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Sunday, 28 February 2010

Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen


We have been on a journey...


Miss Belle likes to read her 100 year old copy of Hans Anderson at bedtime, there is much flaying of horses and killing, but this was before he was Disneyfied as Hans Christian Anderson.


Lots of snow, ice and wonderful buildings.


Both my assistants go for pink.


Much cake was eaten and smoked salmon and herrings and pastries.

The handknit Mujahideen took the grid spotting very seriously...


.. we were in search of interesting patterns...


...didn't expect to find elephants or the man himself...


how easily children walk in the search for treasure.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Le Manoir

What have we been up to?


Lunch at Le Manoir...


the very fancy ladies bathroom...

hors d oeuvres...


My youngest assistant has been learning to peel carrots...


and lunching out on Fridays...


we made tiny bread rolls for Valentines...


did lots of cutting and sticking, some for university and some not...


and put in a Gold Medal worthy performance with the pancakes.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Charity


Friday means my guitar lesson - I'll Find My Way Home, Vangellis - a mooch around the charity shops and lunch in our favourite cafe - chocolate ice cream, sometimes we coma away empty handed but today we did rather well. Turquoise serving platter 50p, Cherry Tree by Midwinter bowl 99p, very Orla or actually the other way around.


JAJ bowl £1, addicted to this stuff, oven, freezer, dishwasher and dirt cheap.


Crystal jug, weighs a tonne, £2.50.


Hand embroidered - can't stop myself - linen tablecloth £2.50.


Blue Bird - fab illustrations, way before Lauren Child - 75p, tin bucket £1 and a cafetiere £2.50. So for £11.74 we didn't do bad.


Last weeks charity purchase an original home office, fold down to a small cupboard, £55.

The vintage Tipp-Ex was no extra charge.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Hot Cross Buns


Another bread product I have been meaning to make forever, a bit of a faf but well worth it, the paste for the crosses was a bit too wet, will do better next time...


went down well with the tasting team.


Geraldine where are you? Unbelievably difficult to finger pick, remember the words and sing all at the same time, helped in my endevour by Louis who can keep time and remember the words.


Big teapigs order arrived, my big assistant is developing his pallet with the odd silver tip of an evening.


I am a devotee of the Chamomile, with actual flowers in the pouch not just dust.


Hitting the books and doing some big thinking.


If only I had a new pair of sandals.


I do however have a new cowl, Chunky Baby Misti Alpaca purchased in New York about this time last year, so well overdue for the knitting.


Will the pears ever stop coming in the veg box? Up to our necks in pear tart but surviving.

My assistant was just about out of Granola, Leon recipe - extras this time are flaked almond and coconut - the usual suspects are oats, bran, wheatgerm, sunflower seeds, honey, sultanas, dates, apricots and roasted hazelnuts.