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We believe that most of the pleasure is in the journey - in the making and creating, even if in a simple way.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Orange and Marmalade Cake

8oz, 225g self-raising flour
6oz, 175g butter
6oz, 175g demerara sugar
juico of half an orange
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon marmalade
Prepare a 6/7" round tin
Mix al the ingredients well.
Put in the tin and bake for 50 minutes - to an hour.
If you wish, ice with a little icing made from some icing sugar and the remaining orange juice
Very nice with a cup of tea

Friday, 27 May 2011

Project...stage 4

Well. it's up and running at last...and stuffed so full there's only just room to stand in one spot. Some glass came with the greenhouse, but most Les was able to cut from pieces he's been given or we'd already got. A lot of it was all green and covered with gunge...such a fun job cleaning that off!

I've rigged up a makeshift bench on a couple of old trestles so I could start potting up but eventually, we'll have some proper staging. This weekend I'm moving most of the pots outside so there'll be loads more room for the tomato plants.

One problem with having stuff on the floor is from that little Milly (see previous post)...she had a great time digging in the trays of salad leaves. I guess some will survive the onslaught!

Wednesday, 25 May 2011


It doesn't take a genius to work out what Milly is thinking here.

Come on...fed up of waiting!

She's only with us for three weeks while her owners are on holiday...but she seems to be enjoying herself, don't you think?

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Granny Blankets!

Have you noticed that one of the things that is enjoying a revival - and you would never have expected it - is the old fashioned knitted or crochet square blanket/cushion covers. Well, after a busy day this just about suits my level of expertise and concentration

, and it's a great way of getting rid of bits and pieces of wool.

Monday, 2 May 2011


We had a fun time on Friday for the royal wedding. I fastened up some hastily sewn bunting while Les constructed the new BBQ. All done just in time to enjoy the excitement of the big day.