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Great British Cake Off

Well, what a busy few weeks of cake baking and sugar crafting. My family seem to have birthdays very close together sometimes, but you cannot have a birthday without cake can you.  My first cake was to celebrate my mums birthday, a very tipsy fruit cake covered in marzipan and icing. She likes flowers and pink, so pink roses and white hydrangea flowers were what I chose to do.

 

Next it was my beautiful nieces 18th birthday party so two cakes had to be made super quick. I chose a four tiered velvet cake and vanilla sponge covered in jam and buttercream combo for one of the twins and then I baked another alcohol soaked fruit cake for the other one.

 

 

 

I dressed my fruit cake with a girl in pink ,but when I set up the cake for cutting, I placed mini champagne candles around the figure and in her arms, it was a celebration after all. I hear from my brother in law this morning that any left over sponge cake has been eaten for breakfast ! it sounds like the celebrations are carrying on for another day.

 

Summer

Hi everyone,

I have been rubbish at keeping up with this blogging thing. I have been really distracted with work, children and my knitting book. I always think that summer days will go on and on, but they whizz by. We have also on top of all our other commitments been stripping out our kitchen. I will photo everything and put pictures of our kitchen on the blog soon.

Have a great Friday.

K x

Father’s Friday

Well, that is another day at work done and dusted. Hubster met me from work and we went to Hilltop Farm in Hunningham to buy our weekend fruit and vegetables. The weather was so beautiful we sat in the patio area and had americanos. My husband had an eccles cake fall into the order, and he ate it so quickly when it arrived, it must have been delicious.

I took some pictures of the beautiful roses and the aliums and lavender looked good together in the borders around the seating area. I love aliums even when they have passed their flowering stage. We brought our vegetables, fruit, a crusty loaf, meat for a weekend barbeque and cooking apples as I have promised my husband an apple pie for Sunday pudding. I always buy more than I intend to, but the food is good. I loved looking at all the cakes in glass domes, there was one called a Pimms cake a Victoria sponge covered in strawberries, mint and cucumber, just the thing for the sunny weekend we are promised.

While we were there we popped into The Craft Studio which is full of local craft and craft kits. I spotted a few pictures I liked so, I just have to persuade my husband that he wants them too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a great weekend and Happy Fathers Day to the great Dads out there.

Sunday Dog Walk

Well at last, I have five minutes to type my blog post. It has been very exciting here as my new Knitting book should be available to purchase from the beginning of September.

My husband and I have been very busy at work as well so before the weekend had completely gone we decided to visit the village of Harbury with our dog. Millie loves going off the lead and Harbury has a great playing field for dog walkers. Our Yorkie was in her element chasing a Westie and Red Setter. It is great to see how confident she is now and not the nervous Dog Trust rescue she was when we had her.

The first thing that stuck me was the beautiful gardens and the amount of flowers that were already big and blousy.

 

 

Harbury is such a pretty village anyway with thatched houses, stone cottages and Georgian houses. It is a quaint place with very friendly people. As we walked we noticed there are a lot of new buildings going up on the edge of the village, but it looks like the builders are trying to make them blend in.

 

 

I did do a bit of daydreaming as I found my dream cottage, but work another week I think as I have not won the lottery yet.

Mega Mevagissy

I am feeling sad, looking at the washing pile and cleaning. Yep, you have guessed it, I have just come home from a fantastic relaxing holiday. I also got to meet someone whose crafting I have admired for quite a while.

Mevagissy is a small fishing town near St Austell and we love coming here as a family.

 

 

The campsite we stop in is not in the main town, but is in the countryside by the Lost Gardens Of Heligan.

We love walking and the weather was just beautiful so we decided to spend our first morning looking around the Lost Gardens. It does not matter how many times we visit, there is always something that is new, it always brings out the big kid in me. My poor suffering family.

We visited National Trust properties, Padstow and St Michaels Mount, but there was one shop that I dragged everyone to see.

I love Claire’s work and her small shop is really lovely. I brought French soap and chocolate and admired her knitted goods. I am now saving up to go again.

 

Sunday Funday

Sunday was great fun, visiting family in Shropshire, the sun was out again!!!!.

 

 

 

We had a great meal at ‘The Half Moon’ in Jackfield, the meal was huge and we could only manage mains, but the service was good and there was a really good atmosphere. The tables outside the pub were full of customers enjoying the view and getting a few rays it felt like June, lovely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had to walk the dog and my Mum, only joking. You have to have a walk on a Sunday its the law.

Easter Holidays

At last they have arrived the Easter holidays. Saturday, I had to get my haircut so off to Stratford-Upon-Avon we went. My family love it there, and what a corker of a day. The streets were busy with tourists, the sun was shinning and the street entertainers were all out and about.

I love flowers and we walked through the Market on the way to the coffee shop, having your haircut is thirsty work.

We went for an Americano at ‘ The Other Place’ and it was so relaxing and quiet. After our relaxing coffee we popped down by the river for a picnic and to look at the swans. I love swans and him indoors nearly fell in photographing them for me. I knew I had married him for a reason, he is kind and snapped as many photos as he could.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sky was so blue I really did not want to leave.

Easter Rabbits

Wow, what a varied weekend. Saturday was a slow shop around Kenilworth, I found the Scope charity shop was selling new Boden clothes. They were stamped inside so I think they were slight seconds, but it was a nice surprise.

We came home and pottered in the garden, until we had to pick up my eldest from his Pub job.

Sunday was a very busy day, I spent several hours in the garden planting vegetables and salad. My husband very kindly photographed my four new Easter rabbits for sale in my Etsy shop. Please tell me what you think?.

 

Mothering Sunday

The weather was gorgeous over the weekend and my garden is starting to blossom.

 

 

 

My husband knew I was upset my teenagers could not spend the day with me. One was working in a pub kitchen up to his elbows in greasy pots and pans. The other one was doing homework ? so he took me to Burford for a walk and a browse.

 

 

 

Oh how I would love to live here with its creamy coloured buildings and its pretty gift shops. Even the local Co-op had wicker baskets for sale outside on the pavement. My lovely fella then brought me some hyacinths and daffodils, which have now three days later fill my kitchen with a strong scent.

I got home and decided to bake a carrot cake to say thank you for my day out. It had nothing to do with wanting to use these cute chocolate carrots I brought from Sainsburys. These Easter bunnies I keep knitting seem to appear everywhere. I think that is why I launched an Etsy shop to clear up my house.