Monday, 13 April 2009

In Search of Colour

The weather this Easter weekend has continued cold and at times, blustery. This morning, we had planned to take a walk along the boardwalk at the beach, but decided against it after a few minutes spent outdoors. Instead, we headed to the indoor botanical garden at Allan Gardens.

The Victorian conservatory known as the Palm House was built in 1909. It contains tropical plant specimens from around the globe, many of which are now rare.

The temperature indoors was considerably warmer than outside. The plants thrive in the warm and humid conditions and many specimens including these beautiful white hydrangeas are blooming.

This hibiscus had stunning red flowers.

The statue of Leda and the Swan, characters from Greek mythology, is an example of decorative lead statuary from England. It sits in a little pond containing goldfish and is surrounded by flowers and plants.

I don't know what this red flower is, but the colour was striking.

And lilies filled the Palm House and some of the other greenhouses.

It may not be easy to find colour and flowers at this time of year, but a visit to the conservatory was definitely worth the effort. It was a pleasure to do something a little different on this last day of the holiday weekend too.


I love to bake. The only thing that prevents me doing so more often is the thought of expanding waistlines and the desire for healthy eating.

I copied this recipe from Alison's blog last Easter and have been saving it for the right occasion.

There is something quite contemplative about the whole process of cake baking. I think that I would enjoy it even more if I had the kitchen space. In our current kitchen, I do not have sufficient workspace to lay everything out close to hand, so I end up weighing on one side and spilling flour etc all over the floor as I transfer across to my mixing bowl! Still, I am not going to let a few minor inconveniences spoil the creative process.

A Victoria sponge cake, hot out of the oven and cooling on the rack ~ shortly to become an Easter Cake!

Thank you to Alison for sharing her recipe ~ it was delicious!