I love a good sunny day and thankfully I’ve been blessed with many during my week off!
Here’s a quick look through what I’ve been up to these long lazy days!
worshiping the sun with a ‘Happy’ Birthday cake
enjoying my new bike with Cycle Routes Map
and a cycle to Crystal Palace to see Darwin and the Dinosaurs
perfect weather to roast a chicken
and to work on a new design
pottering around doing some potting
enjoying the fruits of the raspberry bush
and kicking back in the evening summer heat making cushions and drinking local craft beer
I’ve decided to take a leaf out of Ysolda Teague‘s book and tell it in pictures.
I think we have now had three consecutively warm sunny days in London and without wanting to jinx anything I’m loving the opportunity to sit outside!!!!
We occasionally have an unwanted visitor into our garden in the form of a large dog from a few doors down (affectionately named Cujo) and he likes to jump through/over my trellis fence and get lost and scared for a while before returning from where he came.
As he did this on saturday the fence has been propped up risking another unwanted visit so after work today I got out there and tried to fix it!
Once I did I moved the Honeysuckle to cover the section he jumps over to try and block his view slightly and re-arranged the garden to prevent having anything near the wall that he can use to jump down onto!
Once I did this I was able to sit back anf enjoy the new summer blooms!!!!!
Delicate Lily flower
So I’ve finally finished my stash busting Paulie cardigan and I love it!
Well, it is minus buttons but that can wait until the perfect buttons show their face, and a lack of buttons has never stopped me wearing anything in the past!
I decided to do this project to use up a chunk of my left over sock yarn as well as having a new summer cardigan!
I gathered together a bunch of colours that I thought worked well together a basically worked the colours until they ran out,
you can see in the pictures the change in colour stripes as I went along but as I kept to a strick colour pattern I think it works.
Using the same three colours for the thinner stripes helped keep the pattern together.
I decided to do rib cuffs and bottom band as I personally prefer the rib to the garter stitch for the way it sits but I kept the garter stitch for the collar section.
I really wanted it to include a hood so I worked a bunch more short rows in garter stitch after the collar until I go my desired shape!
I think it will be well worn and my stash is tidy and organised with will a few remaining left overs to work those little baby booties and socks that are akways needed at short notice!
The best thing is that whenever I wear it I can look at the different yarn colours and fibres and think about the projects I made originally!!!!!!!
Due to a delayed spring, the garden plants have been a bit slow this year however it was a relief today so see some lovely new buds and flowers on my favourite plants!!!
From the Lilac through the Honeysuckle to the Raspberry, there is life yet in what were weather battered pot plants!
I just had to grab a few photos and share!!!!!
I just hope the lovely weather keeps up into May so I can introduce my chillies, tomatoes and peppers!!
This week I’m totally loving stripes!
I go through phases of stripes versus polka dots but for a while now striped have been on top……
So this yarn is right up my street
Mind the Gap from Trailing Clouds
This week I’m also dreaming of sunshine and getting outside to begin painting my garden furniture.
My plan is to try and re-create this beauty from NeonVintageDesigns
My new kitchen tiles have to be on my love list this week, my dad spent the weekend creating this masterpiece
More on the kitchen next week………..
One of me and my love’s favourite things to do is make and drink cocktails!
We have a bunch of staple favourites, one of which is a Ginger Beer cocktail ‘Shakey Pete’s Ginger Ale’ from the steak restaurant Hawksmoor’s recipe book. (The book is also our favourite recipe book ever! Think Mac and Cheese and all you could want to know about steak)
This cocktail calls for a ginger syrup made from real ginger pieces and this weekend it was time to make some more syrup.
So with the left over sweet ginger pieces I decided to make some Ginger Biscuits!!!
Spicy Ginger Biscuit Recipe
Makes 16 biscuits
100g self raising flour
50g butter (not too soft but not straight from the fridge)
50g light brown sugar
1 heaped tbsp golden syrup
1 heaped tbsp molasses
1 heaped tbsp sweetened ginger pieces (made using the Hawksmoor recipe) or candied ginger
1 tbsp ginger
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp all spice
1/4 roughly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 180 Celsius
In a large mixing bowl, sift the sugar, spices, pepper and bicarbonate of soda, and mix well.
Using the tips of your fingers, mix in the butter so you end up with a breadcrumb texture.
Gently stir in the sugar.
Add the Golden Syrup and Molasses, then the ginger. (Dipping the spoon in boiling water before spooning the molasses makes life easier)
Mix together initially with a spoon…
then with your hands, and ball up into 16 balls.
Place these balls on a baking tray and gently press each one
Bake in the oven for 12-15 mins until cracked and golden brown