Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Just a little reminder .....

In case you have forgotten what the weather was like on Sunday .........



Looe beach

Hopefully the sun will put it's hat on again this weekend!

I did manage to pick up a couple of treasures!
4 sundae dishes and an eggcup.

A lovely large, rose patterned bowl with a bit of crazing but lovely none the less!

And I've received my July swap from Trixie38 on the shabby chic forum. A lovely strawberry conserve pot with spoon and some pretty beaded tablecloth weights that she had made herself.

And finally my 18yr old has been moaning that there isn't any pictures of her on my blog so just to keep her quiet. She's the one on the left, nearest to the camera.

Friday, 25 July 2008

Rhubarb cake, awards and crochet flowers.

Anyone with a glut of rhubarb should try this rhubarb cake. It’s really easy to make and it's a national trust recipe.
You will need:
For the sponge base – 3oz marg, 3oz caster sugar, 2 eggs, 3oz SR flour, milk.
1lb rhubarb sliced into 1 inch pieces tossed in 1 tbsp of demerera sugar.
For the crumble topping. – 2oz marg, 3oz pl flour, 1oz caster sugar

Method base- cream marg and sugar add eggs, mix, fold in flour plus some milk if needed. Put into 8” round springform tin ( I use a round silicone tin and it comes out fine)
Arrange rhubarb on top. (I only used half the amount of rhubarb)
For the crumble topping rub the marg into the flour to resemble breadcrumbs add sugar put on top of the rhubarb and bake at 190c for 40 mins.

While I was baking I thought I try some Highlander biscuits a recipe donated by Ms Phish on the shabby chic café forum.

You will need 4oz marg, 2oz caster sugar, 4oz pl flour, 2oz ground rice.
Cream marg and sugar together add flour and ground rice mix, roll into a sausage shape and slice off discs. Place on baking sheets and cook for 15 mins at 190c.
As you can see mine were more of a rectangle than a disc lol, these are very moreish beware!!

I got a couple of books from the library van, just in case I had to sit out in the garden today but alas it rained but it’s looking promising for the weekend so who knows!

I’ve been busy crocheting from my new crochet books firstly a few roses, not sure what I’m going to do with them yet!

A loopy flower, which I’ve made into a brooch.

And a little cushion with granny flower. Talking of granny squares I am still doing my blanket but I do find it boring crocheting it together! (If I keep mentioning it on here it will hopefully make me finish it!)

And I keep forgetting to post about my awards.
I was kindly given this award from Sian at diaryofatinyholder and Sandie from dancingonabladeofgrass. Thankyou to both of you! It’s very exciting as these are my first awards!

Now apparently I have to :

1 .Put this rather sparkly black Logo on my Blog - done
2. Put a link/or mention - done
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put a link to those Blogs on your Blog
5. Leave a message on their blog.
I will get back to 3,4 and 5 as I love to read loads of blogs as you can see by the length of my sidebar so to choose 7 well I'll have to have a think!

And finally an update on the little sparrow I found in my garden. The mum kept on feeding him and it appears that it is okay and has gone with his mum.
I am now going to crochet a pan scourer from tulle, should be fun lol!!

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Polzeath in the sun

It's so good when the school holidays start and the weather is being so nice to us.

We can just grab our bag of towels, buckets and spades and head off to Polzeath beach for an hour or two of evening sunshine!

After the holidaymakers have gone back for their tea!

And it was still hot, hot, hot at 7.30.

But will it last until September I wonder?

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

An evening in Padstow

At last some resemblance of Summer has arrived. Time for an evening stroll and supper in one of my favourite places Padstow. It looks quite dull in the photos but it was actually really warm.

The harbour:

The Camel estuary & Rock:

In the late 70's early 80's an old lady lived in this gorgeous cottage on the harbour front. She would stand in the open window and shout and swear like a trooper, to the amusement of the tourists, whom she disliked immensely. Of course being young children we thought this was fantastic and would stand watching her for ages given the chance!

Of course dogs must be kept on a lead and under control at all times!

How cool is this bag, given away in Uneeka, an ethical retail company, to my daughter Jodie when she bought a scarf. So much nicer than a plastic carrier!

Monday, 21 July 2008

Monday's thrift

Well the weather is good albeit slightly breezy. Not hot enough for the beach yesterday but good enough for a walk in the countryside ..................................... around the car boot, well it's better than being stuck in a supermarket.

Here's a few of the goodies from this week and last.

Primrose teacups with 1 saucer and a rose saucer.

A rose oil lamp and a floral lamp base.

Plates - floral, pansies and roses.

An embroidered cushion cover.

A couple of rose bowls and floral pots.

Floral jug and bowl and a rose jug and saucer.

A pink jug.

Cut glass candlestick & jug, a round glass jelly mould, which I have wanted for ages, embroidered tablecloth.

Snowflake pyrex casserole, sauce dish and saucer.

A lovely wooden dolls highchair for Lily and a Blackberry farm book.

Some 70's cookery books and a 50's Stork cookery book.

Every Girl's Handbook 1961.

And finally in my opinion a really cute dog and a couple of brooches.

While I was outside taking the photos (5hrs ago) I found this little chap tweeting for his mum and the poor thing is still there!

Sparrow chick.