Monday, 25 June 2012

It's A Jungle Out There

We moved almost eight weeks ago and once we had unpacked, I expected to have some free time for blogging.  What I hadn't taken into consideration was that once the garden started growing; it was going to look like a jungle.  Beds that appeared to have a few small plants in them have gone rampant and we are dealing with the invasion of the hostas.

The first photo is of a bed beside our shed, which we decided to remove...more of that in a later post. 

There are some flowers worth saving, including these lupins, which grow wild here in Nova Scotia.

I haven't got to this bed yet, as it is going to be a major operation making sense of it and there is stil a very overgrown bed in the front garden which requires urgent attention.  Now where did I put my gardening gloves...?

Baking Made Easy

I find Lorraine Pascale's approach to baking very refreshing, especially since she makes it all look so effortless.  Having purchased her book Baking Made Easy a few weeks ago; I have enjoyed making her bread sticks.  What I like most about Lorraine's approach to baking is that she provides simple, yet tasty recipes with a minimum of fuss and convinces the reader that anyone is able to get great results.  Her book is filled with delicious recipes and is beautifully illustrated with inspiring photographs.

With the aid of a machine to mix the dough, it is very easy and less of a workout for the arms! 

Five minutes to mix the dough.  Leave it to prove for 30 minutes and bake for 20 minutes.

Freshly baked bread in under an hour.  Seasoned with either Maldon Sea Salt or black pepper.  Delicious!

Saturday, 16 June 2012

A Taste of Home

A cheap and simple frame and mount from the dollar store and a postcard which I have been saving for a long time.  The result is very satisfying ~ a little taste of home ~ now hanging on the wall of my kitchen.

Friday, 15 June 2012


I looked out of the window the other night and I was just in time to see this stunning sky.  Although the sunset is obscured from here, we do get some fairly spectacular cloud formations and see the distant glow to the west.

Life has been busy of late and I haven't had much time to post on my blog.  I also miss visiting my readers and seeing what everyone is doing.  I have some time off in a couple of weeks, so if I don't find time before then; I will try to drop by and say hello.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Diamond Jubilee Tea

After completing the bunting at the eleventh hour, I was busy putting the final touches to a Jubilee tea party yesterday.  Fortunately, the sun put in an appearance as the hour approached.

I felt that my Union Jack teapot deserved pride of place and I made some golden syrup cupcakes from a Woman & Home recipe....delicious!  We had a lovely afternoon and shared lots of tea, scones and clotted cream and a glass of Pimm's in honour of the occasion.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Flying The Flag

This is a project that I started last weekend, but it made slow progress until I was faced with the prospect of running out of time.  I then had to sit down a couple of evenings after work in order to complete it for this weekend.

I bought the fabric online, as there is a very poor selection here and certainly nothing suitable for such an occasion.

A hint of crowns and a distinctly London feel.  Have you guessed?

The view from my sewing machine, as I attach the binding.