Do I really need that ?

The answer to the question usually is no. That's enough for me, I am not a person who needs to have the latest this or that. My house is not a mega modern place of granite worktops & sleek designer furniture. No, in fact it is the exact opposite. It is a tumble down heap…

Not one, but two birthday cakes…..

The last three days have been completely dominated by the making of two birthday cakes. One for today, the other for tomorrow. As I said previously, it's been months since I last baked anything serious. I must say it was fun getting back into it & boy did I get given a request to get…

Finish one job before another? Never………

Ae you the type of person who can concentrate on the job in hand & finish it? Or, are you like me, something more important, or exciting distracts you half way through & you are lost to the new task? I am the latter I'm sorry to say. I've always been the same. I start…

Chocolate orange cake😋

This was a bit of a shot in the dark. I was asked to make an engagement cake. The only instructions were.....he likes Terrys Chocolate orange....no nuts...no brainer then, alternating layers of orange sponge & chocolate sponge, chocolate buttercream & orange buttercream, covered in chocolate ganache & decorated with Terrys chocolate orange segments & some…

Removing Single use Plastic

Hello, from an almost sunny South Coast! Hopefully this is just a sea mist that will burn off quickly. We had such beautiful weather at the end of March, but April has mainly been cold. Too cold, a lot of the time, for me to enjoy gardening. Yesterday was the exception, I spent a most…

Neglected Corner

A very neglected corner of my garden, bordering the workshop wall. A couple of years ago I started digging the grass out & laying slabs with the intention of having a patio. It was slow going........ Eventually it started to take shape. Putting the top soil in the old tin bath was not one of…

Excerpt from Tales of My Mother

A currant WIP I'm working on. A humorous look at how a 60 something is trying to remember why & how she knows people, yet shares no past with them. Throw in the fact her Father wanted a boy not a girl, her Mother works on a strict...need to know basis.....& a long lost friend…

And…….I’m back

For the last nine years I've had one blog or another going. None of them seemed right. They were messy. If they worked on a laptop & tablet, they didn't on a 'phone. They didn't have clean lines, they were about everything all lumped in together. This one, the first thing I worked out was…

Slow Down

Mounting questions, answers left unsaid Messages opened, often misread A child of our time, a light in our eye So much harder it is as time goes by Emotions ignored, never addressed Scars that won't heal from the acid test A stiff upper lip, an 'I'm alright Jack' Hides the anti social panic attack Eyes…