Mini London Marathon

This morning Shelly and Ron visited and we enjoyed our usual pleasant conversation.
Afterwards Jackie and I drove to Giles’s home in Milford on Sea where, with Jean, we enjoyed a splendid three course lunch, meaning we would need nothing further this evening. The starter was a choice of soups of which mine was Thai fish with lemon grass; followed by fish pie with an onion and peppers salad. Dessert was rhubarb crumble with cream and/or two different ice creams. I chose vanilla ice cream. We all drank Chardonnay, and talked well into the afternoon. One nostalgic topic of conversation was custard powder.
Wikipedia tells us that ‘Bird’s Custard is the brand name for the original powdered, egg-free imitation custard powder, now owned by Premier Foods. Custard powder and instant custard powder are the generic product names for similar and competing products. The product is a cornflour-based powder which thickens to form a custard-like sauce when mixed with milk and heated.’

‘In 1958, the company acquired Monk and Glass, a rival custard powder manufacturer based in London.’ It is this jolly custard that I remembered as my childhood favourite.

Later in the afternoon we sped over to Dibden Purlieu to New Forest Fabrics where Jackie bought some netting to fluff out a petticoat she is making for Poppy’s Christmas fairy dress. The traffic was brought to a halt outside Beaulieu by a group of ponies, two of whom, back to back, were kicking lumps out of each other. As they walked away in opposite directions I marvelled at how they could do that after such a pummelling.

Early this evening I scanned two more colour slides from April 2007. These were of Emily (327) running past Buckingham Palace representing the London Borough of Croydon in the mini London marathon. If my memory serves me rightly this was a distance of something over two miles taking place some time before the major event.


  1. It sounds like you had a lovely day of food, drink, and conversation. I don’t think I’ve ever seen custard powder! Emily doesn’t look tired or winded at all. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Custard powder ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it is still available here – we had Edmonds Custard Powder. Edmonds had a big factory and made all baking related products when I was growing up. I can’t imagine those ponies kicking at each other. I imagine that was a bit scary to see.

  3. I have never been a fan of custard, much preferring ice cream, cream, or condensed milk. That makes me a minority of one. Lovely shot of the Mini-Marathon gallop!

  4. I’m going to look around for custard powder. It’s intriguing to think of how I might use it. The marathon makes me tired just viewing the pictures. I’m not much of a runner. lol Ponies can be such rotten animals to each other. My eldest son’s Shetland pony used to boss around our younger boy’s much larger pony. Thank goodness she never did any damage.

  5. I’ve seen custard powder in stores, at least two brands, but somehow was never interested, as I usually make my own custard as needed. Perhaps I should give it a try…
    It looks like Emily is holding her own in the marathon. Very dynamic photo, Derrick.

  6. Ooh, custard! Been awhile since I’ve made it. I learned to make it from scratch like my mom did.
    Hmm…I’ve never ever heard of custard powder. The tin with the monk on it is cute! I like collecting tins. That would be a fun one to have. ๐Ÿ™‚
    YAY for Emily and the other marathon runners! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Jackie’s Christmas fairy dress for Poppy sounds wonderful! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Kicking ponies! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Yikes!
    HUGS!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I’ve never heard of custard powder. From what I read, it seems to be much like our pudding mixes, or the egg custards we used to make from scratch. I found recipes for making custard powder at home, too, although, if it comes in a tin and is almost as good, I think I’d go for that. I’m almost curious enough to find a tin and give it a try — just to see what it actually is.

  8. Never heard of custard powder, but we have plenty of boxed instant puddings that are likely akin to the powder. I sure hope there will be pictures of the cutest little fairy ever.

  9. Never heard of custard powder? You poor things. I made real custard a few times but I’m too lazy. In truth I just buy the instant stuff and pour boiling water in it. Yes, I should be ashamed of myself, but I’m not…

  10. I seem to remember Birds was the custard powder of choice way back when I was a lad in London I can’t recall Monk & Glass though. Must admit that I use the custard powder, saves a hell of a lot of work, although I admit to bunging an egg or two in (depends how much I make), and on occasions have been known to add a slug of whiskey or brandy). I’ve been told I make custard to die for,

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