs. R, Barley, and I headed up the coast to Hawthorn Dene and Hawthorn Burn.
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Once the 3 of us had clambered down to the beach, I went into full ‘treasure hunter mode’. Barley went into full ‘find a dead fish and roll in it mode’. Barley was a lot more successful then I was.
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The metal detector did register a really strong signal at one point. I told myself, this is it, untold treasures are just under the sand. After lots and lots of digging, I found a large piece of slag metal. It must of weighed at least 4kg+. I would have kept it, but did not fancy humping it on the 45 minute walk back home.
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Day one and two of being a treasure hunter have yielded zero treasure.
So, maybe I should have spent the money on beer and wine.
Anyone want to swap a hardly used Fully automatic Seben Deep Target Metal Detector for a few bottles of wine?
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I will endeavour with the treasure hunting.
There must be ‘Gold in them thar hills’.

Olga – olennkkaa@yandex.com = Scam

Hello my new dear friend!!!
How are you doing?
To tell the truth, I am trying to be acquainted trough Internet first time in my life so I don’t really know what I should write but I will try.
Fisrt of all I want to explain where did I find your e-mail address.
I went to agency of acquaintance and said that I want to find a serious man through the Internet.
I want to destroy the loneliness and to find the good person who, as well as me will want to share all pleasure of life.
So they gave me your e-mail address and said that you are also trying to find a good and serious partner in life.
So let’s communicate!
I want to tell you just a little bit about me.
My name is Olga. I am 29. I am from Russia. I hope you don’t mind that I am not from your country.
My height is 5,7. My weight is 121,25 pounds.
I have 2 high educations and now work by my diploma. I work in a computer store. I am selling computers and other staff.
So you see I don’t have any difficulties to write you e-mails. What are you doing in life? What is your occupation?
I have never been married and I don’t have any children.
I hope you don’t mand if I ask you some questions?
How old are you?
Where are you from?
Have you ever been married?
Do you have children?
What kind of relations are you trying to find?
I also want to send you some of my photos for you to understand who is talking to you. Hope you will like it.
I am looking forward to hearing from you soon. Please write me back.
Have a nice day!
Warm wishes, Olga. olennkkaa@yandex.com rosannascimia@aliceposta.it

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Easington Colliery Caravanning Club

Do you want the dystopian holiday of a lifetime?
If the answer to that question is yes, then you should head to Easington Colliery.

We can offer wonderfully unsafe pitches for your prized caravan.
Easington Colliery
Easington Colliery
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No visit to Easington Colliery would be complete without a walking tour of the A and B streets, where you can admire the fine collection of burned out houses. There are also many properties boasting smashed or boarded-up windows, rubbish filled yards, and the remains of wheelie bin fires.
But please be careful not to tread in the generously deposited dog shit, and broken glass on the pavements and roads, and on no account take any back home with you for a souvenir of your fabulous holiday – that would spoil the area for other visitors, and residents alike.
Anthony Street, Easington Colliery
Baldwin Street, Easington Colliery
If the walking tour leaves you a little weary, there are always countless sofas and armchairs scattered about, where you can rest your aching bones, and admire the scenery, as some of the sofas are conveniently placed in prime locations with views of the North Sea.
Easington Colliery
One thing we all look forward to on a holiday is trying the local cuisine, and getting gastroenteritis.
Have no fear. We have that covered.
Seaside Lane is awash with take-aways. You may even get lucky and find a free deep-fried rat with your meal.

Wynyard Hall, Farmers Market

On a overcast Sunday in the middle of March, we decided to pay a visit to the Farmers Market at Wynyard Hall, (Wynyard, Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham TS22 5NF).
It was the first market of the season, and the first that we had ever visited at Wynyard Hall.
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
Being early birds we turned up at 9am, which was the time the market was due to open.
Most of the stalls holders were ready for business, with just a few who were yet to finish displaying their products, so we had a little wander in the grounds of Wynyard Hall to kill some time before all of the goods were ready to be sold.
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
Once the farmers market was fully up and running, we started buying anything and everything that took our fancy, like a couple of food starved zombies.
Well, maybe not zombies, but the food dispossessed. It has been a long Winter.
The first items to go into our shopping bag was a couple of loaves of bread, from The Moody Baker http://www.themoodybaker.co.uk
Once one has purchased bread, what could be more important than beer?
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
The answers to the above question is lots of beer.
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
Next into the shopping bag was 7 bottles of beer, from Three Brothers Brewing Co http://threebrothersbrewing.co.uk Unit 4
Clayton Court
Bowesfield Crescent
Stockton-On-Tees
TS18 3QX
Tel: 01642 678084 )
Seven bottles of beer loaded into our shopping bag (3 Short and Stout, 2 Brew No.1, and 2 Malt-Teaser) we moved on to peruse the next stall.
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
With Mothers Day just around the corner, I thought I’d better get something for the old gal.
What do you buy your 80 year old mother. Well, I thought I could not go wrong with some soap from TOC Aromatherapy http://www.tocaromatherapy.co.uk and some biscuits from The Sawley Kitchen http://www.sawleykitchen.co.uk
Laura did not want to be left out of this gift buying extravaganza, so she picked up a small, and reassuringly expensive (£6.50) bag of Luxury Bolivian Dark Chocolate Truffles from the Itzamna’s Cocoa.  http://www.itzamnascocoa.co.uk
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
You cannot have a successful day shopping unless it involves purchasing some meat, and what better meat than pork.
These sausages and black puddling are from Wrefords Farm (Fleming Field Farm, Shotton Colliery, Durham DH6 2JD) which is only a few miles from our house. Now that is what I call eating local.
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
Nothing goes better with sausages and black pudding than some nice fresh eggs. We picked up 6 duck eggs, and a couple of goose eggs, from The Clucking Pig http://www.thecluckingpig.com
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
Also into our shopping bag went some cheese. A Teesdale Curd from Teesdale Cheesemakers http://www.teesdalecheesemakers.co.uk and a blue style cheese and a goats cheese from Laceys Cheese https://laceyscheese.co.uk
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
Just when we thought the day could get no better we were handed a free bag from Northern Dales Farmers’ Market http://www.northerndalesfarmersmarkets.com/ the folks who runs lots of farmers markets up here in the North East England.
Blog post by Richard Randall