Friday, 6 February 2015

Of This Weeks Doings .. Sunshine .. Horses.. Craftiness .. And Cake..!

Hello there .. hope you are all well..

Just a little of my week .. everyday ramblings ... and Cake !
 I know you like cake ...

I did a mornings baking .. mostly for the 'wood lads' (the factory lads that save me their scrap wood) ...
but of course we had to try some ..' Quality Control' says Hubby P ....someone has to do it..

I just made fairly basic stuff .. using what I had in the cupboards .. Mince pies .. I know! .. 
But I wanted to use up the last half jar of mincemeat. Bakewell tart.. a coconut cake and some good old Raspberry buns (made with Damson jam .. there being not a spot of Raspberry jam in the house).
Simple and tasty .. I've found young men avidly gobble up most things cake-y!

The sun has been shining his little socks off this week..

 The horses in the field thought it was great ... it has been nice watching them playing around in the field opposite our cottage. 
As I sit in my chair by the fire this is the view I have ... I'm so lucky.

 As I went outside with the camera this one came to say Hello'

They all seemed happy .. enjoying the sunny day ... nicely wrapped up in their rugs.

The garden is slowly awakening .. here you can see the big pot filled with Tulips .. just peeking their noses out into the sunshine.
And the Daffs are on the way too.

In the absence of real fresh foliage and flowers I found these colourful sprays of leaves .. they came in .. in a 'lot' Hubby P had bought. 

 I don't know if I have shown you this .. 
but I have a metal 'shabby' iron work gate .. hung from the ceiling .. I know .. don't ask .. 
it was just 'the right thing' for the ceiling .. 
to dangle things off.
Anyway .. over Christmas I had spruce/greenery and stuff ... stuffed in and around/suspended from the gate .. 
and very nice it looked too.
But of course that dried up and had to come down .. 
so I thought the artificial leaves would give a dash of colour for a while.

I do like purple so this makes me happy.
It will be okay .. until I get bored .. then maybe summer time I can gather some seed heads to decorate over the winter.

On the crafty front .. I made a bit of time to make something for myself.

I found this wonderful piece of old fabric ..
 actually it was an old knitting bag .. rather grubby and missing its handles.

 I unpicked it carefully.

 And I gave it a good old boil wash in the big old pan.

 I found this old feather cushion inner at the back of a cupboard .. a bit stained .. but its only for us .. 
and I don't mind it will be inside the cover.
 There was just enough to make it into a nice squishy cushion.

 I made time this afternoon to run it up int a cushion .. 
I just love the colours .. its so cheerful.
And it was nice to make something .. 
to do a bit of sewing for me.

I do find sewing .. crafting of any kind so therapeutic ..
 don't you agree?

And just to share .. here is a little bit of cake for you .. 
can you smell the sweetness .. mm mm

And the best bit ... don't worry .. its all calorie free...!

Bye for now xx


  1. Calorie-free baking I can manage, otherwise I am on the straight and narrow for Low Histamine consumption (and spent a fortune in town on various bits to help me sort out menus for the next week or two.)

    Love your new cushion cover. I had some "me-time" today too, just sat down by our only west-facing window, and a HOT radiator (yee-hah!) reading my Edward Thomas newsletter.

    I hope you feel as refreshed as I do. The baking is always so therapeutic and yours looks very toothsome : )

  2. Those cakes look delicious, bakewell is one of my favourites with custard. You have reminded me about a jar of mincemeat lurking in the back of my cupboard.
    I'm not surprised you kept the fabric, I love it, and it looks fab as a cushion.

  3. ooh calorie free cake and a spot of crafting, can't get better than that! xxx

  4. The baking looks great, as does your lovely cushion. I love your hanging gate/rack doodah !!
    Twiggy xx

  5. The hanging gate is great. And perfect to keep changing all year round. Your cakes look fab.

  6. The baking looks delicious, no wonder the fellows save wood for you!
    Loved the cushion, very wise of you to reuse it!
    Loved the gate hanging down!
    It would look terrific with small baskets hung on it too!

  7. Lovely to see that someone else still boils up in a big old pan! Can't be beaten sometimes :)

  8. Love the fabric on your new cushion, nice to recycle old stuff isn't it

  9. Would love to see some of your awesome recipes on here! I think my husband would get a kick out of me baking something from Britain!

  10. Wow what vibrant colours those flowers are , I love the fabric you used to make your cushion xxx

  11. Wow what vibrant colours those flowers are , I love the fabric you used to make your cushion xxx

  12. Fab baking, Raspberry buns was one of the first things my Mum taught me to bake, my Dad would take them for his snap down the pit, he akways said they tasted lovely but I have a feeling they ended up on the conveyor belt with the lumps of coal lol. i hope my skills have improved since then :-)

    Love the cushion fabric, very pretty, its so nice to use recycled items and give them a new lease of life. Likewise the ' hanging gate' what an ingenious idea! xx


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