Sunday, 27 January 2013

Bread and More Bread

Things are moving on I've been busy working on samples for my City and Guilds course, no images at the moment maybe next time. I've also been working on my pieces for the 'Seeking Artemis' Exhibition, when Chris invited me to join her and the other female artists in this exhibition I was flattered and excited. Since then I have fluctuated between that feeling of excitement and blind panic....... after our meeting on Saturday I'm in the state of excitement. How I'll feel as May fast approaches I don't know! Does everyone doubt their own abilities is it normal? Anyway I have been busy today posting images on the Seeking Artemis blog  pop over  and take a look at a small sample of work that will be in the exhibition, there are six  artist  of varying experiences in exhibiting from the very experienced to a first time exhibitor. We are all supporting and encouraging each other in the true spirit of Artemis. We also have a Facebook page take a look  and please press the 'like' button at the top of the page  (a bit of pushy promotion there).

Home baking is very much in vogue  I've been baking bread and since the New Year no shop bought bread has been consumed in this house,  home baked bread is so much tastier  plus  you know whats in it an added bonus the house smells lovely. I seem to have the cob loaf down to a fine art, the recipes are from Baking Made Easy Paul Hollywood.

 I wasn't at all happy with my attempt at sour dough, I've given up on that one! Tomorrow I'm making a wholemeal loaf, hopefully before lunch. Does anyone out there make their own sour dough? I'd love to know how they get on with it, mine was so well I cannot even put it into words........

I do seem to have the cooking bug at the moment on Saturday I made a lovely creamy chicken curry with stir fried spring onions, washed down with a pint of Crabbies, not good for the waist line but never mind. This recipe was from Anjum Anand's book Indian Food Made Easy, both of the books were Christmas presents, I cant say that someone was trying to tell me something, because I bought them myself with book vouchers!

There have been two pilates classes, after the first class my back ached, not a surprise and after the latest session it doesn't feel quite so bad. There are only four of us in the group and we all have lower back problems so the class is very gentle (apparently) . Hopefully by the end of the six sessions I'll actually feel the benefit.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013


Christmas is over, our Birthdays are all done and dusted for another year!

Dave and I decided to resume  our traditional New Years Day trip  to London for a stroll and lunch, we didn't do it last year because Betsy was so tiny we didn't want to leave her. We usually visit the Southbank but this year we decided to visit St Katherine's Dock, I'm ashamed to say that although I worked for  years only a few minutes walk from there it's an area that I visited for the first time this summer when  friends moored their boat there for the Jubilee celebrations. As today was a bank holiday there was no parking fee and we parked the car easily.  We had a lovely meal in Ping Pong and then strolled around for a while in the bright sunshine, not to get over the large amount of dim sum or other irresistible Chinese delights that we just couldn't leave ( note to self don't over order next time)
When we got home we took down and boxed up the Christmas Decorations and they are all back in the loft. Dave returns to work tomorrow and Rachel went home on Sunday after a joint birthday celebration lunch with Becky and Becky's family. So now the house is quiet and tidy  ready for me to get on with the sewing projects that I need to get finished or started and the City and Guilds work that I have let slip.... No! not good - but my excuse is I missed the last meeting, I was unwell  and when Rachel comes home she sleeps in my sewing room, that makes it hard to get on with things. Yes, I'm making excuses........ But no distractions now.

Not sure if there will be any images with this post, I had a new iphone for my birthday and our Macbook is so out dated that it's not compatible with the phone, and so it goes...... Anyway we now need to buy a new laptop so until then I'll try and add images via my iphone, I took pictures on that today, knew I should have taken my camera with me today.

In the meantime I wish you all a Happy Healthy and Creative 2013!

St Katherine's Dock
Update I couldn't get the images uploaded, but as a post need images I'll add some images from previous London Visits.