I have been meaning to try and do a blog post for this past week, but as we had our daughter T and her boyfriend coming to stay, I wanted to try and get the house clean and orderly and that took far longer than anticipated!
Anyway, when I was searching for something on line recently, I happened upon a listing for this lovely book. It is just up my street - though I have no time for creative sewing at the moment, although that should change with the arrival of autumn. I like embroidered works with lots of detail, and the beautiful embroidery and embellishment on Victorian and later crazy quilts. An excellent book with excellent stitching guides.
When I was shopping in town today, I came across this lovely baking book in The Works. At £20 off the original price I was tempted beyond endurance! I want to cook just about everything in it, which is always a good sign.
However, my baking efforts this week have been nearly disastrous. I have put it down to nerves at meeting Z for the first time, and first of all I mucked up a sort of upside-down Eve's pudding - though in my defence I think it was the method given for the topping, which turned out a bit like fruitless rock cakes! I began to make a Blackberry and Apple cake from the same book (one I have used before and had many a successful cake), but because I wasn't concentrating properly I didn't line the tin, only greased it well, and needless to say when I turned it out half the cake stayed in the pan, so it became a 2nd pudding!
I don't know what I was worrying about, as Z is an easy-going young man, and he and T make a lovely couple. They're off camping down in Pembrokeshire now, but we have a walk up to Llyn-y-Fan Fach planned for their return. I think I am as unfit as it is possible to be to tackle the steady mile and a half climb up to the lake as I've hardly walked all year. It's a devil of a walk for me as the gradual climb is relentless - I prefer a steeper climb and then some level bits so I can catch my breath. Let's hope we have some more fine weather this week anyway. Photos in due course.
Anyway, G is home overnight at the end of the week, so we will all have a wonderful 24 hours together. If only D were here too.