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The Garden In May

29 May

We have been blessed with the most beautiful Spring weather this May and I’ve been busy out in  the garden almost every day, with my trowel and my camera. Its been so much fun to get out there with Henry and watch him learn about planting and growing and watering plants with his mini yellow watering can. I love that he loves the garden as much as I do. This season we have planted up lots of tomato plants as well as radishes, potatoes and a flourishing herb selection. I thought it might make a lovely series if I do a collage of the happenings in our new English Country garden every month so you can enjoy watching it grow and change as much as we do. After six years in the warm abundance of California there is something immensely satisfying about watching all this bountiful green grow up from the hard dark earth that was only a few months ago covered in a thick blanket of snow.


Welcoming baby Felix

18 May

A very good friend recently welcomed her new baby boy Felix into the world. I was lucky enough to pop round and be one of the first people to meet him and he is so small and so beautiful. I took him a teeny tiny pair of slippers that I made from 4mm thick wool felt in white with little blue hearts on the soles stuffed with roving and a blanket stitched center seam. It was lovely to hold a new little baby, it was amazing to me that this handsome little guy had been inside his Mum just a couple of weeks before and it made me realise how big my own ‘little’ guy is getting these days. I really enjoyed making these wee shoes and have been experimenting with different shapes and designs and learning  new techniques for embroidery and pattern cutting. The only difficulty so far is that I keep forgetting they have to come in pairs and get so carried away with new design ideas that I’ve only got as far as making a whole load of left feet! I will make up the shortfall and be back to share more with you soon. Hope its a good week for you out there.

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

4 May

Here is a glimpse of our sunny weekend away in the old seaside town of Hastings in East Sussex. We spent most of our time checking out the antique shops and even catching some rays on the beautiful beach. Happy days indeed.


Jack In The Green May Day Parade

3 May

Just home from a lovely long weekend by the sea in Hastings. I’ve got lots of photos to post but I wanted to share with you the May Day celebrations from yesterday  most of all. Jack In The Green is a traditional way to celebrate the start of spring in this part of the world and from where I was standing with my camera an excellent excuse to paint your face bright green, cover yourself in flowers and dance and sing your way all about town.

An elaborate figure made from garlands and foliage known as Jack In The Green is paraded along the streets by his attendants known as Bogies to banish winter and welcome the new season. We took Henry along and had a good vantage point from where we could see all the costumes, hear the wonderful drumming and oh, did I mention the giants? These are just a few of the best…

The man of the moment, Jack O’ The Green with a crown upon his head.
It looked like the whole town was in on the act, either as a musician or a performer. There were several drumming societies, bagpipes and more than a few piano accordionists.And of course there had to be a bit of a nautical theme with a giant saucy green mermaid.

An exhausted and green nosed Henry had to be carried home asleep after all the excitement!

A Big Ferris Wheel On The South Bank

28 Mar

My husband Andy and I had an evening and a day out on our own last week, alone, without Henry who stayed home with my Mum! It was the first time I have stayed a night away from the little man as I kept feeling the need to point out during the very lovely dinner we had at Richoux in Mayfair and I surprised myself at what a big deal it felt like (I was away for a grand total of 23.5 hours)!

It was a much needed break from reality though and so wonderful to spend some time hanging out with my best friend on our mini adventure. We slept late (8.15am!), had a long leisurely breakfast in the hotel, read books and just caught up. We decided to forgo an real culture vulture activities and all the pressure to be clever that goes along with them and instead went for a ride on the London Eye and took in some these magnificent views from a new angle. We wandered along the South Bank, nosed in bookshops and when I asked Andy what he most wanted to do that we couldn’t normally do with Henry in tow he said ‘The thing we never achieve at home since having baby is having time to eat a whole meal, eat slowly and take as long as we want.’ So we had an enormous lunch in a great restaurant overlooking the Thames before catching the train back to Sussex.
It was perfect.

A lovely day in Lewes

22 Mar

Here are the latest photos I shot with my new upgraded camera and reconditioned lens, hooray! A friend and I went for a day out in Lewes in East Sussex. We had a really yummy lunch at Bill’s and had a good nose around the many antique and charity shops of this beautiful old market town.

Lewes is one of the best places in the whole wide world to poke about antique shops!

Admiring the Spring daffodils, as lovely as they are I don’t think I want to pay £2 for a bunch of flowers that are currently growing on every patch of green in the country. There must be about 150 quids worth in the back garden right now!

Ah, the equinox when it is neither Winter nor Spring and we can have sunny flowers and root veggies at the same time… Continue reading

Brighton in the early hours…

5 Mar

It isn’t often you get the chance to see the normally busy bustling streets of Brighton this empty but I was up early the other morning and so Henry and I went on an expedition to my home town and took made good use of the camera in my phone.

I put together this contact sheet to show you around a bit and if the weather stays nice (fingers crossed) we’ll go back soon and continue on our tour of the seaside. It really is one of the most lovely cities in the world!

Hope you are having a good weekend.

A little man does a little yard work…

26 Feb

Henry and me have been working in the garden making the most of the lovely warn sunshine that broke through the grey clouds this afternoon! Here are some photos I snapped used the fabulous Hipstamatic App on the iphone whilst my camera is in the shop.

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On High in Santa Cruz. Part II

20 Feb

Furnishing this apartment was such a lot of fun. The square footage of the living room alone was just over 1,000 sq ft and with such an open plan arrangement it was possible to create a really interesting and easygoing living space.

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Let Him Eat Cake – The World’s Most Simple And Delicious Vanilla Sponge Sandwich With Raspberry cream

15 Feb

Two Valentine’s ago my husband presented me with this sweetly pink KitchenAid mixer

I don’t know what prompted this surprising extravagance, I can only think it came from the assumption that once equipped with the ultimate gadget of the Domestic Goddess I would forever and always be able to keep him supplied with home-made cakes. This was back  in the days when I had all the time in the world to bake and then decorate cakes, before the glorious days of Henry who either wants to eat cake straight out of its tin or seems to live in the belief that batter is better!

Made with love, this is what I managed to come up with!
Just looking at these photographs makes me nostalgic for baking and the memory of this most scrumptious heart-shaped number has got me really wanting to get back in the kitchen and find more time to pursue this delicious hobby.

Of course, with a little help from my cat London…

After receiving a few queries about my Valentines Day cake here is the recipe…

The World’s Most Simple And Delicious Vanilla Sponge Sandwich

110g unsalted butter
110g white caster sugar
100g self raising flour
2 medium eggs (beaten)
1 Tsp cold water
1 Vanilla pod

Two greased heart shaped or 8″ round tins
Pre heat your oven to gas mark 4

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy and gradually add the beaten egg mix.
Gently fold in the flour, then the vanilla seeds and finally add just enough water to bring the mix to a dropping consistency.

Divide the mixture between both pans evenly and bake for about 20 minutes.
The cakes are done when they are spongy to the touch and have baked to a golden colour.
Allow the cakes to cool on a wire rack before decorating.

If you haven’t got heart shaped pans (mine were charity shop find!) then you will need to shape your circular cakes into heart shapes using a sharp knife. One advantage of this is that you will get to eat up all the excess bits of cake in the process… yum yum.

For the filling you will need:

100 ml double cream or heavy whipping cream
1 ts vanilla essence
125g fresh raspberries
1 Tsp sifted confectioner’s sugar

Whip the cream until thick enough to hold its shape and fold in the vanilla and some  crushed raspberries. I use the back of a fork to crush the berries so they are just this side of smushed but not pureed.

Using a palette knife or the back of a metal spoon spread one of the cakes with about two thirds of the cream and sandwich the other on top. Add the confectioner’s sugar to the rest of the cream and using a piping bag with a flower shaped nozzle carefully pipe the flower star shaped thing a ma jigs all over the top. decorate with a few fresh raspberries.

Grab two forks, your other half (or not) and ENJOY!