Tuesday, April 15, 2008
My dear friend Zi made this beautiful bag for me, to take with me on our cruise. Isn't it lovely? I love the fabric pattern and colours.
Look at the detail in the button.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
My dear boy wanted to make another cake, so we came up with a Lemon Pound cake, but only had oranges, so he made an Orange Pond Cake. It smelt so good coming out of the oven. Just making a cake you can teach little things. What does it mean when a recipe says zest? Which part of the grater do you use? What is a loaf pan? When you've cooked for years you take that for granted, but Rob didn't know those things. Great to share them with him.
Tuppy decided to get in on the act. We have been busy sorting, getting things ready and packing. Robert obviously left his top drawer open, which he often does, and Tuppy being her usual nosey self, found a very comfortable spot.
Yes we are getting ready for our trip. We are going on a Transatlantic cruise, to the Mediterranean. I am excited, but I must say watching "Room With A View" did put me in a nostalgic mood to want to see Florence again.
We are taking the laptop, so hope we find some cosy internet cafes to Blog.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Across the ocean, wan and gray,
The rocks that stretch to meet the tide
All life leaps out to greet the light–
One boat alone beyond the bar
Walked along by the shore
Placed shells up to my ears
Could not hear it anymore
I did hear the waves rush in
Sounds of a whispering sea
Is that where I’ll find the voice
Was the ocean calling to me
Began the soft whispers back
Watching the sea ebb and flow
I send love out , await its return
Sweet inspiration please don’t go
Please ocean carry my voice
My mind and heart sits by the sea
I sink down upon white sand
Inspiration please hear my plea
Caressing the sand so soft
Sun sinking here in the west
I gazed at the vast blue horizon
To the sea made my final request
Yes the ocean is calling to me
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
This is the bunch I bought.Here they are intermingling with their American brethren, from my garden, they seem to be fine together.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
I love this fabric, it's covered in large teapots. I call this my BR fabric. Meaning I got it before Rob. I bought it with no thought as to where I would use it or on what. But while sorting some things out I thought this would look so well in my yellow dining room. If I'd gone out to buy fabric for curtains it could not have matched better. And I just love Teapots.
I thought what a nice idea for your sewing machine, using the old slide out tele shelf to put it on, plus shelves for fabrics, boxes for patterns, thread, etc. and an idea board too. Plus painting it brightens it up.
Plus one gets to recycle an old piece, giving it new life, which always feels good to do.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Taste and smell can bring back such memories. Don't you find that? I bought this cheese in Trader Joe's. We always ate New Zealand Cheese when I was a child. You may think, that's funny a child in the UK, Europe eating cheese from New Zealand. But what you have to understand is, that before the UK joined the common market most of our meat and dairy products came from the Commonwealth countries. And I do especially remember New Zealand cheese, butter and lamb. In fact we as a family never ate cheeses from the continent or butter. You could get some, but it was much more expensive. Of course that all changed when the UK joined the EEC, and now so many things were coming from the continent, but for many of the Commonwealth countries, they lost one of their main markets. To go back to taste, smell and memories. Well as soon as I ate that cheese, the taste took me back to childhood. I remember that taste.
This is my German dinner service I bought. Yes it is missing some pieces but that's alright. As long ago I had bought a plain white dinner service with a gold edge that fills in on any shortage I have on may gold edged patterned pieces.
I did this because I was given some lovely Royal Albert pieces as wedding presents, but nothing that made a whole set, and I could not afford to get the whole set, so I decided to make it up to use it, by buying the plain white with the gold edge, and it has served me well.
It's interesting to see the different shaped cups in a German set. You can just look at them and see that they are not from the UK. The set has both tea cups and demitasse cups. So now I need to entertain with them.
I just love china. A friend once said, that if I ever got very cross with Bo, I would never run out of plates to throw at him. Yes that would be true.
The pottery in the centre was hand made in Canada. I love it, but it was no thrift shop find.