Friday, 24 June 2011

New Neighbours and New Books

Since my last post I have met my new neighbours, 6 girls have taken up residence with Bert who is an elderly gentleman living across the road. He took me into his garden to show me his new friends something that he said he'd wanted for years, I think he's 82 so it's taken him a while to get around to it! (sorry it's not a brilliant photograph, but I'll be visiting again soon)

Then there are the 7 new books I bought to see me through the summer, but after all the reading planned I thought a treat was in order, two Christmas's ago I gave Rachel and Becky the Hummingbird Bakery book, they both have been using it a lot  and saying how good it is. Occasionally Rachel sends home a cake for me, so it had to be the new Hummingbird book, was it a mistake?
Apple and Oat Cookie
Honey and Walnut Loaf
Baked Strawberry Cheesecake, a Fathers Day special
Today I'm  making a Berry Baked Cheesecake to take as our contribution to the BBQ we've been invited to tomorrow. The favorite cake so far has been the Orange and Almond Loaf but it went so fast there was no time for a photo. I've really got back into baking, sadly it's not doing my waist line any good!

Between all that baking there's  been creativity going on too, I've finished a Material Girls project, sorry no images until the exhibition, now I'm working on the next piece.  I can show the two baby quilts that are completed, both quilts are waiting for the 'Happy Events' so I can sew the labels on, both babies are due at the end of July, so I'm ready! To make my life easy I used the same fabrics and design for both.   To preserve my sanity and keep me from getting bored, I appliqued circles on one,  although with the bright colours and jazzy patterns I don't think that would have happened. My only problem will be which Mum to give which quilt to, they don't know each other so that's not a problem.

Puppy update, two weeks ago I went to visit a lady that has Miniature Schnauzer's, and guess what, one of her bitches is expecting pups, they are due on Sunday, soooo we will be having a new addition to the family in September, fingers crossed.

Apart from that, not much else has happened apart from having a verruca blasted, I've never had one before, painful is all I can say!  And we had a wasps nest take up residence in our roof, hopefully the 'Wasp Killers' will be coming this afternoon to remove them, sadly it's in the flat part of the roof so there wont be a lovely nest for me to see, it will have to stay where it is without the wasps hopefully.
 Just a moan here, trying to keep things local I telephoned a company in the area I live in, they could come the next day, I waited and waited, then I phoned 'sorry the van had broken down, and they were so glad I'd called they had mislaid my number' MMmm! They would be there the next day, did they turn up, did they call? NO.   Today I phoned another company so we'll see what happens. At this time when financially times are tough and every day there's news of businesses going to the wall, why would you let a customer down,  I know it's only one small job but it would have been £65.00 earned in about 30 minutes.


  1. So, you're back into baking! How far into baking do you intend to go?
    The smell of your gorgeous cakes may have attracted the wasps. No, sorry, I'm wrong, it's bees that are attracted to the sweet things. Wasps are a painful nuisance!

  2. I'm not going to get into baking that much, been there done that! This is purely a bake a cake thing, when the mood takes! It wont turn into only 4 wedding cakes for this weekend then!!!!!

  3. The cakes look yummy, as do the quilts. And the chickens remind me of those we had when I was a child. My sister had names for them all and whenever we had one for dinner, Dad had to tell her the cats had got it and the one on the table was from the butcher!

  4. I baked a great big Victoria sponge this week (9 egg mix). Guess who has been eating it. Your cakes all look great, the book would be a good idea for a Christmas present for Dominique. As for those lovely quilts, wrap them both up in the same paper and then when a baby is born just pick one to label and re-wrap!

  5. Bought the Hummingbird book today! Do we need to take Jackie to The Loop?

  6. Wonderful cakes. I'm trying not to bake so much after all the birthdays we've had but you are tempting me.